Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1

    Things I Like About This Board (and rant about thread retitlings)

    Like many of us, I have been looking at alot of bulletin boards in the wake of both the UVa loss and the Miami win. For the most part, doing so has made me appreciate this BB so much more.

    Things I am thankful for:

    1. For the most part, thoughtful posts which try not to be rude or inflammatory. We may be drinking when we post, but we must hold our liquor better!
    2. No stupid icons/photos with our names, taking up bandwidth and distracting from content (and making the posters seem a little stupid alot of the time).
    3. For the most part, people don't go overboard cutting and pasting and repeating and cutting and pasting and repeating other people's comments, each time they respond, such that you can't even find the train of thought anymore.
    4. Mods that keep us relatively on topic
    5. Respect for our opponents (at least most of the time -- when they deserve it).

    Like all things good in life, there are things we wish were better:

    1. Sometimes, posters on this BB are so pollyanna-ish that people cannot post legit concerns or criticisms. Its occasionally refreshing to see the Scout board where someone will "call out" a poor performance and not get flamed. Or even just vent a little frustration.

    2. I wish some of our threads would get closed and new ones started when something changes, rather than just re-titled. The problem with re-titling is that you don't know how far to go back to get the "new" news.

    But as you can see, my list of things I am thankful for are a WHOLE lot longer and more meaningful. Thanks DBR!

  2. #2
    I agree with most of this. I've been coming here for quite awhile - visiting for years before becoming a member - and I have come to expect much more rational discussion here than any other site that I visit.

    The mods do the yeoman work here, and I, for one, appreciate that they tend to hedge on the side of decency and sanity rather than allowing any and all comments. If you want an "anything goes" message board, there are more than enough venues for that. This board is generally a safe haven for enthusiasm, analysis, and insight without the overflow of negative commentary and emotional outbursts.

    I do get frustrated when season-ending losses lead to a locked board for 24 hours or so, but a quick tour around other sites will remind you quickly why it is done.

    Here's to hoping for no locked board this month, and a superior end to the season. We have so many reasons to be optimistic going into tournament time.

    Go Duke!
    Last edited by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15; 03-04-2013 at 07:11 PM. Reason: **Interesting tidbit - tomorrow is my 5 year anniversary as a board member! Happy birthday to me

  3. #3
    scottdude8's Avatar
    scottdude8 is offline Contributor, Zoubek disciple, and resident Wolverine
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Toronto
    Quote Originally Posted by 78Devil View Post

    1. Sometimes, posters on this BB are so pollyanna-ish that people cannot post legit concerns or criticisms. Its occasionally refreshing to see the Scout board where someone will "call out" a poor performance and not get flamed. Or even just vent a little frustration.
    I agree strongly with your analysis here, but particularly with this point. I love DBR, but there have been times where I've seen someone who tries to start a thoughtful and logical discussion about a player's struggles or a particularly unintelligible coaching move and said person gets flamed (this has happened to me as well as seeing it happen to others). Someone can love Duke and Duke Basketball and our players while still criticizing them in an attempt to spark rational and respectful debate and discussion.

    That being said, such a frustration is a quibble in the broad sense of things, but I hope you bringing this up can perhaps lead to a constructive discussion about how we can make this already great board better.
    Scott Rich on the front page

    Trinity BS 2012; University of Michigan PhD 2018
    Duke Chronicle, Sports Online Editor: 2010-2012
    K-Ville Blue Tenting 2009-2012

    Unofficial Brian Zoubek Biographer
    If you have questions about Michigan Basketball/Football, I'm your man!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Keeping it positive, I can think of two more things:

    * The main forum is fairly active around the clock, even past midnight PST, which is unusual.
    * There is a surprising lack of spam and bot-work among new entries and threads. It's either a great filter or ridiculously prompt cleanup. Kudos.

  5. #5
    I like the snacks!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Undisclosed
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain_Devil_91_92_01_10 View Post
    I agree with most of this. I've been coming here for quite awhile - visiting for years before becoming a member - and I have come to expect much more rational discussion here than any other site that I visit.

    The mods do the yeoman work here, and I, for one, appreciate that they tend to hedge on the side of decency and sanity rather than allowing any and all comments. If you want an "anything goes" message board, there are more than enough venues for that. This board is generally a safe haven for enthusiasm, analysis, and insight without the overflow of negative commentary and emotional outbursts.

    I do get frustrated when season-ending losses lead to a locked board for 24 hours or so, but a quick tour around other sites will remind you quickly why it is done.

    Here's to hoping for no locked board this month, and a superior end to the season. We have so many reasons to be optimistic going into tournament time.

    Go Duke!
    Sucking up to the Mods won't help. They are way too smart, sophisticated, and downright decent to fall for such blatant kissbuttetry.


    ;-)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Charlottesville, VA
    I like the BBQ, if such a word can be uttered here...

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    raleigh
    not much BBq in here...mostly pig covered in vinegar.....
    "Either they're going down, or we are! Kirk out!"

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arlington, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    I like the snacks!
    Wait--there are snacks?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Asheville
    Quote Originally Posted by moonpie23 View Post
    not much BBq in here...mostly pig covered in vinegar.....
    C'mon over to Texas, then. We don't serve no stinkin' vinegar or sweet sauce.

    ricks

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area
    Quote Originally Posted by 78Devil View Post
    Like many of us, I have been looking at alot of bulletin boards in the wake of both the UVa loss and the Miami win. For the most part, doing so has made me appreciate this BB so much more.

    Things I am thankful for:

    ...

    Like all things good in life, there are things we wish were better:

    1. Sometimes, posters on this BB are so pollyanna-ish that people cannot post legit concerns or criticisms. Its occasionally refreshing to see the Scout board where someone will "call out" a poor performance and not get flamed. Or even just vent a little frustration.

    2. I wish some of our threads would get closed and new ones started when something changes, rather than just re-titled. The problem with re-titling is that you don't know how far to go back to get the "new" news.

    But as you can see, my list of things I am thankful for are a WHOLE lot longer and more meaningful. Thanks DBR!
    Thanks for the kind words (removed for brevity). As to concern #1, we have a policy specifically against venting. You can share concerns, but please keep them constructive. It's way too easy to tear people down on a board. We may overemphasize this point, but it's one we believe i

    For #2, if you click the "new" button next to a thread, it will jump you down to the first post in the thread you haven't read - so long as you're logged in when you read. It remembers between devices, too.

    (Oh, and to those who want to worship other foodstuffs mistakenly called BBQ, god help you.)

    -jk

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Summit County, Colo.
    Quote Originally Posted by 78Devil View Post
    2. I wish some of our threads would get closed and new ones started when something changes, rather than just re-titled. The problem with re-titling is that you don't know how far to go back to get the "new" news.
    This is nothing compared to the United Airlines board on FlyerTalk, a place I used to live.

    There are usually very good reasons why thread titles are changed, and if nothing else I think we're pretty consistent on when injury/game threads are closed and how threads are named.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Deeetroit City
    Kudos to the mod that retitled the thread

Similar Threads

  1. The "Happy Things so We Forget the First Round Loss" thread
    By FerryFor50 in forum Elizabeth King Forum
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-18-2012, 04:55 PM
  2. Kendall Marshall McD thread on Hoya board
    By jhole in forum Elizabeth King Forum
    Replies: 51
    Last Post: 02-26-2010, 01:37 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •