Welcome to the Playpen

Look, I don’t want to make a major production out of this, but it’s apparent after yesterday’s shitshow in the comments thread to this post that my laissez-faire approach to commenting is being taken advantage of by folks who are convinced of their own political righteousness.

It’s gotten to be a boring drag and it’s a pain in the ass to moderate, to be honest with you.  So, like it or not, I’m making some changes.

If you insist in going off on a tangent in a comment thread, I’m no longer going to suggest politely that you back off.  I’m simply going to remove the comment, no questions asked.  If you persist in doing so, I’m going to remove your posting privileges.

Before you go all ballistic on me or start asserting your (nonexistent) 1A rights, I am offering a compromise.  Starting tomorrow, I’m going to put up a weekly post for open comments, where you can freely jaw about any subject near and dear to your hearts.  You want to rail about a crappy movie you saw recently?  Go for it.  Taking a trip to Tuscany and looking for recommendations?  Ask away.  Tried a fabulous new bourbon and want to share?  Lay it on us.

More to the point, want to engage in a political wankfest that winds up resembling the later rounds of the first Rocky Balboa — Apollo Creed fight?  Enter your own private Thunderdome, brother.  I won’t stop you.

I figure this lets those of you who really want to get into the nuances of things that bore the crap out of most of the readership here have a way to do so, while marking out a clear space for those readers to avoid.

This does not mean that I won’t touch on political things in my other posts.  Politicians are like people.  (So are college athletics administrators and head coaches, for that matter.)  They say and do stupid things just like the rest of us, and when those stupid things touch on college sports, well, I reserve the right to bloviate.

What I expect, though, when you comment in response to posts like that, is that you stay on topic.  Going off on a tangent is what ruined yesterday’s discussion and that’s not going to be tolerated in the future.

If you want to complain that you’re uncertain as to what constitutes a tangent for me, consider me Justice Stewart:  I know a tangent when I see it.  Trump’s syntax and grammar?  Tangent.  Obama’s golf game?  Tangent.  Insight into Hitler’s mind as to what he meant when he included “Socialist” in the name of the party he headed?  Tangent squared.

Bottom line, if you’re not sure whether a comment of yours might run afoul of the new rules here, best not to post it in a regular thread, but save it for the weekly open thread.

Sorry I’m having to do this, at least to some extent.  Please don’t waste your time or mine trying to explain in the comments to this post why it’s unnecessary or wrong.  That’s kind of like wrestling with a pig.  You should probably save your energy for tomorrow’s Playpen.


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91 responses to “Welcome to the Playpen

  1. mwo

    Thanks. This is a great idea.


  2. Salty Dawg

    Thank you, Senator! That will be a welcomed relief from political BS!


  3. Dawg in Alabama

    Thank God. I don’t comment often but those tangents ruin it for me trying to read and possibly engage in the thread.


  4. Navin Johnson

    Thank you.


  5. Spike

    Amen! Amen I say!


  6. The other Doug



  7. ApalachDawg

    Wow. Miss a day and you miss a lot. Sounds like things went sideways


    • Biggus Rickus

      Yeah, and it happened later, too. I think there were about 40 comments the last time I’d looked at that thread.


  8. Billy Mumphrey

    The Comments Section: what once drew me to this blog, now drives me away.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I know what you mean… hey, wait a minute! 😉


      • Otto

        Having been a moderator and an Admin on a forum back in the day. Sometimes you just have to get direct to the point and ban someone for the good of keeping quality conversation. It is a private blog.


    • Gravidy

      That is exactly what happened to me. Years ago, was a place where you could get a relatively high percentage of thoughtful comments and polite debate. Hopefully, this will help.


  9. Due for a long time. Amazing the crap that goes through their heads all day.


  10. Jared S.

    Many thanks, Senator.


  11. Hogbody Spradlin

    Boy did I miss something!


  12. Scott

    Thanks, Senator….seems like a fair and equitable solution to me.


  13. gastr1

    Since you mentioned all that stuff in the post, does that mean commenting on it now is on topic and therefore within the new rules? 🙂


  14. Geezus

    I normally don’t read the comments. I took a moment to glance at that thread from yesterday. Man, that escalated quickly.


  15. Mary Kate Danaher

    Thank you very much.


  16. Russ

    I’m perfectly fine with this as long as you call it “Your own personal Thunderdome”. That’s awesome.


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  17. Ray S

    Thank you! When I see more than 100 comments then I know some jackass went political and I leave (sorry). Can’t wait to ask some questions on building a pig pit in the open section. Since it’s open comments and the opposite of a safe space, what shall we nickname it?


    • Dolly Llama

      “Dawgs With Bones To Pick?”


    • Since it’s open comments and the opposite of a safe space, what shall we nickname it?

      Sorry, should have made that clearer. Until somebody comes up with something more clever, it’ll be called the Playpen.


      • Russ

        Awwwww…no “Personal Thunderdome”?

        Oh well, I’ll still read it, I’m sure.


      • 81Dog

        The Weekly Dumpster Fire sounds about right to me. It’s descriptive, yet light hearted (ish) and totally hip, man. Plus, it leans neither right nor left.

