Hi Rogue, I was going to respond to you. I don't think we have PMs here. But I totally agree with you what you said about Flynn. /threadjack
About the thread closures, it seems like today there were a lot of twitter updates and those really eat up our comments. I get antsy when the thread is getting close to 1000 and they keep on posting. It's great sometimes it creates some discussion like the one we almost had, but most of the time it just pushes conversation down. My opinion only.
Yup on the Open Thread comments-
I've tried hard to reduce the amount of news I put on, and MAYBE 1 cartoon on the Day Thread. No cat pics. No songs, no Twitter now except ABC breaking news or President Trump himself. The Breakfast fun we had I now either do on the last bit of overnight or not at all.
I am grateful for the Day Open Thread. I realize that too many people were living there instead of reading the Commentaries that is the heart of this site- that is why they close the thread and not open up a new one. We should respect that the Mods have, after great debate, returned an Open Thread to us to enjoy in addition to the Night Thread.
I get the driving eyeballs to the other articles, I guess my main gripe is the lack of warning. I was in the middle of a discussion and then BOOM! "The Thread you are trying to comment on has been closed"
I need closure! :p
Well, I've warned people multiple times before and yet they still get mad when I close the thread. Disqus has an unofficial limit for sites (unlike sites like PCGamer and Breitbart who have a special relationship) of 1000 comments. We notice a lot of problems with larger threads and you are far more likely to be kicked to Disqus the closer you get to 1000 when you keep "loading more comments" and the like.
It also makes it harder to moderate too when we have to deal with 1000+ comment threads.
FWIW, I read every article, even VERY occasionally, M. Simon's 'One note Charlie' articles. I generally skip Patrick Pu's financial articles because, 1.), I have no assets to speak of, and 2.) I have no real interest in the arcana of mortgages and finance. Other than those exceptions, I read every article, every day. Now admittedly, I don't put my two cents in all that often, but I do contribute to the small readership articles. It takes no more time to do that than it does to read a big city newspaper. When the comment count gets up near 1000, I refresh the home page to see what's new there.
I don't have any real interest in having my name constantly 'up in lights' and I'm smart enough to realize that some comments are pithier than others. I generally, because I usually have several tabs open, don't realize a thread has been closed until I get the big red box when I try to comment. Still, I try to read all of the comments anyway, then switch tabs to another article. I an beginning to think that for a number of people, if their coffee spoon is moved more than an inch or two from its exact defined position, they'll fly into a "why are people always moving things around?" hissy fit.
Sorry, a lot of my education was acqired at Hardknocks U. and I simply can't be bothered to get all exercised about minor glitches in my life or in the world around me. Talk about bitching about first world problems! "Quel' horreur! iThings, phones and tablets are not real computers!" Call out the Whaaambulances, and strip everything down to make it EASY for me to comment here.
The world and everything on it and in it is in a constant state of flux. Nothing stays exactly the same. "History doesn't exactly repeat itself, but it rhymes." Everything that happens in your world is something to learn from, not bitch about. The guys who made the cobble-flaked Mousterian hand-axes probably bitched when they found out the guy in the cave two valleys over was baking quartzite cobbles and turning out pressure-flaked surgical quality tools.
In summary, the constant whining and bitching has to grate on the Bosses' nerves, when it's fairly obvious that they do indeed have a corporate mission in mind, and are working to bring it to fruition.
Not everything needs to be the basis of a complaint thread.
"Ita erat quando hic adveni."