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  •  the Recommended Diary feature (1+ / 0-)
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    was one of the best things to happen to this site
      •  Important, quality diaries (3+ / 0-)
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        JuliaAnn, snakelass, blueoasis
        remain on the front-page for an extended period of time.  This has led to countless excellent diaries over the years that a great number of readers have seen and/or commented in and possibly took action as a result of said diary.  It is impossible to precisely quantify this.

        Before, they just scrolled away into oblivion.  Hardly any eyeballs clicked through into pages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc.... of the diary list.  I believe this advantage far outweighs any minor annoyances about the occasional diary (or sometimes frequent) that makes the list which is not up to standard, or perhaps incorrect, or perhaps vulgar to some, humorous to others, everybody has different tastes ... etc.

        •  True to an extent (2+ / 0-)
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          RickWn, Annalize5

          however what we have seen since the Rec Diary implementation are diarists that write for the sole intention of getting on the Recommended Diary list. While their writing style might be excellent, often the content is not. Unfortunately the system has been configured as such that those not wanting said diary to occupy the precious spot have no say.

      •  IMHO, it's a great help. . . (4+ / 0-)

        . . .if you only have a few minutes to spare.

        With 50 diary titles to choose from, scrolling quickly away on the side, it's nice to be able to hop into just a handful - that a lot of other people already think are worthwhile.

        When I'm at my leisure, I go to the Diaries pages, and read through the intros, etc. But when I just want to see if there's some fresh news, or to read one bit of analysis beyond the front page? Recommended Diaries are a big help.

        What would Gandhi do? "The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty."

        by Robespierrette on Sun Apr 01, 2007 at 08:00:50 PM PDT

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    •  I've long argued (17+ / 0-)

      RD's were responsible for a major change in the dynamics of interaction (and focus) at dKos.

      What they seem to help with is identifying somekind of critical mass amid all the myriad posts, but its far too easy to confab "popularity" with "quality", even in our own assessments.  

      I'd say the diary rescue is actually the best thing that's happened to dkos.  it, too, has its flaws, but as a tool to address inadequacies of the medium and the technology, it offers something very productive.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Sun Apr 01, 2007 at 08:12:23 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed about Diary Rescue, a.g.g., (1+ / 0-)
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        although I've only been here about a year and a half. SusanG's brainchild, with the support of the Rangers, is a gift to all of us.

        As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. - Justice William O. Douglas

        by occams hatchet on Sun Apr 01, 2007 at 08:56:53 PM PDT

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      •  Rescue Rangers as diary police? (0+ / 0-)

        I, too, have great affection also for the Rescued diary segment SusanG introduced. I am often stuck logging on later in the evening and her "brainchild" as occams hatchet describes has been one of the best of many innovations here.

        I was pained this evening, after a several day lay-off to read several comments from Rescue Ranger vcmvo2 that were directed specifically at me and interjected into a diary this Ranger was reading fully eight hours after it's original posting.

        That diary being dyrrachium's, Thank you, U.S. Military Doctors.

        The Ranger, vcmvo2, did not like some of my comments in the diary and at one point, told me to:

        [new] I rescued this diary because it had great merit (1+ / 0-)

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           means are the ends

        Take your bad attitude elsewhere. Your rudeness was really uncalled for, I find it offensive.

        Yes,'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died? Bob Dylan

        by vcmvo2 on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 08:51:22 PM PDT

        I don't know that I agree with Rescue Rangers joining a previously posted convo some eight hours later and attacking the opinions of those who were participating when the diary was active and high on the Recent Diary list and have long since lost the chance to respond or defend their opinions.

        In fact, I found Rescue Ranger vcmvo2'scomments more offensive and reprehensible than anything I posted if only because I don't think a Ranger should be attacking commentors after-the-fact.

        Justifying one's sneak attack by bragging you're a Ranger and encouraging someone to "Take your bad attitude elswhere" hours and hours after that someone had already moved on, the diary was long off the screen and closed, seemed ludicrous to me.

        Give me Rangers who read. They are the saving grace for SusanG's great project, but spare us all the sneak attacks from ego-driven personalities who really like to talk about you behind your back.

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