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Posted in: Komets


Mon, 11/15/2010 - 7:20pm

You should have another rule as well. Publishing the emails of bloggers (along with the names of said bloggers) that you disagree with or talking about them with the players should also be prohibited.

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 7:29pm

publish the emails of people he disagrees with? hmm.. great idea. As that will lead to a very diverse crowd of people around here.. Point of a blog is to get some fresh ideas. express your opinions. Have some fun!

Posting identifying info of a blogger he disagrees with might be a bit ... shall we say... insane??

If you really must know emails and names,.. simply ask. Most bloggers probably wouldn't mind telling you. Shouldn't be a threatening point for Blake to use.

Hopefully i completely misread and misunderstood your idea. I may have.. didn't have much time to think it all over.. But if i did understand it correctly, then what an awful suggestion.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 11/15/2010 - 7:54pm

No, Jonndfi has a point. I screwed up once and unintentionally posted the emails on the blog. They were quickly removed and I apologized. That's all I can do.

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 8:05pm

Sometimes I get excited & leave my Caps lock on :(
I like to post hockey fights :)
Mrs.Mightbite doing well after back surgery :)

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 8:10pm

However, I would like to know what "Affiliate or referral links" are. And in saying all caps is prohibited, does that mean we can't put a particular word in all caps to emphasize it since we don't have italics here? Also, according to the letter of the law, does this mean there will be no more comments to yank chains or joke around? No more fruitcakes, sun tans, and smelly feet? No more comments about the Bears or the Colts or how our lives are going? No more anything other than discussing the latest Komets news? Am I understanding you correctly? If you say these rules have always been in place, then I'd say they weren't being enforced before.

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 8:38pm

I think this was just a reminder to some who may have gone a bit too far that some things are in poor taste and shouldnt be joked around about on an open forum such as this... They are off limits and thats totally understandable. I dont take this as a "the hammer is now falling" thread...

In today's society you gotta "CYA" otherwise you get a nasty-gram with lawyer's names at the top, and nobody wants those....

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 8:55pm

No more chain yanking with foo foos!

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 8:55pm

It's obvious someone got out of hand. Blake hosts this blog but it isn't his, it's the newspaper's and the same rules apply to all their blogs. As Blake said, he was asked to post the rules, no doubt in an attempt to avoid what ever happened from happening again. Some of the rules also reflect liability issues.

Whether we agree or not with the rules, it's their house and we must play by their rules why visiting their house, just as we must when visiting anyone else's house, real or virtual. I can say from years of experience hosting forums (and direct dial/packet relay BBS in the pre-WWW days) that this point is one of the hardest to get across to some people, they think they have a right to post what ever they want where ever they want. It just ain't so. If you don't like the rules of a particular hose don't go in, simple.

For that matter, this is a blog, not a forum, and most blogs in the world don't allow comments. For example, I don't know if it's possible to post comment on Wendy's blog, I haven't tried. On most blogs that allow comments the comments are usually restricted to the post made by the host. We've had a lot of freedom on here and I suspect that will continue. If not, well that's what forums are for.

Wendy poses some good questions but in general I'm not concerned and pretty much every one else who posts on here probably shouldn't be either. This blog has gotten along fine with our normal behavior (guess I should say usual behavior, a good argument could be made about just how "normal" some of us are :-) ) and I'm sure it will continue to do so as long as no one gets crazy about things. IMO it's simply a matter of maturity (adult behavior) and being sensible about things.

Wendy, "affiliate and referral links" are usually links of commercial intent. Many companies offer affiliate programs where you can make money by posting links or referrals to their sites.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 11/15/2010 - 8:56pm

Can I still call you Super Fan?

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 8:59pm

JR said it better then I did and with a ton fewer words. Hopefully the responses with reflect some degree of maturity.

Glad to hear you're wife is doing well mightbight. I wish here a speedy and complete recovery.

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:00pm

here = her

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:07pm

Knowing what was said to cause this tizzy, this is a complete overreaction.

Simply suggesting the Komets sign a certain player with a questionable past (with no details given on that past, or even making mention of that past) and after that it all hits the fan.

No different then saying the Komets should sign Patrick Kane....Over reaction, plain and simple

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:09pm

I still love Colin Chaulk.

Is there really anything else left to say?

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:16pm

If only we had Colin Chaulk we'd be in 1st place by 74 points

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:25pm

GM, somebody in the News Sentinel Hierarchy deemed it borderline or in bad taste, so it is what it is...deleted.

I read the post in question also and would have to tell you I would have deleted it also... Err on the side of caution in potential "sensitive" cases such as these...

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:33pm

There was nothing borderline at all about that post..I mentioned someones name. That's it.

I suppose no one is to say the name OJ Simpson either?

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:41pm

Doesn't matter tho, there was an over reaction over nothing and now it's over with, no big deal

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 11/15/2010 - 10:25pm

I love Colin Chaulk too.

