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Rename the Tip Line?

Rename the Tip Line?

Newer readers may not know about the Tip Line.  It’s not just a Tip Line, it just is named Tip Line. 

It’s a place, um, to leave tips, but it’s also a place where readers can have a conversation on topics not really covered by our regular posts, and alert others to what interests them.

Here are some examples of recent “Tips”:

  • MaggotAtBroadAndWall: “Erik Wemple calls this Roger Aisles memo to Fox employees a “masterpiece” and says it illustrates why Fox employees hold Aisles in such high regard.”
  • Ragspierre: Quoting Power Line, “But more to the point, it never ceases to amaze me when “mainstream” potentates like [Jonathan] Turley come to understand what conservatives have been saying loudly for thirty or forty years, but somehow pose as though they’ve discovered something new or are offering brilliant new insights.”
  • theduchessofkitty: “If Louis Lerner wants to save her bacon, she’s gonna have to sing like a bird.”
  • Bruno Lesky: “Menendez: Senate lacks 60 votes to pass immigration bill.”
  • donb: “Some observations on Obama’s War on Dissent.”
  • moe4: “Here is your buddy!”

Those are just a few. There currently are 3,352 “Tips” there, not to mention the 3000 or so tips which were deep sixed when Tip Line Version 1.0 was removed.

So … is it time to rename the Tip Line?

You can suggest other names in the comments, but please also vote.

Voting open until midnight Sunday, May 26:


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We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.

Eric Holder, the new face of “McCarthyism” .. only in America can a poor Black child raise himself up to become everything that he said he despises.

BannedbytheGuardian | May 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

You guys can do the screening for me & bring stuff to the main site. I have the other 56 continents to check out every day.

If people can’t figure out what a Tip Line shame on them.

shortwave8669 | May 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

suggested new name- Back Channel

Can we vote more that once (like in Chicago, Philadelphia, and much of Ohio)?

Pleeeeze do not ‘fix’ anything else.

Oh wait…..there is one teeny little change I suggested not long ago that still needs attention:

Someone needs to tell the William A. Jacobson over yonder at CI that he’s no longer an ‘Associate Clinical Professor’

Once upon a time I wanted to rename it “Ragspierre’s open thread”…

But no, it’s not broke;fix it not.

Just don’t start with those goofy Althouse type polls, unless they’re funny (hers aren’t, this one is)

I chose the “stop asking us to vote on thing” option because I thought it was hilarious. I like polls and the Tip Line is fine as is but if you’d like something to make it more open for conversation it might be a good idea to change the name.

Doug Wright | May 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

What a sneaky way to clarify the real purpose behind the Tip Line! Great job of misdirection!

Cheers! 🙂

Bruno Lesky | May 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Here’s what I’m dealing with. I read out loud the Prof’s post to my husband and he came up with these suggestions for new Tip Line names:

Madam Blavatsky’s Chatroom
The 1st Amendment Pub
The Idea Hospital

… I had to cut him off. (There were more.) He’s not antagonistic, he’s just playful! He votes libertarian.

I like Back Channel best so far.

Good to have a name that suggests, as the Prof notes, a give and take of ideas instead of just one notes. Give and Take Line?

I so value the comments of the LI community that for me it would be great to have a forum for expanded topics. But maybe none of us has the time to process all the incoming data, let alone comment….

I have been reading LI pretty much since the beginning. Never knew about the Top Line till just now.

LukeHandCool | May 26, 2013 at 3:08 am

I propose “Attip Watch!’

Whatever the name, you might keep a link up to it and displayed prominently, and occasionally repost the descriptive information in this one. You’re getting new readers all the time – and I’ve been reading you for years and never realized the trove of info available there.

I recused myself because I never heard of the Tip Line until I heard it on the news.

maybe Tip Line and OT Talk?
really not a huge issue IMO

TugboatPhil | May 26, 2013 at 9:21 am

Why not take it “under the radar” and call it the Patriotic, TEA party, Tax Exempt Tip Line?

Who would ever take notice of that??

Tip line is short for T’party line. Perfect as it is.

call it the Lesbian Hit on line (LHOL) and get a tax exemption?

Speaking of LI-related products, I find your compilation of some of the interesting links that pass through your Twitter stream, The Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion Daily, really good value as well.

I see it daily since I have subscribed via email (and would endorse others doing the same, whether they’re on Twitter or not), but have you thought of having it auto-tweet once or twice a day (morning & evening?) as well?

Just a thought. Keep up the good work, Insurrectionists!