Every once in a while people lament that the web is not what it once was. I claim that this web is still there but hidden. Hidden between commercial interests optimized for attention.
Surely the past is romanticized. The web in the 90s had its problems as well. Remember the Flash ads and pervasive construction signs. Still, we did not have full videos on auto-play back then.
Today, when you visit a website to read an article, which might be a thousand words of text, your browser might easily load megabytes of data for that. The whole bible fits into one megabyte. When these data packets arrive I would love to go into spartan mode and kick them into a deep dark hole.
I would love to be in a more spartan web. What if it is actually all out there? What if I have just not discovered it yet?
Define: Spartan Web
I want to see the amateurs, hobbyists, and nerds because their (primary) interest is not commercial. There is nothing wrong with earning money on the web but in my experience it makes a difference if you optimize for your readers or their wallets (or attention).
I want to see pages which load less than 1MB, ideally less than 100KB like this one. Especially if the content is text. Sometimes illustrations are worth it and with todays high-resolution screens images can be big.
I want to see more hand-written HTML and CSS. If you are producing content for the web then it makes sense to know what the web is made of.
These are guidelines, not rules. Publishing on the web involves creativity. Creativity involves breaking rules.