Originally Posted by captainmorgan07
As a veteran here i've seen this forum the old way and the new way. Gamethreads became very very very negative during the old rules. A change was needed. Now whether they changed things for the good or bad i will not comment.
I think the site owners also have to be pretty realistic about which team is being covered here too, and realize WHY its negative. It's not like people here are complete a-holes. Well, there may be a few who are consistently negative no matter what. This is a Reds board - not a Red Sox board. While they have the luxury of discussion which multi ten million free agent they're going to sign next, and how far they think they'll go in a playoffs, we definitely do not. Reds haven't been to the playoffs for 13 YEARS!
The Reds haven't had a winning season the past 7 YEARS!
Having a negative attitude is basically a requisite of being a Reds fan anymore, we've seen enough losing to last an eternity. I'm not a Bengals fan, but I'm guessing most here are, so that's probably double tough for those fans. I'm a 49ers fan and 7 of the last 9 years have been losing seasons and 2002 was the last time they made the playoffs, so I feel equal in that frustration too with the Bungals fans.
The point? It's really hard not to get fed up with the same thing every single year. I can see where the site owners are coming from not liking the negativity. If you run a site you see the same thing over and over again every day and you just want to shut people up, but you can't change the opinion of a jaded fanbase. Whenever this team becomes a true contender, I bet it suddenly turns into a lot happier place. There's no substitute for winning.