Okay, I just recreated my account to say: c'mon, Pinners, this site is fucking TRYING and "wah, this sucks, I want my old Hairpin back" is just so disrespectful to the obvious efforts of Jazmine & Co. So New Hairpin, for the record, I have the greatest respect for your determination and spirit to recapture the essence of the Old Hairpin and make it your own.
As for "where did everyone go", well...I migrated over to The Toast because I enjoyed Nicole Cliffe's writing style and found the site playing host to a really wonderful comment community so I pitched my tent, bought the T-shirt, etc.
I know The Hairpin had a few rough years when they sadly waved goodbye to some really talented writers, and perhaps that explains the "ghost town" feel in the comment section: Laws of attraction, y'all. But sweet baby Jeebus, give The New & Improved Hairpin a chance. And lastly, if a writer from a sister site like The Toast can be inspired by 2011 Hairpin posts (perhaps Mallory is free-rolling off it and giving it her own special spin, who really knows) then for goodness sake, why can't The Hairpin do the same, ESPECIALLY SINCE IT WAS THEIR ORIGINAL IDEA.
@tofuswalkman OK, but if we're trafficking in these kinds of observations, wouldn't it be also, if not more, important to remark how perhaps The Toast developed their version of the "x in art" post from The Hairpin? I'm not making any accusations, but to "fourth the sentiment against plagiarizing ideas" is a strong statement, hating meant or not.
@octagonfudge Not a ripoff: http://thehairpin.com/2011/08/painful-groins-in-art/
@tofuswalkman Not plagiarism!! Lili has been writing a close-up of "Stuff in Art" series since before The Toast launched: http://thehairpin.com/2011/08/painful-groins-in-art/
@AmandaElsewhere Oh whew! Because this definitely isn't plagiarism. Lili has been writing this series since before The Toast launched: http://thehairpin.com/2011/08/painful-groins-in-art/
Lili has been writing a close-up of "Stuff in Art" series since before The Toast launched, so plagiarism accusations really don't hold here! See her first post from Aug 2011: http://thehairpin.com/2011/08/painful-groins-in-art/
JUST TO BE CLEAR
@HereKitty Thank you! I was about to say. Don't get it twisted, Pinners.
@AmandaElsewhere Yeah, what's the deal? This is pretty clearly a concept that started with Mallory.
I mean, isn't this almost exactly what Mallory Ortberg has been doing? Is this commentary about that series, or something? Please let it be something other than a ripoff.
Are you guys gonna just be the toast now?