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I feel compelled to comment since I'm mentioned up there above the fold...

First, this should be obvious to everyone, but in case it is not, my mention of a Faustian bargain was simply a silly attempt to make light of Colman's title metaphor.  Honestly, I did not then and do not now and have not for the past several dust ups had any idea what the source of such dust ups were.  Seriously - no clue.  There seems to persist some inability to communicate grievances between FPers and members, but I can only guess at the nature of those grievances.  They don't appear to have been resolved.  

I'll say this in the hope it might improve whatever it is that needs improving (I am still very unsure what that is):

If these grievances have originated, been discussed, metastasized outside of the public forum of this blog, like in private conversations between FPers, between some FPers and some members, or between members, please remain cognizant of the fact that those private conversations outside of the public forum of this blog are completely unknowable to the VAST majority of those who come here and read this blog, that the VAST majority of those who come here and read this blog cannot be expected to know what the bleep y'all are talking about, and the VAST majority of those who come here and read this blog may feel like whatever issues people have with each other or off the blog probably should like remain there because this is a public blog and not a private therapy session.

If you think your grievances, however personal in nature or whatever, are appropriate content for a public blog, stuff you think the whole world or whole readership might benefit from discussing, can you please come out and tell your readership as explicitly as humanly possible, WHAT or WHO exactly it is you are having WHAT specific issues with?  

And check it out: if you think doing that, naming names, pointing to specific problems, complete with specific exhibits and proof and objective arguments in support of your specific grievances, if you think you don't want to go there on a public blog because you are either too polite to be honest or too afraid to lay all your cards on the table, then think long and hard before posting diaries or front page stories about such grievances.  

I'm not saying this as an attempt to stop people from posting stuff they care about.  I'm saying that as an attempt to encourage contributors to put some thought and effort into these things and think long and hard about what you are trying to accomplish by posting such things before they hit the post button.  I don't care if it's an FP who spouts of a few sentences in frustration with absolutely NO allusion to WTF they are talking about, or members who write long detailed diatribes about how to fix ET when there lacks widespread consensus that anything at all is wrong with ET, or that if something is wrong, WTF it is.  All of it comes across as too vague to be constructive and too weirdly personal to be meaningful to most readers.  I can't figure it out, and I'm a former FPer who talks to ETers I've never met on the phone.  I CANNOT begin to imagine what the new member or reader who comes here for news & analysis makes of all this.  I mean, I have nada against being weirdly personal and airing dirty laundry online.  I do it all the time.  But I try to do it in a way that ensures that even if someone has no freaking clue what I'm talking about, they might learn something new, or have a laugh.  I've screwed up more than anyone here & I try to learn from those embarrassing episodes.  You can learn from them too.  Learn from me and you wont even have to go through the embarrassment yourself!

The past week has been one Important International Thing after another, all in Europe.  This morning there was a terrible earthquake in Rome.  I have a feeling those are the types of things most people come to ET to discuss.  Not this.  

Time to recruit a new generation of FPers who have the time and energy this blog needs.  Time for our members to write more topical diaries.  Myself included.  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Mon Apr 6th, 2009 at 11:39:53 AM EST
Awesome.

This is probably the post I wanted to write, if I could have. Or otherwise, it would've been dvx's, if I could have.

Rock on.

by Nomad on Mon Apr 6th, 2009 at 11:50:20 AM EST
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Thanks!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 6th, 2009 at 12:34:27 PM EST
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Me?!  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Mon Apr 6th, 2009 at 12:50:47 PM EST
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