New Readers, Comments, and Moderation
As you’ve probably noticed, USSM continues to grow, and especially lately, we’ve seen an influx of new readers and commenters through widespread references to the site. To those of you who have recently found the blog, welcome. We’re glad you’re here and hope you stick around.
However, when we experience significant growth in a short timespan, inevitably, we attract some folks who aren’t aware of the groundrules for being part of the discussion here at USSM. So, this post will serve as a primer for the new guys and a refresher for those of you who have been around awhile.
Read the USSM Orientation, which is always linked at the top of the blog, right next to the Comment Guidelines. Please take the time to read both of these and understand that they were setup with the best interest of USSM at heart.
Think of the comments as a chance to have a running dialogue with people about the topic of the post. The best analogy I’ve ever been able to come up with for this place is something like a college classroom. We’re in charge, we pick the topics, we set the rules, and we try to foster as much intelligent discourse as possible. If USSM isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other Mariner sites out there for you to try – we’re not going to be for everybody, and we’re not going to try to appeal to the masses.
We expect you to have informed opinions, engage people with respect, and honor the guidelines that you agreed to when you registered for the site. Comments that fail to meet these standards will be removed. We’re also going to begin using the moderation queue more aggressively – posters who have been placed into the mod queue will still be able to submit comments, but they will not appear on the site until they have been approved by one of the authors. If you find your comments are being moderated, take it as a challenge to prove to us that you have something to contribute. Put better quality comments in the queue as evidence that you have something to add to the site and we’ll eventually return you to non-moderated status.
Finally, keep in mind that we’re doing this all for free. We do the best that we can, and if you’re not happy with how the site is being run, feel free to send us an email, and if we can help you with your issue, we will, as best as we can. Constructive criticism is always welcome – “you guys are teh suck!” emails will find their way to the trashcan pretty quickly.
We’re proud of what USSM has grown into – let’s all try to make sure that it continues to be a place that we can be proud of going forward.