Whether this link qualifies as exceptional is up to you, natch.posted by aaron at 2:19 AM on March 9, 2001
Oh yes there is. Or at least was, until the election mess ended. Twenty links posted; only one was about something other than globalization and/or third-party politics.
Things which compress the most are those which contain the most redundancy.
Plain text tends to compress better than almost any other kind of data. Make of that what you will. :)
Add my support to sudama. Yes, he gets on the race fixation a little too often, but every link he's posted on the subject has resulted in a discussion that veered into a somewhat different direction from all those preceding it. I've always learned at least a little something from each thread as a result, and that's the gold standard, isn't it?
Figuring out what is and isn't postworthy is an ongoing discussion.
But should it be? It's very rare that these discussions ever end up making any difference at all as to what MeFites consider postworthy; it almost invariably degenerates into some variation of "post what you want, and ignore the threads you're not interested in." We've already had yet another "I don't think this is postworthy" thread started before this one has even run its course. It's getting to the point where the one thing we really could use less of are the threads about which threads we should have less of.
Mo's made his point: too many "News of the Weird" links results in some dumb conversation.
Plenty of more "meaningful" links result in equally dumb conversations, and often result in no conversation at all. Likewise, plenty of "dumb" links result in quite meaningful conversations. You just never know. If we did know, nobody would ever complain about a front page link because we'd all have perfect pitch.posted by aaron at 12:15 AM on March 12, 2001