Since I got good answers to my question about using ATC, I'll move on to my next.
You tie into the top + bottom front loops of your harness because it's the strongest connection to hold falls. Yet you belay and abseil from the belay loop. Since the strength of the system is its weakest link, then why do this? (Didn't a famous climber die recently because his belay loop was worn?) If the problem is the carabiner size, why not have a specialist larger carabiner for belaying/abseiling?
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