before I go any further with this post – please do me a favour and read the comment policy. If you haven’t read it before, you need to do it now, and even if you have, a refresher can’t hurt.
You don’t need to tell us here at Arseblog News that this has been a difficult season so far, and in general there have been a lot of difficulties and challenges for Arsenal fans to face in recent times. However, as much as welcome your comments and we encourage active discussion of the stories, we have to ensure that those interactions adhere to the comment policy.
Of late, we have noticed a growing toxicity between commenters, and also the tone of some comments, and ultimately that reflects on us as the people who run the site. It’s impossible for us to police every single comment, but we do our best to deal with issues and problems as we see them.
As of today, there are over 1500 IP addresses, phrases, email addresses and usernames in our moderation list. One of the consequences of that is people who do not break any rules sometimes get caught up in it, and while we’re sorry for that and we do our best to moderate comments as quickly and often as we can, there may be a delay in your comment being posted.
Discussion and debate are part of football fandom. Disagreements and differences of opinion are important, and all are welcome here, but please, consider the following:
Have an open mind
Discuss differences of opinion, don’t make them a point of conflict. You don’t have to agree, nor do you have to convince anyone you’re right and they’re wrong. Sometimes you can just accept somebody thinks differently.
You don’t have to like it, but count to 10 and ask yourself if your reply is going to be in any way productive or useful.
We’re all grown ups
This isn’t a kindergarten. Speak to others the way you’d like to be spoken to. Name-calling and personal abuse of any kind will see you put into the moderation queue – or completely banned, depending on the severity.
Also, don’t give us the ‘free speech’ or ‘censorship’ nonsense. Go buy a bullhorn and shout at passers-by in the local park about Arsenal. Nobody’s stopping you, but commenting here is allowed at our discretion.
Don’t be a dick
It’s very simple. Think about someone you know who is a dick. We all know someone. Don’t be like them.
As you type away, ask yourself ‘Would Bukayo Saka – the nicest young man alive – post this?’, and if the answer is no, maybe think about how it is you want to get your opinion across.
It’s annoying enough out there
There’s a lot to deal with in the world right now, so don’t contribute to making this place as toxic as it is out there. We all need an escape, somewhere to talk about our favourite football team – even if they do frustrate us – and everyone has to play their part.
We will do our best to ensure that those unwilling to respect the rules can’t mess things up any further, because we want this to be a place where fans can come, read good stuff, chat with other fans, and so on, but everyone can do their bit.
As always, thanks for reading/listening/commenting and everything else. There’s a lot of intelligent discussion and some genuinely hilarious stuff in the comments here (among some other stuff in fairness), and we don’t want that to be spoiled for anyone.
We’ll do our best to keep on top of things, and if you guys can play a small part in that too it’ll make all our lives easier.
Thanks again. Andrew.