Thursday, December 11, 2014
All things in moderation.
In the beginning, the only people who read this site were me, Michael Gruber, and a few others.
It grew a little bit.
Then Barb Smith dropped off a couple of comments after she left The Ticket.
And some guys linked to me.
And it took off.
And a lot of cool folks started following the site and left thoughtful comments.
A few jerks, but not too many.
Then a whole lot more people heard about the site and started reading.
A lot of cool new folks started commenting.
But more jerks, too.
Too many jerks.
The responsible Confessors urged this site to adopt comment moderation.
It was a headache for Your Plainsman, but not a big one.
But after awhile, Confessors said -- we don't like moderation; not spontaneous enough.
OK. I listen to the Confessor. No moderation.
But as time went by and more people discovered the site, more jerks.
Way too many jerks now.
I really don't want to do registration.
I really don't want to disable comments when things get out of hand, only to re-enable them and watch the whole stupid cycle start over again.
So we're going back to moderation.
Let's keep this site a place where thoughtful Ticket listeners can come and have some fun, throw out some thoughts, engage in irresponsible, but not scurrilous, speculation. If you remember from the earlier moderation experience, almost everything got through, but it sure got rid of the dils and the guys who were posting notices for the next unlistenable bit on The Fan.
I'll get to stuff when I can. That may not be more than 1-3 times a day. If there's breaking news I may dump moderation so people can check in with timely updates, but my guess is that this will be more or less permanent.
Sorry, but I'm keeping this site safe for grownups.
Promise I won't shut this joint down without saying goodbye.