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  •  I don't like the vibe in here; it's getting nasty. (none)

    ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

    by PhillyGal on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 03:43:56 PM PST

    •  yea this really devolved quickly. (none)
      and since the original poster is not a troll I don't even get any good recipies.

      By the way is this hread an oxymoron.  A diary about the evils of wasted comments resulting in another mass of wasyed space.  Just wondering if oxymoron is the correct word.

      We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

      by delver rootnose on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 04:06:23 PM PST

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      •  Oxymoronic? I could be nasty, and say (none)
        it's half right ;)

        ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

        by PhillyGal on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 04:10:21 PM PST

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        •  that was funny. But I do think.. (none)
          This whole diary needs one big time out.  You know a minute in the corner of the blogsphere for every zero rating.  Of course if the blogsphere is a sphere then where is the corner.

          We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

          by delver rootnose on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 04:17:11 PM PST

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          •  LOL; Right, there is no corner! (none)

            ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

            by PhillyGal on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 04:23:44 PM PST

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          •  It wasn't a bad diary (3.66)
            Though I totally disagree. I like the one liner and a really brilliant one can even earn a 4 from me if its that good. It's sad though to see this ridiculous sniping and I wish the whole back and forth would just get troll rated out of this discussion.

            First, humor is essential here because if we're not laughing we're just all going to freak out about how most Americans are too stupid to see how truly evil Bush and Co. really are. Also, many of us aren't wonks or poli sci majors so we participate through comic relief.
            Second, I would think many of us, short of time, sometimes use the amount of comments to help us choose the most interesting diaries to jump into, along with titles and author name and even possibly word count.
            Third, I actually think what you suggest would be a sort of watering down of the meaning of ratings in that people would then be using 4s to simply suggest agreement because they weren't "allowed" to simply say yes, and then maybe even throw in a quip, one-liner or small addendum that they would not do otherwise lest they be met with swift retribution in the form of 2s and possibly even 1s or 0s. 4s would become just some indicator of agreement instead of a reward for quality.

            I am amazed the number of 4s a one liner that just says "Fuck Bush" can get versus a mutiple paragraph contribution. I just don't think this would actually solve the problem.

            •  I don't disagree with what you say.. (none)
              The time out comment was not because I thought the diary was bad I just think the flame war it inspired has gotten out of control.

              it is rather funny that in a diary about signal to noise ratio we get the noise of a flame war.

              I am little bored with 'meta' navel gazing diaries but nothing deserves the vitrol expressed in this one.

              We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

              by delver rootnose on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 04:39:48 PM PST

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