One of the websites I always wanted to make was a Euphemism dictionary. It would be pretty similar to urbandictionary in terms of concept and allow user-defined euphemisms for common insulting phrases. This would thus prevent us racking our brains every single time we wanted to come up with another creative way of saying “my aunt’s maid’s son is better at computers than you“.
It’s also a great initiative to start putting literature to good use rather than the common application of analysing the themes and symbolic imagery behind fictional characters.
Another objective would be to disprove most of the web community do’s and don’ts through the context and artificially induced environment the website will create. For example, users will be insulted constantly, from the minute they enter the website, when they register, log in, or do anything that involves a mouse and a screen. Definitions and euphemisms will have a voting system, except it’s unidirectional – you are only allowed to vote down submissions. I don’t mean this in the rottentomatoes format where more tomatoes means its good, I mean this quite literally. You’re not allowed to say something is good, you say if something is crap, and then we’ll list the least crap and the most crap. Take your pick. User interaction will be minimal – you’re allowed submit and vote, nothing else, users with accounts will be given no option but to receive spam email from an entirely unrelated mailing list, all the time mocking you of your gullibility of registering to such a shady website.
We won’t only break community conventions, we’ll break design conventions too. There will be no clear header or footer. The title will be a randomly rotating insulting phrase (of your choice if you register an account). The content will be single column, left aligned, with a colourscheme worse than my dad’s tie, and a table will be used for everything. One huge table with colspans and rowspans that’ll make the folks in the #css channel choke.
With all that said, it’ll still be better than 95% of the websites on the internet.
Gosh the internet is so full of trash.