I say it is 60/40 right now that he is back by Christmas.

Mr. Franke's comments left the door wide open on his return.

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 10:48pm

I agree about the door being wide open.... That comment about IF he gets out of his contract........leads one to believe thats exactly whats happening at this point...

Blake Sebring
Mon, 11/15/2010 - 10:49pm

Wendy, I think I would go stark raving mad if you didn't do those things. Somedays that's the only thing keeping me sane. So, it's all your fault if I lose it and go nuts. ;)P

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 11/15/2010 - 10:54pm

Not a fruit cake, the double nut fruit cake....you have to be specific. That is rule #97.8A subcolumn 72a.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 11/15/2010 - 10:56pm

Since you are agreeing with me JR......the Chaulk-o-meter just went up:

70/30 chance that he will be here by Christmas.

CC=Colin Chaulk.

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 11:18pm

I agree that Mr Franke's comment leaves the door wide open to the possibility of a return, I wouldnt be so bold as to say by X-mas...LOL

What happens if Chaulka Claus shows up and all he has is hooking calls in his bag??? Hopefully he would be faster to adapt than most on the team...

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 11:30pm

As long as the ref pays no attention to what's going on behind the play, Chaulker would be just fine. If that's the case,let's get Bouchard while we're at it

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 11/15/2010 - 11:35pm

But the marketing machine would be off the hook if they were to deliver Chaulk under every Komet Fan's Tree this Christmas.....just in time for all the holiday games and New Years Eve game too.

I see him back in time for the holidays.

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 1:09am

Just an FYI... For those of you who havent noticed Hodgeman is second in points for the Marlies so far this season w/ the #1 guy (Kadri, who only had 1 more point) just called up to the Leaf's...

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 2:16am

If a rule exists, it shouldn't be enforced only when someone feels like it. If it said, "These are our guidelines for leaving comments. If your post doesn't comply with them, it may be deleted if deemed to be inappropriate," that would be one thing. But it doesn't. It says, "Do not post:" with one of the items being "Irrelevant, off-topic or meaningless comments". All the other items are clearly things that should and would be deleted immediately. One must assume that if this line was included, it wasn't by mistake.

Steve: Thanks for the information. I thought those sorts of things were spam and automatically got filtered out, but if they have actual people posting them, I can see how it could get through. Still, I haven't seen any such posts here. My blog? If you mean the Komets-themed one, it allowed comments, but only from members of that blogging community. As far as I know, I only received one reply. That was from Justin Cohn, complimenting my lead on one of my playoff reports. Unfortunately, I didn't see his reply until long after the fact because that blog is no longer active. I was only using it for game write-ups, links to my game photos, and promoting the GOTW interview segments. So needless to say, it went the way of the dodo with everything else.

JR1: Yes, I saw it mentioned that Hodgman was one of the players on Kadri's line when Kadri got called up. That's a very good thing.

Mike in Toronto
Tue, 11/16/2010 - 9:37am

I hope I can do this within the rules LOL. A Long time since I last posted but I have been reading with interest what has been going on.

Tough time for the team. Just a few thoughts.

First, I don't think anyone, management or fans were really sure how the new league would affect the franchise.
Remember final decisions on the league came very late.
Not an excuse for management, it is tough to concentrate on recruitment when you are attending start up meetings.
Having said that, looking at results only, the talent in this league may have been grossly underestimated by some.

As tough as this may be to swallow, it could be impossible to turn things around this year. It will be very difficult to sign the calibre of player that may make the tangible difference. I do believe that the owners will do everything possible to make it happen and I do hope they succeed.

The fan base will be a big question, if things don't turn around. I hope that 3 years of winning will buy some goodwill while the team gets it together. Don't throw them under the bus (pun intended) as long as they are working hard and giving honest effort.

I will be looking at the schedule to see when I can get down to watch a few games.

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 9:44am

Is talent an issue? Look at Dayton's roster that they've been much more successful with. You can't tell me that they've got more talent. Quad City doesn't. I don't think Bloomigton does.

The talent isn't the key factor... It's motivation, systems, and coaching.

Mike in Toronto
Tue, 11/16/2010 - 9:59am

JM, haven't been to a game, so I am only going on results. It would appear that the teams you have mentioned were able to do something to make themselves better.

Your point about motivation is well taken. I believe we were on the same subject last year when the team didn't seem to be playing with intensity.

I don't get the same sense this year. Just going on Blake's articles and comments on the blog it points to a bigger problem.

As for systems and coaching. This is the same coach who has won for the last three years. Unless someone feels Al is mailing it in, I don't see how this could be the root cause.

Perhaps the guys are squeezing the sticks too hard. Snake bitten in the other teams end. You would think that sooner (hopefully) than later they would come out of it. And this will all be moot.