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A quick interjection / open thread

Well this has been fun. It is hard to believe but I’ve only been here at FTB for a month and a day.

A quick update on the league tables

Posts = 14
Pageviews = 43,709
Comments = 1,381
Deleted comments (ex. spam) = 0
Banned users = 0
Stiff talkings to = a couple
Angry emails from a Member of Parliament = 2
Moments of intellectual stimulation = numerous
Moments of abject existential despair = sporadic
Moments of wry amusement = multiple
Violent hate mail = sparse.

So all in all, a pretty good start I think. Thank you sincerely to everyone for your visits and comments. I have left you to get on with many of the debates among yourselves, as I do have other things to be done in life, but I assure you I have read every single one of your comments and appreciated them all.

One thing I have come round to agreeing with (some) readers on – the nesting of comments (one deep) isn’t really working for me, so I guess probably not for you either. It’s just too annoying having to find the “reply” button, and harder to keep up with new comments without missing some.

So, sometime tomorrow I should be posting a new blog, the first of what I hope will be a series of interest to many of you. And just before I post it I shall turn nesting off altogether. I realise it will make some of your conversations on previous blogs go a bit haywire, but I think posterity shall cope.

I also intend to stop reposting old HetPat blogs and transfer the entire archive over here pretty soon. There are just one or two more reposts to come, I think.

In the meantime, do you have any other general thoughts? Opinions? Requests for future topics? Requests for widgets? Anything I can do to make your time here easier or more stimulating?

Or just chill and hang out. it’s good to be here.

 

 

Comments

  1. John Morales says

    So, sometime tomorrow I should be posting a new blog

    […]

    I also intend to stop reposting old HetPat blogs and transfer the entire archive over here pretty soon.

    A terminological nitpick: ‘blog” refers to the Web site; what you intend to do tomorrow is to post a new blog post on your blog.

  2. Thil says

    “Angry emails from a Member of Parliament = 2″

    who was it and what did they say?

  3. AndrewV69, Visiting MRA, Purveyor of Piffle & Woo says

    I am all ears on this one myself (within whatever constraints Ally deems appropriate of course).

  4. maudell says

    It’s my first comment here, but I just wanted to say I have found your writing thought provoking and very interesting. You make coherent arguments, even when I disagree with it. Your post on misandry was particularly interesting to me, since I am one of those “it’s not a thing” kind of people. I had always understood misandry as a conceptual mirror of misogyny, but your different framework of analysis has made me think. I’m still processing the information, but it is nevertheless refining my position on the matter. I’m definitely revising my opinion that it’s not a thing, or at least for the need of addressing men gender issues from a ‘by men, for men’ non-feminist approach. Ultimately I think they should go hand in hand (I’m not a proponent of the zero sum game stuff), but I just wanted to say your writing is making me consider things I had not properly thought of before.

    I also really liked your last one about Gramsci and privilege. What’s with the Brits and Gramsci? Every time I have an intellectual conversation with one of you, you have to take out the Gramsci heavy weaponry! ;-)

    I am currently taking a class in gender history, and I would like to use some of your posts to discuss in class (if it’s ok with you). The group is pretty uniformly feminist (me included), and I think they may benefit from your specific point of view on gender and gender relations. I’m sure the discussions will be fascinating.

    I’ll keep reading!

  5. Steersman says

    Ally said:

    … the nesting of comments (one deep) isn’t really working for me, so I guess probably not for you either. It’s just too annoying having to find the “reply” button, and harder to keep up with new comments without missing some.

    While I agree that the nesting does tend to make it easier to miss new comments, that seems easily rectified by being notified by e-mail of new posts, although I wonder how that might work for you as the blog owner/host. However, the problem I find with no-nesting is that coming back after a long series of comments, particularly where there has been multiple ongoing conversations, in response to a new comment showing up means that it is virtually impossible to piece together the context on which the meaning of that new comment frequently depends.

    Obviously both systems have their limitations, but it seems to me that the nested version is preferrable, although to get it to really work smoothly and properly probably means some significant changes to the design of the user interface which probably isn’t really an option. But even automatically including a link back to the post being responded to in every version would, I think, improve matters substantially – a “request for a widget” if that is available.

  6. John Morales says

    However, the problem I find with no-nesting is that coming back after a long series of comments, particularly where there has been multiple ongoing conversations, in response to a new comment showing up means that it is virtually impossible to piece together the context on which the meaning of that new comment frequently depends.

    No, there is no more and no less context before and after any absence, so that when you find that it is virtually impossible to piece together the context on which the meaning of that new comment frequently depends when coming back as opposed to when being there, that’s your personal problem.

    Obviously both systems have their limitations, but it seems to me that the nested version is preferrable

    Anything that one can do in a nested thread one can do in a flat thread by setting out the comment(s) to which one is responding.

    But even automatically including a link back to the post being responded to in every version would, I think, improve matters substantially – a “request for a widget” if that is available.

    I think automatic quoting and comment-linking makes for bad habits and a cluttered page.

    (If I want to link to any given comment, I already can)

  7. John Morales says

    PS

    (1) it is virtually impossible to piece together the context on which the meaning of that new comment frequently depends

    vs

    (2) it is frequently virtually impossible to piece together the context on which the meaning of that new comment depends

    ;)

  8. Ally Fogg says

    @Maudell

    Goodness me, what a lovely comment, thank you.

    You are of course welcome to quote me, refer to me any way that would help you. And if you ever want to ask me anything or pick my brains, feel free to email me.

  9. Ally Fogg says

    to be fair, I think it was to her credit that she was prepared to respond to criticism, even if it would be a stretch to say she took it well!

  10. Thil says

    @Ally Fogg

    she sent two angry emails to a relatively obscure (no offense) Guardian columnist because he wrote a blog that was only partially disapproving of a speech she gave?

    how little press coverage must this women get?

  11. gftngidsndg says

    In terms of following conversations through a thread is there any chance you could do it 4chan style? I’ve found this the easiest way to follow a conversation amidst unrelated posts.

    In terms of subject requests I did think of one actually when Bindel recently got caught out in a lie/misrepresentation, I thought you could probably get quite a bit of mileage out of why people feel they are justified in lying to make a point and how this impacts trying to have a debate.

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