Marius wrote:And given that the goal is actual discussion, I just don't get why people are having such a problem with my preferred approach. If you want to discuss something, have a proper discussion, lol.
The goal is allowing people who don't hit the front page a heads-up that there is a story, as far as I understand it. Matty would understand his own intentions better, presumably.
The added benefit is that any discussion happening here follows normal forum flow - you can use all the forum editing/formatting/quoting features, new comments actually show up in the "view latest posts", etc.
As for the discussion - it seemed to be happening perfectly fine until you derailed the thread. Perhaps a forum mod would like to... moderate? And move all the off-topic comments to their own thread?
Marius wrote:Can people seriously not tell the difference between starting a post that goes: "Hey, GON posted this cool article today, and I'd like to discuss it and this is why in my own words" (...)
As opposed to the news snippets posted here in GON which regurgitate news from other sites, for the benefit of local readers who don't visit those other sites?