Editorial policy

September 25, 2012

Comment-shifting: I appreciate the efforts by mods to make threads out of hot topics in the Huddle. Perhaps they could include notations of such on the story and the affected Huddle, just to allay any confusion? For example, on the Seahawks-Packers story linked above, something like (Editor note: The first 22 comments were relocated from the Monday Huddle.) and (Editor note: 22 comments from this Huddle were relocated here.) in the Huddle itself. (Also, I apologize for the broken link -- the system is putting slashes before my quotes.)

posted by Etrigan to editorial policy at 05:11 PM - 3 comments

September 05, 2012

Comment Editing: Wow, I'm not really not cool with the comment editing- chide me if you must, but if you're going to rewrite comments (and without clear indication, to boot), this site just became a whole lot less friendly.

posted by hincandenza to editorial policy at 05:57 PM - 33 comments

Question About Armstrong Post: After reading the book, no doubt is left in the reviewer's mind as to Armstrong's guilt. If this is a quote from the article, shouldn't it be in quotes? And if it isn't, it's editorializing, and doesn't belong in a fpp.

posted by lil_brown_bat to editorial policy at 10:41 AM - 5 comments

September 04, 2012

Fantasy Sports Now on Front Page: The Fantasy Sports category has moved from the Locker Room to SportsFilter's front page. Use it to solicit members for leagues created for members of this site and provide updates during the season.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 03:43 PM - 5 comments

March 12, 2011

Editing Your Own Posts and Comments: Graymatters writes, "I think it is totally unfair that rcade gets to go back and correct the errors in his posts when they are pointed out. Unless of course, there is a way that I could do the same thing?" I agree. How much time do you folks want the editing window to remain open on your own posts and comments? Do you also want to be able to delete?

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 12:05 PM - 6 comments

July 19, 2010

Discouraging Front-Page Posts: We're getting too many comments like this: "This topic is no worse than some of the other topics discussed on Spofi here lately. But that seems to be the trend here on Spofi, too many 'not front page worthy' post recently."

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 10:18 AM - 33 comments

November 05, 2009

Should SportsFilter Think of the Children?: Kerrycindy, a new SportsFilter user with an 11-year-old son who reads the site, is upset that profanity appears here. Although we discourage some profanity and delete most profanity that's personally abusive from one member to another, we've never had a rule here to keep it as clean as a PG-13 movie. Our archives will show lots of examples of George Carlin's seven dirty words. Should we reconsider this policy and clean our act up?

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 11:38 AM - 37 comments

September 30, 2009

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter: "I don't like to come to SPORTSFILTER, to defend my religious or political views. It's not fun. We share a common thread here and it's sports." Longtime member Tselson has a beef with the high school baptism link.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 09:18 AM - 50 comments

September 14, 2009

On Kim Clijsters, Marriage and Childbirth: The asswhip I'm getting on the front page gives me a good opportunity to make a point. There are a lot more people with strong opinions on front-page links than there are people who post front-page links.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 04:58 PM - 22 comments

September 04, 2009

Comments with Profanity: There's no blanket rule against profanity on SportsFilter, but we've moderated the site to avoid becoming a community where people routinely use phrases like "piece of shit racist anti-fan fuckbag motherfuckers." Though you may be able to wield such a phrase with style, humor and panache, experience shows that most people who follow your lead will just be abusive dolts.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 08:43 AM - 20 comments

August 25, 2009

If if looks like a sport, smells like a sport....: This past week we had this little gem of post degrade into the whole "is it or isn't a sport" conversation. I freely admit I was a part of it as were one of the sites admins. I was just wondering if we could get a ruling whether or not pro wrestling/sports entertainment post we welcomed.

posted by HATER 187 to editorial policy at 01:36 AM - 10 comments

August 23, 2009

Should SportsFilter Have a Daily Catch-All Link?: The Drudge Retort has a daily Nooner post that's an open thread for any discussion that doesn't belong in any of the existing stories. It has been a useful and popular feature. Should SportsFilter have something similar?

