Stress does funny things to people. This Pitt season has already added plenty of it to what has built up over the last couple of years. I’m seeing it showing up in the comments in various ways.
So, I think some reminders about how things work are in order.
There is no formal registration to comment on this blog at this point. I don’t do it, mainly because I don’t like to bother when I go to other sites. Also, because I don’t want the added responsibility of safeguarding other people’s personal information. The reality is that the site is getting bigger and more popular so eventually I probably will have to.
In the meantime, there is still something of a controlled honor system.
The commenting system works this way. The first time you try to comment, it will be held for moderation. That means I have to approve it first. Once I approve it, the rest of your comments generally go through cleanly unless you link or write something that trips the spam filters.
Sock Puppetry is never acceptable on this site. If you think you have a valid point that is fine. If you think the only way you can make your case is to pretend to be other people to agree with the point. GO AWAY.
Related to that, if you try to post under a new name/e-mail/etc, the commenting filters will hold you in moderation because you will be treated as a new comment. There will also be flags raised by the bots suggesting the possibility of being a commenter under a different name. I can then compare them.
This has happened a bit lately — this tends to flare once or twice a year. I will choose whether to immediately ban a person who tries it. Issue them a private warning if they used a real e-mail. Or I will publicly call them out. No set system. Totally at my discretion.
[As an aside, another variation is the ever popular commenter so disgusted with the team or something else that they claim they are done and walking away. Or, say demand to be banned as some sort of martyr. Only they really can’t. So they try to return under a different name. It’s not pure sock-puppetry, but I have no respect for that and don’t bother approving their comments under a different name. Hopefully, you know who you are.]
This is not a message board. There are several fine ones. Consider using them. Keep the comments relatively close to the topic. Tangents happen, but if you are continually seeking to hijack a thread for your own discussion, then I recommend going to a message board or starting your own blog. Eventually, I will get tired of it.
On the matter of message board related things. The etiquette is different. Personal attacks are not welcome. Not on other commenters. And really not even the players. I realize everyone is emotional at times, but take a breath. Even Tino Sunseri is a Pitt student and will soon (oh, sweet lord so soon) be a Pitt alum. Call out the issues of skill. Complain about performance. But making it personal. Making accusations of character that are over the top. Knock it off.
There are probably a couple other things I wanted to say, but it is late and I’m tired.