View Diary: Hey Newbie! (413 comments)
Respect (4.00)Imo, it's about respect for the site. Adhering to established rules is a show of respect for the community as it's been created.
Is the primary value of the site in its community aspect, or as a bullhorn for individuals & 'fuck the rules'?
Come on, folks, you know the answer to that one.
Really, this refers to the age-old rule: don't shit where you eat. I don't quite see the problem with that.
hey, georgiegirl (or guy) - don't take (none)the negs personal... i am in total agreement with you about the quality of the diaries of late. it IS about the rules - it really is!
looking at everyone who wants to be "first" without caring about the quality or relevance of what he/she writes hurts the site. finding 10 "diaries" about rove/plame on the first 50 page is disheartening since i am on dialup at the moment. it is slow to load the next fifty and navigate to find the good diaries that are now lost in the masses.
on occasion when i, too, diary - i run a search and sometimes STILL miss a story that has become lost in the mess of "what movies are you watching...".
when i get called, i delete - even after being annoyed that i've put some significant time and effort into the diary - but, if it's covered, it's covered. i am not annoyed that my diary is not seen, i am annoyed that i've wasted time putting it together and have missed the earlier one - OR i am annoyed after putting in several hours drawing out an argument to find a "first" diary that says BREAKING - something has just happened!!!!! and that is the extent of the damned diary - no direction to the dialogue, rambling and lack of logical discussion follows - meandering "i saw it, too!" comments - yet no pursuing the underlying issues to their logical conclusions with ramifications of their political impact and what we could and should be doing about it.
the difference between "DID YOU SEE THAT!" diaries and "What are we going to DO about THAT?" diaries has been what has made this site different and effective.
there is no faster way to lose the attention of the conyers, slaughters, peolosis and kennedys of the world than to become a social club that is more interested in personal ego than political activismj.
markos has set up a powerful tool in effective political activism. it is up to us to use that tool - not for personal "gain" or "ego-stroking" - but for the original purpose it was intended: a strong unified political voice to be heard by the opposition party and our own representatives!
RIGHT ON! georgia10! this needed to be said - again....