Anti-Point-by-Point

by on August 1, 2007 · 7 comments

This week’s cavalcade of 700 MHz posts was an interesting opportunity to see and explore the interesting divisions on the issues among TLFers and with our friends in the commentsphere.

Because I have just finished a rejoinder in one, I noticed that a couple of these posts broke out into point-by-point discussions. The response I just wrote to TLF friend Doug Lay stretched to about two pages of text – and I never want to do that again!

Is there some practice we should all engage in to minimize excessively long point-by-point discussions? They are very time consuming, and they may not benefit visitors to the site very much – other than those of us point-by-pointing each other.

True, these are multi-faceted issues, but it might make sense for commenters and TLFers both to focus carefully on the precise thrust of each post, as best we can discern them. Alternatively, when a point-by-point breaks out, we could make the tangents into new posts and let the discussions of each blossom in its own little hothouse.

Ideas?

(A point-by-point response in the comments to all I’ve said here would not – well, yes it would – be funny.)

  • Adam (the guy who foolishly hired you at Cato) Thierer

    Oh put a sock in it, Harper. Not everyone subscribes to your Cliff’s Notes version of things. Some people actually appreciate substantive analysis. And if they don’t, then they don’t have to read it!

  • Adam (the guy who foolishly hi

    Oh put a sock in it, Harper. Not everyone subscribes to your Cliff’s Notes version of things. Some people actually appreciate substantive analysis. And if they don’t, then they don’t have to read it!

  • http://www.cato.org/people/harper.html Jim Harper

    A blessedly brief 4 sentences from Adam (“I wear my professional insecurity on my sleeve when I claim that I hired Jim”) Thierer – and none longer than eleven words! WooHOO!

  • http://www.cato.org/people/harper.html Jim Harper

    A blessedly brief 4 sentences from Adam (“I wear my professional insecurity on my sleeve when I claim that I hired Jim”) Thierer – and none longer than eleven words! WooHOO!

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