SWISHER JUGGERNAUT wrote:matlock, kimber, etc....setting aside for a second how lame it is to even give a crap about the relative prestige of the discussion board you post on....
i don't see how you think TLS came out as some sort of winner here. who's the winner? the posters frantically asking opera to post the 3rd and 4th tier rankings? the guy freaking out cause buffalo moved up to 85!!!! the girl celebrating cause LSU moved up to 75!!! or all the posters in this thread who i made flip out because of the "race" i was in while i sat in my living room laughing at you guys for freaking out?
the sad thing is, XO isn't your enemy - TLS is. this is the only thread i've read on TLS, but at least in this thread you guys seem to worship this guy "Ken" - i don't know if he owns the site or he's a mod or what. but either way, this guy is your real enemy. he's not an idiot, he knows he's giving you guys terrible advice. someone on XO the other day linked to a Ken post where he bragged that he "wonders if his negative profile of Mercer was the main reason they dropped" from #97 to #100 or something like that. if you went to XO and you created a thread asking for advice on whether you should go to Mercer versus some other 3rd tier school, you'd get mocked mercilessly. but if you listened to the advice, you'd save yourself from putting yourself 200K in debt for an essentially worthless degree. but when you come here this hack Ken helps trick you guys into making the biggest mistake of your life. Ken, you went to a good law school - be honest, if it were you, would you listen to the advice you give? if you have kids, would you let your kids make the mistakes you help these posters make? anyway, Ken probably uses phrases like "strong regional placement" and "good fit" to describe schools that prey on people like the posters in this thread, while XO posters would say things like "TTT" or "OP, kill self before you go to either of those schools" or "sorry about your tiny pink LSAT score." so you get confused by tone and you worship Ken even though he doesn't have your best interests at heart.
And Ken, i have nothing against you dood. your job is to increase traffic to the site, and you're just doing your job. if you had a conscience, you'd probably tell most of the posters here that they shouldn't consider going to the law schools they are considering for the prices they are paying. but instead you write profiles of schools trying to help posters decide between X tier 3 school and Y tier 3 school. you pay posters $100 to see which school moved from 81 to 77, even while you admit in other posts that whatever small changes in the rankings are meaningless - then post over and over again about how great it is that TLS was the first discussion board to leak it, not even trying to hide your motives. but whatever, your job is to get more people to the site and it's not your fault that your job description consists of taking advantage of these naive kids.
i've never seen ken give people misleading advice about school/career choices - the thing he doesn't do is adopt the cynical, self-loathing tone that became the norm for a long time over on xo (honestly i think your site is better than it used to be a year ago, but it still leaves something to be desired...racist and homophobic comments really should be moderated)
there are PLENTY of people on here who give people solid advice about their options coming out of a non-t14 - we've got our share of elitist pricks - but we've also got really civil people who try to deliver good INFORMATION in a civil tone - there's nothing wrong with that - in fact, it's why this site gets more traffic - it's not because people around here are living in a fantasy world (particularly the established posters, like mods, and the long-timers)
in conclusion, if you think good "advice" needs to be cloaked in cynicism, bitchiness, foul language, and racist/sexist commentary, i'd say you're misguided (not that i don't have my own share of cynicism, as anyone around here will tell you)
[oh, and don't worry about "censorship" - my quote ensures that your narrowly construed view of things will live on]