I’ve been meaning to do a quick post for ages about the house rules on comments, not because there’s any particular problem in that area per se but just to provide a general reminder to everyone about the rules and how they operate and to help ensure that everything on that side of things stays on track. This little gap between games, allied to the rising hope that we might be in for another long championship season, makes it a good time to do this.
Those of you who’ve been on this journey here for several years and who know how things operate can probably tune out at this point. Those of more recent vintage and who, perhaps, are active elsewhere on social media – where it would appear that anyone can say anything they want without let or hindrance – might want to stick around and pay closer attention.
Unlike most other places online, what gets posted here on the comments is actively moderated. That doesn’t mean that every comment is approved before it goes live but all are reviewed and unacceptable comments are removed as quickly as they’re seen. Those who break the rules find themselves being shunted – some for just a short while, others for far longer – into comment moderation.
Some may view this approach as an overly paternalistic, heavy-handed, pain-in-the-ass way of regulating what’s said here. That’s fine – you’re entitled to your opinion – but in my experience if I did anything less then the bad would quickly drive out the good and the place would descend into a zoo in short order. I’d have no interest in keeping such an enterprise going so, like it or loath it, comment moderation is here to stay on the site.
In any event, I don’t believe that the rules are overly restrictive. They’re designed to ensure that the debate is free-flowing, fair and respectful. A strange concept, I know, in a world where shouty online assertions increasingly hold sway but, hey, I’m an old-fashioned guy in this regard.
I’ve rejigged the rules a little bit so if you’ve been commenting on here ten years or ten days you should probably take a few minutes to scan through them. They’re here.
The three main problem areas I’ve come across are how people interact with each other, what they sometimes say about players and the posting of unsubstantiated rumours. There are clear rules relating to all of these areas, rules which the vast majority of you abide by at all times but which a minority have trouble with. Hopefully this update will help to clear up any confusion that might be out there about what’s okay and what’s not, which in turn should make my life a bit easier too.
Mayo GAA is a huge passion for so many of us and the many insightful, inspired, uplifting and laugh-out-loud comments posted here on the site over the past decade and more bear that out. Long may this continue to be the case. Thanks to all of you for making this great online community of ours such a unique place in the GAA firmament.