A note about commenting

Published: January 2, 2010

There have been many strong opinions and disagreements in the comments recently, with some commenters being called out for various reasons. I want to take a minute and address the issue.

A few things:

  • Calling someone an idiot because they disagree with you or say something you don’t want to hear is just plain lazy. Take a minute and explain your opposing view. If you can’t do that, then best not to respond at all.
  • I suspect that many of you who get upset in the comments do so not because you disagree with points that have been made, but because there is an element of truth to them that you’d rather not acknowledge.
  • Gloating (e.g. “I told you so!”) gets you nowhere. People will label you arrogant rather than a genius. Give yourself a quiet pat on the back and move on.
  • Don’t question another commenter’s fanhood. Again, I feel that’s a lazy response. It doesn’t even matter if someone is or isn’t a “real Hornets fan,” however you might define that. Some of the best insights come from people outside of New Orleans who might only catch a handful of games each season.
  • Repeating the same points over and over gets annoying. It’s no fun seeing old arguments popping up repeatedly in the comments, and I have to wonder if some people do that just to ruffle a few feathers.

I’d ask that everyone — yes, everyone — please step their game up when it comes to commenting. The comments are there for people to engage in mature and responsible discussion. You don’t have to agree with everyone else, but please respect them.

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