Rogers, in all honesty, I think this is a case where you're taking it too personally. Why:
1) Your link on the front page of the "etiquette/policy" section says you're complaining about me creating a new thread when I should have tacked onto the already-extant one instead. Fine, a perfectly acceptable argument worth discussing. But once inside the thread you switch to an entirely different argument, that I was only trying to engage in political nyah-nyahing and stir up trouble.
2) Worse, I linked to Drudge, a guy for whom you obviously have a strong personal distaste.
3) I didn't post that thing specifically to piss you off, or any of the other liberals here. I posted it because the actions of the Clinton staffers disgusted me, and I thought it was different enough from the original (which was just about screwing with 'W' keys) to be worth pointing out and bringing up for discussion.
I can't really prove a negative; I can't prove to anyone's satisfaction that I wasn't sitting here last night rubbing my hands together with glee thinking, "Ooooh, this is gonna make 'em all mad!" All I can do is say what I was feeling at the time. Besides, I hate having something I did be ripped to shreds in MetaTalk. I absolutely despise it. It makes me very uncomfortable. And given the general level of uneasyness around here lately about political threads, too many posts in general, etc., I've been trying to be extra careful not to do anything to cause a total shitstorm. If I had known it was going to cause all this arguing, I never would have posted it.
4) Two words: Ashcroft threads. As you just posted, Rogers, there have been several discussions in MetaTalk lately about political posts. And one of the points a lot of people agreed on was that there's a double standard on MeFi WRT liberal posts vs. conservative posts: Liberal posts, and rude liberal responses, can come a mile a minute without much problem, but conservative posts tend to make at least somebody start tossing out accusations of "baiting" or "trolling." And I think that, to at least a small extent, that's what's happening here, and the Ashcroft threads are proof. There have been tons of them ever since he was nominated, a new one coming along every time the last one starts to peter out or slip down the page, if not earlier. There's even another new one today. And little has been said about it. And those threads really piss me off, I can tell you. But I let them be. And I don't think they're there just to piss off the conservative MeFites.
So if you think I was wrong to make a post about something that already recently been discussed, okay, I accept that. But I don't think the political argument is legit.
Anyway, the original thread was 38 posts down when I started the new thread. I honestly thought it had been long enough since then, and that the subject matter had changed enough, to make it worth posting. I'm sorry to have misjudged. But I would like to point out that despite the huge number of posts before and since, it's still the 2nd-most-active thread of the last 24 hours. So a lot of people do want to talk about it, y'know.
Look at what I posted right after it. That thread had everything: A touch of politics, activism, globalization, and a goofy new web toy all mixed in. And yet that thread was DOA. It's not always easy to gauge what people want to read.posted by aaron at 5:11 PM on January 25, 2001
MeFites in general, if not the whold world. It wasn't taken seriously, but now I have more evidence to show that it was serious; $200K+ in damage. If I had been intentionally trying to piss you off, I could have written something much more in-your-face.posted by aaron at 10:21 PM on January 25, 2001
Try to defend this, conservatives -- even one of your own says John Ashcroft is a perjurer. He asked a job applicant, "do you have the same sexual preference as most men?"
It shows people want to talk about it, if nothing else. Once again it's the second-most-active link posted thus far today. Maybe it is warranted? (Just asking for sake of discussion; I'm undecided on if a day is long enough to wait.)
... you would have objected.
No, honestly, I wouldn't have. People can post on the front page whatever they want, AFAIC, and I'm more than used to the near-hourly attacks here on Bush, the GOP and all things conservative. (And the near-hourly new Ashcroft threads.) I'm convinced we conservatives have lost that argument here on MeFi; there's a double standard, it's going to continue to exist for a while, so there's not much reason to try to complain about it in MetaTalk. I'd probably say something quite snarky in the thread itself, of course.posted by aaron at 12:34 PM on January 26, 2001