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Comment Sections and BlogExchange

A couple housekeeping items I wanted to keep people apprised of, what I am thinking in the comment section, as well as the latest bugs in blogger that had been keeping any new additions from being added to the Feait 212 BlogExchange.

Comment Section
First of all, I have been reading and re-reading all the comments and emails that were sent in regarding the comment section on the site. What does stick out the most, is that so many of you really do care about the comment section. It's rare to get so many emails and comments on a single subject, so the topic has been one that I have been considering carefully. To remove the comment section does a lot to negate any sense of community (for good and bad), so is definitely not the way to go.

Not only that, but the comments I have been reading have taken a few steps back from the severe over the last so many days since the article.

Here are the things that have been hitting my nerves when it comes to the comment section.
-personal attacks, name calling, etc. It doesn't really matter if someone deserves it or not, there is no reason for conversation to devolve into what was occurring.

-threats. We had several instances of real threats of physical violence towards other readers. I try and skim through the comment section and remove these quickly, but I can't always get to them in a timely manner. Threats, whether serious or not, are really unacceptable.

-having to delete comments. I don't like deleting or removing comments. The worst for me personally are when someone spends a lot of time and effort laying out their thoughts, and then ends it in slander against another reader. I can't edit out segments of a comment, and wiping out all that effort really just guts me. Or when a comment turns into a whole long run of negative replies and name calling. I have wiped out whole conversations because of that, which again often included those that were not part of the problem.

-accidental deletions. Yea, I have done it, as it really just takes a couple clicks and its gone. Especially when I am deleting other comments, I have removed comments several times over the years that were accidental.

So long story short. The comment sections have been looking a lot better. I am looking into other programs that will include better control over the comment section, but right now in the short term, I am going to leave them as is. Don't be surprised if I change it up in the next few months or so.

Also thank you to everyone who gave their input on the comment section. Its hard to reply to all the emails that came in on the subject, but I want everyone to know that I read all of them, and appreciate the responses.


Faeit 212 BlogExchange
There has been a recent bug lately with blogger that prevented the addition of any new sites to the Exchange. This has just been fixed by Google, so if you recently sent in your site to join the Exchange, I will start getting caught up here shortly. (There were quite a few new sites lining up to join).
















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39 Comments

  1. We all need to adult when it comes to comments. I've been less than stellar at times, apologies for that. Thank you Natfka for all the hard work, and thank you to everyone who comments on here :) I enjoy discussion of our hobby.

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  2. That's the result I was hoping for, it's fun getting excited and sharing cool ideas and theories about what might happen, it's not so cool reading pedantic and insulting arguments. Hopefully everyone will respect your decision.

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  3. Thanks Natfka!
    I really appreciate all your hard work and do feel that FAEIT212 is the best dang place on the interweb!

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  4. It's good to hear that you care about the comments issue so much. Idea sharing, if nothing else, has been largely rewarding. Thanks for all your efforts.

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  5. There are a few people who spoil it for everyone. I used to be pretty active on here. Would chip in with my thoughts and ideas and would often receive a torrent of abuse. I don't hide behind a blogger name whilst the abusers often did. So quite simply I stopped commenting on the site. I would instead discuss rumours and thoughts with my real world friends. Something I suspect the trolls lack.

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    1. if i had real life friends i would literally do a rain dance. but nope. no friends. never had a friend 100% legit true story. most of the communication i do is here with you guys in the comment section, or via twitter or pointlessly on facebook. but it sure must be nice having friends.

      trolling sure doesn't compensate for real life interaction with real people with similar interests. i know. i have tried and failed.

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    2. In my experience, tall goblins are sometimes mistaken for trolls, and many different things live under bridges, some of which have friends. I think we really need a properly qualified wildlife expert to tell us whether trolls have friends, possibly someone who has lived with trolls in the wild.

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    3. Michael Daly: nope. pfft why would i be.

