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  •  It's not just the rules (none)
    Yes, that was point number one, but a lot of the rules violations would be ameliorated if people used the RSS feeds for breaking news and the diary search.

    That was my real point--the functionality.

    blog | These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined. -- Homer Simpson

    by folkbum on Wed Jul 06, 2005 at 07:11:58 PM PDT

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    •  I'm certainly a relative newbie... (4.00)
      but I have to admit, I like to see breaking news diaries.  And, I'll admit that I have posted a few.  Not so much because I need this to get news -- Buzzflash works really well for that -- but because I want to see what people think about it.

      If I want to see what the washington post says about something, I'll read the washington post.  But, I want to see what other people think.  What do the legal people here think?  Is it a real issue?  Is it BS?  What do the politicos think?  Is it going to stick?  How's it going to shape things?

      While a quick diary about a breaking news event may not be a work of art in and of itself, it can provide a forum for discussion.   An RSS feed doesn't.

      •  I think it's fine to post breaking news (4.00)
        but there should be some insightful commentary to go with it.  Why is the news important?  What's the historical context of it?  What questions or larger issues does it raise?  

        The two things that make this site great are the profound analyses and the great discussions.  And the snark.  The three things that make this site great are the analyses, the discussions and the snark.  And the pooties.  The four things...  I'll come in again.

        •  There's a fine line.. (4.00)
          I know what you're saying.  But to me, some of the most interesting diaries to read actually have really lame diary entries.  I'm not saying that I haven't seen some kick-ass diaries, full of original content and brilliant insights.

          There are also plenty of original diaries that are pretty lame, with half-cocked speculations, misinformed views, and shaky logic.  But the reason that I keep coming back is that the discussion that follows the diary is fascinating.

          I'll let you in on a little secret-- when I see a really long diary entry about a subject that I am interested in, I generally skip to the comments.  After reading a few comments, I decide whether to read the whole thing.  I guess I'm a lazy reader...  I'm overworked, lacking sleep, and either stealing time at work or watching an 11 month old tearing apart the house.  I value the comments -- the discussion -- more highly than 99.9% of the diaries themselves.  

          I feel that the diaries are providing a valuable service if all they do is provoke discussion on an interesting topic.

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