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 01:49 PM - 18 comments

April 08, 2009

Spam: Nuke from orbit, por favor.

posted by yerfatma to editorial policy at 08:56 AM - 19 comments

April 02, 2009

Dupe Post and Spam Comment: All in one.

posted by yerfatma to editorial policy at 07:33 AM - 10 comments

March 02, 2009

Suggestions Needed for Sidebar Links: I've added a link to the SportsFilter Wiki to the sidebar as the first step in fully integrating the project with the mother ship. If there are other SportsFilter-related efforts we should be linking here, or other sites that merit a front page link in the sidebar, please suggest them here.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 12:52 PM - 10 comments

August 21, 2008

Welcome to the New Server: SportsFilter has relaunched on a new Linux server with MySQL/PHP software driving the site. All weblog posts and comments have been moved over, going all the way back to the first post on Jan. 24, 2002. (Updated Aug. 21).

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 02:31 PM - 112 comments

August 07, 2008

Should Fantasy Sports Be on the Front Page?: Considering the popularity of the leagues here, and the work being done by the users who start them, should we consider moving the Fantasy Sports category to the front page, now that such things are possible?

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 02:51 PM - 11 comments

May 02, 2008

Guess I didn't get the memo: Newbies have to take a sports quiz to join SpoFi, but they can't view a chunk of the site "guidelines"? More inside.

posted by lil_brown_bat to editorial policy at 11:16 AM - 22 comments

April 08, 2008

Would a short story about baseball make a good column?: I wrote a short story about a neat experience I had playing little league. I'd love some feedback and was wondering if that sort of thing would make a good column here.

posted by dfleming to editorial policy at 09:01 AM - 20 comments

March 04, 2008

Thread-pissing: can we have a little civil discussion about what constitutes thread-pissing, and what editorial policy toward it is (and should be)? There's been a bit of it lately, or at least allegations of same (I'm thinking of three, possibly four different threads, which I'll reference if anyone wants).

posted by lil_brown_bat to editorial policy at 02:39 PM - 56 comments

December 27, 2007

Guidelines update request: can we put something in there about no damn AOLisms? The influx of "LOL" makes me want to hurl.

posted by lil_brown_bat to editorial policy at 09:11 PM - 55 comments

December 11, 2007

post dump: i posted a link on December 6th that was deleted. It was about Barry Bonds finally having to show up in federal court in San Francisco. And low and behold, i turn on my trusty spo-fi this morning and there's a post from rcade about Michael Vick getting sentenced. I see no difference in either post. So why was mine deleted? I've had links deleted before but i thought this would have been a good discussion. Surely, both the Vick link and the Bonds link are comparable. My bad, i guess.

posted by texasred to editorial policy at 06:58 AM - 5 comments

October 13, 2007

SportsFilter Has 2.37 Million RSS Subscribers: That's not a typo. For several years, this site has been the most-added weblog on Yahoo and one of the 10 most-added sports sites. This audience sees the site differently than web visitors, as you can see by visiting My Yahoo's Add SportsFilter page. We've tweaked the posting guidelines a little to account for them.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 09:02 AM - 44 comments

October 10, 2007

Editorializing on the Front Page: My choice of the phrase "early exit" in the Yankees post drew some heat from SportsFilter members who felt I chose the link to kick the Yankees while they were down.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 09:49 AM - 172 comments

September 17, 2007

(N)O.J.: Is it remarkable restraint on the part of SpoFites 'round the world, or some other mysterious force that's kept the recent O.J. Simpson arrest off the Front Page? Thoughts? Hypotheses? Conspiracy theories? Love to hear 'em.

posted by The_Black_Hand to editorial policy at 07:06 AM - 12 comments

September 03, 2007

Wiki Reminder: Just a reminder that the site does in fact have a wiki and we are working on it. I have recently installed the Bad Behavior extension to help curb the rampant spam and *hope* that will help. I have also played with the look and feel of the wiki so that it looks more like the rest of SportsFilter. Lastly, I have added the FAQ and the Guidelines to the wiki, with the idea that the original versions on Sportsfilter.info can be redirected to the wiki. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for a wiki account (please use your SpoFi username) and to add/edit content in a responsible manner.

posted by scully to editorial policy at 12:35 PM - 11 comments

May 10, 2007

April 03, 2007

Punctuation Matters: SportsFilter is not a chat room. Users who can't write or punctuate simple sentences will be introduced to the banhammer. If you'd like to help us draft this guideline, plz help be4 it gets ne wurs!!!!1!!!

