| Philip, you are right, there is everywhere.|
I have a theory about this...Solo is a great place, to be sure, but it's not the only option. I think some people may be treating SOLO like a secure job; they may have problems with the site, but are afraid to leave, the same way some people stay in abusive relationships, careers, or even countries. They may have serious problems with each, but the prospect of leaving and starting over or the loss of a familiar routine are simply too much, and rationalizations are made: ("sure, things get heated, but it's not all bad..." "It's a steady paycheck..." "He hits me, but he loves me, you don't know him like I do").
"Where else is there to go?"
Common refrain of battered wives and disgruntled employees.
The truth is that SOLO is a great place, and to those who know it, maybe it is worth the abuse. No one is forcing anyone to stay. But there is an element of intimidation against leaving, as well. "We don't need you." "Where else are you going to go?" "You'll be back." "Don't let the door hit you on the way out." Sounds like a typical workplace or disgruntled lover.
Solo is great, but it should not become a Babylon, either. Solo is more like America, big and diverse, and contains too many viewpoints to be able to function as a one-size fits all type of place. Eventually, there will be competition, and SOLO will become one more site, and people will not have to choose either/or; you can bounce from Barnes and Noble to Borders to your local independent to Amazon, and the same will happen with Objectivist outlets.
The only way SOLO will flourish is if it competes in the marketplace. It's blown away TOC and ARI, yet it will not be the final word.
(Edited by Joe Maurone
on 8/02, 12:52pm)