FanDuel - WFBC

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

Great idea.

posted by ?! at 03:07 PM on October 16

I'm hip. I'm hip.

posted by chicobangs at 03:15 PM on October 16

That's a pretty good idea, rcade!

posted by wingnut4life at 03:16 PM on October 16

Woohoo!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:17 PM on October 16

I'm glad we're finally giving a form of the "cooling-your-heels period" a tryout.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:24 PM on October 16

Splendid. Do deleted comments count towards the 15?

posted by jerseygirl at 03:24 PM on October 16

Wish it would have been around for me to learn. Would have saved me some (even recent) embarrassing typo moments.

posted by hawkguy at 03:31 PM on October 16

Excellent.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:44 PM on October 16

I imagine we'll see a lot of "I agree with ______" comments to make the quota, but I think it is as good an idea as any other. I also wondered about what jerseygirl asked, and I think that deleted comments should have negative values.

posted by scully at 03:47 PM on October 16

I just posted to the front page. I'm grandfathered in. Sweet. We must be approaching Halloween, because this place seems to have new candy every day. Thanks for all the hard work, powers that be.

posted by BullpenPro at 04:02 PM on October 16

Slipped mine in under the wire.

posted by yerfatma at 04:02 PM on October 16

jg said: Do deleted comments count towards the 15? I recommend that deleted comments not count. I was going to say, if you're still in the cooling period and get a comment deleted, then start all over again. But I decided to be a softie, and just drop the one deleted comment.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:17 PM on October 16

I don't think deleted comments count.

posted by rcade at 04:17 PM on October 16

I agree with terrapin.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:41 PM on October 16

terrapin: I also wondered about what jerseygirl asked, and I think that deleted comments should have negative values. Brilliant! Seriously, we should do this. Or what wickticktooie said. Also, what bullpenpro said. What's with all the new toys allofasudden? Happy Halloween!

posted by lil_brown_bat at 04:51 PM on October 16

Rock. With all sincerity, I think this will make a big difference. Thanks, Pantheon.

posted by Samsonov14 at 05:04 PM on October 16

I'm so happy, I could kiss jersey right on the lips. With tongue, even. And I don't even like New Jersey!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:00 PM on October 16

After my latest read of front page comments, I want the ability to demote non-newbs to the taxi squad.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:09 PM on October 16

Great idea- however, I was thinking maybe something like 10 comments or so. 15 seems like alot, but whatever- its not like I have to worry about it. Either way good idea- and I completely agree with terrapin.

posted by Kendall at 06:26 PM on October 16

I'm so happy, I could kiss jersey right on the lips. With tongue, even. And I don't even like New Jersey! You're a liar. Your penchant for AquaNet and Bon Jovi speaks volumes, sir. Voluuuuumes!

posted by jerseygirl at 06:37 PM on October 16

heeeyyyyy, that's not nice. can we put a bannination on pot shots against new jersey?

posted by goddam at 06:57 PM on October 16

Nice! As long as it's not retroactive...

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:14 PM on October 16

On the topic of deleted comments, is there a certain ration of deleted/acceptable comments that equals bannination? Or is it a case by case basis?

posted by apoch at 07:17 PM on October 16

This is good.

posted by geekyguy at 07:44 PM on October 16

goddam: at least it wasn't a clam shot.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:09 PM on October 16

this is just great--I think

posted by sportsg at 08:20 PM on October 16

Yes. I agree. [this is good]

posted by grum@work at 09:32 PM on October 16

You're from Jersey? I'M from Jersey! Everybody... When the strip mall you like Is, like, right off the Pike That's New Joisey. Okay, now just the teamsters... Did you know that it is illegal in New Jersey to slurp your soup. True story. It is also illegal, in some townships, to consume a pickle on Sundays. Which, of course, is bad news for the clergy. /rimshot C'mon now... hey, New Jersey is also the one state in which the majority of "New Baby" announcements come in the form of a subpoena. /gunshot I'm here all week. Ow. Maybe not...

posted by BullpenPro at 10:26 PM on October 16

Can we get rid of this idiot? Or at least send him to New Jersey?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:13 AM on October 17

Well, if he gets off that topic he might actually have something to add. Maybe. I'm an optimist.

posted by apoch at 06:27 AM on October 17

YYM's a culturist.

posted by SummersEve at 06:30 AM on October 17

Timmerex is perfect! Rcade gets to test all the new guidelines and changes on him!

posted by louisville_slugger at 07:32 AM on October 17

Well, if he gets off that topic he might actually have something to add. Maybe. Doubt it. But your optimism is admirable. Someone already deleted his first comment (which was crap also) as I was writing up and previewing a "Might I introduce you to the guidelines?" standard comment. This time, I did get to show him the guidelines, let's see if it helps. Question about the guidelines though for rcade and gary: Anywhere in the signup process, are they forced to read the guidelines? Maybe instead of a sports questionnaire to sign up, we should infuse a few random guidelines questions? Is there a way to randomize the questions? We could put some of the more 'popular' offenses to the guidelines as questions in the signup. Just a thought.

