Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Detectorists’ Personal Sites

This list of "Detectorists’ Personal Sites" comes from the "Links" section of the UKDFD alongside their intelligence-insulting "Metal Detecting - The Hobby and its Detractors". The site seems to have been neglected and most of these links no longer work (and the "Widget" one seems to be infected with something - click at your own risk) 
So why is it that in 2005 it was fashionable for detectorists to make websites showing what they had found, and today it is no longer so attractive a proposition? Are these people ashamed of what they are doing?

1 comment:

  1. Good question. I think you hit the nail on the head but perhaps not in the way you think. To my mind, '2005' is the most pertinent part of your assertion.

    Nine years is a long time and the way in which we use and access the internet today is substantially different. Go back to 2005 and YouTube had just launched, Facebook was in its infancy and smartphones had poorer quality cameras as well as being much less widespread. I was in my early 20's at the time and didn't engage with Facebook until 2007.

    If you consider the average detectorist, we are typically not very young, have not grown up being taught how to code and have never built a website.

    So why did people stop building websites to show their finds? Because technology and social media provided a faster easier and cheaper platform with which to work! Why build a website, take photographs with a camera, upload them and then have to pay for hosting services when you can, with one device, take, annotate and publish a photo pretty much instantly, sharing it with a group of people at no additional cost from pretty much anywhere in the country?

    Seems more sensible, logical and reasoned to me than some deep underlying sense of guilt.