I was very gratified to see an immediate uptick in the quality of comments and a downtick in the number I had to delete.
But this is the Political Season, and the exaggerated emotions that seem to accompany it are starting to seep into the comments. I had to take down 3-4 comments in the last string. So I thought it might be time to reprise those rules.
Truth to tell, many of the comments I don't like are a result of the regrettable increase in sociopolitical talk on The Ticket itself. I loathe it. Yes, even the Musers are straying into it more than I find enjoyable as I drag a sharp blade across my lathered face in the morning. So to that extent, politics is fair game -- but please keep your ire, or praise, directed at the shows, and not at your fellow Confessor, who, if you knew him or her, you would probably like quite a lot.
Since a lot of what I was complaining about back then is no longer such a problem here, these rules may look dated. But I've only tweaked them a little since the original Rules were published. (The original Rules also announced a moratorium on T.C. talk, which has since been lifted.)
Thank You for Shopping at My Ticket Confession, and I hope your candidate wins. Text of 2015 Rules follows the asterisk.
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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 entire confession to hit the pail instantly. It's too time consuming to edit your stuff for content. 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 your comment appears and then disappears, I've made it go away. If you still think it's worthwhile, go back and figure out why I bounced it. Fix it and repost.
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. [Again -- this was written in January 2015; comment does not apply to recent threads.]
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.
|This means you.|
And let's have some fun.
Thank you for shopping at My Ticket Confession.
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