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I disagree. I don't think it was any easier at all. It's just that back then, there was less complaining about it because there were fewer links in the first place (and also because most of the people knew each other, like you said, though I think it's because they had more reason to think before starting to rock the boat, lest it be interpreted as personal). If you go back into the archives and check out PaleoMeFi (starting from the point where 85% of the posts weren't from Matt himself), the same categories of links were posted in roughly the same percentages as they are today. The only real difference now is the quantity. People often recall the "good old days" through a somewhat rose-colored brain fog. The Way We Were tends to be The Way We Weren't.
Therefore, the odds are pretty good that anything that's on, say, Ananova, Reuters, AP...
Actually, Ananova has carved out a bit of a niche for itself when it comes to offbeat stories. And since I rarely visit Ananova unless someone else has pointed me there for a particular reason (and I doubt very many non-UK residents do either), any weird Ananova news links posted here are new to me. And note that Ananova stories make up about 90% of the links in that Moreover snippet with which you started this thread.posted by aaron at 12:39 AM on March 12, 2001