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We've never had any policy about diaries. We've never had any restrictions on diaries other than content be intelligent. Shergald is sometimes the only new diarist on any particular day.
I can either read, read and comment, or ignore as I wish.
I, frankly, don't see a problem.
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
Can we at least agree that while I/P is certainly relevant for a site which care about international affairs, it is not and should not be its main focus?
The problem with shergald's newspaper clippings is that he brings no expertise to the table, in fact he brings no evidence of higher brain activity to the table at all.
As I said before shergald flushed that comment down the memory hole, and as I maintain still, it would be possible to write a news aggregation spider that would add all the value shergald adds to European Tribune.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
It could be, if we had the resident expertise in the community to provide a quality of analysis similar to what we do with other subjects we cover.
Let's see, just off the top of my head:
kcurie did his PhD in Israel in the not too distant past.
Also recently, stormy was a working in the middle east (and travelling regularly around it), and she speaks arabic.
gk is Jewish (I forget whether he's a dual Israeli citizen) and has displayed a wealth of obscure knowledge.
ceebs has knowledge of international law.
And so on and so forth.
And, in fact, these people regularly diary or comment on the I/P problem. We had lively in-depth discussions of the 2006 Lebanon war, for instance.
By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
Granted, due to the recent Middle East drama, more diaries were posted as events unfolded, and there have been short stretches where one a day was posted but also periods in the past two months when a week went by without a posting. Of the last 20 diaries posted, three are mine, but I do notice that Fairleft also posted a lot during the flotilla crisis and its aftermath.
It is not my intent to overwhelm the site, and I did not believe I was doing that.
Can you give me a number/week which I can stick to? Or if you wish, I can actually schedule in a manner that does not exceed a percentage of IP diaries, say in the last 20 postings.
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