*********************************[Update: 05 April 2008, by Patrick]
I have done a presumptuous thing.
In select areas, I have made revisions to Armen's good work. The "permananet threads" idea, while a good one, failed to take into account the fact that N&B readers are track-pad adverse. Asking them to scroll over to the sidebar to follow multiple threads was simply too much.
I have tabbed the archived posts with various labels, and put what I suppose you could call a list of "master links" in the sidebar. For example, the following topics are indexed:
Classes and Professors
Greetings from the BHSA
Law Student Life
Legal Education Costs
Moot Court and Trial Team
Moving Out (Graduation)
OCIP and Employment
Only in Berkeley
Shiny Gold Stars
The Red Menace
The Resident Evil
I don't know if this will be easier to use, or not. I don't even know if the demand is there. But I do know that I learned a lot about the last three years at Boalt as I went through the threads. And wow . . . talk about a bunch of nut-jobs!
Anyway, Armen's original (now somewhat outdated) post follows.
Below, I have created several permanent threads. They will be linked on the sidebar. I did this because discussions tend to be recurring, while at the same time the initial posts inspiring the discussions fade into oblivion. This way, I hope to change that. But I have a few suggestions for this to work.
1. Comments may die down in a particular thread when it's not in season (in the Spring there will not be any OCIP posts). So be prepared.
2. If readers are interested in the topics, they should check them frequently.
3. From now on, I expect civility in comments. Posting your ruminations anonymously is a privilege. Don't abuse it by doing something stupid like revealing a blogger's employer when said blogger uses his name to every online post he makes. Same goes for anyone else. Use your judgment and hold back that urge to anonymously bully someone.
4. If you wish to see all the perment threads together, then just scroll down from here. Or find July 22, 2006 in the archives.
5. If you have any suggestions to this whole experiment, please offer them in the comments to this post. I expect a lot of changes early on until this settles down. Essentially, the discussion board idea was no workable. So this gives people a criagslist sort of way to communicate with the rest of the law school community.