Well, “marvelous” is an adjective oft used in reference to the founding of Mormonism, the work and wonder of the restoration, is it not? Even cloaked in sarcasm, I choose to hear a hint of acknowledgment of truth sneaking out there. It IS a marvelous thing, to create and manage a place where adults can sort through a broad range of ideas related to Mormonism. And Mormonism is super interesting, as are it’s leaders and ardent scholarly defenders.
I want to posit that the vitality of MormonDiscussions.com has absolutely nothing to do with Dr. P per se. He simply draws a majority of the fire, BY CHOICE, because:
(a) he used to post regularly here, for years, therefore has contentious history with many of you, but more importantly
(b) he out-writes blog/board posts by a factor of 100 to 1,000 times more than any other Mopologist or church leader. He is in a league of one, when it comes to volume. Think about that — even if we were to carefully track and control for equal time relative to online content posted, Dan Peterson would still find his name on a majority of current, topical conversations. His combative, tireless approach to blogs and boards only cements that reality.
Imagine if Dallin Oaks began blogging and boarding 6 hours every day, or if young Smoot were to raise his game to a Mopologist-leading 7 blog posts per day and 30-50 board comments per day, well I am confident they both would quickly overtake Dr. P in raw mentions and “attacks” — if attack is defined as critical content analysis.
By the way, I wonder if anyone would dare try to challenge Dr. P’s literal running of the table? If someone in the Mopolgetics community tried, would it piss him off to lose the spotlight? He sure seems committed to receiving as much attention (to be sure, he all but invites negative attention, the way he writes to provoke critics into a fight) ... But, AT WHAT COST??
Anyway, this isn’t a sewer, a sty, a stalker board or anything of the sort. Dr. Dan showing up in so many threads is simple math, law of large numbers, a function of his own carpet bombing the Internet with a simply mind boggling amount of controversial Mormonism-linked commentary.
Thanks, Dr Shades, and other helpers, such as Dean Robbers, for keeping the site going and for playing the long game by encouraging diversity of views and personalities here.
And I do hope Dr. P will choose to address people as people, and leave out all of the negative reference to MormonDiscussions.com. As he promised.