|Settle in, Prof. IMG is about to give a condescending lecture|
Hey, everyone. Hope you had a nice weekend. Look, we all know what's been going on lately. The number of good comments is way down, and there are an ever-increasing number of burner trolls. I don't want to throw out unfounded accusations, but I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of the burner trolls are actually former DS commenters trying to torch the new comment section, because there just hasn't been enough time for a mass troll migration from Yahoo! to Deadspin yet. So, a very special fuck you to all those guys who get a kick out of ruining things for those of us still trying to make the best of things.
I've had some good friends who are legendary Deadspin commenters tell me they're done commenting and, while I don't take the threat very seriously, that still depresses the hell out of me. Kinja isn't even a month old yet and people who have been here for years, through lots of ups and downs, are thinking about throwing in the towel. You can see it in the comments here, on DS, and on Twitter. Yes, this has not gotten off to a great start, but I think about 90% of that can be blamed on the commenters who have made a choice not to try, with the other 674% falling squarely on Nick Denton (sorry, I don't understand algebra).
I remember during the last re-design, Uwe posted a mournful retirement note in DUAN. He came back a day later to ask everyone not to follow his lead, and even mentioned that a number of editors had personally emailed him. Somehow, that discussion kickstarted a lively DUAN that brought a number of commenters back into the fold. A couple days later, Gamboa unveiled Shitehawk to the world, and the rest is history. We embarked on the greatest commenting run in the three years I've been regularly reading Deadspin comments, and it lasted right up till when cheese-mac killed MBA, but that's neither here nor there.
I guess what I'm saying is, things often look their worst right before they turn the corner. There are good comments still being made, the key is getting them the attention and positive feedback they deserve. The talent is still in the building. So, comment. Comment because it's fun, comment because it makes people last, comment to piss off Nick Denton just in case your crazy conspiracy theories are right. I don't care. I just want to read funny jokes, and reading my own comments satisfies neither of those requirements.
(I'm out of town on Monday, hence the early publishing date, so please don't construe my inactivity as evidence of my massive hypocrisy, especially when there is such better evidence on display all the time)
Here's a Youtube clip to fire you up.