Site change; commenting policy

So I did some thinking on this after the discussions yesterday. And I think I’ve come up with the solution. Eliminating this site would definitely not be the way to go. I have lots of big plans still in the works. But my goal is to basically eliminate the trolling/disrespectful posts in the comments section. So for now, I have a solution. I’ve changed the commenting policy here to require you to be a registered wordpress user. Basically, going to wordpress and signing up for a free wordpress account takes like 60 seconds. You don’t have to write a blog of your own, you just need to sign up at wordpress for a wordpress account. After you do this, you’ll be able to log into wordpress and then post here in the comments sections. My thought is, if you want to participate in the discussion here and be a part of the site, you can take 60 seconds to sign up for an account. Everyone is still free to read the site, that won’t change, and I won’t ever place ads on the page. My goal is to create a better environment to discuss this stuff. The original intention of this place was just for it to resemble a website, with information. It has evolved into a great (for the most part) place for discussion as well. I guess its just time to take a hard line with this stuff and try to root out the problem before it gets any bigger. If you have any questions, send me an email.

Quick schedule update. I believe Gregg is working on season recaps for the Lehigh Valley affiliate. I’m beginning to work on the draft recap feature, which I think I’ll roll out next week. It will be quite in depth and will take up multiple posts. I’ll also work on a recap of my Top 30 and Top 100 in the next week or so, and might even go with the Top 30 recap tomorrow or Friday. Thanks again for everyone who visits daily, for the nice feedback left in the comments yesterday, and for the emails I receive almost daily.

33 thoughts on “Site change; commenting policy

  1. Good stuff.

    Very easy to sign up and probably the best thing for the site.

    Keep up the great work.

  2. I appreciate this policy. some of the comments on the last couple thread were mind numbing.

  3. Keep up the great work. Obviously, there will be differences of opinion. But your right, the insults need to stop.

  4. That’s a solid solution to the problem, James. And if I were you, I wouldn’t hesitate at all to delete trolling/insult comments. The site’s grown a lot in the past year or so, but as long as the discussion stays civilized, that’s a good thing.

    Looking forward to the season recaps and draft stuff. Keep up the good work as always.

  5. I have been reading this site for awhile but have never posted. This is one of my favorite sites. Just wanted to let you know alot of people appreciate the time and effort you guys put in. Keep up the good work!

  6. All right. I’m ready! (even though I had to change my posting name). Can we start talking about trading Ryan Howard now?

    Seriously, I’m looking forward to the MiLB offseason, and our (hopefully) annual tradition of ranking the prospects.

    – Jeff

  7. Oh PP, please stop, you know you would have never shut this site down. What other public forum would you use for your OBVIOUS dislike for Greg Golson??? 🙂

    Keep up the great work! And I’ll apologize now as I haven’t read the new policy but is there a date that goes into effect?

  8. PhuturePhillies –

    This seems like a good solution. Just out of curiosity, what happens if the trolls/a**holes get wordpress accounts? Does this policy make it easier for you to keep them off the site?

    Thanks for all the work you do on the site. Its appreciated by the vast majority of people who come to the site.

  9. By the way I love this site, but it’s funny how the topic about inappropriate comments has already spawned an inappropriate/inflammatory remark.

  10. Why did you delete my post? There was nothing wrong with it. I said people ought to say how many times they go see minor league games so other posters can see if they know what they’re talking about. Anyone can read stats.

  11. Your post was inflammatory. The exact thing I’m moving to eliminate. And the “I watch the games” argument is one of the worst in the book. First hand perspective is definitely good. I welcome people to share their thoughts on games they attended, but its not a prerequisite for evaluating a player’s worth.

  12. I’ve migrated successfully. Had to add a 1, they don’t seem to expect you to actually read their site policy, so when you click that and go back it says the name you chose was already used and deletes everything you had entered.

  13. I welcome the new system. Not a computer guy, so no idea how it actually makes regulation easier. Nevertheless, I am all for the freedom of…. differing opinions.

  14. Hey I post on the great Curt Schilling’s 38 Pitches web site. I didn’t even need to register here because of that. Curt’s going for his 5th WS ring this year, you know. 4th title. One title per kid, or 5 rings for his hand. AND, there’s always next year too for his other hand.

  15. Login makes it easier to track and ban trolls basically. Just ban the account from posting on the site. I welcome the policy. Good call James.

  16. deleting a post because he says he has seen a player more than others and he believes that qualifies him to offer a unique perspective seems a little too sensative to me. i don’t see how that is “inflamatory”. And besides, what’s wrong with a little inflamation every now and then. if we all agree with each other, what’s the point? what’s wrong with a little friendly banter? to me, the line is when someone insults someone else. but saying that you have a good perspective because you actually watch players is totally fine in my book.

