Rocknerd was founded in Melbourne in 2001 by Ben Butler and David Gerard, at rocknerd.org. Rocknerd v1 ran on SquishDot, which was fabulously usable but had a nasty habit of occasionally eating its own database and having to be restored from backups.
Rocknerd v2 started in 2003 running on Slash, which was a stupidly fragile management nightmare but not as prone to sudden suicide as Squish. (David was entirely responsible for pushing Slash as the perfect solution and, please be assured, is very sorry indeed.) Ben left and got a real job and David moved to London. Rocknerd sputtered to a standstill around mid-2007 and the domain stopped working in mid-2008.
David then started the current version 3, running on WordPress, which appears to be a slightly less shit piece of software. He actually doesn’t feel a twinge of pain at the idea of trying to write something using it.
David has the database dump from Rocknerd v2, and will attempt to restore it to this blog one day when he really hates himself (and has only been saying this since 2007). Articles should be easy, preserving comment threads will be a bastard and a half. Slash’s schema was written by Database Barbie: “Third normal form is hard! Let’s go shopping!” A pile of articles from Rocknerd v1 and v2 were recovered from archive.org and archive.is.
Logo graphic by Clem Barstow.