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The Thursday and possibly Saturday Open Threads are currently open if anyone is interested in filling those positions. Please inquire within.

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to magiamma for her excellent climate change themed OTs, they will be sorely missed. Thank you magi, yeoman's work, my friend.

Also a huge thank you to smiley7 for all the joy and culture he has brought us here at c99 on Saturdays. Thank you smiley.

By the way folks, smiley is still on the fence regarding giving up the Saturday OT so if you are so inclined please use this opportunity to nudge him back on the proper side of said fence, for culture's sake, mkay?

A huge thank you to all Open Thread authors both past and present, you folks are the bread and butter of the community.

A huge thank you to all that participate here, whether lurker, commenter, or essayist, this site would be pretty damn boring without you all.

And lastly a huge thank you to those that donate to keep the doors open here at the open range. Without your monetary help c99 wouldn't be here at all. We take great pride in our no ads policy and it's you who are making that big fuck you to corporate advertising possible.

Thanks everyone, you're the best!

Happy 6th Anniversary c99

Six years ago today c99 went on line. Thanks to everyone who has stuck with us. Thanks to all who contribute content. Thanks to all who contribute monetarily to keep this ship afloat. Thank you c99ers. You all are the best!

We've been floating the idea of virtual Zoom meetups hosted by joe shikspack and myself. Anyone interested? If we can't meet up in meat space we sure can do it in ether space. It might be fun. Give us some input.

Prost!

Dying on Aligator Ed Hill

Sirena has her own blog. Ever since she's joined here she's been attempting to peel off c99 members to join her blog. Political blogging is a blood sport behind the scenes, it's ruthless. C99 is a small blog but smaller blogs love to peel off members from the larger ones. That's just the way it is.

Folks, this Alligator Ed thing is a staged protest meant to turn folks from this site. It's all faux outrage.

For the Sake of c99

I'll make this short.

Divisiveness was the cause of the big drop off in participation here after the 2016 election. No ifs, ands, or buts about it, I'm in a position to know. It seemed like some folks couldn't resist the urge to spike the ball in the end zone, wag fingers, vote shaming, I told you so, etc., etc..

I see the same thing shaping up again this election.

C99 survived the last bout of divisiveness but I don't know if it will survive this round. A large open discussion board can withstand a big reduction in participants, a smaller site not so much. Another reduction in member participation does not bode well for c99's future.

I ask you, please, before you click the publish button ask yourself is this post constructive or meant to be divisive.

Please do it for the sake of c99.

Site downtime--UPDATED

I'll be working on the site today so there may be periods of short downtime. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Update: The comment reply issue is fixed.

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But, a week or so ago when the site was having major connection and slow down issues it was determined to be a problem with the Thumbs Up feature. The result of the correction was a loss of some voting data which wiped the Votes column on everyone's My Comments page from that point back. I'm sorry for that but it had to be done to bring the site back to normal.

Thanks for your patience.

A Gentle Reminder

From the FAQ: About Essay Content and Sourcing

C99 is a non-partisan site. That means that the site itself takes no official stance on any political party or candidate. Users are free to support any candidate or party across the political spectrum, from left to right. You are liable to see essays and comments here that also span that political arc. We are an open discussion board that takes pride in tolerance and a lack of censorship unless it is beyond the pale of civility. Beyond the pale of civility is a blanket term but I think we all would agree that there are some things that should be out of bounds and we would all recognize them as such if they were to pop up.

"We are an open discussion board that takes pride in tolerance and a lack of censorship unless it is beyond the pale of civility. Beyond the pale of civility is a blanket term but I think we all would agree that there are some things that should be out of bounds and we would all recognize them as such if they were to pop up."

It's easy for a toe to cross the line when tap dancing close to it.

About Those Essays...

First there was the essay accusing "us" of being enablers of racists. Then there was the essay telling "us" we must be either miserable, depressed, or lazy for voicing our un-cited belief in the various ways we will be electorally screwed again come 2020.

Can "we" not speak for everyone here in our essays anymore?

Thank you.

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