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  • Nov 29th, 2016 @ 7:06am

    Re:

    Agreed. I liked TD for its dispassionate explanation of legal issues, but now the writing is sloppy and the editorial is only interested in the President-Elect.

    TD seems lost.

  • Aug 18th, 2016 @ 8:13am

    Agreed

    Driving up viewer/clicker numbers necessitates widening the focus of the site, eventually into a blur.

    The magic of the internet forum is its ability to provide a focus. I have no interest in visiting a site for social reasons; my life, neighbors, and job more than fulfill that appetite. I visit TD for knowledge. Some of the writers are very focused, others have a 60/40 mix of opinion/fact.

    In all cases, TD is one of the pleasant few sites that is not distracted by its reflection in the mirror.

  • Mar 29th, 2014 @ 5:30pm

    Anne Rice Comment (as Dan Felix)

    Anne Rice is correct for a variety of reasons.

    1. The romantic viewpoint that the Internet is the 1997 freedom inspired outlay to society is patently outdated and wrong. Most of it has evolved into a commercial necessity no different than any city main street or highway. While no site should be mandated to deny anonymity, it would be in Amazon's best interest to force real names. Amazon is a business first. Let trolls open up their own domains and anonymously kvetch about anything they want, all they want, but stop clogging up commercial thoroughfares.

    2. The stats are wrong. "For every Hotstud77" there is a "someone.. to add something useful" is nonsense. There are thousands of Hotstuds per "someone.. useful" and their numbers make the forum unusable. Additionally, if the "useful someone" is unable to reveal themselves then their usefulness is questionable. Their name is their ethos and by extension the usefulness of the comment.

    Anonymity is not cowardice, but I donít know of any true revolutionary that did not boldly paint their cause with their real face and name.

    IMHO