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Scarlet
02-10-2011, 09:37 PM
Just realized there wasn't a game thread. Any thoughts or discussion? Anyone making trek out there? I'm planning on it.

slurpees
02-10-2011, 10:33 PM
yes, will have the "f--- BU" counter going.

bcfan131
02-10-2011, 11:32 PM
yes, will have the "f--- BU" counter going.

Haha, gotta love UMass. Can't wait to go back again this year.
What are the chances you guys have a post-Beanpot hangover? Even with one of those I can't see you losing to a team that just gave up 16 goals last weekend...

pirate
02-11-2011, 07:14 AM
Did I see this one is on TV tonight, not NESN, some other channel that I hope I get on the DTV sports package? So glad my son's bball team drew the Friday night slot for games...DVR time again. Here's hoping we take out some frustration on UMass.

Nick Papagiorgio
02-11-2011, 07:24 AM
Yes, it is on CBS-CS

Federal League
02-11-2011, 07:50 AM
Here's my game preview (http://thebostonhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/from-freep-terriers-look-to-rebound.html). We'll also be live blogging for anyone not going.

claver2010
02-11-2011, 08:31 AM
Yes, it is on CBS-CS

I've said this before, I greatly prefer CBS-CS to NESN. HD wherever they go, nice little stories about each team (A Day in teh Life of York when BC played BU), and pretty good announcing.

BU Fan 84
02-11-2011, 06:48 PM
Here's my game preview (http://thebostonhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/from-freep-terriers-look-to-rebound.html). We'll also be live blogging for anyone not going.

FL, I appreciate the blog you guys have created. I think it is a great resource for BU fans and for college hockey fans in general. With that being said, and I'm sure many other people here agree with me, the inane, and in some cases complete BS, comments made by "anonymous" people really detract from the site. I'm sure these comments are left by the same three or four BC fans with whom we're all very familiar. Is there any way you can set it so that real names and e-mail addresses are required in order to sign in? People reading the comments don't necessarily need that information, but the lack of anonymity will generally keep these cowards who hide behind the anonymity from posting the bull**** that clogs up the site. If you can't do that, don't be afraid to just delete them if you feel so inclined - no one will hold it against you as most of these comments have zero legitimate discussion value.

Federal League
02-12-2011, 01:12 AM
FL, I appreciate the blog you guys have created. I think it is a great resource for BU fans and for college hockey fans in general. With that being said, and I'm sure many other people here agree with me, the inane, and in some cases complete BS, comments made by "anonymous" people really detract from the site. I'm sure these comments are left by the same three or four BC fans with whom we're all very familiar. Is there any way you can set it so that real names and e-mail addresses are required in order to sign in? People reading the comments don't necessarily need that information, but the lack of anonymity will generally keep these cowards who hide behind the anonymity from posting the bull**** that clogs up the site. If you can't do that, don't be afraid to just delete them if you feel so inclined - no one will hold it against you as most of these comments have zero legitimate discussion value.

Yeah, it's something I've been thinking about and actually meant to discuss with Jake, Sam and Arielle. Consider this a reminder to myself to ask them tomorrow. There are a few reasons I haven't done it yet. The first is that I'm worried there will be some good commenters who won't register. I know it's not hard or time-consuming to register, but I'm sure there would be people who see that and just click away. The second is that I want to censor the blog as little as possible. It's easy to not allow distasteful comments, but where do you draw the line? Block any comments that are critical of BU or Parker? I definitely don't want to do that. Block comments that repeat earlier sentiments? How many times does something have to be posted before it becomes block worthy? I want everyone from all sides to feel free to comment, so it's tough to determine where that line is between having a strong opinion and being a troll. Lastly, and most selfishly, all this commenting has caused our page views to skyrocket. How many viewers would we drive away by making people register?

slurpees
02-12-2011, 02:18 AM
Yeah, it's something I've been thinking about and actually meant to discuss with Jake, Sam and Arielle. Consider this a reminder to myself to ask them tomorrow. There are a few reasons I haven't done it yet. The first is that I'm worried there will be some good commenters who won't register. I know it's not hard or time-consuming to register, but I'm sure there would be people who see that and just click away. The second is that I want to censor the blog as little as possible. It's easy to not allow distasteful comments, but where do you draw the line? Block any comments that are critical of BU or Parker? I definitely don't want to do that. Block comments that repeat earlier sentiments? How many times does something have to be posted before it becomes block worthy? I want everyone from all sides to feel free to comment, so it's tough to determine where that line is between having a strong opinion and being a troll. Lastly, and most selfishly, all this commenting has caused our page views to skyrocket. How many viewers would we drive away by making people register?

