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A few comments on the comments

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 03, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There were nearly 2,000 comments on the first two “in-game” posts of the season. Thanks to everybody for reading, participating and having so much passion for the Yankees.

But …

I literally don’t have the time to go through the comments and weed out the useless ones. Beyond that, I’m not sure I should. Unless somebody violates LoHud.com’s terms of service, they’re free to post. Beyond that, I work for the newspaper. We like the whole freedom of speech thing.

However, I can encourage responsible posting.

This blog, from its inception in February of 2006, has encouraged a high level of baseball discussion. We get that for the most part. There are few personal attacks and most people are polite and intelligent.

I love that we get people from all walks of life, too. I’ve received e-mails from cabbies to Congressmen. College kids to 89-year-old grandmothers. We get posters from every country you can think of. But think before you post.

Can I suggest a few guidelines?

1. Ignore the trolls. Every blog has them and in our case they’re mostly Red Sox fans. Just don’t respond, period. They will go away.

2. Do not write “first!” if you’re the first person to comment on a post. This isn’t second grade.

3. If the Yankees give up a run or lose a game, please refrain from declaring the season is over. You just look stupid. Or did you forget what happened last year and the year before that and the year before that? One pitch or one game does not a season make. Just relax.

4. Writing, “Yesssss!!!” after somebody gets a hit is a not a quality post.

5. Don’t post in ALL CAPS or in bold to make your point. Try writing something intelligent instead. That works better.

6. I’m all in favor of you referencing a story from another paper or web site. Just please note your source so the writer gets proper credit. And don’t post entire stories, post a link.

7. If there is a persistent knucklehead or two, please send me an e-mail letting me know who the person is, an example of their idiocy and the time of their post and I’ll see what I can do.

My main job is covering the team, not moderating this blog. Ideally, you’ll police yourselves. Registration won’t help because any chucklehead can make up a gmail address and post. I also don’t like the idea of shutting people out. Newspapers are trying to gain readers on line, not lose them.

I’ve worked very hard to try and make this blog your conduit to the Yankees. Don’t let a few dopes spoil it. Ignore them and write what you want to write when you post. Trust me, plenty of good, smart people are reading it.

Thanks so much for reading,

Pete

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