Is this style of post
really worthy of the site?
posted by SeizeTheDay to Etiquette/Policy at 11:14 AM (54 comments total)
I know we've had single link posts to the NYTimes; I've posted a couple myself. And usually, they're fine. My concern is the second link - the comments section of the Times, which I don't think is appropriate for the front page. There are a few reasons I think this is wrong:
1) Many of the comments in our thread are using the comments in the Times as a means of attacking others, without giving those people (in the Times) an opportunity to respond. Not only do the Times commentators not know they're being discussed, and often times openly mocked, but even if they were to discover this site, they'd have to pony up $5 to defend themselves.
2) We have an unwritten rule (or maybe it's written and I didn't see it) that we don't attack other communities. It's unhealthy for open conversation, and frankly makes us look like a bunch of asshats.
3) MetaFilter posts are about the links, and not about chatrooms. There are literally millions of sites with room for open comment, and it's a real policy shift when we're simply allowed to link to those forums as fodder for discussion. I understand that there's room for interpretation here, but it's a slippery slope when a front page post link simply links to conversation, and not real content.
4) It's a touchy subject, political in nature, and one where I believe there should be stronger enforcement of real content to be allowed to stay on the front page.
IMHO, it was an sub-par post, but really led to a thread full of the worst of what MetaFilter has to offer, and I really think we can do better.