2006 : Threatens to stop blogging. http://www.scripting.com/2006/03/15.html#retirementRoundup
Frankly, I have no idea about the real Dave. But if the virtual one stops blogging and contributing to the web it's gonna be a tremendous loss. And I am certainly going to miss ScriptingNews.
As I already said below, I think Winer's unique in the combination of talents and attitudes he brings. There really isn't anyone else like him (although he inspires a lot of us to try). And I don't like the reason he's leaving at all. I don't think he's out of ideas, or has finished everything he could do. He's just being driven out by politics.
Innovator / pioneer / proselatyzer :
On being a software developer : * I can tell you, from personal experience, that there's nothing more satisfying as a professional software developer than to have a product resonate with the market, to have thousands of people tell you that they couldn't work without your software. To get there, you have to learn from them as you teach. Yes, your software is great, I believe you, but if no one uses it, it can't make the world a better place.*
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Mitch Kapor says we're all spending our careers implementing Dave Winer's ideas. That's nice but I always implement my ideas first, and sometimes it takes an amazingly long time for the cloners to clone them, and they usually don't get it right, and that includes Mitch.
Well that's hubris, but there's a kernel of truth. Winer didn't invent blogs (nor claims to). But no one else works harder to promote the chosen tech. (WebLogs, syndication, OutLiners etc. ) nor manages to combine :
vision (Winer's conception of software as social revolution is spectacular, and always grounded in a democratic impulse to give everyone equal access and right to speak)
development (Winer always turns the vision into working products, formats)
and leadership (he really gets communities of developers to adopt standards. Even though they hate him for it later)
Now blacklisted from the conference circuit apparently : http://www.docuverse.com/blog/donpark/EntryViewPage.aspx?guid=81e6c567-fc29-4b97-a1a3-a8a39d0da678
Criticism : http://eyeonwiner.org/
And a sad falling out : http://scripting.wordpress.com/2006/03/15/about-feedsscriptingcom/ http://www.cadenhead.org/workbench/news/2881/letter-dave-winers-attorney, http://scripting.wordpress.com/2006/03/15/about-feedsscriptingcom/