My appeal to you is to make a new, better Scoop, or Scoop-like site that doesn't suck.
What's good about Scoop is that it's slick enough to just do what it's designed to do without all the BS involved with needing so many ads and all that. It's fast enough and simple enough. Also, it's not entirely ugly, though it could use a proper upgrade.
What's bad is that the philosophical differences between douche-bag 1980's people who thought Matty B. in War Games was the ultimate rad doood and that Intelligent Discourse is Just So Great and who also brew their own beer and make their own wine and honey and etc. etc. etc. is just so vast it's maddeningly sad. Who are these morons and why do they get to be in charge of the internet. Living comfortably and distainingly off the wealth of a society you hate is just so old and cliche that it's time to change all that and people who aren't subject to that past find your fatty lives sad.
Cain't one of you jerks make a proper site where actual, unfettered speech is possible? The whole "Ooooh, that's a troll!!!!" idea is blatant censorship and that's why the Douchebag Site is losing traffic steadily, even after all their dedicated auto-eroticators have perfected the art of pre-web 2.0 Tweeting on their own site.
I'm not saying I know how to do it or make it better. I'm just saying it's all wrong now. It hasn't been going downhill, really, just suffocated. Mostly because of the Luddite $5 thing and I don't think anyone has proffered from it, Ruston included. It has only slowed traffic and creativity. Let the people go, Pharaoh. Barring that, let's make our own Egypt.
I mean, no offense, but when the fucking BEE GUY is your most respected writer you are fucking sunk. He writes shit for trade journals about fucking bees. BEES. Is he more successful than other writers here? NO. Is he a better writer? NO. He's doing nothing outstanding. Is he completely, utterly conventional and acceptable, palatable mediocrity for those who hate the idea of having an idea challenged or refuted? YES!
And that qualifies as useful, respected discourse here. Is this the 1960's? Why are we so CONSERVATIVE here?
Please refer to any of the past histories of your various countries to see why that is utterly retarded. Contrary discourse is the essence of new thought. 'How-to' writing is a Cook Book about things other than food. It's boring and could be done just as easily in pictures. Maybe even better.
So, someone get the computer balls to actually get something going. Rusty has seriously checked out and is just waiting for this shit to fizzle so he won't have to deal with it. I used to support this site, but it's just gotten dead, in an actual sense, not the Ned Flanders sense that the Husi crowd likes to site.
If you all didn't really care that much you wouldn't log in each day.
Del, we're looking at you.