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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Training - and the blog

First, a reminder that training this Thursday is at 5.30 as the Firsts are training from 7.00. If you cannot make 5.30 then... well, come along as soon as you can. On Sunday its training for non-regional trailists (ie. most people) at 10.00am.

Now the blog - or at least the comment sections. We (well, I) have always fought hard to keep the blog open to all - to encourage debate and discussion by anyone because, lets face it, there are very few opportunities for that to happen. Anyone can leave messages. And for two or three years now, apart from a few cases were writers have used inappropriate languag, we have kept to this complete openness. It is but one feature which has kept the blog up there as one of (if not the) most popular UK websites on girls rugby.

But of late one or two visitors from outside the club have really begun to take advantage of this - abusing the system and really not taking any sort of hint to stay within reasonable bounds. Much as we have nothing against criticism in principle, using the blog as a forum to to have a go at the club or its officials, safely hidden behind an alias is not on - especially when the attacks (there is no better word) invariably come from clubs who have not adopted such an policy of openness on their electrionic fora (even supposing they had them) - is getting a beyond reasonable bounds.

For the time being therefore we will be introducing a layer of moderation into these discussion section of the blog. This means that discussions contributions will not appear immediately, but only after they have been approved for publication. Hopefully this will calm things down and encourage the more childish element amongst our wider readership to return to MSN.

To the more grown up majority all I can do is apologise. I still hope that 99% of comments as usual will still appear, just after a short delay maybe.

1 comment:

  1. John
    unfortunately you cannot please all the people all the time. The upside of having a blog is that it is a terrific platform to provide an insight into a club and also make the girls feel as though their acheivements are being recognised.
    The down side is the sniping which appears if people do not agree with decisions made both on and off the pitch.
    Abusive and foul language has no place on any site, and you have to question the mentality of any person who cannot get a point across without using this form of attack.
    This blog is well run and is very informative, I know we log on daily to find out what is going on out there.We have also at times used extracts of your article to get the message across to people.
    Whilst at times it has been openly biased towards Letchworth, that is your right as it is your blog. We would take the same stance. If you cant promote your selves on your own site where can you??.
    It is a shame that it has come to this where every comment has to be approved first, as it becomes the first step to selected censorship where comments that the author may not like may never see the light of day.
    fortunately we havent had to take this step yet as the mindless morons who seem to use abusive language as their native tongue have not yet had reason to vent their thoughts our way.

    I agree with joes comments and also the responce to Joe it is difficult to please everyone and at the end of the day it is the girls that matter no one else!!!!

    Dont let the Buggers(note no profanity needed) grind you down


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