Roy, did I start the threads about Religion and the Trevnor Martin. Did I start two dozen threads about Chickengate. Do I start the ten BS threads each day from Bill-806. I have started about ten threads per week about baseball and often they provide a link to an article that I found informative. Such threads don't get read because the majority of the forum would prefer that I start a thread about Yankee injuries. Those threads get the most action because of the number of Yankee fans here and their appetite to engage into a pizzing contest. Those threads draw Zac, TWM, NHSteven, Babe, and Jessey like cow flop draws flies. Who knows the new Beni might even be a Yankee fan and such threads keep them entertained. Threads about the Sox prospects, their farm, and Red Sox players draw few responses. You must be aware of this fact. How about the Caption threads, why are they more popular than responding to threads from Moonslav, Bommerang, RKarp, Katz, and UK-Tom. Why - is it because of the peanut gallery preference stated by Examiner in the OP. Yes, sounds like the barker in front of the Fun House on the carnival midway " Come to the Fun House folks, everyone has fun at the old Fun House". All the kiddies arrive and can't get their fill of it. After all that is what the forum is for so say the above folks.
Posted by lowelll
I wasn't going to jump back in, but I'm waiting for some friends to come to go biking, so I figured I'd kill some time.
First, I don't mind the occasional non-baseball threads. If you don't like them, don't go to those threads. I have broad interests, so it's fun to discuss something else occasionally w/o going to another board. They really don't pop up as often as you think, and when they do, they're usually in dead times.
Second, the so-called chickengate issue was a legitimate topic, even if many posters went over the top. Hot topics tend to get multiple threads.It's unfortunate that some posters feel the need to start new threads instead of commenting on an existing one, but it is what it is.
And yes, Bill's schtick does get old at times. He's always near the line of being a strong poster and a joke, and does cross the line now and then. He does deserve a figurative slap at times when you come here and there are seven or eight threads on the front page that he started close together. And while some are stupid and are deserving of ridicule, they are baseball/Red Sox related and most importantly, many of them do lead to interesting discussions.
While there are many times where I just roll my eyes at Bill's posts and want to tell him to get a grip, this board is stronger with him here than without him.
Third, if you do start 10 threads a week on baseball topics, great. It seems high -- you post so often as the message board police that it's hard to notice other posts -- but then again, I don't pay attention too much to who starts threads.
Yesterday (Sunday), there were quite a few baseball related threads -- some good ones. You didn't show up on any of them except one where you didn't post anything related to the thread.
And how do you know your threads aren't being read. Just because there aren't a lot of follow-up posts, it doesn't mean that the thread isn't being read. This board only tallies posts, not views (like some other boards do.)
Fourth, you're overstating the perceived problem of legitimate threads not being viewed or discussed. Sure, some don't get many posts but others do. Part of it is that there are a lot more good threads started than you think. Threads like the caption threads, which don't draw as many responses as you think, are a fun diversion. For everyone one thread like those, there are 10 to 20 threads on on the Sox. And let's face it, many of the issues on the Sox have been discussed many times, so when one of those threads pop up, it's something new.
Fifth, as for the Yankees stuff. Again there are some good threads and some stupid ones. I rarely post on any of them unless something strikes me -- as we all are. For the most part, this board does have something for everyone. It has plenty of topics for good discussion, it has some fun mindless diversions, it has stupid threads and inflamatory threads.
Finally, that you feel the need to be the board police shows you're not interested in being part of the solution -- if one is needed. While some revel in their identity as being Francona bashers, Ellsbury bashers, yankee bashers, or whatever, you revel in you identity as being a board policeman.
If you're serious about the "problem" as you see it and have stated in numerous posts, then you wouldn't start threads like this or comment on other threads on whether or not the topic or poster is "worthy" of a response. Just focus on the many serious topics that are on the board and ignore the rest. It ain't rocket science.
You rail about posters starting non-baseball threads and posters who aren't interested in serious discussion and how it turns this into a bad board, yet 90 percent of your postings are just like that. It becomes a self-fulling prophecy.
You at the forefront into turning the board into something you're supposedly against. If you can't see that, well, you're not stupid, so the only conclusion is that you want to be the kind of poster you claim to be against.
There are so many posts on this thread, I guess we need one of your other identies to come tell us that you're not really serious about what your posting -- that you're just baiting us.