I joined Daily Norseman a couple of years back because this was, (and still is, for 98% of the people here) primarily, not two things:
1) Purple Thoughts over at Scout.com
2) Rube Chat on KFAN.
I firmly believe that if you want to go to the best place on the Internet to debate and discuss the Minnesota Vikings with intelligent fans, this is the place, hands down. If I didn't, I wouldn't have become an admin and contributing writer here. Over the weekend, a couple of really solid members of this community emailed me and said that the tone of this site has taken a pretty ugly turn over the last few months, and that they are about fed up with DN. It's becoming a place we don't want it to be, and a lot of the threads, at least lately, tend to devolve into a 'Lord of the Flies' place that really sucks the fun out of debating the team we all love, the Vikings. And that's my fault as much as anyone elses for not doing a better job of policing.
And it stops.
I'm not here to debate how we got to this point or why we got to this point. We are here. And it's time to put the brakes on this three year old Internet drama bullshit, because that's what it is.
I understand that frustration over what's happened this year can make for a sour outlook on the team, and it's perfectly reasonable to vent those frustrations, but do it in an intelligent 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you' manner. We've had more to talk about this season than any in recent memory.
But some members have become too quick to turn their anger on other members of the community, and that's unacceptable. If somebody posts something you don't agree with, that's fine. You're well within the guidelines of this community to vehemently disagree...WITH THE OPINION, NOT THE POSTER.
Stop with the name calling. If you don't like something that someone says, disagree with what they wrote without turning it in to a personal attack.
Acceptable: That's a lame opinion, because...
Unacceptable: You're a dumbass retard because...
See the difference?
Stop with the grammer police. People mis-spell words all the time. Deal with it.
Game threads get more leeway than regular posts. It's really a raw emotional time, and we all tend to over react when Brett Favre throws another &%$#@%$@ interception. But as pissed off as the Vikings can make you, it's still no place to belittle or insult another poster, who's just as frustrated and pissed off as you are.
Here are the community guidelines. They're pretty cut and dry. Read them. If you've read them before, read them again. And heed them. They're not difficult.
You can help me help you. If you see a comment that you think violates the community guidelines, at the bottom of the comment window is an 'action' link. Click that and you can either 'rec' or 'flag' a comment. If you flag it, a box opens up where you can describe it as spam, troll or inappropriate. No one other than admins can see if you flag a comment. It goes to a section that only admins have access to where that comment is highlighted and we can take action as appropriate. Yes, I've morphed into the all-powerful Oz, but I can't be in every thread at once.
I've locked a couple posts, both in the fanpost section and on the main page. I issue warnings next, unless you get racist or sexist--then you're gone with no warning.
You won't get a second warning.
I've been reluctant to use my vast Interweb powers as an admin here, because that's not my bag, baby. I like to consider myself the happy, benevolent dictator. But from now on, I'm going to go Kim-Jong IL if I have to to ensure we get back to the high standards we all want for DN.