Game 61, Twins at Mariners
RHP Boof Bonser v LHP Jamie Moyer. 7:05.
At the request of several of our valued readers (including Laurie’s birthday request), supervision returns for this thread. Since the inception of comments, we often wrestle with how to encourage quality discussion and not tamper too much. Insult posts, off-topic stuff like people dropping by to remind Dave he wasn’t enthusiastic enough about Papelbon in a Beltre discussion… most of the choices are pretty easy.
But what about grammar, and spelling, and people who always type “Mariner’s”? We (and I’m probably more guilty of this than anyone) arbitrarily will reach into threads to nuke comments, and you get to see the dreaded s. The reaction by the commenter is almost always immediate and strongly negative, and often means their follow-up comment gets [deleted, namecalling]. However, not working to maintain a decent signal/noise ratio and halfway worthwhile tone means chaos and horrible comment threads, and the people who contribute the most to the level of conversation are quickly turned off and leave.
What to do? Well, if no one out there is willing to, say, make an extremely generous cash donation to the “Hire a USSM Author to work on this full time” fund, it’s going to remain arbitrary and unfair. Sometimes making two errors that catch someone’s eye will get someone to swoop down, and sometimes you might get away with it. A comment that contributes substantially will almost certainly get a lot more leeway than PINIERO IS TEH SUX0R!!!oneone!! In general, game threads have much looser standards than normal comment threads.
Anyway. Boof’s his real name. I bet that gets mentioned on the broadcast.