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That depends on what you value. On this site we value debate. Long comment threads tend to spawn new diaries to develop tangents. That way the conversation develops. You may like monologue more.

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
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 10th, 2010 at 09:51:17 AM EST
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No, I prefer a lot of viewer interest. Comments are unnecessary, in fact, even though they are welcome.

From what I can surmise, some people believe that anything posted on the IP situation is old hat, and as we all know where the next phase of this conflict is going, there's not much to debate. Events appear to overwhelm solutions reached by local debates. Nobody is listening. Moreover, there's nothing that a group of bloggers can do to resolve the conflict through debate, by insinuating that the site has a position on the conflict, and there's no much more to say.

THe IP conflict is an ongoing historical drama which is being followed by various diarists including myself, and needs to be publicized as events happening. WOuld it have been preferable to discourage diaries about the Gaza FLotilla because we all already knew that Israel would not let it make land in Gaza? Old hat.

by shergald on Thu Jun 10th, 2010 at 10:11:57 AM EST
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shergald:
Comments are unnecessary, in fact, even though they are welcome
No, because we all need our assumptions and the news we quote challenged, to keep us intellectually honest.

That's what this site is about.

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

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 10th, 2010 at 10:15:52 AM EST
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