The start of another year of football action is now but days away. So, after several weeks where things have been very quiet on here, once the action gets going again this coming Sunday it’s likely to be a bit more lively.
That means more comments. As ever, most of the comments posted on here won’t be a problem because the majority of you are fair-minded people who love your football and want to converse in a reasonable way with others of a similar nature. And more power to you too.
The issue, as ever, is with that persistent, annoying minority who won’t play by the rules and who have a very different agenda in getting involved in the debate here. It’s an anger-fuelled world we live in and, sadly, the blog’s comment zone isn’t immune from this.
What I’ve tried to do for years is to prevent the worst kind of behaviour that has become normal and everyday on other platforms from taking root here. In the main, this has worked but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it’s been bloody hard work at times trying to keep the poison out of the debate.
What spurs me on in continuing to promote a respectful debate is that most of you clearly feel the same way. I’ll be damned if I’ll let that spiteful, divisive minority win this battle.
So, another year of football is about to get going. As it does, I’ve had another look at the house rules and have reshaped and simplified them a bit. I’ve placed a particular emphasis on five specific types of problematic comments, which, if eradicated, would, in effect, eliminate all problems.
You’ll find the updated house rules here. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned contributor or someone contemplating commenting for the first times, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the rules.
In tandem with the house rules refresh, I’ve also decided to lift the pre-moderation of comments so this will mean that, for most (though not all) of you, things will revert to how they used to be, i.e. your comment will go up on the site as soon as you post it.
Given what happened late last year in relation to the comments, I’m obviously going to have to keep this under review. For now, I think that the arguments for lifting pre-moderation greatly outweigh those for leaving it in place.
By the way, I had hoped to update the WordPress comment interface on the site as well but this was a job that never got to the top of the to-do list over the last while. It might do over the coming weeks, then again it might not.
That’s it – as ever, I know the bulk of you will do what you can to ensure that the community that has built up here remains the special place that it is. My hope is that, together, we can – at least most of the time – ensures that this happens.