What Wicky and Amanda say is right (thanks for the mention). AGB match-day comments contain enough cricket fibre to keep you regular until the State Insurance Chappell-Hadlee Trans-Tasman One-Day-International Series Trophy Game One (Westpac Stadium). Whether comments, no matter how interesting/funny/ranty or churlish, actually constitute a Missing Link-worthy “post” is another story.
Don’t know about James’ opinion, but my own is that a short introductory post followed by 150 comments, some of which are interesting but many of which are repetitive, usually wouldn’t be suitable for Missing Link. That sort of post (Tim Blair also does them) is essentially for your existing blog community to engage in conversation, it isn’t very interesting or accessible for the casual or new reader. Missing Link is mostly intended to expose good blog writing to a new audience. As far as I’m concerned, non-selection of that sort of post also reflects personal taste - I mostly can’t be bothered reading long comment threads, unless they’re dealing with a topic that deeply interests me, and even then I usually don’t bother if there’s a high proportion of abusive comments or predictable ideologically-based rants (this doesn’t apply to your sports posts though).
Can't agree. Yes, I accept Ken's taste doesn't run to commenty posts for Missing Link, but I don't accept they wouldn't be "interesting or accessible for the casual or new reader". Who knows, the casual or new reader might get lost from Big Internet, wander into an AGB thread and suddenly, eyes aglow, burst out "This place is, like, astonishing." Or he might not.
For every Troppo post containing the likes of "Humanity is a highly specialised life form that solves extremes in environment through technology" or "In the last few years Australia’s most lucrative export, coal, was dug up, and shovelled offshore, at a rate of 232 Million Metric Tonnes per year" there's an equally slashing AGB comment: "Fark'n Flatty" for one, or "members are wankers!"
Anyhoo, I'm not shilling for links, I just reckon the comments here are gold. What do you idiots reckon?