  17. Kinda annoyed I had to change my username (NEPP=nepp93) Somehow nepp was already taken. Oh well, whatever it takes to annoy trolls is well worth it IMHO.

  18. James, have you thought of coming up with and posting a FAQ and New Users Guide that outlines general rules of behavior for everyone? If you did that and posted it somewhere easy to see for newbies it would probably cut down on alot of your annoyances.

    1. Try not to discuss MLB teams and players unless it directly affects the minor league teams or prospects

    2. No profanity, personal insults, attacks, “trolling” etc

    3. etc etc etc

    Most discussion group sites I’m on have something similar.

  19. NEPP, that’s a good idea.

    6 months ago, I never thought anything like that would be needed.

    I’m still toying with the idea of a message board.

    profreespeech Says:
    September 3, 2008 at 5:06 pm edit

    deleting a post because he says he has seen a player more than others and he believes that qualifies him to offer a unique perspective seems a little too sensative to me. i don’t see how that is “inflamatory”. And besides, what’s wrong with a little inflamation every now and then. if we all agree with each other, what’s the point? what’s wrong with a little friendly banter? to me, the line is when someone insults someone else. but saying that you have a good perspective because you actually watch players is totally fine in my book.

    Its a slippery slope. What starts as “friendly banter” turns ugly in a hurry. Its tough to convey sarcasm or a friendly jab with typed text. I’m really not going to engage in a semantics argument. I think its pretty clear what my intentions here are. If people want to irritate and generally make things more unpleasant for me and for the people who donate their time here, I’ll simply remove their access.

    lionking’s post was inflammatory. I removed it. Its that simple. I really don’t have time for these types of discussions.

  20. Like so many have posted before me, you may not have realized how many visitors you have. My wife and I read your site all the time. It’s fantastic. I come here all the time but like others, rarely post. I posted last night in “First batch of roster moves; Golson and Marson” under the name of Rick questioning what “purchased contract” means.

    It’s great to have a site where true Phillies fans (especially those that follow the minors) can gather. Let’s not let the trolls ruin a great site!

    Anyway, my wife and I started in Clearwater this year and made sure we saw every one of our minor league teams this year – some more than once. We’ve put together our 2008 Phillies travel album. Lakewood is (this year anyway) a very exciting team. My wife even follows the Phillies draft now.

    Anyway, since I’m not adding much, I won’t babble on. Great site!

  21. how do draw a line with honest but different thoughts.
    i think this thing is a good idea but blurry

  22. Its really not complicated or blurry.

    As long as you express your thoughts in a rational manner without insulting someone else, you’re fine.

    My goal is to get rid of the snide remarks and the nonsense. It serves no purpose.

  23. Just a few words for you PP. I really appreciate the Phillies minor league take on your site. It’s informative, entertaining, and necessary component of Phillies baseball.

    Your decision to use Worldpress is of course up to you and it remains to be seen if it will work out. One thing I’d like to remind you is baseball is for dicussion, is full of emotions, and passion. People tend to be a little over the top when it comes to baseball. It would be ashame to lose that part of the game because of a word filtering system. I for one enjoy the banter of passionate baseball fans. If I wanted civility I’d go to my wife’s Sunday socials.

    As for theory that first hand onsight evalution of minor league talent isn’t neseccary to deteremine talent, I say it’s the only way. Looking at stat doesn’t begin to tell you if someone has the talent to advance or make it to the show. I have seen hundreds of Phillies minor league games with in the last few years. I actually spend several season watching GCL games at the complex. So I’ve pretty much seen most of the players being mentioned on here.

  24. If you would like, for the fun of it and to pass the time until next spring, I could give some personal observations of some of the Phillies minor leaguers and see if we are in agreement or not.

  25. First hand accounts are always welcomed. I’m working on adding a specific place where people can post their first hand observations and we can have it all kept in one easy to find spot.

  26. Ranger—-

    I would like to hear what you have to say about Slayden as a stick. I have watched him at Reading several times and he strikes me as a good bat. On know he just turned 26 but I like him.

  27. I have seen Slayden a lot over the years at different levels.
    He’s the kind of player who sort of falls in between. I don’t think his power converts in the bigs enought to be a corner outfielder, nor is his hitting enough for a starting role. His defense has not improve at all from when he was signed . It was never very good to begin with. He has below average speed, a average arm. Projectability: AAAA

  28. PP, those kind of discussions can be fun. I’m hoping to catch some Instructional league play this year. Some players really benefit from there time there. I give good grades to the Phillies player development staff. Especially pitching.

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