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Nice summing up of the previous debate.

Concerning point A, if the site should grow, with the possible advantages that would bring (like wider reach, influence) and disadvantages (the loss of a certain coffeshop feeling, or conviviality; unmanageability ?). I came to realize that huge websites, if they happen to lose on the conviviality side, they gain on the neutrality one; in the sense that someone who doesn't particularly seek self promotion will find it easier to join a bigger site, where it's harder to feel as if everybody else is on the exact same lengthwave, and the communion of values and opinions reached such depth through repeated debates in the regulars' circle, that the newcomer risks to be welcomed with

  1. a statement in the line: "we've debated this here several times before", with the more or less obvious implication that a conclusion, one way or another (if not a consensus), has already been reached, and now there is little else left to add to it
  2. a strong feeling of political correctness

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)
by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 07:08:42 AM EST

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