Cleanup time

I am tired of the "shoot everyone until the last one standing" approach to commenting here. Over the next several months expect some changes - one immediate change is that if you can't follow the commenting rules you are off for at least two weeks - it started this morning and will go back in time 32 hrs.

It is not going to require much to do this - all of you have been warned, so there does not need to be any more "please clean up your act." The worst offenders know very well what the problems are and justify their breaking the rules because others break the rules. I am going back through my flags and anything over the last 32 hrs. A newbie may get some guidance, but those who have been here and have been warned, well don't expect any warnings.

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Can we at least post this image when a time out is instituted?

Two Weeks


and you must take on this extra burden. I appreciate the fact that you take the time to administer this site, and I will do my best to not make your job harder.

An excellent move to make, and much overdo. Thanks for doing it Chris.Hopefully it will also cut down on repetition of posts. Good luck

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

I appreciate your continued efforts in this regard.

I've been gone from the swamp for about a year until I ran into a friend last week who advised that you were cleaning-up the site. That caused me to visit a couple of times since I swore the site off because of constant attacks between a handful of posters.

Sadly, just a couple stories down from this thread, dalepertcheck started a thread about oil/energy that reads more like an attack than a discussion starter. Such posts are not a necessary part of a meaningful dialogue.

Equally frustrating is the automatically actuating video on the Nexus pipeline from Mr. Independent. It's a pita to have to close that video every time I come to the site. Is there a way for the moderator to dial that back so it only executes after a visitor opens the thread?

Best regards, Jim

Big Jim

Good idea, Chris!

Probably the best way to handle all of this is to implement an "ignore" system.

I've admired Slashdot's system of communal ratings, but it's still too much like groupthink leading to censorship. But you should always have the ability to filter what YOU see. Hence, an "ignore" feature.

but overhead was too much on the site.

Maybe make this a site requiring a small fee to join? Like a cover charge tends to keep undesirables out of a bar?

Are you rejecting both 'ignore' and 'communal ratings' systems on that basis? I confess not to know what else would work.

While none of us are perfect I find it useful to limit my posts to subjects that either I post or are aimed at me. Some feel a need to post on everything whether it useful or just to slander someone. Many of my posts are aimed at a larger audience than SwampBubbles. Yet a few just seem to think it appropriate to gum up anything that doesn't fit their ideology. I feel a sense of relief that the website is no longer a ratings platform for the extreme right wing. As I said none of us is perfect and I will try an limit my posts to subject matter that either interests me or is posted by me.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

I agree, I'm going to limit my postings to subject matter that is posted by me as well.

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