I want to personally thank you for all the hard work and sacrifice you have put into providing the Liberty Community with one of the absolute finest sites on the world wide web. From a user standpoint the format here is far superior to any of the other numerous pages I frequently visit, not to mention it's smooth, fast and easy to navigate. On those rare occasions when technical dificulties are noticeable to us the users, you address them quickly and with effective lasting solutions. Moreover, you seldom make the drastic, inexplicable changes that are commonplace among other websites, and when changes are made they tend to be subtle and beneficial.
Concerning content, I know of no other place on the web where one can expect to encounter such a diverse assortment of highly useful information, provocative social commentary, and essential alternative points of view, and all of this in near to perfect adherence to the freedom of expression guaranteed within the framework of the First Amendment. Kudos Mr. Nystrom, your work here is exceptional and greatly appreciated.
In regards to the OP's complaint, I find the suggestion that explanatory commentary be required to cast a down vote, self serving, completely impracticle and entirely unecessary. As much as the content of the Daily Paul draws thousands to it's pages on a regular basis, it is the robust exchange of ideas through commentary and dialogue that truly distinguishes this site. What possible benefit could be achieved by instituting coersive measures in an environment whos very existence is fueled by the foundational principles of freedom of thought and expression?
In my opinion the comments section works exceedingly well and should simply be left alone. If you are even considering making a change to the current format, please allow me to offer a small suggestion of my own. Instead of showing the sum of negative and positive votes beside any given post, maybe it would be helpful to eliminate the contested nature of voting altogether and replace it with a system of recommendation instead, if someone likes the post they can give it a recommendation, making those recommendations visible to all in each persons individual comments should they choose to leave one. Alternatively and more simply, instead of showing just the sum of negative and postive votes for a given post, place the total positive and negative votes side by side. Example: 100+/27-
Please pardon the long winded response but I've seen many other posts and comments on this same subject lately and it would be nice to have the issue dealt with once and for all. I am personally quite content with the Daily Paul just the way it is and think you have done a remarkable job. Thank you again for the tremendous effort you put into providing this invaluable resource.
πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα
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