Yeah, it was a nice courtesy to invite Slate to come along for the ride, but we don't need them anymore. And I'm fine with not wanting to owe them anything.
As I see it the Fray's value proposition is twofold:
The first item is dwindling in value, as Slate staffers continue to show little interest in interacting with their readers. And I think this blog is a superior solution to the second item since, as Ender has mentioned, these posts are searchable, and not subject to deletion according to editorial whims.
So, for those of us motivated to make it happen, I think this can be something better than what we could do in the Fray.
One more note before I leave -- I had to chuckle at this passage from the latest Sports Nut:
Costas, alas, may be too cool for his own good. He's technically fine, but he seems above the fray, describing the day's action with a wink—yes, the Giants won in overtime, but it's only football, folks
Hmmmmm... where have we seen a similar attitude toward sports?