Warning: Gratuitous Conspiracy Theory. With the sudden demise of weblogs.com, the rise of Atom as a syndication standard, the birth of reallysimplesyndication.com (see: aggressive evangelism) and the shift of the advisory board of RSS in recent months in context:

It seems plausible that the reason Dave booted everyone without warning is that he didn’t want them to be saved. The resources, both monetary and technical, would seem to be available to save those blogs—why not save them? Is there perhaps a business purpose for the very valuable Weblogs.com in the wings? Is there a little more anxiety about the potential for RSS to wane than is being acknowledged, necessitating a ramped up effort for that format? What is Dave doing with weblogs.com in the post-freebie era? Surely it won’t just sit unused…