Matt Haughey is Stepping Down at MetaFilter: Since so many SportsFilter users came over from MetaFilter, I wanted to share Mathowie's news that he's removing himself from day-to-day operations at the mothership to take a new gig. He announced it today so it's a good time to go there and pay tribute to the Willie Mays of the community weblog.
Suggestions for SportsFilter Links: My new editorial goal is to find one good link a day to post on SportsFilter. I'm trying to avoid going for low-hanging fruit like an athlete getting into off-the-field trouble or a viral video highlight, so I am checking places where more thought-provoking sports journalism is being published. This raises a question: Where is more thought-provoking sports journalism being published?
MetaFilter User Proposes New Site Called 'Sportsfilter': A MetaFilter user fired up about the World Cup has proposed the establishment of a new sister site devoted to sports. "There are quite a few people on mefi who love teh footy, and many more who love the World Cup, and it would give us a place to chat about it and not clutter up the Front Page. ... Sportsfilter is likely to be way way less a contentious place, and much quieter, as sports fans make up a smaller subset of mefites overall," writes Marienbad.
I Have Six Chances to Consider as Popesquatter: In the hopes of continuing my reign as popesquatter, I have the following names as dot-com domains: Clement XV, Innocent XIV, John Paul III, Leo XIV, Paul VII and Pius XIII. Don't pray for this to happen, because it could be considered tampering.
MetaFilter Presidential Prediction Contest: I revived a 12-year-old MetaFilter tradition today -- the presidential prediction contest. Go there for your chance to win a Threadless gift certificate and a life-sized Joe Biden.
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.
Too Much Penn State?: Scully has suggested that the Penn State sex abuse scandal is covered too much on SportsFilter and is now only tangentially a sports story.
Politics and Sports: Regarding this trainwreck, the Pantheon erred in not deleting the Obama vacation tangent the moment it appeared. It has nothing to do with the president greeting championship sports teams.
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?
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."
Want to Close the Locker Room?: The daily Huddle removes some of the need for a Locker Room. Anyone in favor of moving the Fantasy category to the front page, closing the Locker Room and letting all other inside-Spofi subjects be handled in the Huddle?
Profile, Posting Bugs Squashed: A security upgrade Friday hosed some comments and made it impossible to post front-page links. Those bugs appear to have been fixed. Also, the bug that prevented some users from updating their profiles has been addressed. If you're one of those people, try it out and let me know if it works. Seacrest out.
SportsFilter Turns 8: Sunday was the eighth birthday of SportsFilter. Accomplishments of the past year include the server move, the de-redesign (to the way things were in the first place), our collective rediscovery of profanity and the time SportsFilter's admins were thisclose to banning each other. Don't make me sorry I reconsidered, Gary!
Book Giveaway: Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours: I'm giving away 20 copies of my new book Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours to people who know people who want to learn Java. I can send them from you as a Christmas gift, and nobody needs to know I was involved. See the link for details.
Matt Haughey's Excellent Hospital Adventure: Matt Haughey, original coder of SportsFilter and a great inspiration to the site, has a post up on his personal blog today about his recent brain tumor diagnosis. The tumor appears treatable with hormones and surgery if needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Matt.
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?
Hooking Delicious and Twitter to the Huddle: I'm thinking about connecting Delicious and Twitter to the huddle, so that SportsFilter users can contribute sports links and comments on those sites and have them automatically end up here. I know there are Twitter users who might use a #spofi hashtag. Anyone here actively posting sports-related bookmarks on Delicious?
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.
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.
The Sidelines are Back: SportsFilter's admins can post to the Sidelines on the front page again, so if there's something site- or community-related you'd like to see us promote, just ax. Also, we're increasing the number of categories for posts, so make your suggestions and feedback here.
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.
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?
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.
Comment Formatting: If you have problems formatting comments on SportsFilter, post bug reports here. I'm working on a way to keep users from putting line breaks at odd places while still allowing things like lists. The comments you post here should look exactly like they do in preview.