Web 1.0 survivors + throwbacks?
September 27, 2017 7:02 AM   Subscribe

Prompted by Boing Boing's spotlighting of the Text-only CNN today, and my love of MeFi and Pinboard, I'd like to know: What are your favorite text-only / Web 1.0 / pre-c.2004 Web design inspired sites out there?
posted by ryanshepard to Computers & Internet (20 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
Text only NPR!
posted by mce at 7:11 AM on September 27, 2017 [5 favorites]

Oh and a plug for the gometaphilter: gopher://gopher.metafilter.com. Previously.

*hilariously I couldn't post the gopher link in an anchor tag because it wasn't valid.
posted by mce at 7:16 AM on September 27, 2017

The Space Jam website has been like that since 1996.
posted by terretu at 7:20 AM on September 27, 2017

Throwback hipsters Vulfpeck
posted by SaltySalticid at 7:22 AM on September 27, 2017

The radio show Crap from the Past.
posted by JanetLand at 7:30 AM on September 27, 2017

Text Files always reminds me of my old computing days working with the Tandy TRS-80 microcomputer and its glorious green monochrome text. Those were the days!
posted by Roger Pittman at 7:37 AM on September 27, 2017 [2 favorites]

A majority of the What The Internet Is For sites I've compiled (see comments in The Old Man and the C Drive, A Load of Old Billhooks) have that Web 1.0 thing going on.

Here's a couple more:

Just For Openers
United States Early Radio History
The Teletext Museum
Dutch Circle of Slide Rule Collectors
Jabberwocky Variations
posted by zamboni at 8:18 AM on September 27, 2017 [3 favorites]

My very first professional site still LIVES:

posted by humboldt32 at 8:33 AM on September 27, 2017 [2 favorites]

Things Magazine
posted by gyusan at 8:37 AM on September 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

Arts & Letters Daily.
posted by kevinbelt at 9:17 AM on September 27, 2017 [2 favorites]

Rob's Puzzle Page
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:21 AM on September 27, 2017

pre-c.2004 Web design
Kingdom of Loathing was made in 2002 or 3. It is a stick-figure rpg and does have graphics but is mostly text based.
posted by soelo at 9:58 AM on September 27, 2017

Blort, Distrowatch, Electoral-Vote.
posted by quarterframer at 10:17 AM on September 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

A lot of people use neocities to make or re-host web 1.0 style sites. Check out the 'featured sites' from the start page. Or make your own!
posted by destructive cactus at 10:23 AM on September 27, 2017

Atlas of US Presidential Elections
posted by evening at 4:53 PM on September 27, 2017

Cosma Shalizi's homepage/notebook has some neat nuggets. The "about" section reads:
This is the "worst home page ever," according to yankthechain.com. I'm very proud.

My site is deliberately low on graphics. Not that I object to pictures on principle: here are depictions of me, my office, my work (note the matrix for hidden Markov models in the background) and my old neighborhood in Madison. Nonetheless, this page is proudly optimized for PinealWeb.

This website is powered by fossil fuels and contributes directly to global warming and climate change.
posted by waninggibbon at 8:43 AM on September 28, 2017

Reddit, although they're finally going to redesign.
posted by Nelson at 9:25 AM on September 28, 2017

Mumsnet.com reminds me a lot of the old GuardianTalk forum I used in the early 2000s. They've only just implemented pictures.
posted by mippy at 10:09 AM on October 4, 2017

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