posted by jerseygirl at 07:45 AM on October 17

Yeah, and if any of this ever gets automated, like a spam filter, it's always good to know about in-duh-viduals like this to test your filters on. Maybe someone could explain to Timmerex that if we don't allow people to get into pissing matches about whether [fill in the blanks] is a sport or...I dunno, performance art or something, then we're hardly going to indulge in someone's spit-spraying caps-lock-enabled tirade about whether Hispanics are a culture or a race. Edit: along the lines of what jerseygirl said, I really favor forcing them to read the guidelines or at least go to the page and click an "I accept". I also would suggest adding text to the effect that if you have any questions about the guidelines, you should ask now rather than accepting, and if you have doubts about your ability to adhere to the guidelines, you should look for another forum.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:51 AM on October 17

Do comments posted in Locker Room threads count or is it only comments on FPPs?

posted by cabuki at 07:53 AM on October 17

A great idea. I've been mainly a reader with the occasional comment, but some of the comments are way over the top and nothing to do with sports or the topic.

posted by yzelda4045 at 08:32 AM on October 17

This is good. This will prevent the snappy quick hit people who are just reacting in a T.O thread or someone disparaging their local football team. Ah, people who like football are pederasts, anyway. All of 'em. It's science.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:11 AM on October 17

Not that anyone asked my opinion, but I don't think Lockerroom comments should count towards the 15 count. The 15 count, I'd think, is more or less to prove you can contribute sports related opinion/commentary to the site in English, understand the site, the guidelines and the overall SpoFi goals and don't type like you're slamming your forehead against the keyboard... The lockerroom tends to be very loosey-goosey as far as the strict guidelines. It's not a good place to cut your teeth with SpoFi. Allowing the 15 comments to be spent in the lockerroom is akin to being issued a drivers license when all you've demonstrated is you can putter around a parking lot. But since the new pony truck has pulled into SpoFi Station, any chance of getting a flagging system similar to MeFi? I think that would help lots. Could flag the crazy/stupid/inappropriate comments for the mods, add comments as favorites to bolster positive contributions, etc.

posted by jerseygirl at 10:40 AM on October 17

I'd flag it.

posted by yerfatma at 11:05 AM on October 17

Anywhere in the signup process, are they forced to read the guidelines? No, though we've talked about it. I'm not sure if it would help someone like timmy. Members who come in so brashly either shape up, never come back again, or keep yelling. In the case of number 3, it's bannerization time.

posted by justgary at 01:27 PM on October 17

I thought the noun form was "bannination".

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:07 PM on October 17

In the case of number 3, it's bannerization time. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Bannerization? Oh, oh no ... HULK SMASH NOOBS!!!

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:08 PM on October 17

Locker Room Comments don't count towards posting on the front page. What's with all the new toys allofasudden? SportsFilter has new server smell. I'm taking it for a drive.

posted by rcade at 03:12 PM on October 17

Yes. I agree. [this is good] You crazy Vox users. Yeah. Vox. That's it... but I agree too.

posted by mkn at 03:38 PM on October 17

The lockerroom tends to be very loosey-goosey as far as the strict guidelines. meTs and caRdinals sux!!!1 GO TIGERS!!!!!1

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:47 PM on October 17

SportsFilter has new server smell. /pictures a cardboard pine tree hanging from an ethernet cable. I like the new look archives, and that the big gray box that covered up the first thread in the archives is no longer there. Thanks again fellas.

posted by MrFrisby at 04:14 PM on October 17

I agree with the above comment(s).

posted by Succa at 05:14 PM on October 17

I'm taking it for a drive Do you have a licence, or are you just puttering around the car park? Although constructor/drivers do have special dispensation.

posted by owlhouse at 05:30 PM on October 17

No puttering!

posted by jerseygirl at 05:40 PM on October 17

There is one problem I have with the archives. If one is searching by topic, the only FPP's listed are recent ones. The reason I see this as a problem is if someone is looking for a not so recent FPP on a certain topic, but does not know what month it is from, it could be a hassle.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:56 PM on October 17

If there is a new server can I get my lockeroom interview back? Please? *puppy dog eyes*

posted by scully at 08:25 PM on October 17

*puppy dog eyes* You had me at "If".

posted by qbert72 at 10:53 PM on October 17

I don't think I've tried being loosey-goosey before. Is that like willy-nilly?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:25 AM on October 18

It is. But different than artsy-fartsy, though.

posted by jerseygirl at 06:03 AM on October 18

I can't do artsy-fartsy. I don't have a beret.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:44 AM on October 18

And let's not forget the purpose of all things, hokey-pokey.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:13 AM on October 18

I prefer the hanky-panky.

posted by rocketman at 12:00 PM on October 18

I'd settle for Howdy-doody, though I prefer Heidi Duty, if you know what I mean.

posted by chicobangs at 12:05 PM on October 18

Great googly moogly.

posted by BullpenPro at 01:12 PM on October 18

Jeepers creepers, chico.

posted by jerseygirl at 01:37 PM on October 18

Holy Schnikes!

posted by jojomfd1 at 12:09 AM on October 19

I know it doesn't ryhme, but it's Farley and needed to be said.

posted by jojomfd1 at 12:11 AM on October 19

All these new toys! Its just, well, its SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!

posted by Folkways at 12:55 PM on October 19

Sweet Sassy Molassy!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:40 PM on October 19

jojo I think you mean Holy Moly. Although you could use Rollie Pollie for Farley.

posted by tron7 at 04:11 PM on October 19

You're not logged in. Please log in or register.