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  •  Markos tipped a comment (4+ / 0-)

    of mine recently.

    In my eight years here I have never seen him tip a comment by anyone, he just doesn't do that even when he is in discussion with folk. Granted, I don't check them all, but even so :)

    I wondered if he was warning me off ... lmao

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:01:13 PM PST

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    •  Yes, I know. That was part of the whole ijpetus (4+ / 0-)
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      whenwego, twigg, la urracca, blue aardvark

      behind this post twigg.

      I think he has turned over a new leaf. Five or more years ago, he'd even ask me for copies of a series of plots I used on say military spending as a fracton of GDP, but wouldn't tip, or rec, are say hardly anything.  Same with Markos, who I just got a rec and comment from three weeks ago.

      I suspect the Front Pagers and founding team just had one of those Team Building - Personal Growth Workshop type of meetings, recently and realized what a great impact it has on community building when they interact with the community.

      This was what I was saying to MB.

      I think some of them are sort of shy in ways that might tbe had for others to imagine. They are highly exposed in such conspicuous positions. And, when one falls from such lofty heights it hearts more.

      Some of us who had no choice but to grow up in the "School of Hard Knocks" may have an odd advantage in this regard.

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:18:11 PM PST

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      •  Yeah .... the hammering (2+ / 0-)
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        Markos got for one comment was pretty ridiculous ... Not that I suppose it bothered him that much, but we are all human.

        Some of the other Front Page writers take flak too, occasionally it is well-earned.

        To his credit, MB has never shied from commenting, and rewarding others, even though I have seen him attacked too by folk seeking to make a name for themselves, or something.

        The other problem is that some folk seem to "bookmark" comments by MB, then wheel them out as a weapon of choice when they get into a fight with others.

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        Who is twigg?

        by twigg on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:41:01 PM PST

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        •  Yes, MB has been great with comments, tips, (6+ / 0-)

          and recs. You can see in his profile that he is way at the top of all the lists on these things.

          Another thing he does, that I just told him in a txt I, and a whole lot of other of the non-Front-Page writers greatly appreciate, is he will check to see if someone has had a post already on the rec board when he is about to post and often put up a h/t.

          It takes extra time, but when the volunteer writers take hours writing up a post, and have the great and rare fortune to even get on the Rec board, only to be blown off by a FP who posts on the same topic 2 to 4 hours later without mentioning it, but having the time to add photos etc. it can sometimes burn a bit.

          MB has given me h/t a few times, that makes one feel part of the whole team.

          Also, I'd like to mention his Green Diary round up, where he not only reads, 30 or 40 posts on environment and energy topics, then collects them, highlights the author with a link, and quote. A tremendous boost to some of us who might be lucky to get 10 recs and comments on an environmental topic that gets little notice if posted at an unlucky time, and falls off the recent list into obscurity.  Thanks MB.

          "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

          by HoundDog on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:53:10 PM PST

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          •  I can attest to that! (1+ / 0-)
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            twigg

            My very first diary hit last weekend's Green Roundup and was even quoted above the fold! WOOT! I sent MB a note thanking him for the honor and he wrote me back within an hour! Quite a class act and a really nice guy.

            Watch out or I'll go get my shovel and unload plant divisions on you!

            by Attack Gardener on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:02:48 AM PST

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