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posted by rcade at 2:31 AM on March 9, 2001 [1 favorite]
You know what? Sudama has his view point, and that's cool. Personally, I'd much rather he post articles which are obviously on the topic rather than pointing out an arguably racist statement which would end up taking a thread off-topic.
It's obviously an interesting conversation for people, and it really does at least make people consider inherent racism; it's a good dead horse to beat. Racism threads of late haven't been the bile-flinging rage fests they've been in the past, the past few that pop to mind have for the most part been about a bunch of people of different ethinicities (not just black and white, though they are admittedly the major focus) discussing and learning and exploring each other's view points.
They're passionate debates, certainly, but by my thermometer there's a helluva lot less flames.
posted by cCranium at 6:51 AM on March 9, 2001
From "Information theory" I learned that information is about surprise. Compression algorithms remove all the unsurprising data (technically known as "redundancy"). If every bit in a bitstream is surprising, it can't be compressed. Things which compress the most are those which contain the most redundancy.
There's so much uniformity about Sudama's posts that there is no surprise there. Despite the fact that each such thread points to a new thing, in a sense every one of them is a repeat post because all the things they point to say the same thing.
Single-subject posters are boring. It doesn't matter to me whether what they're saying is important; I don't really read MeFi to be educated (or to be indoctrinated, or to be deprogrammed, or to be preached at), I read MeFi to be entertained. YMMV.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:20 AM on March 9, 2001
We've all got our quirks, we've all got our dead horses, and since we all excercise our beatin' arms in various ways, I'm content to see a thread devoted to it so it doesn't muck up other posts.
Besides, people obviously find the conversations interesting, I don't see how they hurt anyone.
posted by cCranium at 9:06 AM on March 9, 2001
posted by sudama at 9:15 AM on March 9, 2001
I'm sorry I didn't deal with the original question. I don't really have an opinion on that.
posted by lucien at 9:27 AM on March 9, 2001
posted by silusGROK at 9:41 AM on March 9, 2001
I'm also aware of the ludicrousness inherent in my fixation on Macs, but then I try not to take myself too seriously.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:42 AM on March 9, 2001
posted by silusGROK at 9:44 AM on March 9, 2001
I don't think there's anyone else active at MeFi with anything like that high a ratio of concentration.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:07 AM on March 9, 2001
If the link is from a magazine or newspaper article, my opinion is that it should only be posted on MetaFilter if it's current. Dredging up old articles to make a rhetorical point seems like a poor use of this forum.
posted by rcade at 10:37 AM on March 9, 2001
My point - and I should stop detracting from it myself - is that it's really not a problem. One post every couple of weeks doesn't hurt things.
rcade: right, right you're using THAT definition of 'periodical'. Excuse me while my head and this nearby pile of sand become reacquanted.
posted by cCranium at 11:44 AM on March 9, 2001
posted by sudama at 12:17 PM on March 9, 2001
posted by rcade at 2:19 PM on March 9, 2001
See, I feel that way about links that even a few *days* old, particularly news stories. People post links as if they're Prometheus bringing the world fire, like we don't all read AP and Reuters stories on the 4000 web sites that post them.
posted by Mo Nickels at 2:11 AM on March 10, 2001
Sure, if it's on AP and Reuters, it should be timely. That's because what they do is news.
As for other sources, I think that the only criterion is that they should be new to the majority of Mefiers, and that in my book means anything, anywhere and from anytime on the web is fair game as long as it's interesting.
Oh, and keep posting sudama, you've got a long way before you exceed Steven Den Beste's haul (and level of preaching).
posted by lagado at 4:27 AM on March 10, 2001
And Mo, it's been said before, but apparently it needs to be said again: we don't all read those sites. We really don't. We don't all read Slashdot, CNN and Salon, we don't all know who Jason Kottke, Jakob Nielsen, Jeffrey Zeldman or Dave Winer are. We are diverse.
Also want to support Sudama's postings, and admire his persistence in the face of such personalized opposition. He doesn't (usually) get personal about it, and he doesn't get all pouty when people give him a hard time. we could do worse. Rock on, Sudama.
posted by rodii at 10:15 AM on March 10, 2001
Diverse opinions = diverse links = interesting conversation. If you don't like the sound of the link, or the poster, then don't click on the link. Don't contribute to the discussion. It's your choice; neither sudama nor mathowie are holding figurative guns to your heads to make you participate, so if you're sure (as many of you are, obviously) that you're not going to enjoy the content, then by all means skip it. Otherwise, stop whining about the topics that some of you say you're tired of, but yet apparently find yourselves drawn to comment on time and time again. If anything is getting tiring on MeFi, it's things like this thread. Please, people, grow up.
posted by lia at 10:42 PM on March 10, 2001
"Wondering what should or shouldn't be posted on MetaFilter? Think someone went too far? Talk about it here."
posted by rcade at 8:30 AM on March 11, 2001
Mo's made his point: too many "News of the Weird" links results in some dumb conversation. But are thought-provoking but non-timely links like Sudama's in that category? I'm a big fan of Cruel Site of the Day, Rogers. I'd like to see more of that sort of linkage in MeFi. I have no doubt other people think it's trivial stuff, a waste of time, and MeFi should *really* be used for discussing reports of office-supply theft by outgoing Clinton administration functionaries. Etc. We all push and shove against one another's idea of what's appropriate, and end up with some rough equilibrium, with spillover here in MeTa. By and large, the system seems to be working, as far as I'm concerned.
posted by rodii at 10:59 AM on March 11, 2001
posted by lagado at 7:00 PM on March 11, 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
While the links Sudama posts are usually not terribly interesting to me, I usually find the resultant conversation -- especially the high proportion of people who get really worked up -- at least moderately interesting. And I'd certainly rather read people arguing about race than yet another troll laden thread about Clinton or Dubya, but de gustibus non est disputandum.
Sudama's single link is to a summary of his thread starts. Of his 30, I count six on the subject of white racism, and three or so others which are closely related and yet others which are generally about social activism, with the overall theme of "Feel guilty, and start making sacrifices!" running around 50%. That is a very high proportion to be on a single subject or a single area.
Well, crimminy, Steven. I think Sudama's posts are much less uniform than you make out, but if you think he's monomaniacally posting white-liberal-guilt links, just skip 'em. Who's to say what a "very high proportion" is? I'm sure there are readers who'd be thrilled if, say, nobody every posted another schadenfreude/sports/Napster/Microsoft story, but at least some people are clearly interested.
posted by snarkout at 12:03 PM on March 12, 2001
Whether this link qualifies as exceptional is up to you, natch.
posted by aaron at 2:19 AM on March 9, 2001