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Only under Communism will man be able to harmoniously combine spiritual wealth, moral purity, and a perfect physique.
That's my point, noise is in the eye of the beholder. Some conversations, even sometimes the tedious ones, I feel like jumping in on. Some I don't want to go anywhere near. The system works for me. I choose. I don't need a special way to ignore the stuff I don't care about because I already do it anyway.
By the way, where is the Dugout?
I will appreciate whatever help people are willing to give me in completing the task.
I should add that while I am naturally skeptical of change, Furtado has definitely earned the benefit of my doubt given his administration of my favorite website. So I am optimistic about the redesign. (Would like to volunteer for the beta, but trying to balance a newborn with work has me reluctant to volunteer for anything else...)
Do they write letters to the theaters complaining that there are movies they don't want to see?
Wow. Those fall off of Hot Topics really quickly. I assumed they were buried in the forums somewhere.
I love the dugout, go through daily without fail.
I actually don't find anything wrong with this.
They fall off because people who comment are not interested in commenting in the dugout thread. Plain and simple. There is no value in having a small amount of links on the side of the page and setting it up so that something that hasn't been commented on for 4 or 5 hours or more gets top billing.
supposedly the tree of life had a significant demand of viewers who wanted refunds.
Isn't it... ironic?... that Harveys complains about the tone of the political threads while he is spewing insults here.
it's the noise. why do we as a group need to tolerate all this noise?
some of what i read here has the undertone of 'it's the internet. this is better than most. deal old man'.
why do we have to settle? why is the childish and the snide and the sneer accepted as the 'cost of doing business'?
these crackpots are just screeching for screechings sake. can't put a bullet in them so go ahead and stick'em in a box somewhere and let them relish in the echo of their own voices
where i have called out an individual poster
Never. Though, to be fair, you did drive Ned Yost to Kansas City. He still curls up in the fœtal position and starts sobbing when he thinks about your comments on his bullpen management.
To be clear...for the people who regularly participate in the political threads the experience here *will be improved* not worsened. After selecting your Hot Topic preference, you won't notice a difference.
Jim, I think you've made up your mind (based on factors we're not privy to) so comments are probably superfluous...
..but for informational purposes I wanted to note that this response probably misses the point. It may be the case that I personally, with the right preferences, will see all the political threads just as before, but if other people don't, there will be a noticeable difference in the quality of those threads.
This is basically how I feel. I've always found the tone of political threads, while harsher than 99% of all other BTF threads, to be several levels above standard internet discourse.
And most of the "tone" is just people having fun with each other.
Not mentioning names
I am against, however, overwrought, acrimonious discussions, whether they are politics-related, steroid-related, sabermetrics-related or whatever.
I would have a much easier time accepting that the changes would be for the better if I still didn't have to log in every time I wanted to make a post.
what chat forum doesn't require a log in of some kind? some use facebook, some use captcha, some use their own approach
with the spam out there it's a must or seems to be
what site that is not an informal blog does not have log in of some kind?
Also, if manners are an issue here, maybe it would be possible to post, or let Primates know, if a huge number of people have them on ignore. I personally have no one on ignore, but if it turned out that 24 Primates have hit the mute button on me, that would indicate I need to look at my posting habits.
I have myself on ignore.
I have you on ignore, if it helps.
Call it the Howard Stern phenomenon if you will.
In any event, I assume the complaint is about having to log in every day &/or every damned time you call up the site. That didn't used to be the case (& it's not the case at just about every place I frequent, with a couple of very small blogs being the exceptions). It's hardly a horrible hardship, but it's irritating.
185. Harveys Wallbangers<="" a=""> Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:12 PM (#4144227)
see post 185. that is a direct, pointed comment that has the single purpose of being insulting.
Jim says that his goal is to encourage more conversation, not less.
now wait a minute
where i have called out an individual poster
name a post here. name any post by me on bbtf
i will wait patiently as you bring forward a post where i directed a personal attack at an individual poster
i know it will be a long wait because i have not nor will not
i am fully cognizant of the hazards of engaging you in any direct dialogue due to your powers of distorting and mangling any point being made not by yourself
Could be. I do know that a few guys have said they have multiple posters on ignore, though.
I've got a whopping 2,
Yourself and me, presumably.
so maybe just shut the hell up and quit your yapping, you bunch of ingrates.
[Jim] actually runs stats for page views and link clicks instead
Jim - if you're still following the thread - are you counting popularity by click-throughs, or by page loads? Because I usually leave very active threads open in their own tab, and refresh periodically, rather than closing down and clicking on the link itself later.
I will say that some of you have only a small understanding of what drives traffic and pays for this site. Farrrrrrr more people come to the site to lurk and click on links than come to the site to comment. That doesn't mean that I don't value the people that comment here. I appreciate their time and participation very much. It just means I need to do my best to continue to provide the best site to better satisfy the needs of *all* the site's visitors.
Oh, go stab yourself in the neck
From Post #88, authored by Jim Furtado
Why do you hate America, gef?
1. Part of the apology process is letting the aggrieved have their say.
People who live in glass houses
Maybe a single new game-chatter thread each day for that day's games?
Thanks, but that's not really what I'm looking for. I understand that page views are more important than comments. I was more asking, from a technical perspective, what constitutes a page view. Is it only the initial clicking on the link to get to a thread, or any GET request for a given page?
To reiterate a point I made earlier. The problem, such as it is, with the crap posters (the Dirty Dozen maybe? Seems about the right number) and their Bottomless Pasta Argument Bowl isn't their tone, it isn't their insults, it isn't their incivility or their childishness or even necessarily their subject matter. It's that they are all boring as ####, and completely inane, and a turn-off to almost everyone who once liked this place
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