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    certainly supports your view. I personally did not find the diary "insulting" -- DHinMI specifically talked about lapses in judgment, and his personal respect for several names he recognized. But certainly plenty of people felt insulted, and that got in the way of the discussion.

    It's also true that a Recommendation is an essentially selfless act. Sometimes it even pushes the Recommender's own diary down.

    Nonetheless: I would ask all of us to notice diaries that contain attacks on the character of a public figure and make poorly supported accusations against him / her.

    •  EGGGGSactly (none)
      I personally did not find the diary "insulting" -- DHinMI specifically talked about lapses in judgment, and his personal respect for several names he recognized. But certainly plenty of people felt insulted, and that got in the way of the discussion.

      1. Most of the people expressing outrage on this thread, claiming I told them what they can and can't recommend, yada yada yada, weren't even on that list.  Some just wanted to be contrarian, and continue the long-standing reaction that "nobody's gonna tell me what to do!"  In fact, one of the most faux-outraged people on this thread made a point downthread to say he was going over to that other diary to recommend it just because of this diary.  What fucking judgement, that they'll go over and promote what I think was deliberate slander against a public official just to spite me.  Sheesh.

      2. You're correct, I made a point to say I like and respect some of the people on that list.  Note--not you, because you probably caught it, but if anyone else strolls by here--note that I didn't call the people who recommended it stupid, I said they were being mindless.  Implied is that they have the capacity to make better judgments, but they're not exercising that capacity.  I think a lot of insecurities fly out whenever anyone challenges someone, that they can't admit "oops, yeah, I kinda screwed up there."  They just go on the counterattack.

      3. Frankly, most of the people on that list?  I don't know who the hell they are.  I think there are lots of people who just recommend any damn outrageous diary they see, being it on the WTC conpsiracy theories, the flimsiest accusations that Bush stole the 2004 election, that a Democrat is evil, whatever.  Because most respectable diaries that make the reco list, I'll recognize half or more of the names on the list.  But the shitty diaries, the ones like I just described, and the ones like the one that prompted my reaction last night?  I don't know most of those people, and few of them are regular participants on diaries or front page posts.  They're simply recommenders, and some of them do a piss-poor job of it.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:04:22 PM PST

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      •  But, there's something to learn here. (none)
        I thought the whole exercise was entirely within the bounds of reasonable discourse and respect for each other.

        But in many ways it didn't work. People got their backs up.

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