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"as much a think tank (however much we may hate that term...) as it is a news source."

Well as least you are willing to concede that the function of the site exceeds your more narrow conception. I would suppose that for me, I'm on the "news source" side of the picture. If the site does not provide news than its visitor interest might likely decline. In fact, I would have to say that most of the diaries do provide news.

by shergald on Thu Jun 10th, 2010 at 11:34:35 AM EST
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ET is basically just another place to post and discuss diaries -- mostly on current news but also about alternative power, trains, and photos -- with special focus on Europe. I.e., look at the diaries and that's what ET is.

The incoherent silliness of the attacks on you -- 'this is kind of a think tank' is one of those incoherencies, and so is the notion that 'views' is a terrible measure of viewer interest compared to comments or recs -- is because the attackers can't simply state that they feel there have been too many I/P diaries lately, especially two-three days ago when three of them were on the rec list. That was the trigger for these outbursts.

Anyway, I agree there've been too many I/P diaries lately. It happens once in a great while. Relax and enjoy Friday photography.


by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Fri Jun 11th, 2010 at 02:20:46 PM EST
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Yes it does happen once in a while. And I agree with your summary.

Administration should gain the capacity to get diaries off the rec list, just as it can delete comments, and thus moderate the amount of IP if it should get excessive. Maybe the stay on the rec list is set too high. On the other I have been watching the "quantity" factor, and it should work out.

by shergald on Fri Jun 11th, 2010 at 02:46:07 PM EST
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On the other I have been watching the "quantity" factor, and it should work out.

well done shergald.

please post comments in other diaries, as i feel you have wise things to say about other issues too.

thanks for being harmonic.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Jun 11th, 2010 at 03:13:07 PM EST
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