I don’t want to make a bigger deal of this than it is, but it is big.
So I am reposting a message that was in last night’s thread for the benefit of our morning blogsters. Here it is:
The tone of this blog has gotten a bit, shall we say, off course lately. You guys know it’s about hockey, and that we stray to include other interests, mostly in good fun. We’ve had some hysterical laughs here, for sure.
But there are some things that aren’t going right. One of them is the personal stuff. It has happened among a bunch of you lately. It’s not acceptable. It’s not good. Nobody wants to see it or hear it. And I certainly don’t want to ban anybody if I don’t have to … but I will.
Also, the name calling. Let’s try to be a little more sensitive, OK? It takes a lot more creativity to come up with a point than to simply bash somebody’s race or sexual preference or to simply call him/her a $%&@!. Again, not acceptable.
And finally, the fraud factor. Don’t post as somebody else. Your screen name should belong to you. I’d hate to go through technical hoops to force everybody to use a working, legit email address and to make it so that it will be impossible for anybody other than the original person to use a screen name. Again, if I have to do it, I will.
This stuff really makes me lose a lot of my enthusiasm for this blog, and I’m sure it has the same effect on others, our good readers, our Boneheads, the Festivus bunch, Capt. Clutch and everybody else. If I lose my enthusiasm, this thing will suffer. Ditto if our real, loyal blog-folks lose theirs. Let’s clean it up, OK?
If you have something that needs to be ironed out, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to fix it. Thanks to all.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: Here’s the preseason schedule.