I’m still tired of the Cole Hamels discussion. However, if that is what you want to discuss, go ahead. But first …
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"As the site is currently configured, anyone can leave a comment as “Anonymous”…I recommend picking a username of some sort and using the same one every time. We’ve kind of formed a tight knit community here with a group of regulars, and it helps to have a name to put with someone’s opinion. Of course this isn’t required, and if you never comment and just have one thing to say and don’t want your name or even a fake name attached to it, that’s your prerogative. I have only 2 rules when it comes to comments: be respectful and keep it on topic. The first one should be self-explanatory. Don’t insult someone you disagree with by name calling, using abusive language, or any other arguing tactic that went out of style in 3rd grade. The second one is more specific and requires more explanation. This site is geared toward the minor leagues. There are tons of Phillies websites out there that cater to the big league club, and I frequent a number of them. I go there to discuss the big league club, I don’t go there to discuss prospects. Due to demand, I have created a weekly post to allow for all big team related chatter. My goal is to keep this chatter out of other unrelated posts for 2 reasons. One, my hope is for the content here to be archival, including the discussion. If I want to go back and look at a post in 2 years, I don’t want to wade through 30 comments dealing with how the big league team did that night or how much you dislike player X on the big league team. Second, the people who help me with this site do so on a voluntary basis. They donate their time and energy to provide you interesting content, organization reports, interviews, and other interesting stuff. Extend them the respect they deserve by not taking their posts off topic and just posting the first unrelated thought that came to. It shouldn’t be difficult. If you think either rule is unfair, that’s your right, just know that this is my site, my baby, and I am overprotective of it. I think these are simple requests. This is very important. If someone attacks you and breaks rule #1, do not react in the comments. Simply send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), alert me to the issue, and I will take care of it. Things get out of hand when people can’t let something go and continue to insult back and forth. Those comments will simply be removed, and if the person does not stop, their IP address will be banned. Don’t make me do that. We’re all capable of behaving like adults."
I was in the ER the other day when the site went bonkers. I spent a lot of time addressing comments the next day. I only have Editor priviledges and can’t block an IP address as threatened above. But I can and will delete comments that become personal attacks on other commenters. It looks like sometimes these deletions affect the comment thread. Sorry.
I have also deleted comments by people with vulgar usernames. I know I have women readers, and I will continue to delete the witty-yet-sexually-explicit usernames that appear under my articles from time to time, regardless of content.
I will use my discretion on the acceptability of other usernames. I was as offended as most of you by a reader’s unfortunate choice of username, but his comments were baseball related and consistent in his support for a prospect. I gave him the benefit of the doubt that the name might actually be his last name. It was only after relentless personal attacks that he let us know the reason for his choice of that username. If he posts again on our site, I hope he chooses a new handle (how about Mitch?).
This is a baseball site, specifically a prospect site. I will delete non-baseball content under my articles as I see fit. As stated above, the Open Discussion is open to any baseball discussion but is primarily intended for the major league team since Phillies’ talk is discouraged under he other article threads.
I really don’t want to be the “comment police”. It’s time consuming and boring. Please talk to each other the way you would want a stranger to talk to your mother. Thank you.
I posted the first minor league work groups in another story. Cliff Lee has a sore elbow. Papelbon and Biddle both were in the 93-94 mph range Saturday. The floor is now open to any baseball discussion. Go for it.