I said, I wasn't going to respond. However, as glen and Comrade responded constructively, I will. It is not an issue of how thick my skin is. It is an issue of why I came to the site. I came to the site to talk hockey, especially the Blues. I did not come to the site to exchange banter and jokes with strangers. I have real life friends for that. They just do not happen to be die hard Blues fans, so I came here to discuss the Blues with people who follow them as closely as I do. Unfortunately, when the vast majority of the posts are jokes and insults, I am not getting that for which I came. If there was a vibrant discussion of hockey and the Blues, I would have gladly stayed and let Viper and sseagle say whatever they want. There isn't. In my short time, anytime there was one, a senior member would crack some jokes and divert the topic.
So while I agree with Comrade that changing the way people interact will not bring in new members, it will lessen the number of new members who leave. You can have all the fancy web design in the world, but very few people are going to continue coming to a fancy web site if the only content is not-funny jokes and insults. Keep the jokes, just make sure they are not mean spirited and do not derail discussions. Also add more actual hockey discussions of substance. Then when new members come, they can talk hockey until they get acclimated. Then they can join the friendly fire if they so wish. Having 3 of the dozen active posters telling a new member his thread is stupid and he is a terrible fan is a good way to drive away people who might have been good additions to the site. Maybe I am wrong, and my skin is thin. Take it for what its worth, but that is how I see it.
Did you read through ANY of the forum at all?
The reference to horrible fans is a call back to a poster that pops in every season and a half and tells us that we are terrible fans, originally for rooting for a higher draft pick eg: STAMKOS!! NUGENT-HOPKINS!!! PAJAARVI!!! (lol that one came true)
You write research papers and post them here, I'm not sure how we will remember the Bluenoteworthy area (THIS IS A JOKE TOO, I KNOW ITS SPELT RONG), but I can't say that you haven't brought most of this on yourself for ATTACKING everyone that responded to you.
LIGHTEN UP FRANCIS
In this thread.... viewtopic.php?t=30492
YOU attacked viper, when 99% of the conversation was completely on what you wanted to discuss (also ripping on the fans is completely appropriate when the stands are 30% empty on any given night). Some of us, KNOWING viper, understand how he converses. You then insulted the intelligence of EVERYONE on this forum, complained about us assigning nicknames to other teams players (we give our own players derogatory names as well, such as everyone's favorite Chris "20fail" Stewart.
In this thread.... viewtopic.php?f=2&t=30469&p=598983
YOU rode into a sports chat site on a gleaming white horse to nitpick MY choice of words, then you admit you KNEW it was a joke, and started crying about some story that NONE of us could POSSIBLY know, you don't know any of us, or anything we have lived through. You proceed to talk more trash about ME, but we can't talk about you, reference anything that upsets you, anyone you have known, seen on the news, driven near...
In this thread.... viewtopic.php?f=2&t=30455&p=598766
YOU got all upset because PEOPLE HAD DIFFERING OPINIONS
then quoted us the rulebook, which none of us have ever even heard of before <-THIS IS SARCASM.
I am awaiting my roasting / ban / nap.
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