Re: Let's all take a deep breath (everyone please read)
To address some of the issues of this thread:
--Seperate boards: I was against this when it was proposed and I'm still opposed. I think everyone should be allowed to post freely and segregating people only leads to resentment or a 'kiss-butt' attitude designed to get 'called-up' (which is a totally silly concept).
--Mods: sorry but, personally, I don't think the mods on this board do a particullarly good job. There are certain mods on this board that abuse and break the rules consistantly but are never disciplined for it. They come to think of themselves as 'bullet-proof' and get even more out of line with their responsibilities. Someone else suggested that there be term-limits on their authority and I would certainly support that.
--Rep system: I didn't like it when it was proposed and I still don't like it. I feared it would lead to abuse by certain groups and, IMO, it has. It should be eliminated all together.
--Game thread: I was hopeful that creating a game thread in ORG would lead to a thread that would be primarily comments about the action on the field. While it has gotten better, it still contains too many inane, frivioulous comments. It's still treated like a chat room so my suggestion is this: it's treated like a chat room so move it to the chat room and make it available there and only there. Let the use fit the location.
--Stats vs. Opinion: By nature of the medium, stats seem more viable when posted on the internet because they are posted in 'black and white' and are finite. Opinion, OTOH, is more fluid and not easily expressed in finite terms. We've seen things like, 'I like his range to his left but not his right' being disputed by someone quoteing a stat to back up his opposition to the statement. Frankly, the opinion may be more correct, or they may actually both be in agreement and simply expressing the same viewpoint in different manners but black and white numbers, in this medium, will always seem more creditable (even if they are not). Some people trust their observation and some people trust the numbers. Their opinions, based upon the tool(s) they use are not necessarilly different. However, because stats appear in a very finite, definitive form there is a bias by some and they tend to dismiss observation as not being valid. When somone says 'back it up with numbers' they haughtily dismiss someones observation as not being valid simply because they use a different tool to form an opinion.