One of the great things about Cubs Den is the quality of the readers and commenters. There is a lot of information discussed that extends beyond the article itself. But it's not just the intelligence of our community that makes the comments section a go-to place, it's the respect and civility in which debates are handled. It's simply a great place to talk all things Cubs.
The site continues to grow and so I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of our commenting policy.
- First and foremost, respect the authors and the commenters. You don't have to agree with them and if you have a different point of view, then by all means share it. But personal attacks or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Those comments will be deleted. No exceptions. No excuses.
- Trolling the authors and/or commenters will not be tolerated. Those comments will be deleted as well. And believe us when we say we couldn't care less what trolls have to say. We just don't want to cater to desperate pleas for attention.
- In general, the comments should be about baseball and as always it's okay to reference anything off-topic. Be my guest. We're open to discussing anything Cubs or baseball in general. The same goes for any friendly tangents into pop culture and other sports.
- This is not a political blog, so please save those opinions for another stage. I find that nothing can break down civil discourse faster than politically charged rhetoric. As I have often said, baseball is my refuge from that sort of thing.
- No spamming. If you have a site you want to promote, contact me personally and we can work something out. Generally I am good with this and I will link you in the post itself where it will get more readers.
- Anti-social and/or hostile behavior will not be tolerated.
- I do not moderate comments beforehand and so if you get a message that it your comment is "awaiting moderation" and does not appear or if it goes to the spam filter, let me know and I will release it. If you have been one of the very few who have been banned, your comments will not be seen nor read by anyone at any time. So if you want to appeal your status, contact me directly. Similarly I don’t even what gets trapped in the spam filter. If you’re a reader in good standing, which is like 99.99% of you, then I just release it without needing to look at it. It is often there because of links or because the comment is long. And if the spam is from a hostile reader who is known to be a repeated offender (which is basically 2 or 3 people), I just send it to the trash without reading it. The only time comments ever get read — even by me — are once they are on the forum for everyone to see. Again, I don’t moderate comments in advance.
- Lastly, I can and will make decisions based on anything or anyone I deem bad for business.
- We are not all going to agree on everything. That would be boring. But if you find yourself in a debate and it's starts to get out of control, walk away. It does not mean you "lost" the debate. If anything, it takes more courage and confidence to walk away. There are times to debate but sometimes we reach the point where it's better to agree to disagree. But hey, if you can keep it under control and keep it respectful then you can go all day if you want!
- We are all wrong some of the time. If we weren't, then Theo and Jed would have to start worrying about their jobs. Trust me. They aren't worried.
- You don't need need to look at a debate as something you need to "win" at all costs. Believe me, nobody is keeping score. There are no Cubs Den commenter standings. Understand that you can almost always find common ground and there is always something to learn. I can tell you without hesitation that I learn something everyday on this blog and it could come from any given commenter on any given day. The beauty about baseball is you don't ever have to stop learning. But if you're the type of person who thinks they are right all the time, it doesn't make people think you are the smartest person in the room. The only thing it tells them is that you have stopped learning. And, well, that's kind of sad...and boring.
- You'll find that if you do need to correct someone on something factual or grammatical, doing it respectfully goes a long way. Making someone feel stupid about it never works.
- If your sole purpose of commenting is to pick fights with other commenters, then don't be surprised if people stop listening to what you have to say. Nobody likes truculent commenters.
None of us are perfect. We will all make mistakes from time to time, myself included. Let's do our best to keep this blog as a place where where everyone feels free to express their opinion without fear of ridicule or personal attacks. You will find people here with all sorts of opinions. Bring your own and feel free to back it up. Just do it respectfully.
Thanks for reading and I appreciate everyone's support.
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