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November 11, 2007

Conclusive proof you are smarter when reading this blg

According to this website, the fact that you are now reading this blog reflects very well on your intelligence.  Not surprisingly, another blog I contribute to does not score quite so high.

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Genius? Why the picture of a snail then?

Posted by: George | Nov 11, 2007 10:28:34 PM

cool. I've actually learned alot since I started reading this blog, and i'm not even in Law School yet. Thanks Mr. Berman for making this blog available.

Posted by: EJ | Nov 11, 2007 11:17:08 PM

Note that it talks about the level of intelligence REQUIRED TO UNDERSTAND your blog, not the level of intelligence intrinsic in the writing of your blog. So, insofar as one wants to be able to reach the largest audience, and to the extent this website meter is accurate (which I doubt), I'd say one would want the lowest level of intelligence required. I'd rather have a "preschool" rating than a "genius" rating because it means more people can "understand" what I write. Turns out that my blog (along with such illustrious blogs as howappealing.com) requires an "elementary school" level intelligence to understand.

Considering sentencing is an important topic in America, you might want to dumb down this blog so that more people (everyone sub-genius) can "understand" it.

Posted by: bruce | Nov 12, 2007 12:27:39 AM

hey Bruce which is your blog?

Posted by: EJ | Nov 12, 2007 9:32:58 AM

For what it is worth, Bruce, I work pretty hard to use links to make this blog pretty accessible. I happily help someone else develop an "elementary school" level sentencing blog, but here I'd rather keep the discussion sophisticated, not "dumbed down."

Posted by: Doug B. | Nov 12, 2007 9:57:14 AM

Prof. B~

For what it's worth, your blog is rated genius while the Volokh Conspiracy (my other favorite blog) is rated as "Junior High."

Posted by: da_2_b | Nov 12, 2007 2:15:57 PM

EJ: my blog is at brucem.livejournal.com.

I thought you could click on my name to see the link, sorry.

Prof. B - I was only being snarky about actually dumbing it down, due to what this blog rating meter actually purports to measure (not the intellect of the blog itself, but rather of the audience required to understand it).

I certainly hope one does not have to be a certified genius to understand this blog and the important issue of state and federal sentencing (comprehending both the substantive and remedial opinions of Booker aside).

Posted by: bruce | Nov 12, 2007 3:59:22 PM

I think it bears reproducing verbatim the comment written by "Genius" on the Volokh Conspiracy:
www.coylereport.blogSPOT.com = Postgrad

www.coylereport.blogSOT.com = High School

www.coylereport.blogSOOT.com = Genius

The page with 'SOOT' listed the following text:

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An algorithm that returns 'genius' for the text above is too silly to contemplate seriously.

Posted by: Jacob Berlove | Nov 12, 2007 9:13:36 PM

Doug, I think assessment that actually means you're a genius if you can figure out what the hell the writer is talking about!! :^) FWIW, Grits for Breakfast came in as College level/Undergrad. I don't find SL&P that difficult to read so I'm surprised at your rating, actually. I can name quite a few legal blogs that are more opaque and jargon-filled. Perhaps it's latinate quotes from court cases that get you bumped up the readability ladder.

However, I disagree with your implication, Doc, that clear writing about sentencing policy that's understandable to the informed public, not just "geniuses," constitutes "dumbing down" your content. I mean, there's a reason nobody reads law review articles anymore, and I know you're a believer that blogs should be an antidote, not an extension of the errors that caused law reviews to fade from relevancy. best,

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Nov 13, 2007 11:44:26 AM

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