LGW has pointed out that this team has been without an identity since Lidstrom retired (or around then, more or less). With the influx of these kids, all of whom know how to skate, I think its safe to say that the organization is fully embracing a fast game as the team's new identity. The coaches have changed the game plan to embrace this, it seems, with an emphasis on hard forechecks, and even giving defense the green light to carry the puck through the neutral zone, and playing more aggressive on offensive zone pinches.
In Buffalo that is. And while the Wings are in town.Congrats to Dom. And pretty cool that it will be with the wings, a few of his fellow players can enjoy the experience. I still remember the night the wings announced that they traded for Dom. I yelled, "the Wings just won the cup".
Holy crap, there were a lot of Leafs fans there last night. I usually like it when Leafs fans show up - they get the Joe rockin', but there were some trolls in my section. I was a little overly joyful they had to make the trek home disappointed.
Leafs' defense played extremely well last night. I'm not surprised we struggled to score. I wasn't thrilled when they pulled the trap out of the old bag of tricks a few times, but their backchecking was nothing short of stifling. Wings played very unevenly - moments of brilliance along with moments of WTH, but a surprisingly good 0-0 game through 3.
I wouldn't mind seeing Phaneuf choke on a Timbit sometime soon though.
There have been a few members promoted to Mod in the last few years that surprised me. Surprised me to the point to where I PM'd Matt and asked how much money I had to send him to be a Mod because __________ obviously paid him to be one.
This never happened. I checked, because getting a PM that puts a $ figure on the management decisions made on this site is a monstrous slap in the face and something I would've absolutely remembered if it, you know -- actually happened.
My brother was perma banned 2 years ago because he told a mod he was "being a nazi", because he made a post about how refs were a holes and used it to vent his frustrations about something that happened in game that the mod didn't agree with. He contacted matt about this and said it was personal and matt simply said "I trust my mods, sorry".
There is no single faster way to get yourself perma-banned on this site (other than being a 1st-post blatant troll) than directly insulting the moderators on here. It's surprising how many people feel a persecution complex and think it's a personal vendetta when they have a posted edited/deleted. Now, this may sound harsh: You're not that important. Really.
Now that that's out of the way... Moderating is an absolutely thankless job. It has been stated continuously that you simply cannot keep everyone happy. It's an accepted fact. What Harold, vladdy, MB, Jedi et al have stated is absolutely true. Every thread that gets removed, every post, gets moved to a special sub-forum within the moderator forum. It's all there. There's discussion on how to handle certain situations that come up if disciplining a member might be required. They volunteer their free time to help keep the ship righted. I'm immeasurably indebted to them for doing so.
I've also stated repeatedly that I have absolutely no problem with dissenting opinions on this site -- it is what makes for a diverse community. Let's face it, no one wants to have the forum turn into one giant circlejerk where everyone agrees with each other and it's all lollipops and ponies.
Now this may come as a surprise, but:
I do reply to PMs. Yes, I'm incredibly busy day-to-day, but I do make time and I do get notified. Now, if you have a concern about the moderating or another poster, just let me know. Be an adult about it, and I reciprocate. "THANKS FOR THE POLICE STATE!!1!" PMs will be summarily ignored (you know who you are). It is very rare I get PMs relating to something like this at all. I'm not the boogieman.
I have reversed moderating decisions. Now, it doesn't happen often, but it does. You know how that dialog gets started? PM me. Moderators make mistakes. I make mistakes. We're not above rectifying them.
I do want your feedback! There are good reasons that this site has been around for over 18 years now -- this baby is already heading off to college. It's been built upon that sense of community, of taking care to listen to the suggestions and concerns that the members here share, and by a fantastic moderating crew.
The last thing I'd want this site to become is over-moderated. I'd love it if the site didn't even need any. Anyone that knows me on here knows I'm all for no curse filter, some good animated banter that doesn't get personal, etc.. But I don't want comment spam. I don't want flame wars. I don't want cursing just for the sake of it.
I'd like to think of this place as a virtual sports bar, with each of you pulled up on your own stool, with a cold beer in your hand and a hearty rant about the values of CORSI and Jimmy Howard's SV% on Saturday afternoon games during Leap Years when Mike Emrick is calling the game and Babcock is wearing his McGill tie at the tips of your fingers. Don't take it too seriously, and enjoy it in a manner that contributes to make the site better for everyone.
I think some threads get closed to early. For example, I bumped the Howard = Average thread today - mostly bc I was being a, how did the OP put it? little **** - and that bump understandably got removed. However, had I bumped it for good/healthy reasons I think it should have stayed up. A lot of these threads evolve into interesting discussions even though they may technically be off topic. I guess I'm trying to say maybe let some of those go for a while instead of just saying "this can be talked about somewhere else".
It's the ones that are like "Goodbye, I'll be back in the fall" or "Hey its fall, I'm back" that I think should be taken down swifter. They are not legit topics IMO and don't really contribute anything constructive.
Also, this is probably never going to happen, but BRING BACK NEGS. It was easier to just not get involved when I knew a poster was already well on one side of the fence or just generally disliked.
Lastly, I know I haven't always been the most respectful to you Harold, or some of the other Mods. But I truly respect what you guys do here, and it's why, despite how bad things can get, I haven't bolted for Reddit or HFboards. I know if I was a moderator here LGW really would need tinfoil hats to protect themselves from my Nazi-agenda.
Predsfan? HERESY BANNED ON SIGHT. Fighting is dumb? BAN-SLAM. We should tank for X-player? RICHDG BANNED "I think guys with a 7 in their number are the best players?" 9 LIFETIME BANS.
Matt, just one question? Can you bring back any of the following posters?
Crymson (no, seriously)
fat guy in a maltby jersey
I miss the villains/foils/heels (you may call them trolls) that kept things interesting and entertaining. It seems much more serious and a bit neutered lately. The curse filter added to that sentiment too, but of course the state of the team hasn't helped either.