        You’re welcome.


      • A Playpen as well as a Thunderdome is not too bad of an idea. Any comments that stray too far can be asked to take the discussion to the applicable area. Folks who don’t ever like to see the political bloodbath can stay in the playpen to talk tailgaiting, bbq, fishing, etc.


      • The Dawg abides

        How about the Playpen for stupid fucking morons, lying fucking shitbags, and just plain fucking idiots. Saw all that and more in the thread. Actually, I we see that from the same place in every thread that goes off-topic. Personally, it’s worse than the same predictable tedium in these shit shows.


    • BCDawg97

      It’s either political or a Richt good vs Richt bad shouting match.

      My vote on the name is some version of Thunderdome.


  18. Yurdle

    Thank you. The falcons need to hear the falconer.


  19. ASEF

    Can you move comments to the Playpen? Sort of like a dunce room?


  20. My initial reaction in reading the post was to add a “Thank You”. Looks like lots of folks beat me to it.but I’m going to do it anyway. Thank You.


  21. Got Cowdog

    I would be inclined to agree with Russ,”The Thunderdome” would be appropriate, but the techie tech fans/ stingtalk rejects in the IT department here have used it for their conference room. I cannot be part of it, sorry…….


  22. 83Dawg

    Hitler Stalin Pol Pot Trump Clinton. Gay rights, circumcision, declawing cats, wearing a burqa. A plane taking off on a treadmill, the nature of glass and why it is rippled in old windows. Driving down a 2-lane interstate, and one lane is closed ahead–do you immediately move over or wait until the very last 20 yards and zipper. Is the correct usage of English what is technically correct or what has passed into the popular vernacular (forte, begs the question, et al.)?

    Did I miss anything?

    Works for me, Senator.


  23. Connor

    Thanks Senator. I used to really enjoy the comments but have definitely reviewed them less and less the last few years.


  24. Dawglicious

    The Pigpen, where one gets just as dirty, and it only annoys the pig.*

    I want to say I saw Grizzard make that joke in a column years ago about arguing, but I can’t be for sure.

    *this is in no way saying that anyone on here is the pig and is not the intent so please don’t take it that way 😉


  25. Harold Miller

    Our Lady of Blessed Dawg Water, it must have gotten ugly yesterday.


  26. Edawg

    Never read all that yesterday. Posts like that bore me.



    That’s why I love to read this blog and read the comments almost never. I’d rather not know that I really don’t have anything in common than the fact I love the Dawgs! Lol


  28. Debby Balcer

    Thank you, there are some folks with good football insight that can ruin a thread with their political posts. Sorry to have to be a hall monitor for adults.


  29. SpellDawg

    This makes me sad. I’m one of those guys who enjoys watching the poo fly, I guess. It seems like there are a few “usual suspects” that drag the comments down to personal attacks. Just drop the ban-hammer on them, they’ll shape up.

    What if there was a thread-collapse function? Users who weren’t digging a particular back & forth could just click an icon or something (maybe just click anywhere inside the particular thread) and the initial comment and all follow-ups collapse, no scrolling needed. I’ve already found some code on github, it should be pretty easy to create a wordpress plugin.


  30. Ed Kilgore

    I am a political writer by trade, and one reason I am a Dawgs fan is that it provides me a way to experience some solidarity with people with wildly different political views at a time of peak polarization. Politicization of sites like this spoils that opportunity, so thank you! I’d also add that the bane of comment threads, including and perhaps especially on political sites, is the frequency with which people take them over to undertake irrelevant, redundant, and often very personal disputes. Open threads are the best way to indulge them without screwing up the forum for everyone else.


  31. Mark

    I’ll add my “thanks” to the chorus.


  32. Outside of pure Dawg Porn, I think the best posts and discussions are the ones on the state of the industry in general…….or where we just get to play UGA Athletic Director and come up with (obviously the best) master plan for future facilities.
    /hey at least we here at GTP have a master plan. Amirite?


  33. Texas Dawg

    I had read a little of the thread earlier in the day but did not go back to it. Went back to it today to see what all the fuss was about. Man did that thing go off the rails in a hurry. After the first few post, it was hard to find anything that even remotely related back to the original subject. Glad to see that in the future that kind of crap will get shut down in a hurry. There are way too many snarky comments to be made about opposing coaches and teams to waste it on politics.


  34. This is a good rule of thumb. Sports is sports. It’s supposed to be a respite from the crap of our everyday lives, which now unfortunately includes wall-to-wall politics with Left-this and Right-that. Sports and politics don’t mix. We see this time and time again when we inject politics into sports. It becomes divisive. When we should all be pulling in one direction as Dawgs fans or Falcons fans or whatever, now we’re divided because of something that has nothing to do with what’s happening on the field. And then it bleeds over here where we should just be talking about the ins and outs of the school and team we love. As Offspring once said, “You gotta keep’em separated.” 😏


    • Texas Dawg

      Exactly! Sports is supposed to unite us. Whether you are a Liberal Dawg or Conservative Dawg, we can all agree that Urnge sucks! We need to unite to make sure that anything wearing Urnge should be ridiculed, detested, and if possible eliminated from the face of the earth.


