Three weeks out from the All-Ireland final so it feels like an appropriate time to do a reminder about the policy that operates here on the site in relation to posting comments.
For the most part, everything continues to work okay in this regard, with most of you well aware of what the rules are here on the site and so what’s expected of you when you contribute to the ongoing debate.
As has always been the case, trouble in relation to comments emanates from a minority who, perhaps because they’re only new to the place, don’t know the rules or else they do and they choose to break them.
The main issue of late has had to do with breaches of the ‘play the ball not the person’ rule. I hadn’t expected to have any trouble, if I’m honest, on the site in the wake of our great win over Dublin but the repeated difficulties I encountered in this area after Saturday was, for me, both infuriating and depressing.
The key issue in relation to this rule – regardless of who you’re criticising – is to focus on the action (or inaction) you have a problem with and not on the person. I think the line is pretty clear in this regard and it still leaves scope for fairly hard-hitting criticism but it requires more thought and effort on the critic’s part. Invariably, the comments that crossed the line in this area over the last week were ones devoid of any considered thought.
While that incident was annoying, I am at the same time heartened to see that the rule about posting unsubstantiated rumours is, for the most part, being observed very well. All manner of stories were flying around about Oisín Mullin’s injury ahead of Saturday but to everyone’s credit his name was never mentioned here until reports about his injury surfaced in the media.
I know some find this rule a bit stifling. However, it’s one I believe in strongly and it has ensured that this place hasn’t turned into a clearing house for all kind of nonsense stories. It’s worth keeping for that reason alone.
Aside from that, all’s well here on the comments front and, of course, you’re all to thank for that. I really do appreciate that the vast majority who contribute here do so in the right spirit, which has meant that more often than not, the tenor of the discussions has been fair and reasonable. Long may that continue to be the case.
For those who want a refresher on the house rules about commenting on the site, you’ll find them here.