It's great that Matt is just one of the guys when it comes to posting but, with respect, this post
of his seems way below average. It's a short news item, from a big media source, which will already be known to those who follow the news. The post, though, is not the point. My question is "To what extent are we allowed - or able - to criticize his posts as if he were just another user?" Is it ungracious, ungrateful or downright rude, for instance? Fwiw, my opinion is that special treatment and undue deference are just as annoying and even insulting.
How kosher is posting websites in languages other than English? Aren't we missing out on a sizeable - and valuable
- part of the Web? The available online translation machines I've tried so far (Babel Fish
et al.) are dreadful and hinder more than they help, but I've recently found WorldLingo
to be appreciably less bad. MetaFilter users seem, to me at least, to be very interested in - and open to - "foreign" languages. Should posters risk posting a machine translation along with a link to a website in a non-English language, for instance?
Links do improve and furnish a comment
: When people do a little research before they comment and include a helpful or amusing link (and some users, like sheauga
put in almost as much work as they do in their posts), threads gain a new life and go off in all sorts of interesting directions. Sometimes deliciously and all at once. Some more threadbare posts, like the Libeskind one, are actually repaired and rehabilitated by the ensuing links. For some, linky comments may be a pain - do many actually click on them, given that a few don't even read the main links? - but I, for one, think they're dandy and would like to see more of them.