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It's a natural property of a message board to create its own culture. Likewise, such cultures are a result of how closely those on its board restrict themselves to the charter (eg. USENET) or title of the board. Should the board culture not restrict itself to the charter/title, it has the potential of allowing Off-Topic posts to be acceptable. That causes a conflict, which, of course, this thread shows.

And occasional conflict is not desirable? Value stocks or growth stocks, Fool research or institutional research, AnejoPort or IcedTeaPort, Dow index or Now index, TomDave or Zweig, martinis or iced tea, NoCal or SoCal, SF or LA, rule of law or rule of java--conflict, I think, builds better understanding within than the simple provision of information does, as long as a dialog continues.

Where there is no conflict, no "dialog" in it's classical sense, there is no story--and too bad, for we learn through stories. When there is no dialog, or when dialog becomes too aggressive, or too sensitive, and breaks down--that's when we have fragmentation, isolation, and live in the general despair of sysops and bankers.

dialog not analog
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