Whenever I do teach my blogging classes, I always talk about how your community reflects you. So if you're a Negative Nelly, your commenters will probably be negative as well. Of course, its a little more complicated than that, but the truth is that the blogger has to set the standard for the site.
I've noticed that things have been getting a little salty in the comments recently. Or maybe they always were and I chose not to notice. Either way, I'd like to ask everyone to dial it back on the notch on the cursing and inappropriate stuff. What qualifies as inappropriate? You know it when you see it.
This goes for me too. I think I've been a little fast and loose with the language recently, mostly thanks to national "experts" voicing their opinions on Syracuse University. I'll do my best.
What I love about this site is that any Syracuse fan can come here and feel comfortable joining the conversation. Whether they're male, female, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Norwegian, straight, gay, young, old, Juggalo, Non-Juggalo, rich, poor, liberal or conservative, all Syracuse fans are welcome here. We only see one color...orange.
And if you're not Syracuse Orange...we hate you.*
At the end of the day, you guys are bouncers at the Double Duece and I'm Dalton (obviously).
All you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it's absolutely necessary. And three, be nice. If somebody gets in your face, I want you to be nice. Ask him to walk. Be nice. If he won't walk, walk him. But be nice. If you can't walk him, one of the others will help you, and you'll both be nice. I want you to remember that it's a job. It's nothing personal. I want you to be nice until it's time to not be nice.
And when it's time to not be nice, let me know and I'll be the not nice one.
Thanks, folks. Now everyone join hands and we'll each take turns trust-falling into one another's arms.
*not true. Well, mostly...