DON'T GO THERE COMMENTS

I decided not to go there. now i am having big doubts that i might have missed out on something great, but, i beleived your text and i want that imaginary site out there to keep keepin' on. -SH

I went to the don't go there site and left without clicking anything. I felt like the design of the place was telling me fairly urgently to click where it said HERE in blue, even though the text itself was compelling enough to convince me to want to participate in the so-hard-to-feel-good-about non-participatory way. I think the feeling was akin to how I feel about smoking and other sensory-reward-based habits--how not lighting up IS good but doesn't FEEL good, what FEELS good is lighting up and taking a drag. And dammit, clicking feels good, even knowing WHERE to click is a little bit of a buzz. So I left feeling better than myself, in a mind-over-matter way, but now I feel like I need some chocolate or something. -CS

I went to your site and it said it had expired in 57 min. after 100 hits, so I didn't get to "go there" whether I wanted to or not. Have I completed my mission? -JP

I fall into the analytical group and waited to see what the outcome of the first hour would be. I had two theories. One, down in five minutes (I was tempted to participate in that one, but decided I couldn't learn as much from my hit). Two, Your friends would procrastinate and wait as I did. Looks like an average of the two, as I figure a hit wouldn't last a full minute. What I want to know is: What does the curve of hits vs. time look like? Do most of the hits group at the beginning - the killers - and trail off to the observers (read procrastinators)? HT

As Diana Vreeland once said "Elegance is refusal." I didn't go there. ER

i don't know *exactly* when i clicked but im pretty sure it was before 12:20. i was only going to click once- more satisfying than not clicking at all, but when i saw the number 11, i wanted to see how fast people were clicking (assuming that it was a sequential counter) and was surprised that it was already to 17 on my second click - so maybe i was closer to noon. at that point, i figured i had better things to do. -KM

i like the little feet -- they're cute and remind me of the souvenier shop at the beach for some reason -- so i chose not to click them... -AS

You've thrown me into a quandry. Perhaps it's just my Libra indecision, but in the context of the statement that you've added to the top of the web page, the decision to click or not to click has heavy implications. I don't know whether the page should exist or not?? I'll think about it. -JM

Sorry, Jack -- I clicked. Mainly because I was too curious to see what would happen (other than the possibility of the site disappearing) if I did click. However, I did restrain myself from clicking more than once -- bad habit of multiple clicking -- or if I am a slow networking -- starting to load the page and then I will stop and reload it later on if it was taking a long time. -JA

i "right-clicked" to get your e-mail address, mr. gasoline. does that make me life-affirming, leaving death in my wake..like california, or something? you DID hear about the arrest at crossgates mall in albany of the guy wearing a t-shirt that said "give peace a chance", didn't you? albany, leading the way again -JK

ah, was putting a fire out around 12 and got to it at 1. it died three minutes before i could have a look -ZP

i went there and wanted to click but it said the page had expired. like the life of a firefly. -JM

jack, g-d, i love conceptual art...here's to a long life. -JK

I admit it. I went there four times. Maybe even five. I first logged in around 19, and clicked right back on monents later and was up to 23. I saved that 23 page onto my computer for safe keeping. I checked back later, around 53, and although nothing really spectacular was happening to the sight ( I guess I envisioned some gradually descending form of pervasive chaos, taking over the sight and rending it to irreparable bits with each hit), though I guess the numerals were getting a little greyer. I clicked back on a minute or so later, and it was only up to 54. The hits seemed to have slowed down, somewhat- although the end apparently came quickly.

I'm number 70 -BB

I'm sorry; I couldn't help it. I had to go there. But to make up for it, I won't pay taxes this year.

Is there a brick and mortar equivalent of your web site that I can not go to? I like not going to BarnesAndNoble.com and sometimes I don't go to Borders. Often I'll visit their page and spite them by leaving it up on my screen for hours and never clicking on any links. It's sort of like browsing in their stores for hours and never ever buying anything or cracking open a tome for review. -KL

JG, c'mon..i had to go there...how could i not? -DC (#49)

"It is better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all" Experiences are to be had. Resources to be used. Life to be lived. Number 32 and proud. --PC

Is it just me or is your site's content about not looking at your site's content? -CN

Cool site. I clicked don't go there but I beleive it was after all the counting was actually done. Still I had to see what everyone was talking about. I have a quick question though, how did 100 people even find out about you site within the first hour? Is there some news site im not reading? -P

Your website (and its implications) is the most original and thought-provoking idea I've come across in some time. ÊSadly, I know I would have clicked. ÊI can only hope to show more restraint on its future incarnation. Out of curiosity, how many people visiting the site refrained from clicking the link? -NS

Is there a brick and mortar equivalent of your web site that I can not go to? I like not going to BarnesAndNoble.com and sometimes I don't go to Borders. Often I'll visit their page and spite them by leaving it up on my screen for hours and never clicking on any links. It's sort of like browsing in their stores for hours and never ever buying anything or cracking open a tome for review. Don't read this -KL

jack, i found the whole idea of your 'don't go there' website intruiging, and was just wondering if you or your friends produced any other similar sites. Êwell i thank you for being alive and expressing your creativity. be well. -CB

hi. i just read about your site and it's intended message in Wired online. as a politically active person, i think that your message was excellent, and that this sort of example is a great way to make the point that we are all in fact responsible for the state of the world. As a student of (music) composition, i also appreciate the site as a piece of ephemeral art. Both asthetically and politically "Don't Go There" was absolutely the most brilliant work i've heard of recently. ÊWired magazine writes that you might create sort of "spinoff" ideas with slightly greater longevity. I truly hope that you do. -JK

nice marketing gimmick! your site likely will get tens of thousands of visitors now that your story is covered in Wired news, which in turn sees CNN and Lycos news space. I read that you had some special meaning behind your glorious moment in time, but I fully expect that within a few days you will have sold the domain to some porn company for $10,000. Good luck on your quest for virtues and try keep it real. I hope your ideals are true, but they are rare online. -DY