jjoyce wrote:I'm aware of this. Again, that's what we've been accused of doing in the past. "TDPF is just one guy's personal fiefdom! It's an echo chamber!"
But you state your opinion like it's a fact. I'm aware of a different reality; that Meade has an audience that appreciates his contributions.
I mean, if you agree with BE and have read a Meade post in the last week, then are you being hypocritical? How many come here because they want the little buzz you get when you read something really offensively Meade-ish?
I don't think it's a matter of opinion to decipher whether someone has added something to the discourse (whether I agree with it or not) and someone who is simply prodding, poking, and the like. Not hard to see those folks (er....Corn anyone?). You may indeed get more people to the site because they want to see a car wreck. If that is the goal -- traffic -- and you think that "seeing something really offensively Mead-ish" is the way to do that -- even if that adds little or no value to discussion -- I understand that. But then, this isn't the place for me. And I think it speaks even louder about the type of readership, perhaps, that Isthmus is soliciting and catering to.
I don't have to agree with someone to respect their viewpoint. We should be able to disagree without disrespect (and I know I've wrestled with this myself). But if someone is simply here to stir the pot, and you allow that because there is readership that wants to see that and comes to the site to SEE that......well....then this isn't the forum for me.