Jan 4, 2009

From FaTianXia to YaDian-从法天下到雅典学园

This is a bilingual post. The Chinese version is following the English.
这是一篇双语日志,中文部分在后面。

The logo of FaTianXia.
FaTianXia (Red characters beside the left stamp of Chinese traditional "Law") means Law in the World, or Law for the World, or Study from the World, etc. The black inscription is specially presented by professor Jiang Ping, the most prominent Jurist in China. It says: Rule of the Law for Everwhere, and Thinking for China (my bad translation, while it has far more implications in Chinese).

 

FaTianXia[dot]com (closed now) impressed me when I saw it at the first sight by its significant technological progress comparing to other Chinese online legal communities. Its founder, KaKaYu had obviously tried his best to design a user-friendly and multifunctional Web 2.0 style interface. I blogged it with joy immediately.

Perhaps because of the "BBS culture" in Chinese Internet sphere, or because of the tendency of grand narrative in Chinese legal blogosphere (this tendency has been changing significantly in recent two years), the content in FaTianXia was not as diverse as its technological functions [1]. However, the defects cannot obscure the virtues. It is still one of the best non-profit grass-roots legal communities in China, at least in my view.

In fact, because I have my own independent BLawgDog.com, so I actually was not an active user of FaTianXia. I just established a mirro site of BLawgDog at FaTianXia, and occationally uploaded my posts together with their URLs at BLawgDog to lure the eyeballs to my own site. For a UGC (User-generated Content) site, criticising it but with almost zero contribution is more or less an unkind behavior. 

Last December, FaTianXia was closed.  I don't know the exact reason, so I cannot say anything on it.  What I can say currently is: I find a new Web 2.0 style Chinese legal site: YaDian (means Athens Academe in English). It might be the best non-profit grass-roots online legal communities in China, at least in my view.


  从见到法天下的第一天起,我就被它深深吸引。相比其它中文法律社区网站,它在技术理念上大大进步。其主办者卡卡鱼从一开始就尽力将其打造成为一个界面友好、功能丰富的Web2.0网站。为此我还兴奋地专门写过一篇日志

  也许是因为中文网络环境中的“BBS文化”,也可能是因为中文法律博客圈的宏大叙事倾向(近两年有非常大的改观),法天下中的内容还是比较平面化和单一化。但瑕不掩瑜,在我看来,它仍然是中国最好的非营利性草根法律社区之一。

  事实上,由于有法豆主站,我并不是法天下的活跃用户,只是在上面建了个法豆的镜像站,偶尔地将法豆上的内容及链接复制过去,小心眼里还有勾引流量的意思。对一个用户创造内容(UGC)的网站,自己没多大贡献还说它内容不够多元,多少有些不厚道。

  上个月,法天下突然关闭了。我不知道具体的原因,所以也不可能对此发表什么意见。我只是想说:有一个新的网站叫“雅典学园”,它非常地2.0,可能是中国最好的非营利性草根法律社区之一。

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