1. And by that I mean, nobody, it seems. Sorry, gang. This is a decision that is well above my pay scale and influence. I’ve said before that we’re very lucky at this particular blog to have great commenters. I let a lot of marginal things go because, quite frankly, I don’t get a whole lot of trolling outside of the in-game blogs, and the trolling that is done typically gets ignored and/or shot down by other commenters in a civilized way.
2. I also realize not all blogs are like that. Andy’s, for example. He and Dan Casey have the most popular blogs on the RT — and it isn’t very close — and trolls know that. If they want to jab a Tech fan (or a liberal or a conservative), they know where to go where their comment will be seen by the people whom they want to see it.
3. Andy and I have had many discussions about commenters. We have slightly different views because we have vastly different experiences in moderating. He’s constantly having to take out the garbage; those who assume he doesn’t work at it, I can assure you, he does. If he let everything through, that place would be a disaster. Our smaller group here is very rarely a problem, and when it is, it’s easily solved.
4. I realize many of you come to this particular blog not to read the specific post, but to engage in the discussion or see what others are saying about the sports topics of the day. That’s how I’ve wanted it. The majority of my posts during the week are just starting points. I like seeing where things go from there, and quite often they’ve gone in pretty awesome places. This time of year is slower, but March, summer and football season are a lot of fun here, mostly because you guys make it so.
5. In general, I am pro-accountability online — or at least the appearance of it. But the funny thing is, on this blog, I feel like I there already is some. Most of the people who post here post a lot. And they’ve developed their own online reputation in this community, be it insightful, clever, witty, combative, or some combination thereof. And I think there is some sense that folks protect their own screen name’s integrity here. I don’t need to know your real name to have a feel for what you’re all about.
6. So it looks like we’re going to lose a lot of you, and for that, I’m sad. I also understand. But I do really appreciate all of you who’ve contributed over the years. Won’t be the same around here.
7. Speaking of trolling, let me throw this out there: Kirk Cousins = Mark Leal.
8. Crazy day in the NFL yesterday, highlighted by the Packers rallying from a 23-point halftime deficit to beat the Cowboys 37-36. Tonight’s game is Ravens at Lions. Detroit’s favored by 6.5.
9. One last congratulations to Northside and Giles for claiming state championships on Saturday.