|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
There aren't a lot of posts that don't meet this criteria.
Let's be clear. A "post" on PT is the thing at the top, put there by one of the PT contributors or added as a guest entry. All the rest are "comments".
And I would have to disagree on the proportion of comments that meet the criteria I stated. I'm thinking that it is rather more like what is stated for the "Bathroom Wall": you go through a lot of oyster guts to get to the pearls.
Myself, I don't really expect to find that the comments have become a beautiful string of pearls. However, I would like to do what I can to encourage a somewhat higher rate of pearl production than what I see now.
I think I've established my track record or reputation concerning discussion. This BB has been going for several years now; it predates PT by a good while. To be allowed to post pretty freely here merely requires non-sociopathic behavior. That's beyond a very few people, and I do what I can to minimize their impact on the system. Long before the Internet was the social force it is today, I was operating a dial-up BBS. I set up the Fidonet Evolution and NeuralNet echoes (an echo is analogous to a Usenet newsgroup) and moderated those for several years. My approach has been to let people speak pretty freely, but challenge them to improve. If you think that your contributions, or Lenny's, or Arden's, or anybody else's are perfect already and I shouldn't be urging improvement, then we've come to an irreconcilable difference of opinion. Which just means that I will continue to press for improvement.
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker