Attend, O Confessors.
This is intended to be a site for people who like The Ticket. Maybe they have an issue here and there, but, in general, I want Confessors to be fans, or, as they have come to be known, "The P1."
I want people to like coming here and know they're going to be treated with respect, or at least not put down by witless, content-free snark.
And, should a Ticket employee wander by, I want them to come away with the impression that they've been in the company of people who care about the station and think carefully about their reactions to it -- not a bunch of snippy teenagers.
So forgive me if I advise that I'm weary of refereeing pissy little flame wars between readers who can't express themselves without taking a shot at others.
And weary as well of visitors who apparently don't like anything about The Ticket, this site, or Your Plainsman.
Or don't forgive me. Don't care.
My past warnings have gone unheeded. So, much as I hate to do it, I'm cracking down.
1. Shots. No criticisms of the person of any prior commenter. If you have a disagreement, express your view in a way that addresses the issue or the facts or the opinion. However, even brief phrases:
-- impugning intelligence or motives of a prior commenter;
-- asserting that prior commenters are all the same guy;
-- suggesting that a prior commenter lacks reading or comprehension skills;
-- suggesting that a commenter hasn't listened to the station enough, or for long enough, or is otherwise not a good Ticket citizen;
-- is generally nasty towards another,
will cause your confession to hit the pail instantly. Criticism of opinions is OK, but do it by making your own supportable point or making a legitimate debater's criticism of the prior comment.
I don't care how good your confession is in other respects. The most brilliant comment that contains a phrase like "here's a thought -- listen to the station" will get bounced.
Subjective? Absolutely. Here's a rule of thumb: Read your post before you send it. If you see a phrase which, if it were said about you would upset you and make you want to respond in kind -- take it out.
2. Vulgarity. Don't use it.
3. Tone. Angry, hateful, threatening, overly emotional comments -- out. I'm serious about all of these comments, and this one may seem slight, but I'm telling you: Tone it down.
4. Name-Calling. Applies not just to fellow Confessors, but to anyone.
5. Stuff That's Just Too Wrong. The other day got a comment from a guy ragging on T.C. and Corby. Same old stuff, didn't like it, but met the standards in effect at that time. Was going to publish, then noticed that he seemed to think that the midday host's name was "Stern."
[5.5 (added 03-07-15): Commentary on subjects' personal lives is strongly discouraged. Exceptions may be made if the matter relates to on-air events.]
6. Anything That Strikes Me As Designed to Pick a Fight. You figure it out.
Here's a further suggestion: Cut and paste your comment into a file before sending it. If you don't see your comment within a few hours, I've probably made it go away. If you still think it's worthwhile, go back and figure out why I bounced it. Fix it and resubmit.
Guys, I'm sorry about this, but I'm even sorrier that the comments have gotten so sorry. I'd say a good third to a fourth of the comments that I published on the last thread would not have made it under the foregoing standards.
You will be amazed at how easy it is to express your point of view -- even one that is critical of the point of a prior comment -- without impugning the character or talents of your fellows on this site.
Don't write me complaining about my judgment on comments. I'm not interested. You want the objective standard of unfettered commentary, there are other homes for you on the plains of the Internet.
Let's clean this site up.
One more thing.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THIS SITE IS NOT ACCEPTING ANY COMMENTS, PRO OR CON, ABOUT T.C. FLEMING. He's a part of The Ticket and fair game, but the volume of comments on him since his return to BaD Radio and weekend shows is grossly out of proportion to his significance to The Ticket. Also, I'm mortally tired of them and no one has anything new to say. I'll advise when this prohibition has been lifted. I'm inclined to bounce all comments that even mention his name.
"Ragonk" is permitted.
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And let's have some fun.
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