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Tribe Forum Moderation

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Guys, Ben and the other mods have asked me to step in and mod the Tribe forum, and I (perhaps foolishly) agreed. I happen to be on vacation right now with irregular internet access, so at least for the next week or so, please do a guy a favor and try to be decent to each other. For now, here are my thoughts:

1) My "door" -- PM's -- is always open. If anyone has any suggestions or things you believe I should know either in general or because of something specific, shoot me a PM. The last thing I want to do is be a dick and lower the boomstick, so I'll always try to resolve things as nicely as possible first. Even if it is just "here's something you should know if you're taking over as mod", that's great. You guys are the ones who have to make this place work, and most of you know it better than do I.

2) If you have a problem with another poster, try to say it first to them in a non-dickish way. None of that "friendly advice" that is really just another thinly-veiled insult. Passive-aggressive posts, condescension, and baiting as a way of "solving" problems clearly doesn't work even if it makes you feel better momentarily. If any of you see any of your buddies getting a bit out of line in terms of harassing or being demeaning to other posters, try to help us all out and either PM him/her or address it publicly. You guys should be able to police yourselves.

3) There are some fantastic posters in here with incredible knowledge - better than some of the professionals paid to write about this stuff. There also are some more casual fans who don't have that level of knowledge, but still love talking about the Tribe and baseball (and sports) more generally. This forum should be welcoming to any poster who is willing to treat others decently, regardless of their level of knowledge. If someone makes a post you think reveals ignorance, etc.., isn't it actually better to point that out in a friendly "hey, don't know if you're aware, but..." tone? As opposed to "How many times do you have to be told...", etc.. Make yourself look good and improve the forum by adding something positive, not be putting others down. On the other side, if you think someone is trolling and just trying to cause problem, try saying that in a civil tone first. Then let me know if necessary.

4) Some of you are probably aware of this, but there are guys who post on RCF who may have some serious health issues and can't get out a lot. Other may be going through some emotional issues, have some family problems, etc.... Talking with some of you guys here has sometimes helped me through some very difficult personal times -- even if it is just yacking about the Cavs or whatever.

The point is -- this place may be more important than you realize to some fellow posters. The guy you're mocking or who is the target of your dig may be having a rough go of it for reasons the rest of us don't know. I won't try to discourage vigorous debate between guys who like throwing haymakers -- that's also part of being a fan --, but anything that looks like cruelty or targeting will truly piss me off. If you see someone else -- particularly someone with whom you normally agree -- getting out of line, try to help keep them on the right track. A good word from a friend is sometimes much more effective than a scolding from a moderator.

5. Finally, we Tribe fans look to be set up for an incredibly fun pennant chase for the next couple of months. This should be a time when we're all on the same side having a blast, not tearing each other down. So please make this new moderating responsibility of mine completely unnecessary by doing things the right way on your own.

My wife is now yelling at me to "get off that goddamn computer", so I gotta go.
 
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BMAN

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Congrats, glad to have you aboard.
 

Lee

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Guys, Ben and the other mods have asked me to step in and mod the Tribe forum, and I (perhaps foolishly) agreed. I happen to be on vacation right now with irregular internet access, so at least for the next week or so, please do a guy a favor and try to be decent to each other. For now, here are my thoughts:

1) My "door" -- PM's -- is always open. If anyone has any suggestions or things you believe I should know either in general or because of something specific, shoot me a PM. The last thing I want to do is be a dick and lower the boomstick, so I'll always try to resolve things as nicely as possible first. Even if it is just "here's something you should know if you're taking over as mod", that's great. You guys are the ones who have to make this place work, and most of you know it better than do I.

2) If you have a problem with another poster, try to say it first to them in a non-dickish way. None of that "friendly advice" that is really just another thinly-veiled insult. Passive-aggressive posts, condescension, and baiting as a way of "solving" problems clearly doesn't work even if it makes you feel better momentarily. If any of you see any of your buddies getting a bit out of line in terms of harassing or being demeaning to other posters, try to help us all out and either PM him/her or address it publicly. You guys should be able to police yourselves.

3) There are some fantastic posters in here with incredible knowledge - better than some of the professionals paid to write about this stuff. There also are some more casual fans who don't have that level of knowledge, but still love talking about the Tribe and baseball (and sports) more generally. This forum should be welcoming to any poster who is willing to treat others decently, regardless of their level of knowledge. If someone makes a post you think reveals ignorance, etc.., isn't it actually better to point that out in a friendly "hey, don't know if you're aware, but..." tone? As opposed to "How many times do you have to be told...", etc.. Make yourself look good and improve the forum by adding something positive, not be putting others down. On the other side, if you think someone is trolling and just trying to cause problem, try saying that in a civil tone first. Then let me know if necessary.

4) Some of you are probably aware of this, but there are guys who post on RCF who may have some serious health issues and can't get out a lot. Other may be going through some emotional issues, have some family problems, etc.... Talking with some of you guys here has sometimes helped me through some very difficult personal times -- even if it is just yacking about the Cavs or whatever.

The point is -- this place may be more important than you realize to some fellow posters. The guy you're mocking or who is the target of your dig may be having a rough go of it for reasons the rest of us don't know. I won't try to discourage vigorous debate between guys who like throwing haymakers -- that's also part of being a fan --, but anything that looks like cruelty or targeting will truly piss me off. If you see someone else -- particularly someone with whom you normally agree -- getting out of line, try to help keep them on the right track. A good word from a friend is sometimes much more effective than a scolding from a moderator.

5. Finally, we Tribe fans look to be set up for an incredibly fun pennant chase for the next couple of months. This should be a time when we're all on the same side having a blast, not tearing each other down. So please make this new moderating responsibility of mine completely unnecessary by doing things the right way on your own.

My wife is now yelling at me to "get off that goddamn computer", so I gotta go.
Quality is really down, they will apparently let anyone moderate these days.
 

Phil Mixtape

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The fact that any of this even had to be articulated by a mod on this forum is sad. Grown men bickering on a message board when, in the end, every single person on here is a Cleveland sports fan. I'm a new poster but yeah, i've always liked this board because to me it's like an island separate from all the other nonsense on the internet i.e. facebook, insta. espn, etc. Let's keep it together guys . . .
 

Connor

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Isn't it great to have a need for a moderator in the Tribe forum?? Learking is my specialty and I want to contribute my 2 cents, but, sometimes I feel its better to bite my tongue.... because conveying my thoughts through typing inst a strong point of mine. (for instance it has taken me 10 minutes to get to this point).

I really wanna bring my absolute love of The Cleveland Indians to the table but sometimes after reading some reactions to opinions outside of the majority, equals total obliteration.

I say us as a group of baseball lovers, lets enjoy this season because personally its been one of my favorite and defiantly very entertaining!
 

Norm

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Pennant chase? We're 9-7
 

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