Readers wondering how they might have prevented SC from going absent so much since 2005 will be thrilled to discover Write Or Die, a web application that is best described by its author:
The idea is to instill in the would-be writer with [sic] a fear of not writing. We do this by employing principles taught in Introduction to Psychology. Anyone remember Operant Conditioning and Negative Reinforcement?
- Gentle Mode: A certain amount of time after you stop writing, a box will pop up, gently reminding you to continue writing.
- Normal Mode: If you persistently avoid writing, you will be played
a most unpleasant sound. The sound will stop if and only if you
continue to write.
- Kamikaze Mode: Keep Writing or Your Work Will Unwrite Itself
The penalties are not cumulative -- "kamikaze mode" does not play unpleasant noises, and in SC's opinion, the deletion of his text is actually less annoying than the car horn-like sound, "peanut butter-and-jelly song", and other obnoxious sounds that have been employed. The model for writing that it presents is that stream-of-consciousness trumps quality, but there's something to be said for forcing yourself to just get a draft done.
("Courtesy" -- thanks a lot guys -- of the forums at the world's best website)