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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    So there were no Sunday secrets this week. I wondered why so I did a bit of Googlevestigation. Evidently, Frank enabled comments last week and there have been over 8,000 so far, many of which are judgmental of someone who sent in this secret about giving her cat bleach so she could see her cute vet again. Others are complaining that the comments violate the purpose of the site, to provide a safe space for folks to vent things they feel they can't tell anyone.
    I could see why some people would be upset over the bleach incident.

    On the other hand, I would rather not see comments enabled either. Perhaps an unofficial forum not attached to Frank, where people could go to comment on the secrets, but the benefit of comments seems to be outweighed by the negatives as well as the ability of the secrets to speak for themselves as well as the need for "safety" when sending in a secret.

    I'm willing to tolerate people who bleach their cats in order to see the good stuff from people really struggling with something.

    Some have speculated that Frank is retiring the site or something, and a few people even panicked and called the police to let them know that Frank is missing. (LOL.) They were informed that he's just on vacation.
    Only in America would people care about a virtual friend like Frank and totally not realize their next-door-neighbor died a few weeks ago and that's why they haven't seen them putter around the yard recently.

    I can see Frank eventually getting tired of doing this and wanting to move on. Maybe not soon, but eventually...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    On the other hand, I would rather not see comments enabled either. Perhaps an unofficial forum not attached to Frank, where people could go to comment on the secrets, but the benefit of comments seems to be outweighed by the negatives as well as the ability of the secrets to speak for themselves as well as the need for "safety" when sending in a secret.
    Why is it necessary for people to comment on things?

    Okay--I'm on a forum, where we comment on things. I run a blog that permits comments. But I sometimes question the value of open commentability.

    It's like tacking a coda of kids playing toy pianos to the conclusion of the 1812 overture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    It's like tacking a coda of kids playing toy pianos to the conclusion of the 1812 overture.
    Oh gee, it's like "Great Tagline Day 2007!" here at MBTIc.

    Perfect.

    I dare you to go over there and leave it as a comment somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Oh gee, it's like "Great Tagline Day 2007!" here at MBTIc.

    Perfect.

    I dare you to go over there and leave it as a comment somewhere.
    Over where? At PostSecret?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Over where? At PostSecret?
    Uh huh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Uh huh.
    Done.

    Hm. What can I double-dare Jennifer with.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Done.
    You DID it?????

    You actually did it?

    Hee hee, this is fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    You DID it?????

    You actually did it?

    Hee hee, this is fun!
    Why not?

    I didn't log in with my Blogger account, though. I keep that identity separate from my "rivercrow" identity.
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    Is it my browser being funky or have comments been disabled now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I could see why some people would be upset over the bleach incident.

    On the other hand, I would rather not see comments enabled either. Perhaps an unofficial forum not attached to Frank, where people could go to comment on the secrets, but the benefit of comments seems to be outweighed by the negatives as well as the ability of the secrets to speak for themselves as well as the need for "safety" when sending in a secret.

    I'm willing to tolerate people who bleach their cats in order to see the good stuff from people really struggling with something.
    Yeah. I do think it defeats the site's purpose. What is the point in heaping more guilt on someone who felt guilty enough to send an anonymous postcard in the first place? I think it could make people hesitant to send in their secrets, if the site keeps going after this.
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