The First Amendment is one of the most sacred passages of human inscription in the history of writing things down, IMO. It is not my intention to squelch anyone's expression. And I also noticed that the home page has had it's 'headline listings' increased both for discussions and blogs.

But I'm wondering if it wouldn't be a welcome courtesy if our more prolific bloggers (I could easily be among them, if I showed no restraint) could submit only one blog every 12 hours or so. That way, other posts wouldn't get pushed off the home page so fast.

Like I said - this has probably come up before and, frankly, I don't know how it could be enforced. In fact, I am against a rule - but I do ask for courtesy.

Finally, it was brought to my attention that a 'blog' should, in some respect, be a journal entry. That is to say, the person who submits it should own it in some way - be the author of it. I'm not ragging on spam, per se. I just want to clarify that reposts of articles that can be found elsewhere without critical comment aren't really blogs.

Thanks for your time and attention,

Howard

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Great post, Howard. I myself don't like to post blogs that much - the last one I posted was well over a month ago. Common courtesy is key, like you said, and I think if someone really wants to repost an article, they should maybe just post the link and not the entire page. A warning of critical comments or whatnot. Just some ideas.
I previously suggested that people only post one blog entry every 12 hours. My suggestion has been ignored.

I don't have the time these days to leave a polite message for every person who posts more than one every 12 hours. Good on all the folks who keep up with these things, including you, Howard.
If we continue to respond here, more will see it, and perhaps they will get the idea. Once every 12 hours at the very most (I like once a week, twice if it's really a good subject) is not a lot to ask for. I also see nothing wrong with sending those who flood with a private message that here on A|N we all ask that everyone have common courtesy and an explanation about how the home page works.

No one has that many interesting things to say in that short of a time.
Just responding to keep this up there - it really does happen almost every day. How can we get people to think harder about it? I'm sure that in most cases it really is just a lack of thought about the bigger picture - or ignorance as to what a blog is.
Finally, it was brought to my attention that a 'blog' should, in some respect, be a journal entry. That is to say, the person who submits it should own it in some way - be the author of it.

That is the definition of a blog. It should be the OP's thoughts and words.
I almost never look at the main page. I'm too busy following email notifications and then the discussions. I do watch right column stuff, tho', and occasionally find out about new/interesting things from that. I would like there to be a mechanism by which one is notified when a friend posts a new blog entry.
I almost never look at the main page. I'm too busy following email notifications and then the discussions. I do watch right column stuff, tho', and occasionally find out about new/interesting things from that.

ditto - I'm never on the main page, but I suspect most members are.
I use RSS and Google Reader to follow A|N these days. Granted my Google Reader feed looks like a nightmare now and chocks up around 200+ entries a day from everything I follow. I either need an ability to edit or an ability to speed up how I process information.
I 'browse' in several ways. My groups, the right column, etc. But if you look at this thing as a constantly updated magazine of sorts, then the blog 'stack' is kind of like a directory of headlines. I don't have to be interested in every headline - but I would like to see variety - and have a shot at noticing something before it got pushed off the 'stack.'

Heh.
Awesome!

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