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    Please read: Twins daily comment policy

    comment_policy.jpgTwins Daily prides itself on the community of fans it serves, and understands that the forums, comment sections and blogs are central to their participation and the health of the site. We strive for civil, insightful and passionate discourse that welcomes and challenges all our members and readers. As such, comments of this nature are not allowed:

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    i thought forums were supposed to be fun? rules are rules i guess but if someone makes a comment like "blind mice" how is that really that bad especially if its said in obvious jest???
    Last edited by PatMearesFan; 02-22-2013 at 06:51 PM.

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    That's all pretty reasonable.

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    Thank you for reminding us all this is a different site , 1 that is designed to create discussion not hate

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    I don't think I engage in, or have engaged in, much of the "bad" behavior but there is something about the list with "good" and "bad" that seems stifling to me. I hope that we are seeing this posted again -- and pinned to the top -- because you are anticipating an influx of new posters as the new season starts. I hope it isn't because you are finding it necessary to again try to control the people who have been posting here on a regular basis. To some extent I think people have to use an "ignore" button -- either literally on the site or a mental one. It SHOULD be a fun place to post and to converse with other Twins fans and I would hope that everyone approaches the site with a sense of humor and some tolerance for differing opinions -- after all, while most posters here are fairly rabid fans, none of this is life or death (or frankly all that important in the overall scheme of what should be important in anyone's life).

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    I think the occasional reminder of these policies is important for new members, but also for myself. I often forget some of these. I think they're all good. The one I tend to forget is the one about writing about how annoyed I am about certain topics coming up all the time (Butera, Correia, etc). I think it'd be good to re-post this on the front page monthly even though it is in the About Twins Daily page.

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    I feel like I have to say this... I hate A Christmas Story. I apologize for that. I agree that all these rules are very reasonable.
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    Perfectly reasonable.

    If you bring back the like button... You'd be notified of a like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
    Perfectly reasonable.

    If you bring back the like button... You'd be notified of a like.
    I am missing the like button as well my friend.

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    I miss the like button.
    What is said in obvious jest in the author's line of thinking can be missed by 95% of the readers. Although there is an ignore feature I do get tired of the people that contribute little more than lowbrow snark

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    In regards to number 10. If Riverbrian's coworker is a bad apple on Twin's Daily will we then miss Riverbrian's wonderful takes because you would ban that IP address?

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    Regarding the "like" button, we're battling some bugs and hope to get them resolved in the next week or so. We think it might have had some unintentional consequences, which is why we turned it off. We're not opposed to it, and hope to reintroduce it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wise One View Post
    In regards to number 10. If Riverbrian's coworker is a bad apple on Twin's Daily will we then miss Riverbrian's wonderful takes because you would ban that IP address?
    You'd be able to tell... My co-workers only use an ellipsis when they are omitting stuff from sentences.

    I use them... cuz... one period can't stop me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    I think the occasional reminder of these policies is important for new members, but also for myself. I often forget some of these. I think they're all good. The one I tend to forget is the one about writing about how annoyed I am about certain topics coming up all the time (Butera, Correia, etc). I think it'd be good to re-post this on the front page monthly even though it is in the About Twins Daily page.
    About the same topic coming up over and over again ... with mostly the same comments and sentiments over and over again ... by the same posters over and over again ... is there something the moderators can do about this? I don't think that forum topics need a review process, nor do I like the idea of censorship or stifling pertinent conversation/discussion, but sometimes these topics are beyond beating a dead horse and only help to encourage/create some of the 'bad behavior' these 'rules' are trying to discourage. Just an observation. And maybe the rash of this lately is just getting antsy for the season to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverbrian View Post
    perfectly reasonable.

    If you bring back the like button... You'd be notified of a like.
    like

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    I think that references to alcohol and drug use should be included in this. If you really want this forum to not have any language that parents would not want their kids to see you should put a stop to all the talk and remarks that casually glorify drinking alcohol. This is constantly taking place on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsfaninsaudi View Post
    I think that references to alcohol and drug use should be included in this. If you really want this forum to not have any language that parents would not want their kids to see you should put a stop to all the talk and remarks that casually glorify drinking alcohol. This is constantly taking place on this forum.
    As far as alcohol goes, it's a legal activity and one that the vast majority of members do. It's one thing to glorify underage drinking. It's another to remark on it as an adult activity. I'll admit, it's a pretty tenuous line in the sand between that and some other activities, but it isn't our intention to model behavior for humanity. Our intention is to provide a good place to talk Twins baseball. That's the purpose of the rules.

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    Frankly, I have not seen any "casual glorification of drinking alcohol" (whatever that may mean) here. Or not even any memorable mentions of it. I dunno... I am a parent of 3 teenagers (one of them adult) and I really think that "shielding them" from any alcohol references makes it even worse when they are on their own. (sorry for the potential "casual glorification?" that may follow but) I have no problem drinking in front of them or say "that beer really hit the spot" when it does, or "this is crap" when it does not.

    There is a thin line between "universally acceptable" and "censure". And depends on the universe.

    On the other hand, if one lets his/her kids to be on the 'net without supervision, methinks that "casual glorification of drinking alcohol" at the Twins' Daily site is probably the least of his/her problems...
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    I think we should definitely turn this into a thread about what good parents do.

    In all seriousness, the "language you don't want your kids to see" is probably leaving open this kind of problem. That isn't as clear as I think it's intended to be. Some might see it as very restrictive and others might not take it seriously at all. I think the message is sent by the rest of that paragraph, you could probably just do without that line and save the confusion.

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