I've seen more stimulating conversations between a crazy homeless person and his toe jam than most of what Jay posts passes for. I don't see the fascination, honestly, unless this is just re-living debate class for some of you guys. The missing component is a position, of any kind, that is genuinely his. We don't need Jayhawk to regurgitate random, controversial crap from the internet - or worse - selecting stuff from the internet that is beating the same dead horse; auto-trolling. There's nothing stimulating about that, because a robot could do the same thing.
The allure of this place is the opportunity to persuade, and to be persuaded, by those who have different experiences and opinions, and to emerge a better person for the effort (better informed, more well-rounded, more considered in your opinions, etc). Or at the very least, to casually meet and talk to people you'd otherwise never run into.
By these measures, our fowl falls terribly short; and spends no small amount of time here, just......I can't figure it out.
Well, I think where it comes in is in the details. While a post by Jay [or me] will start as a Point/Counterpoint debate of left and right philosophies, as other post in, the conversation broadens, the subject matter becomes more textured and the conversation becomes lively, informative and usually entertaining. Do we change minds, NO. Is that the motives, I don't think so on most issues.
While the initial trigger might be the top ten stories from Drudge, from which we pick and choose a couple that work, it does take a catalyst to get the conversation going. If every story came from the RIGHT, and all the members agreed with it, there wouldn't be a BWOT. Same if they sourced from the LEFT or MARS.