    • Sports and politics don’t mix. We see this time and time again when we inject politics into sports.

      Not to start another pissing match, but we’re just gonna have to agree to disagree on this assertion. Whether it be playing the national anthem before a game, doing military flyovers, or publicly funding billionaire capital projects; sports and politics are inherently intertwined and they were long before you or I became fans and they will continue to be long after you and I leave this Earth.

      That said – I agree with the rest of what you’re saying about rowing in a single direction behind our collective sporting teams.


  35. Tlkdawg

    As for my part in yesterdays sh*tshow, my apologies. I’m not a frequent blogger and probably should have sat that one out.


    • WF Dawg

      We all make mistakes. I try to give a lot of grace because I know how much of it I myself need. FWIW, I think your apology here is refreshing. Finding one in the comment section anywhere is kind of like finding a unicorn.


  36. Gurkha Dawg

    Had a real busy day yesterday and completely missed the shitshow. Just glanced through the comments and am glad I missed it. I hope that I am not thought of as one of the guilty parties. I make the occasional smart ass political comment, but am usually just trying to be funny or needle someone a little. I for one will be happy to abide by the new rules.


  37. Uglydawg



  38. Chickasaw

    Thanks. I don’t comment here a lot myself, but I do peruse others’ words in search of new Dawg insight and info. I’d rather do my politicking elsewhere (which I do, a lot).

    This all reminds me of an observation made by one of my favorite US History profs at UGA (Vipperman). When calling off the Friday class before that year’s Cocktail Bowl (’81, baby!), he explained he liked encouraging spectator sports in light of their key role in bringing together Americans of disparate heritage, background, political views, etc. Gets harder for children of former historic enemies to want to kill each other when they’re both waving Dodgers pennants at the old Ebbets Field.


  39. Morris Day



  40. illini84

    I’ll be happy to back out of it but as soon as it rises I’ll fight back.


  41. Normaltown Mike

    Can we still fight about zone vs man blocking schemes?


  42. Ozam

    Stop the presses. Short popcorn maufacturers…..

    I would be lying if said I didn’t find entertainment value in Derek et. al. rants, but GTP, in the end, is a place to celebrate our love of the Dawgs.


  43. ClocktowerDawg

    Great idea, Senator. I’m sick of hearing about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor.


  44. Faulkner

    I saw the topic of the post and knew exactly where it would end up comment wise so I went right to the next post. Looks like one of my better decisions yesterday.


  45. Idlewild Dawg

    “The Buttercup Lounge”


  46. PerryDawg

    Go Dawgs!


  47. Bob

    Love this. See enough of the political bs everywhere else. You do great job and is why this is by far best UGA blog.


  48. Uglydawg

    I can’t wait ’till tomorrow!
    We’ll see who gets the first post up in “The Playpen”. I probably won’t be awake that early, but I can’t wait …I’m makin’ my list of folks that I want to tell, “GFY”.
    Maybe some of us can even have a spelling contest!


  49. Derek

    Your timing stinks.


    • Got Cowdog

      Aw hell, D. This is Blutarsky’s way of saying “You kids go play in your room” which is a heavily moderated “If you fuckers don’t stop squabbling and fighting I’m going do drop you off on the stoop at the mission and run off with the fuckin’ Carnies. Assholes.”
      Be of good cheer, fellow GTP’ers, the season is nearly upon us! Go Dawgs!


    • PTC DAWG

      Grow up.


  50. 209

    I am not taking any of this shit. I pay way too much.. Oh wait..


  51. Mike Cooley

    I salute you, Senator. Good move. This will make a great blog even better.


  52. Gurkha Dawg

    When I was just a little fellow and would misbehave, my parents would threaten to sell me to the gypsies. Scared the shit out of me. ( They wouldn’t have actually done that would they?)


  53. PTC DAWG

    Good work….thanks for the UGA Football blog.


  54. Macallanlover

    Great idea, hope it works. I expect you will have to implement the timeout a few times to break some long ingrained habits, but should make, almost, everyone’s time more productive. Time for Dawg fans to get focused on football or the Governors will slip up on us!


  55. Mayor

    Senator, as a 10 year poster on this blog I purposely avoided commenting here yesterday to let the dust settle a bit. Given what has transpired I agree with the action you are taking re: giving a wide open thread once a week for everyone to say whatever they want to talk about. But the truth is that the real problem is the incivility of certain posters here. If someone says something substantive a poster disagrees with on the merits–fine. You and I disagree on the venue of the WLOCP and those discussions have always been civil and sometimes humerous. But those particular guys (I’m not saying any names but you and everybody else on GTP knows exactly who they are) attack people personally with the vilest statements, name-calling and innuendo imaginable. They shouldn’t be here–they should be on one of those awful vent-type blogs like Stingtalk. I admit that I myself have responded in kind to some of those attacks and I am not proud of it–I was just not willing to be their punching bag and when necessary I can dish it out better than anyone–I just don’t like to stoop to that level. Why don’t you simply ban THOSE guys? You don’t need to reshape the most successful football blog on the internet. Just getting rid of the bad actors solves the problem. Just sayin.’