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#41 TheLeviathan

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:16 PM

I see two game threads breaking posters into two groups who both end up drifting away and not contributing.


i would suggest the concerns indicated here that the current game thread is already doing this to some degree. I know I haven't bothered a time or two just because I thought it would get lost in the non-baseball chatter.

#42 Shane Wahl

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

Some perspective (and I have been drinking. . . . ): I think that the devolution of good game threads is really just a matter of sheer boredom with each game and this damn team. I don't know if changing anything is really in order right now given it's the end of the year and next year will bring about more serious commentary just by virtue of the fact that at the beginning of the year we will all not know how terrible things are going to be in August and September yet.

Also, a "game thread" for baseball clearly is going to involve between-pitch commentary about god knows what. It's baseball. It's slow. That is just how it works. I do think that anytime a game thread gets off the rails a few posters could get it back on course by actually talking about the game. I did so today even when I couldn't watch the damn thing.

#43 Shane Wahl

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:36 PM

And I say the above as someone who has been a bit annoyed about the one game thread or so a week I have looked at over the past few weeks.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:47 PM

Interesting discussion on the game thread.....while I like the light approach, I admit it seems like a bit of an exclusive club right now. That's not a criticism, just something that has happened. I don't think two threads will work well, but it can't hurt to try. It is September, give the 2nd thread a call up.

I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:19 PM

I woud like to chime in as a former lurker of the game threads who has started posting to many of them this year - could not find a more affable group of people. By all means, take the plunge and stop lurking, we give out likes like they are going out of fashion.

#46 D. Hocking

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:59 PM

I have found the game threads to be useful when arriving home during the middle of a game. If I scroll a couple of pages with no baseball references, it means I probably don't want to turn the on the game. If there are more than three pages with no references to the game, I know I should not look up the box score, but often do out of morbid curiosity.

I will say someone took things a bit too far last night however. Because of a couple of inappropriate posts I have had the 70's pop song Indiana Wants Me in my head the last 36 hours. References to 70's death pop should lead to banishment - or before you know it things like Seasons in the Sun, Wildfire, Timothy, Billy Don't be a Hero will raise their ugly heads.

I think once the Twins are more relevant and playing better, the game threads will end up being more Twinscentric again, so when we are tied for first with the Royals at the All-star break next year, this won't be an issue.

#47 jorgenswest

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:44 PM

Seems like game threads are serving a purpose and entertaining some.

Probably no need for a second place to hang out. There are other places to chat about the game and strategy if that is the interest.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:14 PM

I like the game threads more than any other aspect of TD.

I fully admit I'm one one the "chief" perpetrators who cause game threads to wander off in odd directions. It's how I watch baseball. I had no idea that was off putting to some folks, and I offer my apologies.

i will say that while there is a group of regulars, I truly feel everyone is welcome and we welcome game commentary. All of us comment on the game as well as pretend we're funny/clever, and personally I'd welcome additional focus on the game...in addition to the sidebars, pics, jokes, and friendly insults.

I can't speak for others, but i think a game thread with 50 or 100 participants would be fantastic. Stop by and give it a shot. If you feel unwelcome, make a joke about my age and you'll instantly get a bunch of "likes" and mucho thread cred. If all you want to talk about is the game, that's fine too.

#49 iastfan112

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:20 AM

Game threads get a little too far off topic for my tastes but its to be expected when you have a bad team playing out it's season. Probably a better alternative then the storm of negativity that would arise from one that solely focused on the team and it's play.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:49 AM

Game threads get a little too far off topic for my tastes but its to be expected when you have a bad team playing out it's season. Probably a better alternative then the storm of negativity that would arise from one that solely focused on the team and it's play.


This is really the crux of it. It's not for lack of baseball talk ... but when you are down 15-1 ... oy; we do what we can to pick ourselves up for the hope of tomorrow. There are many posters with good baseball acumen posting in the game threads, who are invested in this site and in the game, so it's not for lack of that, either. In the end, it's a good group, with good baseball sense, who also understand it's just a game, despite the dourness our team invokes.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 02:25 PM

Based on the comments of some users, we are now adding an additional game thread for more serious discussion of game events and substantive baseball related issues.

This is an experiment that may or may not continue depending on how it goes. Also, if you have suggestions for making this (or anything else) better, please post them here. We care about your opinions and want to do our best to optimize your TD enjoyment.

#52 TheLeviathan

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 11:12 PM

Based on the comments of some users, we are now adding an additional game thread for more serious discussion of game events and substantive baseball related issues.

This is an experiment that may or may not continue depending on how it goes. Also, if you have suggestions for making this (or anything else) better, please post them here. We care about your opinions and want to do our best to optimize your TD enjoyment.


Awesome! Hopefully both are still utilized, the zany bleacher-like thread is fun to pop in on so hopefully that doesn't lose steam.

#53 Bark's Lounge

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 12:01 AM

It is Friday night, plans are made and executed. Not a good night for making final analysis.

I am saddened by negativity. I am especially saddened by people who promote it. I am one who has made mistakes, and I am greatly regretful. Sometimes tact is a trait that is lost on some. It is not lost on me.

I like to think the steam is created by a boiling hot stock pot of of delicious soup. Steam is also provided by boiling socks and under garments, but that seems like a useless method in this day and age.

I choose to eat the soup and rely on my washer and dryer.

Major League Baseball is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.


#54 diehardtwinsfan

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 09:26 AM

Interesting discussion on the game thread.....while I like the light approach, I admit it seems like a bit of an exclusive club right now. That's not a criticism, just something that has happened. I don't think two threads will work well, but it can't hurt to try. It is September, give the 2nd thread a call up.


I'd like to chime on this comment. I'm hardly a game thread regular. Sometimes I'm there, most often I'm not. I've never felt unwelcome or like I'm breaking in on something. Most of the witty banter in there consists of a few people watching the game and joking around. Anyone can jump in, as I did this year. Just my 2 cents.

#55 Dman

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 10:23 AM

Being a rookie to this site and not a stat head it can be easy to misstate opinion for facts and get yourself in trouble. It is nice when people gently correct us newbies instead of slam us for a lack of knowledge. There are some really knowledgeable posters on this site with interesting ideas and analysis I have never thought of before. This can be a fun place to hang out when we play nice. I like the different opinions that people have but I agree that when things turn juvenile that is does turn me off. Just because people disagree with you doesn't mean they are completely wrong. Let's just agree to disagree. I like that you are trying to create a site with civil discourse. We will all learn more about the Twins and baseball that way.

#56 ashburyjohn

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:50 PM

Late to the party, as we were away for a great weekend seeing our son in SoCal. I still want to chime in with a couple of observations about game threads.

  • Game threads tend to take on the characteristics of the participants. If you feel a more game-oriented comment is worth making, make it, and see if others chime in. Over time, the nature of the series of threads might change of its own accord.
  • Occasionally I have been the only moderator present at a game thread, and I have tried to keep the conversation going. I don't have Brian's gift for gab, so in those situations I tend to go with in-game commentary, like how come Louie Leadfoot didn't score from third on a double. These typically have been the most boring threads for lack of anyone responding. So IMO we need to figure out some new "hook" if the game-analytic approach is to succeed, whether as part of the current game thread series or as a series of its own.