Let me begin with a quote from one of my favored books, the Second Book of the Tao, by Stephen Mitchell:
If a man is crossing a river
and an empty boat collides with his own boat
he won't get offended or angry, however hot tempered he may be
But if the boat is manned, he may flare up, shouting and cursing
Just because there is a rower
Realize that all boats are empty as you cross the river of the world.
And nothing can possibly offend you.
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If there are duplicate posts, which happens offen with breaking news, I make as much effort as possible to put the first story on the front page that broke the story. But sometimes, it is a second or third post that gets more attention, for various reasons that have been mentioned below:
- post timing, like ralph said below. It all depends on who's on and who's interested. Timing, on the DP, as in life, is a great randomizer
- title selection. Like fishy said, original titles are better than vague ones. This is a randomizer, but one that can be somewhat controlled, and the advantage goes to better headline writers
- moderator timing. The moderators are volunteers, more or less. Everyone's got other jobs, including me. Sometimes I moderating the site from my phone, while riding the bus. Those aren't ideal conditions, being faced with time constraints ("gotta get off at the next stop!") and just the basic constraint of moderating from a phone. It is harder. You don't see as much information, and I'm limited with what I can do. Copy/paste on a phone is just about impossible.
Like Nicholson said below I just blow it off. As long as the information gets out there, we all win. This is my attitude as well. I realize that not everyone is going to be happy with all of my decisions all of the time, but that is something I have to live with while at the same time doing the best I can with limited resources.
Like Paul said, Michael Nystrom runs the corner tavern. As long as one isn't attacking other users, the bouncers are tolerant and liberty minded. This is pretty much true.
Anyway, sorry I missed your post. What was the one you saw on the front page recently? I don't recall putting a post about the electric car on the front page recently.
Who is Cornmeal Smithy?