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  •  Slighty embarassing for a major political blog (1+ / 1-)
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    Serpents Choice

    to have all this pet stuff and other person diaries here....and I love animals and care about the illnesses of others but the Community Board is for Community, just makes sense to put the non-electing better Dems stuff there.

    •  No, it isn't. (13+ / 0-)

      It's life. It's compassion for our community members. It's empathy. And it's what makes us different from other blogs, and why I stay here even when it drives me nuts.

      "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

      by zaynabou on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:08:54 PM PST

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      •  But the Community diaries serve the function (0+ / 0-)

        of community, people who don't LIVE here come to read and see dead pet diaries, just sayin....

        •  And you are highjacking the dairy (8+ / 0-)

          Don't like it, don't read it.

        •  No. (15+ / 0-)

          The Community Spotlight serves to highlight diaries that a dedicated group of patrollers feel might otherwise be missed; sometimes they are personal. Sometimes they are political. Sometimes they're posted at odd times, or lost in a news flood. Sometimes they're too long or too technical to get the same sort of attention as Recommended diaries. Sometimes the additional visibility makes them become Recommended diaries themselves.

          But the Recommended diaries are just what they say -- they are diaries recommended by the weight of this community. And that's just what this is. A community. Yes, it's a community with a goal, but our willingness to work together, to laugh together, to cry together, and, yes, even to grow angry and squabble together, is what makes Daily Kos a "major political blog". Because it reminds us, every time we read about a fellow contributor's battle with illness, or the loss of their loved ones, or their struggles with the system, that we are all of us people, and the political decisions we make and we fight for are decisions that effect people just like us. It's what holds us together even when we would otherwise splinter into Team Hilary and Team Obama, or into whatever other factions might blunt our combined power.

          There is plenty of time for Serious Topics on the Rec List, and a significant percentage, if not the majority, of what spends time there are indeed Serious Topics. But there's room there to share in our mutual humanity and compassion, too. Because those? Those are Democratic traits. Bottom line: those are what we're fighting for, not just the name on the party label.

          The temptation to hide rate your "embarassing" comment is extremely high right now, for being off-topic, insensitive to the diarist, and blind to the practice and tradition of the site.

          "All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others." -Douglas Adams

          by Serpents Choice on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:21:13 PM PST

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    •  Disagree (9+ / 0-)

      Our compassion that calls us to do the political work also calls us to name our losses and our deeper cares (such as love for animals). We can't bifurcate these concerns without doing violence to one or the other; if we falsely divide them, then we either ignore the profound sources of our compassion that tell us what a "better dem" really is, or we ignore the world around us to keep focus on the close and safe, and thereby risk dangers from the larger community (i.e., any GOP proposal out there today).

      I would add that the GOS didn't become a major political blog because they sought to limit what its diarists found important (or how to classify it), but because they let it all in (spam and trolls too!) and allow members to decide what they think is most important for this community.

      If those members can get over their sense of embarassment for rec'ing up this sort of diary, then perhaps your embarassment can be overcome by the knowledge that their (our?) compassion is one that includes rather than excludes, and that inclusivity and compassion are values we must extole rather than fear.

      "I am far from being a wack job..." = words sure to be seen as admission of wack-jobberry

      by SilentBrook on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:37:37 PM PST

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    •  I am only recommending (0+ / 0-)

      even though I strongly disagree, but this is not a post that is so horrible it deserves to be hidden.

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