December 05, 2005
New Month Open Discussion
In keeping with tradition, I invite commenters to post their thoughts, questions and whiny complaints about the site, its content and contributors. Lounsbury has promised to be less abusive, so this pretense of customer service might actually be somewhat convincing this month.
In related news, I am setting up a "Memorable" section on the main sidebar. Far too many interesting and useful entries are not accessible to new visitors because they are buried in the Archives or are otherwise difficult to locate. With the help of our contributors, regulars and random passers-by, I'd like to identify entries that were memorable (for whatever reason, but should not all be sex-related) and add them to this section.
As a warning, the hypersensitive spam-guardian may decide to shove all comments containing URLs into the moderation queue, so be patient and/or email me if you're having trouble posting comments. Don't email me if you can't figure out the bloody anti-spam Turing test, I will not be sympathetic.
Posted by eerie at December 5, 2005 01:33 PM
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My compliments regarding the counter with the flags. If you mouse over a flag, you get a little map showing where the country is. This feature is completely useless and yet undeniably cool!
Posted by: Anonymous at December 5, 2005 03:21 PM
i suggest encouraging lounsbury to be more abusive. it makes for more entertaining reading. plus, the objects of his textual thrashings usually deserve it.
Posted by: drdougfir at December 5, 2005 03:56 PM
I suggest encouraging all authors to be more abusive. There is too much undeserved tolerance and tongue biting in the real world as it is.
Posted by: Meph at December 5, 2005 04:06 PM
the objects of his textual thrashings usually deserve it.
Key word being "usually."
Person With Short Memory And Absolutely No Baggage
Posted by: Eva Luna at December 5, 2005 04:25 PM
Suggestion: have two "memorable" sections:
(i) Memorable (Learned)
(ii) Memorable (Juicy)
Posted by: secretdubai at December 5, 2005 05:00 PM
A "Memorable" section?
Are we dead already?
Posted by: matthew hogan at December 5, 2005 09:12 PM
Well Anon, your little note came just as the free trial expired. I have now purchased the stupid-but-cool-flag-counter (that seems to be very poor at tracking statistics but is otherwise interesting).
Re: being abusive, on the record I think it poisons the blog environment, discourages participation and otherwise lowers the overall tone of discussion.
[Off the record, I really do enjoy watching L verbally disembowel utter morons (less so when he burns other contributors, of course). In fact, his creative insults are what drew me to his first journal. He's gotten a bit mellow lately, pity.]
SD - Hmm, a good idea.
Matthew - I am still laughing.
Posted by: eerie at December 5, 2005 10:15 PM
i propose to change some categories as follows:
islamic fundamentalism -> islamism
islamic history -> EITHER "mena history" OR "history of islam" (as a religion)
islamic sects -> what's that???
if "islamic history" is renamed "mena history" i would like to move it out of the "islam general" heading, since it then would not belong there.
if there is a category "religious minorities", should there also be one for ethnic minorities?
re: flags - i do like the idea that hong kong is still its own country ...
Posted by: raf* at December 6, 2005 05:09 AM
I actually created the "religious minorities" article in the process of posting the article on Israeli marriage law, because it seemed more applicable for that specific purpose (but also, perhaps, for future articles which I would love to see others write - hint, hint!) But I'd be all for an ethnic minorities category as well. One of these days I wish someone would write an article or two on the Kurds, for that matter - don't have the knowledge base to do it myself.
Posted by: Eva Luna at December 6, 2005 08:03 AM