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  6. Sumtimz da nob haz ta wack sum eds togefa to keep da lads in orda.

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    1. You splainin' fings again ya git? Quit mukkin' about an' fight!!!

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    2. Aint splainin, Iz tellin. Git bak in yer box an shut it right. yer dirti grot.
      Itz arite fer da ladz to grumble, datz wot da boys do.
      but wen dey attack each uvver steada da nob, deyz weak lik a grotty blud ax. Tuff wen dey der sneakin up on em, scared lil snots when deyz close enuf to wack.

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    3. 'ang on a squig...i thunk Natfka wuz a warboss not a nob. It takez a warboss ta lead a mob dis size.

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    4. 'ang on anutha squig, youz got'z a problem wiv us blud axes?! You'z tink we'ze a bunch's cowardly grotz do ya, well watch out wen youz muckin about...ya just mite find a choppa in ya 'ead. :)

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    5. yer yer yapping iz chep. yer meen da back off da head. youze real tuff idin in da bushes. Don mak me walk ova der, coz me legs ar tired.
      Natfka doezet do enuf yelln to be da bawz, Natfka is da ork on da soap bawx. Ang on, Wot in Mork iz soap[.

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  7. This by far my most visited site on the 40k network. Glad to see the comments are staying, but definitely consider the community to aid in moderation in the future natfka! You shouldn't be punching your heart with worry over the comment section. You've got drop zone to paint!

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    1. No community mods, thats an impossible tightrope to walk.

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  8. Thank you Natfka, keep up the good work!

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  9. Very sensible decision, I apporove. Some moderation will go a long way towards improving the quality of the discussion here.
    While I personally would consider a threat of violence made against me on the internet as nothing but hilarious I can easily see why some people would get uncomfortable about that. Furthermore, it does poison the climate of a discussion that may already be strained even further.
    As for accidental deletions and the like, I'd say that's just collateral. Not really worth worrying over. After all, the comment section, while fun and all, is hardly filled with irreplaceable insights, now is it?
    Well, certainly not within my posts, I guess. ^_^

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  10. Thanks for keeping is appraised, Nat :]

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  11. Thanks to Natfka. But also thanks got to those who've listened and moderated themselves. I do enjoy the give-and-take from the usuals here on the site, but it was getting a little tiresome.

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  12. I had to delete a blog due to bugs so totally understand. I've emailed my new blog site to you.

    As to comments, I hope people can be civil.

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  13. Glad to hear it! I don't often comment myself...but I do read through them quite often.

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  14. your the boss. i respect your decision. i will attempt to abide by set forth standards. as others have said thanks.

    note: yep i talk alot of crap. i will limit it from now on for the betterment of all especially this here fine establishment.

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  15. You say all this and are taking a stand but you are still doing business with Recce and Frontline Gaming even after I emailed you their severely offense conduct. Care to explain?

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    1. Not really.
      Doing business is a misconception on the relationship between Reece and I. We had conversations about it, behind the scenes, and that is where those will stay.

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  16. We the community should help by self policing the comments and call out when a problem exists. I love the comments section and I'm glad your keeping it. It's down to us to stop it from returning to old ways .... Good news there staying :)

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  17. We the community should help by self policing the comments and call out when a problem exists. I love the comments section and I'm glad your keeping it. It's down to us to stop it from returning to old ways .... Good news there staying :)

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  18. I also think that Blogger must have issues once the number of comments gets up around 200-300. That's when I've had trouble with comments I've posted vanishing, and I'll have them disappear - reappear - disappear over a number of hours after they're made. Actually saw that happen on the last comment article, too.

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  19. This site is my favourite on the whole interweb and I find the community here to be fantastic generally. I think that the problems generally arise when people let too much negative emotion bleed through into their posts and for me the name calling and personal attacks are counterproductive and a waste of time. If someone attempts to troll or infuriate you be the bigger man - laugh it off sayeth this humble fool.

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