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Welcome, new contributors

Let me first of all apologize (again) for being slow (in some cases, really slow) to approve new contributors. I got behind the eight ball in real life, and posting takes precedence over administrative chores.

That said, welcome to The Mighty Corrente Building! I hope it turns out to be worth the wait. Herewith, a few remarks on posting, personal deportment, timeless values, and so forth.

1. At least IMNSHO, good writing is a transcendant value. All of the Fellows of the Mighty Corrente Building are fine writers, though (necessarily) each has their own style. Strive to emulate them. If necessary, elevate your game.

2. Adhering to the Enlightenment values of evidence and reasoning count toward making your writing good. The more linky goodness there is in your content, the better. The more well-reasoned your content, the better.

3. Civility and deference are highly valued in the Village, as fundamentally aristocratic values. Therefore, they are not highly valued here. So, a certain amount of cut-and-thrust, and bullshit calling is to be expected. Just remember that abuse--unless it be directed against Conservatives and WKJM--is not an end in itself. Also remember that bad writing is dull writing, dull writing is discouraged here, and most abuse is dull. (I'm not sure snark is an Enlightenment value, but I think it ought to be, if it isn't. Ecrasez l'infame!)

4. No one-line posts, please. A headline and a link are not enough for a post. They're fine for a comment.

5. The above rule does not apply to the Fellows. In fact, none of the rules apply to the Fellows, because being a Fellow means never having to do anything except whatever the fuck you want.

6. We know trolls when we see them; all of us have thousands of posts to our credit and years of experience. So, there's no systematic method for troll-rating or banning. We prefer to allow our robust style of discourse to discourage trolls, serving as a sort of online immune system. However, trolls will be banned by the Fellows, and such decisions, as all decisions by the Fellows, are arbitrary, whimsical, final, and without appeal.

7. Baiting trolls, even by those who are not trolls, is also discouraged. If you don't know what that means, you're not doing it.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

inflict my opinions on others.

The room rental rates at the Mighty Corrente Building are very attractive, as is the view.

Real Democrats aren't afraid of democracy

48 + 2 = legitimacy

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Submitted by koshembos on

The "requirements" are clear from the posts. Reverence implies sanctity of the revered and that's appropriate only for dictatorships, religions and cult of personality (Obama?).

Do you imply that I may also heckle Olbermann in a post?

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

since I am clearly lacking on #1 and #2 and without snark, I'm I've got nothing but a high sigma factor*. I do enjoy the actual enlightened folks, however. I look forward to all of your legendariness.

* Sigma factor is the term in the equation defining human happiness--as constructed by my friend and I--dealing with the perception of one's self-worth, independent of reality. This contrasts with the epsilon factor which relies more on empirical evidence as reflected by accomplishment and reinforcement by others. They can, under certain limiting conditions be considered independent variables.

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Submitted by white_n_az on

for making me beg to get my account approved.

As Jimmy Buffet might say...I promise to use my new found status foolishly

murphy's picture
Submitted by murphy on


Thanks for letting me post.

Migrated here from the big blue blah.

This place is great.

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Submitted by Mandos on


Sarah's picture
Submitted by Sarah on

The housekeeping arrangements, especially on my staircase, can be pretty casual, but the welcome mat comes with a mug for each guest -- you choose for yourself whether to fill it with coffee, tea or something stronger -- and plenty of elbow room. I think Lambert has some couches or divans, as well as
the Side By Side Wing Chairs.

Lambert's got the keys to the liquor cabinet, and the restroom doors only lock from the inside. Out of respect for everybody else, though, please remember to wash your hands, especially before you handle food or engage in intimate contact, mmkay?

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Submitted by roblevinson on

thanks for permitting me into the building. it is nice to be inside and protected from the legions who have lost their minds in this campaign. i'm happy to be among those with the bird flu antidote.

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Submitted by herb the verb on

I'm so happy to be finally able to share my idiocy with you! I've been crying myself to sleep at night about it, however I do understand about having other things to do in life aside from the interwebs.... There are other things to do, right?

Ciao bella!


Good night and good riddance!

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Submitted by tnjen on

Thank you! I've enjoyed lurking here for a while. It's great to finally go behind the velvet rope. :)

Iphie's picture
Submitted by Iphie on

I thought perhaps the delay was a way of enhancing the desirability of posting privileges -- you know, sort of the corollary to the old Groucho Marx adage about not wanting to be a part of any group that would have him as a member -- you wouldn't have me which made me want it even more!

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Submitted by Imelda Blahnik on

I come to Corrente for the wit and sanity, as well as for the perspective and information. Corrente works because of the quality of the writing. Posts often go off on loopy, snarky, or angry rants; ample use is made of in-jokes, invective and ridicule. But the logic is incisive, the observations pithy. And there's just a lot of damn fine writing.

I hope these standards continue to be upheld.


cal1942's picture
Submitted by cal1942 on

But, better late than never.

I'm guessing that ancient colloquialisms are occasionally permitted.

Very happy to see several first-rate commenters from Talkleft and other sites including:


Still others seemed familiar but I'm sure of the three above.

Have been reading corrente for awhile and have been eager to comment. At last.

For the sake of emphasis is it OK to cuss now and then?

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Submitted by LostClown on

I thought I'd never get approved. *sheesh* What's this having a life thing all about?

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Submitted by Boston Boomer on

Thanks for letting me into the building. I've been avidly reading your blog ever since I laughed my way through Lambert's and Vastleft's posts at the big orange cheetos place. Corrente has done wonders for my mental health during this endless campaign season.

Submitted by lambert on

Fuck no, you can't cuss.

What's wrong with you?

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by lambert on

Help manage the trolls. Either don't feed them, or demolish them, whatever.

That's another reason I delayed, frankly. Every new batch of contributors includes a troll or two. Managing the threads takes a lot of time, and it's the very definition of a troll that they suck more energy than they give back, leaving everyone who interacts with them worse off -- unless the demolition job be artfully handled, of course, in which case it's fun to read.

Note that troll doesn't mean "one who disagrees." And there are some trolls that are just assholes, and others who (I am convinced) are sent here to be assholes.

To me, the main warning signs is:

Inability to engage. Like-- Troll: She killed Vince Foster! Human: No, she didn't. Here's the link. And the history is.... Troll: But what about the Rose Law Firm. When you use the tools of evidence and reasoning, they drop the original talking point, and shift to a new one. That is, it's not the mere use of talking points, but the continuous dropping and shifting style of argumentation that's the tipoff. Trolls have an ouevre too, just like humans.

Now, it's an unfortunate fact that the Obama campaign, by training it's supporters to push their own personal conversion narratives, and referring all questions of substance to the web site, produced in their own followers the classic signature of a troll: Inability to engage. So, lots of us concluded that if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck... But that's a problem that Obama campaign and the OFB created for themselves, alas. And unfortunately, it still goes on.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by PA_Lady on

I was starting to have flashbacks to being the last one picked whenever it was time for dodgeball. Thanks for saving my psyche from (further) irreparable harm.

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Submitted by WereWhale on

Cheers Lambert! I promise snark!

Submitted by lambert on

Snark is too easy and so often not distinguishable from ordinary reportage, these days.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.