Re: Site Feedback/Questions
I don't usually have any issue with closing threads or any of the moderating or moderators for that matter. I think they do a great job and I won't even suggest that is "for the most part", they just do a great job period.
However on ocassion a thread might be locked or threatened to be locked for things that I think are awfully ticky tack. But I don't put that on the moderators so much but with the rules in general. I mean if the rules say a particular topic cannot be discussed in a certain area of the board or even anywhere on the site then I can't begrudge a moderator for enforcing said rule. Sometimes some might feel a moderator is getting a bit carried away with his/her interpretation of a particular rule and that might be a fair point to consider. I know for example we aren't to discuss minor league stuff in the ORG but to an extent one is relevant to the other so we should have some leeway there to hash things out sometimes. For example I was in a thread just earlier and a moderator suggested we get back on point or risk having the thread closed. I could see how the moderator felt like we were getting off the point but I felt like in order to make one point that was relevant to the thread and forum we had to make another point which didn't belong in that forum but was still relevant IMO to the discussion. Now by rule the moderator was well within their rights to lock it up and to be fair again I could see how the mod could see this as a change of topic but I felt like once we put to bed this point it would lead us right back on track of the original discussion. But without that point the original discussion was mostly moot IMO.
But on to my main point I think outlawing if you will a particular subject that is baseball related is extremely tough to swallow. A couple of examples.
Sabermetrics vs. Traditional thinking
Now all 3 of these topics get people heated and rightly so perhaps and really it's not so much about the 1st 2 as it is about the final topic there. But I just don't get the outlawing of discussing, debating or even flat out arguing about any of it. We aren't throwing knives at each other here and we aren't using curse words so what's the problem? Isn't this a place for getting to the bottom of it all? I know there have been posters who have come here with a certain view about baseball and who now have a completely different view or at least an altered view of it. And if it weren't for those heated debates in which people got so wound up that they ultimately did their best analysis/explaining we wouldn't be seeing the rise of intelligent baseball conversation all over the place. Go look at other forums that I know didn't have this type of talk in it when I came here to RZ, now they do. Some small samples of course but it's begun to spread is the point.
As far as I see it Adam Dunn, Stubbs, Sabremetrics and the like must be discussed, at length, ad nauseum and frankly even heatedly. Without that we get no where.