To my way of thinking, one of the fun things about following Amazin' Avenue is the opportunity it affords us fans to sound off, exchange and debate ideas, and engage in interesting discourse about our beloved (and infuriating) New York Mets. It’s a lot of fun, particularly in view of the fact that AA is the de facto Internets antidote to the Mongo/TRAID/LOLMets-imbued dialogue featured on many other platforms.
Accordingly, then, I find the discourse here to be the most enjoyable of any Mets e-community. It’s my favorite, and I *heart* it. However, it is my observation that, even here at AA, the relative anonymity we enjoy as commentators emboldens us at times to be disrespectful, reactive, or just plain old stupid. I, for one, have said plenty of stupid things here, unfortunately, ranging anywhere from banal to ill-informed. Hell, these few paragraphs may be among them.
Regardless, I’ll double-down and get to my point. Tongue firmly in cheek (sort of), I propose that we develop, as a community, a new metric with which to measure the quality of comments. We already have the "flag" and "rec" options, of course, but a metric, along the lines of Wins Above Replacement (WAR), would be useful and fun, in my opinion. My proposal, then, is for us to develop Comments Above Replacement, or CAR.
This will be difficult. Among other tasks, we need to establish replacement-level comments, which will be no small endeavor, given the infinite complexity and nuance of human interaction. (Also, you know, this is totally silly and subjective.) It doesn't mean we shouldn't try, though. I, for one, would love to have the ability to thoughtfully assess and proclaim – with mathematical precision – the utter dumbassery of certain comments as they arise.
Shaking Fist at Cloud,