Am I the first person to wonder if there might be beef coming between the Metafilters of the world and managed weblog style magazines like Gawker, a weblog magazine for New York? That is, Metafilter is sort of a democratic free-for-all where anyone can post a story, a situation that has a lot of pros and cons. A pro is that you see a lot of weird and interesting stories and links. A con is that there is often no focus, and no editing to filter out all the crap. I wonder if magazine style formats like Gawker will allow a typical reader like me to screen out a lot of the noise on sites like Metafilter and find more relevant content. One way or another, I think the advent of Gawker is probably a good thing.
Jason Kottke expressed a similar sentiment on his blog a few days back.