April 17, 2014

Before You Comment

WFNY Commenting Policy

When WaitingForNextYear began, Scott, Rock and I agreed that we would maintain a ‘family friendly’ atmosphere. What that means exactly is that we would be careful with our language, and encourage our commenters to do the same. In addition WFNY doesn’t post pictures of half-naked women, nor link to articles or sites that feature them. Please note, any attempt to circumvent our language filters by “creatively” mis-spelling foul language will result in an automatic IP ban.

Furthermore, personal attacks and insults will not be tolerated. Believe it or not, it’s actually possible to argue about sports without belittling those we disagree with. Debating the facts and the merits of opinions is not only accepted, but encouraged at WFNY. However, once you resort to attacking and insulting others, you risk an IP ban. Commenting at WaitingForNextYear is not a right, it is a privilege.

There are thousands of sports sites, including hundreds of Cleveland sites that don’t care about maintaining this type of environment. We feel there should be a place where all Cleveland fans should be able to read, and comment about their favorite teams without being subjected to foul language and pornography. If you feel that you are ‘missing out’ on something because of the family friendly nature of the site, I wish you nothing but the best. We feel that the fans that read and comment here are some of the most knowledgeable and articulate around the Cleveland sports scene. We appreciate the atmosphere that they have helped us create.

If you have any questions regarding this or anything else on the site, shoot an email to rick@waitingfornextyear.com. Thanks again!

Policy on Links and “Hijacking”

WFNY encourages any and all discussion about all published material.  We maintain the feeling that all comments should be constructive as well as relevant to topics therein.  We also allow third-party content to be linked within a post given that it adds to said discussion.

However, WFNY is not a message board.  Comments on, or links to, outside material posted in the comments that does not to add or benefit the reader of the post commented therein can and will be deleted without notification.  Have a topic of relevance or a link that you think we should see and/or comment on that has not been discussed?  Please feel free to send it to our tips address – tips[at]waitingfornextyear[dot]com.

Comments Technical Stuff

Would you like to have an avatar associated with you when you comment at WaitingForNextYear?  Here’s how!

The way comments work is that when you comment using an email address (which remains totally private to everyone except the WFNY staff by the way,) our system runs your comment through a bunch of filters in order to make sure that you aren’t a potty mouth or an evil spammer trying to sell us something that we definitely do not want to buy.  As it runs through that filter, it also takes a look to see if there is an avatar associated with that email address at either WordPress.com or Gravatar.com.

The easiest way is to start at http://www.gravatar.com

Go there.  Enter the EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU USE TO COMMENT AT WFNY.  It will confirm that you are the owner of said email address by sending you a message.  Then it will let you upload a picture to their servers.  That picture (after a few minutes) should start showing up automatically when you comment on our site.  It is that easy.

Unless you are a complicated user of the Internet.  If you are someone who already has a WordPress.com account and it is associated with an email address that is NOT the one you also use to comment at WFNY, you have two options.

1.  You can go to Gravatar.com, log in with your WordPress.com account info and add your other email address there and upload a picture.

2.  You can always start commenting at WFNY using the email address that is already associated with your WordPress.com account that has an avatar already.