I'm sorry some of you found my three comments within threads to be stupid. Lousy FPP's are one thing, but it seems like a slippery slope to start going after stupid comments in threads. The line is never as obvious as some people seem to think. But, whatever. I can't really defend the posts. I'm sure everybody has clicked the "post" button and thought, eh, maybe I shouldn't have done that. Oh, well.
It was an impulsive bit of theater, over a short period of time. I had just seen posters derail yet another thread on a political issue with comments more appropriate for Metatalk like "what a crap post" and "it's going to be a long eight months if people post crap like this every day" etc. I modeled my posts after those in some non-political threads. There was really no danger, though, that my off the wall comments would derail the threads. The same cannot be said for the posts in the political threads that set me off. They succeeded in nuking any serious discussion. So I got frozen out and censored for a couple of stupid non sequiturs, while a few people with a partisan bent have succeeded in something more sinister over a series of days, using "what crap" posts in the blue to destroy political discussions they didn't like. They know who they are.
On reflection, sure, I should have taken this gripe to MetaTalk, and explained it clearly, not disrupted other threads with cryptic remarks. But others had already made the complaint, with no apparent results. Still, my actions today were a-hole behavior, and inexcusable. We should all be trying to elevate the political debate, and I failed at that, and apparently caused some annoyance. Sorry for that.
I do wish there were some consistency, though: If you don't think a FPP is worthy, take it to Metatalk. Don't derail the thread because you happen to have an opinion. Maybe you're off base this one time. I'd also like to see the people who routinely ignore this simple courtesy to face the same sanctions meted out to me today. Delete the comments of those who cry "crap post" in the blue whenever an FPP is critical of Bush. Don't let posters turn threads into whining debates about whether a link should have been posted in the first place, just because the subject is politics and hey everyone knows MetaFilter "can't do" politics very well.
It would be sad to see MetaFilter start ignoring politics completely. A lot of the best of the Web right now is politics, which is to be expected in an election year. If the rules were consistently followed and enforced on political threads, we'd see some interesting engaged threads, with a diversity of viewpoints, that are as every bit as good as the ones about movies.
Anyway, that's my take, but a lack of courtesy on my part was not the proper way to address this concern, and again, sorry to annoy. See you around.