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Posting Guidelines

Offered as a front-page post:

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Ackley homers in 1st AAA at bat!

Life is good!

- Valued poster

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As you're about to see, the Truth serves as legal defense in libel and slander lawsuits, but does not guarantee safety with "The Hanging Scorekeeper" at SSI.  This one gets E-6, three bases, and Wilson ripped his abductor on the play.

That Ackley homered, and that life is good, are true.  "Truth" is necessary but not sufficient at Seattle Sports Insider if you're going to put stuff on the front page.  :- )  Churchill, Sullivan and Shields don't offer stuff like the above as front-page articles and SSI is no more sympathetic.

Grant warmly welcomes front-page posts by anybody with content to offer and, as you know, Dr. D has felt the same since about 1215 A.D.  However, if you're going to post front-page, here are the guidelines:

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  • 250-word minimum*
  • Image preferred
  • Please have some sort of inkling that (say) half of the viewers will be glad they read the post and won't go away next time
  • No language, please, and this includes $*(@! and vulgarity such as cr*p and s*ck
  • Friendliness is strongly preferred:  this site is for recreation
  • If the post would be work well in a comment thread, please put it there!
  • If you're SABRMatt, Spectator, G-Money, Taro, Lonnie, or Sandy-Raleigh, you can do what you want
  • Related:  if you're going to generate 44 comments replies, and 10,000 words of discussion, the quality of the post is highly negotiable (j/k Matty)
  • But see bullet #5 above
  • Here's an example of a first-time post that's relatively simple and casual, but which sparked interest

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* It takes about 120 seconds to verbally read off a 250-word post.  If what we have to say won't bear that, it's probably not a headline idea.  :- )

G-Money, Taro, others, and notoriously!, Sandy-Raleigh are famous for taking epic ideas that could launch a blog ... and burying them in comments threads.  So you can see why this audience gets highly irritated when a poster takes a one-line thought, grabs a megaphone, and asks the room full of 3,000 - 4,000 viewers to come over to our stage so we can go, "Strasburg Da Bomb!  Yow!"  You're not going to get applause.

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On the plus side, there are sites on which lurkers are afraid to chime in because afraid they'll get hammered.  We're oddly comforted by the fact that here, folks feel like they can kick off their shoes, pull off their socks, throw the feet on the coffee table and balance a beverage on their tummy watching the monitor.

The comments threads get read.  Don' sweat it.  :- )

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BTW, Dr. Detecto notwithstanding, this website rocks like a hurricane.  On a lot of levels.  What a community.

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Cheers,

Jeff