Crap, another one of *those* posts

A few years ago, if you’d told me a virus that killed over 100,000 Americans in less than six months would be the most divisive topic ever on this blog, I would have thought you were kidding.  I mean, what could arouse more useless heat that Richtophobe vs. Richtophile?

Shows what I know.

Here’s my problem.  Like it or not, COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on college football and is likely to do so for the foreseeable future.  I can’t ignore it here.  But after watching the avalanche of irrelevant, yet impassioned, takes on yesterday’s post about the possibility of football being postponed until next spring, I realize that some of you have no brakes on the subject.

Sure, there were a few on topic comments, but they were drowned out by a deluge of stat battles, media bashing, political whining and “mine is the superior world view” smugness.  It’s not like there was a single new concept introduced, either.  People seem to think if they say “we have to go live our lives” often enough, the readership here will eventually come around to 100% agreement with them.  That typically isn’t how repetition works, as I observed a few years ago:

Quit grinding things into the ground.  I don’t know how many times I have to say this, but repeating the exact same thing ad nauseam doesn’t win you any converts.  People aren’t growing tired of coming here because they’re intimidated by your towering intellect.  It’s because they know what’s coming and don’t want to see it again.  And again.  If you can’t find an original way to express yourself – and Gawd knows, it’s not like I don’t give you plenty of opportunities to find new angles to analyze the issues – hold your tongue.  Trust me, we won’t forget where you stand.

I don’t care how you live your life (nor should you care how I live mine), and I’ve reached the point where I’ve had enough of watching the comments section go down the toilet like it did yesterday. It’s especially irritating because the Playpen exists for the express purpose of letting y’all have your say to your heart’s content.  For some selfish reason, that’s not enough for some of you.

I came very close last night to instituting a mandatory registration for commenting, which would require you to furnish me with a legitimate email address in order to comment, but I’ve decided on another tack for the time being.

My timeout threat seems to have had a good effect on reducing personal insults, so I’ve decided to expand its purpose.  You go off-topic in a comment thread, you get one Playpen warning.  Do it again and your posting privileges will be suspended.  Don’t take the warning as being specific to whatever subject you broached to generate it; if you go off the reservation, it doesn’t matter which direction you take.

Keep it in your pants until Wednesday seems like a more than reasonable basis for posting here.  If you can’t control yourself, either find a message board where you can coax your mortal enemy into following so you can wank endlessly with yourselves or expect to be shut down here.  I promise you’ll get exactly the respect here for your posts that they deserve.

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42 responses to “Crap, another one of *those* posts

  1. Dang and I was busy all day!

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  2. scottrollins

    Sounds like a day care going on in your comments….

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  3. spur21

    Thank you thank you thank you. I come here to read about and discuss SPORTS not someone’s political tilt in either direction.

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  4. Reverend Whitewall

    Purely a curiosity question – what is the hesitation on requiring registration? I guess I can see how it might cut way down on commenting in general from people who just don’t want to go through the registration process.

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  5. Navin Johnson

    Thank you.

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  6. dawgman3000

    Thank you Senator.

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  7. Salty Dawg

    I think you have been more than fair, Senator. Many times. More times than I would have been! wait – what? No- seriously, thank you for this.

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  8. mddawg

    Not gonna lie, by the time I get halfway down some of the comments sections, I’ve already forgotten what the original post was about. That could just be my own attention deficit problem though…

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  9. vectordawg

    “off the reservation”? Oh you’re gonna get it now! #cancelblutarsky

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  10. mwo

    I appreciate all the work you do here. Every morning before I hit your blog I wonder if this is gonna be the day you say fuck it, I’m done. When I see new material it’s a big sigh of relief. Why can’t I quit you?

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  11. Busta

    Good shit Senator. I’ve been a long time reader because in addition to the post, the comments also provide a lot of insight and perspective. This blog makes most if not all of the other outlets obsolete (for me), except when I want to visit to enjoy seeing how toxic they’re becoming. We aren’t them.

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  12. Go Dawgs!

    I do enjoy the irony of you repeating yourself about the ineffectiveness of repeating oneself.

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  13. Vann

    I love this blog and have for years. I read it over breakfast every morning. I used to look at the comments as well because I enjoyed reading what knowledgeable fans thought. But the respectful back and forth got drowned out, and I eventually quit looking at them. I’ll continue to read you no matter what you do, but I’d love to be able to read the comments again.

