You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em… – Kenny Rogers
I’m shutting down WartVid. WartVid was a project to get the Wartburg Seminary community to save money on DVD rentals and Netflix subscriptions by listing each person’s collection online and making it easy to share. It had a lot of great accomplishments:
- Over 1600 DVDs available, across a wide number of genres
- More than 60 enrolled participants, representing nearly a third of Wartburg’s on-campus students and faculty
- Written in fewer than 10 hours, total, by using the excellent Perl MVC framework Catalyst
Yet after the initial burst of enthusiasm, interest waned. I found that I didn’t even use it much myself, which is a bad sign for a hobby project. When the site starting turning up Internal Server Errors a few months ago, nobody even noticed, let alone complained.
So long, WartVid. It was fun, while it lasted.