Beginning with Howard Berger’s bittersweet commentary on our little corner of the web and and piquing tonight with a grade A case of trolling from a user that’s been taken care of, let me make a quick note about moderation.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that our willingness to allow for freewheeling and largely unrestricted conversation gives MLHS commenters a privilege, not a right. Unfortunately, in a few instances I’m beginning to see this being taken advantage of.
Being intentionally vulgar is not theÂ way to stick it to Howard Berger. We are getting noticed not only for the efforts and insights the blogging team brings to the table but for the breadth of Leafs knowledge among our users, backed by a strong sense of community. Pension Plan Puppets‘ sports bar analogy was a good one and I similarly am not going to nitpick at every curse word – if this is how a poster opts to express himself and it’s within reasonable limits, I’m not going to ask anybody to change the manner or mood in which they want to communicate their thoughts. Unfiltered dialogue helps create the virtual club house I spoke about striving for in an interview last summer, where fans can relax and chat with a passionate crew who have something informed to say about their favourite sport and team.Â What is absolutely unacceptable is personal attacks, allowing of course for some friendly banter about Jordan’s grammar.
Some of you may have observed the emergence of a Forum link on our menu bar above; well, it’s finally of some use.
After some slight technical hiccups, they are up and functional and require no extra work on your part. Your current account on the main site will be the username under which you post on the forums. It remains a little barebones; if you guys have any ideas for categories/subforums, let us know as we are open to suggestion as always.
Toss me your Leaf questions in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer the majority of them in a series of blogs over the next few weeks. Slow times in Leaf land but nonetheless I apologize for the lack of blog posts recently. I and some fellow MLHS bloggers have been working behind the scenes on an exciting forthcoming project for MLHS and the rest of the Barilkosphere. More details will surface come the summer time.
It has been brought to my attention that many of you are getting your comments caught up in the spam filter. The solution is simple. Register as a user as opposed to filling out the comment form and posting as a guest. All spam screening is disabled for registered users. Register here.