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  14. SpellDawg

    I pulled myself out of the black hole suck that was engaging in that thread, but I should have sooner. My wife is a primary educator and Florida is first in the nation going back to school, shit’s getting real real fast in my household.

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  15. practicaldawg

    Can we all agree to channel our visceral anger and hatred at the gators instead of each other?

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  16. Normaltown Mike

    “Keep it in your pants…”

    YEAH, TELL THAT TO BILL CLINTON, LIBTARD!

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  17. Thanks, Senator. I rarely post anymore due to personal attacks.
    One can disagree without being disagreeable.

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  18. Russ

    Mea culpa, Senator. Your house, your rules. I’ll stick to the topics.

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  19. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    While we are discussing policies and procedures, can we give any early morning respite to the loyal overseas GTP dawg readers. Having to wait until lunchtime to get your insights and/or watch Derek and corch go at it… c’est trop stressant!
    Vive les chiens!!!

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  20. NotMyCrossToBear

    Very good.

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  21. Dshillz

    Thank you for your service, Senator. As a Georgian in exile (in MN), I enjoy the opportunity to see what Georgia-connected non-pundits have to say on political topics from time to time.

    One suggestion, at least for brainstorming: maybe consider some positive reinforcement in addition to the timeout warning. E.g. an “award,” bestowed by the Senator, for the thread comment that is most likely to persuade someone who did not previously agree. As opposed to the majority of political commentary these days, which is primarily designed to “own” the other side and harden the position of those who already more or less agree. Call it the “Always Be Crootin” award or something. Its amazing what people will do for imaginary internet validation.

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  22. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Good to go.

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  23. Nashville West

    Thanks Senator. You really shouldn’t have to work this hard to have fun. To quote Crash Davis “Let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK? Fun goddamnit.”

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  24. Morris Day

    Lunchtime reader, by the time I get here, the flames have generally ignited and burned out. Heh, obviously I am in the minority… I tend to enjoy skimming the pissing matches between the usual suspects though I find none of them persuading. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t join the fray nor have any desire to. People are strange.

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  25. Ozam

    I think the overwhelming majority of people on this blog would love to talk and read solely about irrelevant QBR ratings, etc., but unfortunately that does not appear to be in the cards for a while.

    Sports have rapidly become more political and polarizing during the past several months. Unfortunately GTP is not immune.

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  26. I think if we stay away from the Twitterfication on this blog we will all be better served. Kudos on what you do Senator and for standing your ground keeping this site’s uniqueness. It’s what I’ve always liked about it.

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  27. FlyingPeakDawg

    Mark Richt would have won a National Championship by now. (sound of match striking…)

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  28. Anon

    I don’t even log on Wednesdays here anymore because of the playpen. Ridiculous commenting. 6 out 7 days suits me

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  29. BuffaloSpringfield

    Thank you Senator, I heard one Amen close to the front row but the one in the choir didn’t show up. I have always said you do the most efficient job of coverage, even pulling the sheets back on The Open Records act. According to UGA even when a Open Records act when a request is asked of The University of Georgia that said University does not have, the University doe not have to create one “ if it does not exist.” Sometimes you have to fish to find controversial clickbait that podcasters spew out to make a dime. It does not mater who is in the QB room or who’s defensive backs are the countries best if the season is not played. I am not sure I can discern the difference between those who choose to dissuade on each other rather than Love the Dawgs
    So Senator you uncover the covered. Shame we can not agree to disagree and move forward toward USA goals and Dawg goals. Some of your constituents need to meet up in Five Points and Sweet Auburn and settle their discussion there rather than in here they could be cleaning University Avenues Wendy’s parking lot words on here.

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  30. Soupdawg

    Senator
    You need a technological solution to the buffoonery. When the silliness gets too extreme, you need to be able to create a virtual subthread where you can banish the buffoons (as necessary). In this subthread, they can see all of the other comments, as well as their own. However, the rest of us can be spared their inanities .In fact, they would never even know they had been banished. They could continue to respond to the comments they see, and in the absence of other responses, they would think they had won the day.
    For the rest of us, we could continue the original thread’s topic without having to deal with the spam. Of course, I’m not a techxpert, so I can’t tell you how to make this happen…but I bet someone smart could make it happen.

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