New Site Commenting Policy

I haven’t done much research in to the makeup of the audience that reads Pirates Prospects, but I can safely assume one thing: the vast majority of readers are adults.  Over the last week I’ve been working on a commenting policy to establish some guidelines for what is unacceptable in the comments section of the site.  The commenting policy has been launched today, and while there are several guidelines to follow, there’s really only one important guideline: act like an adult.  Since I’m assuming most of my readers are adults, that shouldn’t be a problem.  But that’s never the case.

There’s never any reason to be disrespectful to someone because their opinion about a sport is different than your opinion.  I know that on pretty much every Pittsburgh Pirates forum you see a line drawn in the sand between fans, with various nicknames given to each group, based on how they feel about the team.  That’s not something I want to see on the site.  I think it’s possible to disagree without being disagreeable, and giving labels to groups reminds me of teenagers.

I think everyone reading the site is capable of a mature discussion.  I’ve enforced the comments loosely in the past, but will be doing much more moderating with the new comment policy.  This isn’t an open message board where anyone can post anything they want.  This is a media outlet which happens to be my job. Therefore, I’m going to moderate the comments with the interests of the business in mind.  The comments are there to provide people with the opportunity to further discuss each article’s topic.  In my opinion, it’s better for business to have a mature and rational discussion in the comments, rather than immature, childlike behavior.  Thus the need for a comment policy, to establish what won’t be tolerated.

If you have a problem with an individual comment, feel free to click the report button, which will bring it to my attention for further moderation.  But keep in mind that I’m only going to remove a comment if it violates the rules, and not if someone disagrees with you, or even disagrees with me.

Pirates Prospects Commenting Policy

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KKKRNZSI2KNHYKV74DIIGPBORA MarcH

    I agree with your disagreeing about people agreeing to not disagree, agree?

    • http://twitter.com/jrgsstuff Jerry Green

      I disagree.

  • Anonymous

    Tim,
    I agree with your policies and I hope you continue to enforce them. You have a fine web site, enforcing your rules should keep it that way.

  • Anonymous

    I just started reading your website about 6 months ago and it is now a daily ritual.  Keep up the great work!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VG2DTCDBCSAPFH4V5EKVJ4RJQ4 Steve

    I noticed that recently the number of comments were rising.  I had some concerns that this site  may change into something else, a public forum.  There are plenty of those (including some really good ones) and I was really hoping that this site would stay separate.  I view P2 as a news site, and less of a blog.  Thanks for your diligence on this issue, and good luck to you in the future.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6EETLMCYZ754U2G7TFYJMCFPGU HankS

    Tim, I have been coming to this site for awhile now and I have been impressed with Maturity of your audience.  I dont matter if people agree or dissagree on topics people on here make it seem like a discussion more then just bashing each other and calling ppl names.  And the reason we can have a mature discussion about topics is a credit on how the site is run, so keep up with the great work and I need to get my preorder in soon

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZG2IYY4UIJEND5745XPPUOSHY steve-O K

    I support the matter.  Thanks for all you do and lets keep that out of here.  Thanks Tim.

  • gonfalon

    will do

    • gonfalon

      Thanks, Tim!  Didn’t mean for you to have to do all that work, though….

      • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

        Not a problem. Only took me a few minutes.