I understand it's a rock and a hard place situation you all have here. I agree censorship would be a very bad idea, and the blog would lose some credibility if it didn't allow fair criticism of the team and coaches. However, of late I agree with 84 that there really has been a rise in utter nonsense and reading through the live blogs, which I like to do sometimes after seeing a game, is a bit tedious, having to wade through the loads of irrelevant and offpoint garbage that's there from some commenters. Keep up the great work, hopefully you can find a resolution that cuts down on the BS but maintains the integrity of your work. FWIW, I'd register.

mookie1995
02-12-2011, 07:19 AM
Mentally I just replace "anonymous" with Tony the Tiger & Onion Man... Makes the comments section read quite smoothly :D

Federal League
02-12-2011, 11:14 AM
LOL. Someone neg repped me for that last post and apparently thinks I'm the commenter quackquack over on our blog. Nice try, doofus.

J.D.
02-12-2011, 12:06 PM
I've said this before, I greatly prefer CBS-CS to NESN. HD wherever they go, nice little stories about each team (A Day in teh Life of York when BC played BU), and pretty good announcing.

Ya, except they've showed the same piece on BU in every game I've seen on that channel. Why not get some new material on BU instead of the same old thing?


I'm sure these comments are left by the same three or four BC fans with whom we're all very familiar.

You're sure of this? Please give me some winning lottery numbers.

buoldtimer
02-12-2011, 01:42 PM
I've said this before, I greatly prefer CBS-CS to NESN. HD wherever they go, nice little stories about each team (A Day in teh Life of York when BC played BU), and pretty good announcing.

Plus with CBS-CS, there's always plenty of "jam".

BU Fan 84
02-12-2011, 02:31 PM
LOL. Someone neg repped me for that last post and apparently thinks I'm the commenter quackquack over on our blog. Nice try, doofus.

Me too!

slurpees
02-12-2011, 02:36 PM
LOL. Someone neg repped me for that last post and apparently thinks I'm the commenter quackquack over on our blog. Nice try, doofus.

I also got neg repped, but it said good point. Someone had a bad night last night.

Federal League
02-12-2011, 03:12 PM
Re: Comments- We've decided to keep things as is. Most other news sites allow all kinds of comments through, including anonymous ones, and we think that's a good thing. We don't want to make people have to register. And using our discretion to try and pick out trolls enters a real grey area. The only comments that will be blocked are those that are vulgar or clearly distasteful, which is what we've been doing anyway. We don't think comments, good or bad, have any effect on our work or on how readers view the blog.

Tater
02-12-2011, 03:37 PM
Re: Comments- We've decided to keep things as is. Most other news sites allow all kinds of comments through, including anonymous ones, and we think that's a good thing. We don't want to make people have to register. And using our discretion to try and pick out trolls enters a real grey area. The only comments that will be blocked are those that are vulgar or clearly distasteful, which is what we've been doing anyway. We don't think comments, good or bad, have any effect on our work or on how readers view the blog.

Comments are good as long as they foster some type of intelligent exchange, but that is not the case there.

Some of those comments on there are so obvious that they came from some of the BC fans from this message board.I can almost guess who did each one! :D

slurpees
02-12-2011, 03:48 PM
Re: Comments- We've decided to keep things as is. Most other news sites allow all kinds of comments through, including anonymous ones, and we think that's a good thing. We don't want to make people have to register. And using our discretion to try and pick out trolls enters a real grey area. The only comments that will be blocked are those that are vulgar or clearly distasteful, which is what we've been doing anyway. We don't think comments, good or bad, have any effect on our work or on how readers view the blog.

Are we talking about comments at the end of articles, or comments in the live blog? My thoughts earlier were on the live blog comments, personally, I couldn't care less about comments after an article, because the reader isn't forced to read them. It was the ones in the live blog, which the reader is forced to read that I commented on, weeding out the real stuff from the BS at times can be a bit annoying.

Federal League
02-12-2011, 04:10 PM
Are we talking about comments at the end of articles, or comments in the live blog? My thoughts earlier were on the live blog comments, personally, I couldn't care less about comments after an article, because the reader isn't forced to read them. It was the ones in the live blog, which the reader is forced to read that I commented on, weeding out the real stuff from the BS at times can be a bit annoying.

Ah. I'm talking about the comments on articles. We do more censoring on the live blog for exactly the reason you just mentioned- it bogs things down too much. Not just for the readers, but also for us while we're trying to work. If there's a live blog commenter who is clearly contributing nothing but garbage, I'll just ban them. Then I don't have to worry about approving their comments any more and readers don't have to worry about navigating through the trash. We actually banned someone last night before the puck even dropped as a matter of fact.