I'm a brand new Ricochet member. Just signed up. I've been lurking on the site, and listening to the flagship podcast (as well as the freebie previews) for months. It's not that I didn't want to join, or lacked the price of a grande latte at the flagship Starbucks in Seattle. It's not even that I didn't want to get some "skin in the game". I did want to join, I could probably afford at least two fancy coffees, and my skin is relatively open to being committed in some manner. However, I feared the ramifications of joining.
I can not count the number of interesting, engaging topic threads I've seen and wanted to weigh in on. And I'm definitely a "somebody is wrong on the Internet" type. And therein lies my fear. Now that I have the ability to comment, I fear for my ability to spend time with my wife and children, and for my productivity at work. Hopefully, I will resist my baser urges and this will be my last post. But if not, it's all Peter Robinson's fault.
They're threatening to take away the flagship Ricochet podcast for us irresponsible lurker types. And while Ricochet is loaded with smart, funny, and interesting people, Peter Robinson is my favorite. His thoughtful questions and insights, coupled with a disarmingly gentle manner, is unique in the political realm (to my knowledge). Uncommon Knowledge will still be around, but losing the podcast would leave a void in my week.
So Mr. Robinson, if you see me arguing some arcane point in a comment thread someday, I hope you can still sleep at night.