Kerim at Keywords had asked me a lot of serious, not easy to answered questions. These questions are like “any library bibliography online service provide BibTex format for Chinese books" and others. Usaually, I start to smile bitterly and start to busily look for answers. Just like my other cool friends (they are asking questions about digital archives, cough…), those questions are serious and also interesting for folk people（鄉民） like me to play with. The process to answer those questions are difference creative challenges for me. I try to deliver “sweet" answer instead of “sorry, we Taiwanese people don’t care about interoperability issue". So his (and other interesting friends’) questions, and my folk problem-solving practices, make it cool.
Another question he thrown out one month ago when he mentioned about his students in east coast Taiwan is about BBS. “Why are these students crazy about such an expired technology?" he tried to climb out of tons of question marks weaved by dark theme screen, workstation towered, silly ASCII semi-animation BBS dungeon. I must admit he is absolutely right. BBS is old, ancient religious relics. It marked the era of UNIX, embodied the whole in similar form, little dark black community gazing at the same imaginary interface. Everybody (if there are really “bodies") tied to a central limited server, and meet one another in listing with descriptions of “ugly dragon" sort of label in mind. That’s our BBS.
But neither Kerim nor I could imagine the BBS technology today. Just like IRC is living well, BBS survive the WWW attack and gain more power, energy and features in the era of Web 2.0. It became the modern shrine of coolness, smart slangs emerge just as volcano explode (under the sea of web development) that no one knows but BBS users. Users, yes, I did say the word, average 20 thousands of people online today, in the same dungeon.（請參考維基百科批踢踢條目的說明） Connecting all college students of Taiwan, and their own connected culture. They are borged, and when your are giggling reading the “Hate" board（恨版 | 黑特版） entries and people’s moderation comments （推 | 噓）, you are borged too.
It is Dragon Boat Festival today. While commenting 2260, our international figure of Taiwanese first family, is becoming the Taiwanese national movement, maybe we will start to get close to understand such a collective, powerless / powerful phenomena of 2006 Taiwan. BBS strikes back, mourning our lost in a poetic, nostogic way.