Great Comment April 13, 2004 1:56 AM   Subscribe

Great comment posted here. Thought it deserved mention.
posted by PWA_BadBoy to MetaFilter-Related at 1:56 AM (10 comments total)

Nice to see a hard core bit level architecture discussion on MeFi. I suspect other sites *cough*slashdot*cough* would have ended up as a trainwreck.

Thanks effugas.
posted by page404 at 3:25 AM on April 13, 2004

Really good thread and excellent post.

It's What I Go To MeFi For.
posted by gi_wrighty at 3:29 AM on April 13, 2004

post == comment
posted by gi_wrighty at 3:37 AM on April 13, 2004

It WAS a great comment ! Go effugas.
posted by troutfishing at 5:27 AM on April 13, 2004

thanks for pointing that out - i would have missed it otherwise.
posted by andrew cooke at 8:36 AM on April 13, 2004

My tuesday morning has suddenly become educational - thanks effugas and PWA_BadBoy!
posted by rks404 at 8:47 AM on April 13, 2004

Not to take away from effugas - if I knew anything on the subject I would be much appreciative of the information - but how come whenever someone highlights a "great comment" it's the length of a graduate dissertation? Why can't great comments ever be links to outside resources that add context to the discussion?
posted by PrinceValium at 9:22 AM on April 13, 2004

Because comments like that take much more personal time, effort, and thought to produce? It slices away at the IMpersonal-ness of the internet, and therefore becomes more appreciated. That's my guess.
posted by Witty at 12:29 PM on April 13, 2004

Why can't great comments ever be links to outside resources that add context to the discussion?

Then it would be a "great link", Prince, something that often gets recognition within the thread itself (but often not enough), while the "dissertation-length" comments are best (and most often celebrated) when they contain valuable information that you can't (at least not without some difficulty and multiple sources) get off the rest of the Web. There have been a lot of long comments recently that neither received nor deserved such accolades. The particularly well-written super-comments are interesting enough that you do not realize just how long they are until you've finished reading them. All in all, a solid justification for posting your rejected Scientific Journal Papers to MeFi (when and only when they are relevant to the thread) and setting aside a special "Hall of Fame" for them.

for the record, I spent WAY too long on this comment
posted by wendell at 12:42 PM on April 13, 2004

There's the talent to understand and do, and then there's the talent to explain to others. Everybody's good at the former in some area, but only 10% of people can, additionally, claim the latter. They make the world go round. Excellent.
posted by scarabic at 2:33 PM on April 13, 2004

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