Ah History....it is so easy to ignore you. In the vast feedback loop that is the blogosphere, so many deny your existence and are shocked when you reassert yourself.
So...let me present to you denizens of the feedspace....slashcode and Slashdot.
Slashdot was the first group blog, launched in early 1997 by Rob Malda and then joined by his college pals Jeff Bates, Nate Ooooostendorp and others, it quickly rose in prominence to the hourly addiction that it remains today. Issues they've tackled include:
PageRank Spam (for karma, natch)
Page Widening posts
Free Software Licensing of their Codebase
Keeping Advertising from effecting editorial.
The dynamic nature of the .com business and what it does to revenue.
And yet...every single one of these things has popped up again and again. I don't know if you care about these issues, but if you do, check out slashcode and learn! This public service message brought to you by me. This is one of the great things about free software...you can learn from it even if you don't plan on using a line of code. Enjoy!