October 18, 2010

Reminder on Commenting

Filed under: Admin — Chas @ 1:00 pm

I generally allow comments to flow freely within the blog, and don’t interfere. Disagreements are expected and dissenting opinions are encouraged. That is until people stop acting without any self-control or respect.

This is not a message board, free-for-all open forum. There are expectations of some self-policing behavior. Expectations that even when you vehemently disagree on something that you show some self-control and at least try to respect others.

Do not take it to personal attacks. Take a moment to think how broadly you wish to paint someone, some group, whatever. If you want to make it a pissing match, take it elsewhere.

That also applies to how you speak of the Pitt players as well. Unfounded, uninformed, and unsubstantiated personal attacks on their character areĀ  generally off-limits. The fact is these are still kids, and Pitt students. Many will eventually be fellow alumni that will share a common bond with most of us. Regardless of how you feel about amateur status within major college sports, keep that in mind.

And please, please spare me the “I’m speaking truth to power/no one wants to here my incontrovertible reality/I’m the only one who sees what is really happening” self-righteous BS. When you fall into that trap, it usually means that it has become about you being right and shouting out how wrong and stupid everyone else is. At that point it is no longer a discussion, because you have become as close-minded and ignorant as those you believe to be that way.

If you can’t follow that, I will take steps to remove you from commenting on the blog.

Well said.

Comment by gc 10.18.10 @ 1:08 pm

Good reminder for all.

Bring on RU and let’s continue the BE beat-down!

Comment by Pitt it IS 10.18.10 @ 1:14 pm

Here, here.

Comment by NickW 10.18.10 @ 1:20 pm

Well said. Much needed.

Comment by Carmen 10.18.10 @ 1:45 pm

“The fact is these are still kids”

Chas, the most pertinent part of your post.

Comment by BigGuy 10.18.10 @ 2:32 pm

However, kids that are old enough to know better than to drink and drive or beat up your pregnant girl friend.

Comment by TX Panther 10.18.10 @ 2:50 pm

Agreed Chas

Comment by Hogan 10.18.10 @ 3:07 pm

Thanks Chas… a few recent comments certainly crossed the lines of civility and took away the joy of your blog. Look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on our beloved Panthers and hope for a beatdown of the good old state U. of New Jersey. Hail to Pitt.

Comment by The Turk 10.18.10 @ 5:37 pm

Thanks Chas for the reality check, now if everyone will just be quiet and let me tell you how it really is, LOL.

Comment by Dr Tom 10.18.10 @ 5:47 pm


Comment by Omar 10.18.10 @ 8:03 pm

Agreed, some must realize, there are a lot of die hard Pitt fans, that don’t wear blue and gold colored glasses though. It should not get personal, agreed.

Comment by Dan 10.18.10 @ 8:12 pm

Thank you for the reminder. EVERY one of these one men are someone’s son. Please treat them in a manner you would want your son treated. PITT fans MUST carry themselves with class in every regard. Passion for PITT sports is a wonderful thing…harness it in a positive manner.

Comment by Outlaw 10.18.10 @ 9:50 pm

Sorry…young men.

Comment by Outlaw 10.18.10 @ 9:50 pm

Good points Chas. As ever you’re an excellent mediator. As for all of us posters, just remember; if it looks like you might be an asshole…you are.

Comment by The Hagen 10.19.10 @ 7:55 am

Completely agree. It often amazes me how some folks take on a personna online that I at least hope they would never think of taking on in real life.

Comment by KeithS 10.19.10 @ 5:07 pm


Comment by pico 10.19.10 @ 7:10 pm

I agree Chas. While we are all Pitt alumi and fans of Pitt, we and me need to remember these are mostly 18-20 yr. old student athletes. Which is why I applaud some who I myself personally took umbrage with. And while I stand by my convictions, I hold no animosity whatsoever against any poster who took an opposite of mine. For that is what, in the words of the great song, “Makes the World Go-Around”. And our great country as well. I wish all well and Hail to Pitt.

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