A brief word on comments

DMZ · August 28, 2004 at 5:19 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

I’ve been impressed with the quality of dicsussion we’ve had since we brought comments up. Lots of great stuff, and I’m happy I did it. We’ve only had a couple dick-y posts, and while I’d feared I’d end up hacking together some register-to-post-comments script (which may eventually happen anyway) that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon.

That said, I want to lay out the basic philosophy of comment moderation:
I will do no moderation.
I will, however, ban people.
If someone’s on dialup or has dynamic IP addressing, so they can get around banning and that means I have to ban ranges, preventing innocent people from posting, I’m going to do that.

I know that sucks. But… I don’t have time. To avoid being banned, when you’re posting in reply to people, pretend you’re arguing with an umpire.
“You blew that call, he was safe by a mile.” — Okay
“You blow.” — Ejected

I’ll eventually write this up as a gentle policy reminder, but… I don’t want to, because then I have to write up “don’t post copyrighted material, blah blah blah” and stuff and I’d rather argue whether Beltran’s worth signing as a free agent, or knock something off my page-long to-do list for tweaking USSM 2.1 to make Dave happy ($@##%@^ link formatting).

And if you know of a hack for WordPress that would allow a registration barrier for comments, drop me a line.


13 Responses to “A brief word on comments”

  1. Dan on August 28th, 2004 5:24 pm

    Hey, i agree the comments have been pretty high quality. One thing happening, though, is a lot of repetition. There must be 30 different references to beltran’s signing being rough because the yankees are interested in him, and boras is his agent (for example).

    What would be cool is if you guys had a way to highlight comments that you thought were interesting. Not necessarily the whole post, but maybe selective points that people make. This would make it easier to see where people have made important points, and maybe help give structure to conversations a bit more.

    Just a thought.

  2. Cap on August 28th, 2004 5:34 pm

    Threaded conversations would be cool, as well. Great job with the site!


  3. adam on August 28th, 2004 5:35 pm

    I assume that would take to much time, I doubt they would want to do that if they don’t want to edit posts, understandably.

    The repitition is going to happen. Just learn to scan over comments, it does get annoying though.

  4. David J Corcoran on August 28th, 2004 5:55 pm

    You have done very well so far. I have been impressed, as well with the quality comments (which is why I don’t comment as much as I was, I realized my comments rarely match the quality of others!), but they still make a good read!

    Comments have done a heck of a lot to add to this site. I know a guy with a heck of a lot of technical knowledge about this kind of thing (registered comments), I’ll have him look over the source code and see if he can figure something out. Since you are using your own domain, anything should, in theory, be possible.

  5. jason on August 28th, 2004 6:02 pm



  6. David J Corcoran on August 28th, 2004 6:02 pm
  7. Shane mikesh on August 28th, 2004 6:55 pm

    Just want to say “I love your work”. In fact, Your site has won the coveted “Home Page Award” on my slave box at work. Keep up the great words of wisdom and Mariners updates.

  8. Dave on August 28th, 2004 7:18 pm

    For the record, I’m very happy with the site, and Derek is just blaming me for all the work he has to do out of jealousy. I’m not sure what he’s jealous of, exactly, but I figure that must be it.

  9. David J Corcoran on August 28th, 2004 7:19 pm

    Bloomquist is pinch bunting. Yeesh.

  10. David J Corcoran on August 28th, 2004 7:20 pm

    I guess if he has a use, he IS one of our best bunters.

  11. David J Corcoran on August 28th, 2004 7:23 pm

    This is the first smart managing i have seen since the season started! We save Edgar’s bat for Jamon!

  12. DMZ on August 28th, 2004 9:11 pm

    David Corcoran — Nice hack. I’ll prep that for possible future deployment. Thanks much.. when I was looking around I didn’t come across that for some reason.

    And Dave’s been nothing but helpful with suggestions and comments, to make that entirely clear. I was just kidding because he wants me to make one fix that has been particularly frustrating.

  13. Jon Wells on August 28th, 2004 9:58 pm

    Willie Bloomquist is NOT one of our best bunters. That’s the second time in two weeks that he’s struck out after trying to bunt with two strikes on him. Let’s face it, all the bum can really do is steal bases as a pinch-runner…If a non-pitcher is so bad that you’re having him bunt with two strikes on him he really doesn’t belong on the big league roster in my opinion.

    Is there any chance that Willie B, with 2 years and a month of service team, will be a Super 2 this winter and be arbitration eligible??? I’m really hoping so, cause that’s the only that’s gonna get him off the M’s roster apparently.