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 10:20 AM - 137 comments

February 26, 2007

Is it just me...: or is there no simple and obvious link to the posting guidelines (not the "what's a good FPP", but the lengthier, "what is an asshat and how not to be one" guidelines)?

posted by lil_brown_bat to editorial policy at 09:03 AM - 6 comments

February 11, 2007

"what dose this has to do with not a thing just trying to reach my 15 14 to go":

I think this is the first example of the downside of our "minimum comments before posting" rule.

posted by grum@work to editorial policy at 02:42 PM - 6 comments

January 29, 2007

Sportingo is Gone, Gone, Gone: Recent front-page links to Sportingo, a new user-generated content sports site, have been spammed by someone affiliated with the site. New users should take note of the rules here: Don't post your own work (or that of your buddies or boss) to the front page.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 09:54 AM - 25 comments

December 25, 2006

Read the Guidelines : Please. Is the linking to a meager Yahoo! article just to foster a discussion tolerable?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to editorial policy at 02:21 PM - 70 comments

October 28, 2006

The Thin Red Line: Is that little red line under my typo my imagination, or is there some sort of Word-type spell checker on here?

posted by SummersEve to editorial policy at 06:51 AM - 9 comments

October 16, 2006

SportsFilter Now Has a Practice Squad: A new rule we're trying out: New members can't post a front-page link until they've been a member for a week and made 15 comments.

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 02:54 PM - 65 comments

October 14, 2006

Banned topic proposal: I just want to bring up chicobang's suggestion for discussion outside of a specific thread. Player salaries and deservedness thereof: done to death on SpoFi?

posted by qbert72 to editorial policy at 05:36 PM - 55 comments

September 25, 2006

The Write Stuff: Should SportsFilter dump a member for being completely incapable of writing complete sentences and punctuating them correctly?

posted by rcade to editorial policy at 09:40 AM - 59 comments

Legit Discussion Shut Down -- Why?:

In the spirit of texasred, who asked 9/18/06 in a Locker Room post what was up when his NASCAR posts were deleted, I am addressing the Michelle Wie issue here.

My post from Friday 9/22/06 entitled "Masters? Michelle Wie Should Master LPGA First, says Female Sportswriter" fit the FPP. Admittedly, it is about Wie and her heretofore futile quest to make a PGA cut, a subject that always sets this forum on fire. But previous discussions have included unfounded accusations that those who are critical of Wie must be 'male chauvinists.' The column I posted was written by longtime San Jose Mercury News columnist Ann Killion, someone whose opinion obviously couldn't be motivated by agreement that a woman's place is barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. On top of that, Killion cited LPGA pros (including LPGA legend Nancy Lopez) who agree that Wie is disrespectful of female professionals by acting as if the women's tour isn't important.

None of those differentiations seemed to matter when some made note that it was I who posted the column. Immediately, some alleged that I have a hateful, politically motivated anti-Wie "agenda," but there were others who wrote that even if that was the truth (which it isn't), it was not a reason to stop posting legitimate items about Wie.

The burgeoning discussion of both Wie's choices and whether or not people who are annoyed by the topic should ignore it came to a screeching halt when justgary made his first and only post on the thread. He simply wrote "Sorry, been out." Then, it appears, his next act was to shut the thread down with the words "This discussion has been closed by the admins."

Seeing that not only I but others agreed that it was a legitimate post that fit the standards of the FPP, I think I am entitled to an explanation of why closing this thread within hours of its creation wasn't an arbitrary variance of SpoFi policy.

posted by L.N. Smithee to editorial policy at 01:22 AM - 71 comments

September 18, 2006

post booted: Was wondering why when i post something about Nascar, it seems to get booted. Is it because y'all don't like Auto Racing? I see a lot of lame posts (imho), that doesn't get booted . I'm new at this so if i"m in the wrong place, let me know. And please , don't hammer me over this post. Thanks.

posted by texasred to editorial policy at 09:13 AM - 18 comments

August 14, 2006

August 07, 2006

Political Feuds of SpoFi: Several recent FPPs (see here, here, and here) have devolved into angry and drawn-out socio-political debates. This has led some veteran members of Sportsfilter to lament the decline of the entire site. Are these political debates a serious problem, and if so, how can we head these off in the future?

posted by Venicemenace to editorial policy at 08:34 AM - 121 comments