By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Before anyone asks, the Antidote will stay exactly where it is.
Later today, we’re introducing a new links feature: “2:00PM Water Cooler.” And we’ll be changing our most popular feature, Links, as a result. Basically, we’re redistributing links over two features at two different times. And at no cost to you! Here’s why the split:
1) We feel the need to react more quickly during daylight hours. A regular feature in the early afternoon will give us a hook to react to the morning’s events in the same news cycle, instead of waiting twenty-four hours.
2) Links is, in many ways, a victim of its own success. We regularly have hundreds of comments, and that can be overwhelming for readers. If we split links in two, we think we’ll get the same number of comments in total, but half in Links, and half at the Water Cooler.
3) In addition, we need to use Yves’ time better. My mother always said: “Do what only you can do.” Only Yves can do the deep dives into finance that Naked Capitalism is famous for doing. So Yves should be doing that, and not (say) collecting links about Ukraine or Ebola (except insofar as those topics have a financial aspect).
4) Next, we need to fix our workflow before one of us collapses from physical exhaustion or worse; right now, we work the night shift, and that’s bad for our health (as I warned), and heaven help us if we have an appointment in the morning; moving some of the work to daylight hours will help with that.
Summing the split up, Links will still publish regularly just before 7:00, but the topics it covers will be tailored more sharply for finance and economics. “2:00PM Water Cooler” will, as the name suggests, publish just before 2:00, and be mostly about everything else. We also expect, as the name suggests, that comments will range quite freely.
We’re aware of one risk: Finance is intimately connected — in fact, drives — everything else. So a split between Links mostly focused on finance and the Water Cooler mostly focused on everything else could separate topics that are deeply intertwingled. We’ll try to minimize this risk by making connections between the two features; and you, readers, can help by making connections yourselves in comments.
So please check back at 2:00PM, and give your feedback!
 “More sharply” is not the same as “entirely.”
 “Mostly” is not the same as “entirely.”