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OFF TOPIC: How one post knocked me down.

Posted on: November 24, 2008 3:48 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2008 6:13 pm
 

I woke up on Thursday morning and logged in to my sportsline account, ready to post my latest edition of "Things to Do" for the Giants upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals. My Profile page opened, and an unfamiliar look caught my eye... the silver shield of an "All-Star" rating had replaced my red and gold "Superstar" emblem. I knew immediately what had happened, and truth be told I hadn't even bothered to check the "warning" page until I sat down to type this article 10 minutes ago. One warning; denied a challenge - for the following reason:

Sexually offensive. The thread is all about terms for masturbating. This guy goes on to list a full page of his favorites. He and CBS should be embarrarssed for having this on the internet.

Out of fairness to the complainant, I won't mention their screen name. It doesn't really matter anyway; I can't deny the accusation because it happens to be true, albeit exaggerated. I also can't (and won't) defend myself, because I contributed a comment to an already existing thread about the exact subject mentioned. If this is how sportsline moderators feel it's best to keep folks in check - by knocking their reputation points down and affecting their status - I'll play by the rules... it's not all that hard to do. I certainly don't need to talk about anything offensive or charged on these boards; I wouldn't have requested to become the Giants team blogger if that were my purpose.

I know that the idea of a reputation grading is a joke to many members of the community, and in the grand scheme of things I wouldn't expect that the relationships I've enjoyed with fellow NFL bloggers and sportsline members to change all that much. It certainly doesn't affet my day to day life. But that doesn't mean that after spending countless hours contributing to my blog and the boards of sportsline that I'm not bothered by being pushed down a few rungs over one comment. Those of you who know me and read my blog are aware of the passion I have for the New York Giants, and the work I put into each article. I don't take this lightly, and I put as much effort as I do into the blog because I want to provide a good read to people. The talent and insight that I see in the blogs of other community members (Jokest, momluvsfootball, sircheeks, JellyDonut, 24alldaylong, Yanks1in99, IgetNoRespect and Rob Toxin - just to name a few shining examples) pushes me to keep up with them. It's not a competition to me, it's just a lot of fun to be part of this group.

Getting back to the warning; what I posted (five euphemisms for a particular act - not a full-page list my favorites, as portrayed) was childish. I took a detour down a sleazy street and fell off the wagon. I know that some may have found it offensive. However, I didn't think it would have been read by someone that was put off by the first 40 comments posted before mine. That's not to suggest my post was in any way appropriate for the world to see, or that I buried it deep in the darkened depths of a thread to get away with something. OK, I made an unnecessary post; one out of 450.

One of the things I look forward to is Shuless Joe's caption contest. Each and every day, a photo is up there that begs for a caption containing a reference to certain sexual acts, preferences or otherwise "offensive" content. The addition of the weekly Avatar contest is a great idea - have you seen the winner that includes the quote "I don't see the resemblance..."? There are Avatars on these boards that offend ME... which is hard to do.

I'm not calling out the moderators, and the last thing I want is to lose the photo caption contest, the weekly avatar contest or any other element that makes this the community that it is. There's a hell of a lot more garbage and racially sensitive material floating around here that they should be concerned with, as opposed to the five euphemisms I posted. I guess I just felt the need to vent.  

Maybe I do care about my reputation. And maybe that's not such a bad thing after all.

        

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2008 11:07 am
 

OFF TOPIC: How one post knocked me down.

Great post, I enjoy your writing even though I am not a New York Giants fan.  You show your love for your team and the game in the way you prepare your blogs and posts.  You got caught in an area that was beneath your ability but we've all been there.  Hopefully we can learn from your problems and think before we post.  Not to say that we shouldn't be able to use our freedom of speech to speak our mind but if we thought of possible consequences of what we write maybe that would carry on to what we say.  Maybe that would make our world a little bit better if we used restraint in emotionally commenting on interactions in our lives.  Thanks again for your words they have made me stop and think and thats why I enjoy reading some of these posts on these boards.



Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2008 3:11 pm
 

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BBM - As you can probably tell by my profile name I'm not the least bit bothered by it.  All I'm going to say is TO FUNNY! haha.... You'll get the rating back up in no time. Keep the info flowing really enjoy your work.....

Your Fan:

Jokest




Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2008 11:49 pm
 

OFF TOPIC: How one post knocked me down.

BBM,

There are people on this site who are here to ruin the fun of others. Maybe it's the annonymity of the internet or the nature of such people, but they're out there.

Like MLF said, we've all written things or posted on topics we shouldn't have. I chewed out a Steelers fan and my rep was lowered due to verbal abuse or some ridiculous reason.

I wouldn't pay too much attention to it. I would continue to read your writing even if you were of amateur rank :)



Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2008 11:29 pm
 

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Keep up the good blogs Blu, even though I'm not a Giants fan I'm still a sports fan and enjoy reading everyone's opinion. Yours like many you listed are very insightful. May I add that if that's how the Sportsline police are going to act ( robotic ) then they should shut down about 40% of the threads. Don't sweat it pal and now lets sit down and grab a cold one.....cheers, bottoms up, and enjoy.



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2008 8:28 pm
 

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I wrote a very short and polite private message to Spanky, simply asking for an explanation. I think you're right, Jelly - there's a very "automated response" atmosphere to things. I'm sure if there were no basis for the complaint (had I posted a message about Brandon Jacobs, for example) nothing would have happened. They responded to the warning, saw the thread and acted accordingly.

It's easy enough to write something that includes a few team names to garner a few points - if I were to randomly include the following teams: Cowboys, Steelers, Ravens, Texans, and Giants. Throw in a few names on top of it, like Hines Ward, Steve Slaton and Sinorice Moss. You wonder how closely they read anything that's posted in the threads.

I'm here for the blogs anyway. The NFL threads are just a bonus. 

You guys are the reason I enjoy this site so much - and your support is much appreciated.




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 5:52 pm
 

OFF TOPIC: How one post knocked me down.

Blu,

If the overall value of your writing was factored in by CBS, they never would have knocked you down a grade.  The Administrators are more like robots that find things and take isolated punative actions.  I've seen similar things happen to many other good posters.  No worry, you are still a superstar in my mind.

 




Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 5:14 pm
 

OFF TOPIC: How one post knocked me down.

So, SpankyGiants24 is offended by clown punching but sports an avatar objectifying women. Sounds like a mysogynist who has trouble with his own sexual tendencies.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2008 5:01 pm
 

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Blu,

Don't let it get to you.  We all tend to venture into the silliness and the sleaze from time to time, and sometimes we get caught.  Your drop in rep isn't going to lower your value of your writing.  Just make sure you keep enjoying yourself while you're on here. 




Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 4:17 pm
 

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Keep your glow-in-the-dark chin up, BigBlu. With the quality of what you write, I'd read your blog and other posts even if you were a lowly Rookie.

I'm assuming that everyone who posted on the thread in question was assessed the same penalty, based on their "rank"? It's a shame that one silly, risque "misstep" could result in such a penalty for a member such as yourself.

Iggy




Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 4:13 pm
 

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Don't let the man knock you down. Keep those NY Giants post coming, some of us out there really do like your work. One post out of 450, I say so what. Your reputation is still good with me. Hope this reply helped you out.


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