I used to post at the old LA Times DodgerTalk Board (I was MountainMover), which then evolved to World Crossing (which was a horrible format in my opinion, and now has about 6 people who post there). The old LA Times board was great, but the Times screwed it up and people from there migrated all over the blogosphere. Times change. People change, blogs change. I started this blog because when I posted at World Crossing, it became a forum for everything but the Dodgers. People talked religion and politics and argued and raged and it tore the site apart. Most people left (only a handful remain). Over the past few weeks, I have seen a few exchanges between posters on this site that I have not liked and I won’t allow it. We are getting more and more readers – nearly a 1,000 a day, and I want this to be a fun and safe place to post and read about the Dodgers. Not everyone posts, but when they do, I want them to be fine with it. By the way, if you are reading today, just drop a line and let me know you are reading…
So, I am going to discuss a few things which I think will help:
- When you post something, don’t automatically say something that can be easily proven demonstrably false. For instance, don’t say “”, when the stats will show he’s hitting .435 in July. (This is just a fictitious example). This opens you up for ridicule and someone will say “what are you talking about? Kemp is hitting .435 over the past month.” Maybe it seems that way to you, so you could say “Is it just me or is Kemp not hitting since the break?“ This lessens your exposure. As Jim Rome says “Have a take and don’t suck!” We all have favorite players and that’s OK, but if you slam James Loney (for example), realize that’s someone’s favorite player.
- When someone says something that you think is obviously wrong, maybe you should ask for classification. “What do you mean by that?” Don’t just try and tear them apart. However, if you decide to agrue a point, make your point but don’t make it personal (“that’s a stupid comment” would be a bad thing to say).
- Realize that people can have dramatically different viewpoints from yours and RESPECT it. Respect will go a long way…
- No politics, no religion and no baiting – if you need this explained, well… never-mind! There are lots of other places to do that.
- You can share experiences, but if you went to a Sean Hannity rally last night, I don’t want to hear it and neither do most others. Polorizing comments like that won’t work.
- This is a Dodger blog, but if you are a Rams, Colts, Dolphins, Lakers, Rockies fan (no Giants) you might want to post about something about your team, and that’s OK!
- This is a community and I want to see respect and intelligence, not bickering, baiting and arguing.
- We can disagree without being disagreeable! Feel free to argue – just play nice! And, don’t beat a dead horse!
- Avoid “sweeping” statements – they seldom are right and work even less.
- Respect your Dodger Brothers and Sisters – we are family!
If you all play nice, I’ll have Alyssia Milano post here someday!
Last Night’s Game
- I suggested that we might consider Russ Martin at the tip of the lineup – Joe moved him to #2.
- I suggested that Manny move to #4 – Joe did!
- While I’ve got Joe’s attention, is there anything else you want to see? (KIDDING)
- How clutch is Kemp?
- I thought it was silly to have Martin bunting last night!
- Is Broxton’s toe the problem or is it between the ears?
- We need Kuroda to pitch like that.
- Did you think Tony Abreu would sulk after being sent back down? Never fear! In his first game since a two-day stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tony Abreu wasted no time contributing for the Albuquerque Isotopes, mashing a two-out grand slam in the sixth and driving in five to lead the ‘Topes to an 8-6 victory. WOW!
- I talked to Tony Jackson last night – he’s still unemployed and still roots for the Dodgers.
- Orlando Hudson is out at least one game with a groin strain…