Laste Update: Feb 27, 2014
Beginning of “The Ruined World”
The Mad Tea Party began as “Ruined World” sometime before 2008 as an independent blog. Many of the posts were simply moved from the blog named “Think Different” hosted on Naver, however soon moved due to lack of multi-writer support. (where’s my money! and why can’t we write together! support) First website was under the Apple .Mac (dot-mac) hosting, until MobileMe, a new service succeeded .Mac, was introduced. After MobileMe was publicly launched, the actual logo and name of “Ruined World” had started being used.
Ruined World had often held the political opinions of minority. RW authors extorted to bring rational ideas and conversation. Many of the topics were deemed obscure by public, hence the website died out.
Adoption of WordPress
In 2008, as a result of having “aggressive anti-Korean attitudes”, RW gained some notoriety. Several warnings and real life threats had been made to several writers, including myself from political Korean readers. Some of the accusations involved with rising neo-imperialism in Japan, which we found interesting and moronic. (heck, head editor was a Korean) After all, RW editors and writers sought the solution, which did not help at all till the website actually taken down.
Uncontrollable riot flooded the old, out-dated system of Ruined World, proving MobileMe to be incompetent to host our websites. The plan for the new website with proper hosting and URL address was formed, with lesser people. Yes, some people decided to move on from the dangers of internet.
Many of our softwares also required an upgrade to take advantage of advances in blogging protocol and technologies. More than half of the codes were “ancient artifacts,” (guessing it would sound better in Korean) written in the era of straight-up HTML. Entire system was dependent on decayed databases, deficient to support new applications: for instance, SNS (social network service) integration. Frankly, there was no database.
We could not afford time to develop completely new structures from the scratch. The window of opportunity was simply small. We could either join trends of growing blogging formats, such as Google Blogger, or use an open source software. We decided WordPress would last longer than any other format.
After the moving was complete, we decided to call our new websites “Ruined World V2.0.”
And The Mad Tea Party Comes…
Damages from the Ruined World V1.0 have left irrefutable impact on the website’s reputation and functionality. For 2 years, the site was in the brink of total meltdown. Actually, it did “melt down” several times, simply sprung back up after an attack.
Originally “Ruined World” is the name of the stories that had been written by Dorian Gray (a.k.a. Rian Gray or simply Rian), had published for short period of times before MobileMe was introduced. Therefore, Ruined World was in a shape of book club, when first officially hosted online.
The idea of The Mad Tea Party has risen dramatically after adaption of WordPress as a main system. The goal of the website has changed as well, to keep ourselves updated with contemporary works in different fields: literature, IT, economics, politics, and etc.
In the year of 2010, Ruined World has stopped using its own name, and changed into The Mad Tea Party. The idea was the website must be again opened for public.
As I am writing this in 2014, The Mad Tea Party only has 1 writer/editor of its own.
Our goal is to provide information for discussions and debates and bring such topics into the real life. It is also our hope that we will exclude any elements of routine, illogical arguments from discussions, to sustain the quality of discussion.
If you have any questions or concerns about The Mad Tea party, please email me.