A .pdf file of the days stories sounds like a good idea, but there is one aspect you didn't discuss in your proposal. When people are downloading the day's stories(and discussions), they wouldn't be posting whereas when they are reading it on the site they could add to the discussion. Also, how often would you propose updating the .pdf with new discussion links? With every new comment?
Also, I can't speak for anyone else, but if I download this .pdf file with the day's stories, I wouldn't have been able to vote on them. If i had, I would have read the stories in the process. Personally, If I wanted a file of stories I had no hand in helping them to get to the "front page", I would open up a newspaper. Just like someone pointed out before, Salon.com is a news site. If I didn't like this, I would read the stories and vote on them,or lose interest, both of which seem to defeat the purpose of the .pdf file.
Although I can see how this would be a good idea for archival purposes.
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