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Anyone else noticed that there are a lot of self-appointed "hall monitors" floating around on this blog nowadays? Citizen patrols who decide on what is and what is not "diary worthy?" I, for one, enjoy reading shorter diaries. Often I don't have time to ingest a novella in order to get someone's point. I like the free exchange of ideas. I enjoy humorous diaries be they satire, farce or the occasional cynical wordplay. That's what democracy is supposed to be about. Yet there are some among us (you know who you are) who feel compelled to comment and belittle the oft-well-intentioned efforts of others. These cyber-poobahs remind me of the condo commandos in South Florida, the ever-present bands of older ladies who are on the lookout for their fellow condo owners who may not be following the letter of the by-laws as they interpret them.

Sure, I've been zapped myself but I only felt compelled to rant after reading other diaries that had similar comments from the cyber gestapo. Comments like "Not really diary material", "There's an open thread over there" or my favorite "don't you know that when you post a diary it moves everyone else's diary down on the list"
Uh huh. And then you die and they throw dirt on the box and then they go have lunch...
I'm sure a blog-cop can rationalize their "suggestions" and say they are being offered up for the "greater good", but please - it is the same arrogant posturing, the same censorship, the same self-indulgence that we find so abhorrent on the far right. So whatever your intentions, remember, freedom of speech is just that and any efforts to stifle or mold it to a preconceived form is simply not freedom.

Let's just be good neighbors, okay? Check out this insightful piece by pastordan, it may help us to get our bearings
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/4/13314/5803

Passion, courage, generosity and love - the things I like to bring to the party....

Originally posted to smartinez on Thu Oct 06, 2005 at 05:50 AM PDT.

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  •  I Second that emotion (none)
    nt
  •  agree with some of your points (4.00)
    but, i think it's important to realize that with 67,000+ users, we need the rules to maintain some semblance of sanity here.

    Could you imagine if even 30,000 users decided to post a diary every day?  We wouldn't be able to read anything here at all, it would fly by so fast.

    Rules like posting snippets in an open thread, deleting repeat diaries, and putting substance in diaries are not meant to stifle discussion or homogenize the discourse, but the rules are there purely for a functional purpose--without them, this site would be shitty. That's the plain truth.

    I do think that people need to be slightly more polite in pointing out the rules, though.

    Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty..." - Lincoln

    by Georgia Logothetis on Thu Oct 06, 2005 at 06:03:08 AM PDT

  •  Woah, too early for the Diary Police (none)
    I haven't even had my doughnut yet!

  •  I see favoritism also (4.00)
    I have seen diaries pop up here with valid points and commentary by people that get near zero attention and it falls off the list, then someone with "name recognition" posts a diary on practically the same topic and it gets paid attention to.  Many times recommended!

    "I'm a fully qualified Bedazzler who makes denim come alive!!" - Mr. Gisby

    by Brubs on Thu Oct 06, 2005 at 06:20:26 AM PDT

  •  OK, but the rules.... (none)
    Rules, rules, rules.

    There are rules for participating here, rules that make it fairer to all, because over 50,000 users are  sharing space on the diary roll.  Rules about not making diaires out of "open thread" comments.  Rules about one diary per day.  It's all about being considerate of other users, that's why the rules exist.  And people who just ignore them or think they don't apply to them, well, that's just annoying.

    "For the Mardi Gras
    Neo-con domestic shock and awe.."--Rep. Major Owens

    by Cathy on Thu Oct 06, 2005 at 06:23:26 AM PDT

  •  This again. (none)
    Don't use the Mirror of Vanity that is 'Menu'/'Diaries'.  Use 'Recent Diary List' or go one step beyond.

    It took me way longer to write this comment than to say eh and move on.

  •  When posting a negative comment (none)
    I would think it would be helpful to ask yourself: A, is it necessary to say this, and B, is it helpful to say this.  If yes to both then you should make the comment.  Otherwise, cut the person a little slack.  My rule of thumb, anyway.
  •  One more comment- (none)
    I got a 1 rating on a comment and had no idea why, as the person did not reply to the comment or say anything.  Being pretty new here it would have helped me to know why they felt it necessary to rate it unproductive. IMO if you are going to give a rating like that either say why or don't rate at all.  Again, though, I am new and not quite up on all the rules.
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