May 19, 2003

I hope no one minds the FPP regarding my SportsFilter column. There's been discussion on using FPPs to draw attention to the columns since they are often missed on The Sidelines. Of course, I'm aware that it looks pretty egotistic to begin FPPing columns with my very own. If enough members object, I'll not only delete the post, but I'll banish my sorry, self-centered ass from SportsFilter, not to mention google-bomb myself until I'm the laughing-stock of the Internet.

posted by jacknose to navel gazing at 11:37 AM - 19 comments

Do you write soccer columns? I don't mind those.

posted by StarFucker at 12:03 PM on May 19

Hahahahaha. Good one, SF. I'll take one soccer column, too, sunny-side up.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:04 PM on May 19

I've got no problem with it all, as I previously mentioned. It might become a problem if we begin getting two or three columns a day or something, but they're fairly infrequent at the time, and I for one appreciate the highlighting of a new one. I don't really see any abuse here, and the only time that I would object is if someone said "hey, I wrote a column on my site, would you link to that?". And you two jokers can write your own columns, you know.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:11 PM on May 19

wasn't there are user submit form for column submissions somewhere? i can't find the link for it anywhere.

posted by corpse at 12:18 PM on May 19

corpse, if you go to the post link, you'll find the submit a column link.

posted by jacknose at 12:34 PM on May 19

It might be advantageous to add a submit a column link on the columns page. Say, somewhere up high, like maybe right below the title "SportsFilter Columns". Believe you me, column submissions will increase at a rate of 200%.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:25 PM on May 19

Sorry jacknose, but I vote for the punishments you outlined above. Plus throw in tarring and feathering followed by drawing and quartering.

posted by vito90 at 03:08 PM on May 19

run them as FPPs. no punishment needed.

posted by jbou at 11:30 PM on May 19

Personally, I was leaning towards letting people promote their own columns on the front page. However, after several people objected when I suggested it, I'm wondering if it would be better to find other ways to call attention to them. For example: 1. Putting a comment count with each column in the sidebar, so that people know when one has led to an active discussion. 2. Linking to a columnist's past columns on user pages. 3. Adding support for mug shots like the one I put on the Sorenstam piece, making them look more like columns on newspaper Web sites.

posted by rcade at 08:20 AM on May 20

I like worldcup2002's suggestion to add a link on the column page and rcade's suggestions. I don't really object to announcing the columns, but announcements should be treated differently than posts. They could be a different format (maybe with border and/or background) to make them visually distinctive, and they probably should only link to what they're announcing, and not have a separate page of their own with comments. But then the sidebar posts already do all of these things.

posted by kirkaracha at 08:58 AM on May 20

In the sidebar, you could make the announcements about columns in bright orange. And make the table cell background black. And make the text blink. Definitely blink. Oh yeah.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:24 AM on May 20

I liked it.

posted by djacobs at 11:05 AM on May 20

I'm with wc2k2, of course, but could you add an appropriate for the tone of the column smiley as well? :p

posted by billsaysthis at 04:45 PM on May 20

And can we have background music?

posted by kloeprich at 05:41 PM on May 20

Yeah, something like "Tears of a Clown" in synth-harpsichord. YEAH!

posted by worldcup2002 at 07:48 PM on May 20

Bill, you're a pox upon the internet and the sports world in general. A Devils fan and an emoticon user as well? May God have mercy on your soul.

posted by Samsonov14 at 07:50 PM on May 20

;)

posted by Samsonov14 at 07:51 PM on May 20

Devils will take their third Cup very shortly, you sad little Bruins fan!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:16 PM on May 20

upon the internet and the sports world in general does this imply the internet is a subset of the sports world? can i tell my wife that all that pron on our harddrive stems from my obsession with sweaty men in jockstraps?

posted by danostuporstar at 09:27 AM on May 23

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