Here I am.
Sorry, but that's just dumb and incredibly naive. This site has over 20,000 users – nearly half of them active users. How would anyone expect any site to keep it's small, casual roots when it grows that large, let alone a site dedicated to sports – where, you know, the participants are fanatics by definition – not string theory research?
You're absolutely correct, and there is no fault in 11W for expansion. But the forum has changed, for the worse, in my opinion.
Honestly, I'm proud of what we have built as we've scaled. Compare it to other sites on the internet this size, one that logged nearly 15 million pageviews from the national championship through signing day. It hasn't been easy, and sure we've had growing pains and warts along the way. And yeah, I'd love to see people take the high road more, accept opinions that differ from their own and engage in insightful debate more often, but is this your first day on the internet? Suppose none of this has anything to do with you maturing and liking different things from those you loved in high school, either, right? I know my likes and passions certainly did when I was in that stage of my life.
As far as the site proper, we break a ton of news, publish amazing commentary, cover Ohio State as well as anyone out there, for free, and on top of that have an amazing community that's damn near impossible to find on sports site of this size. I couldn't be prouder than what we've built here.
I think you have a lot to be proud about. This is a homegrown website that has some of the best content on college sports in the entire world. I don't question the quality of the content, which is what you guys have spent most of your efforts doing. The by-product of that, however, has been a less enjoyable forum.
The key to accepting opposing viewpoints, as other have pointed out, is all in how you present them. I'm hopeful you'll grow to understand how that's done instead of the tired, angry act that's part of your crusade to call us out for things like not covering Ohio State's oversigning, slamming Meyer and the team on the Weber situation before all the facts are known or complaining about “downward trends.”
My viewpoint would have never been accepted or acknowledged on here by the majority, regardless of how I presented it. You know this, I know this, everyone knows this. It was a form of dissent against Urban Meyer - and to a lesser extent the 11W staff - two "sins" that are unforgivable regardless if they are presented logically or not. That's the culture of the forums on here now, though, which is my point. I believe I've done a decent job presenting my viewpoints. No, I'm not without my faults, but I do believe overall I have been civil, clear, and able in my arguments for the most part.
It's pretty fucking telling that you're all over threads like this, but nowhere to be found when countless members of this community talked another member out of suicide last week (or in any of the feel-good threads spawned from that). Stay angry.
A little time ago, I would have been active in that forum topic. I did see the forum, but being as I don't feel exactly welcome here I did not want to butt into such a serious topic.
Its not even the fact that its unnecessary and rude, its also just FALSE. What's unfortunate is that some seem to agree with him.
If I'm banned (there's no reason for me to be banned, but if) I hope its not for the reason that me and M Man are the same user, because that would simply be completely false. I'm not sure they have this capability, but please look up my IP. You'll see this comment coming from Columbus, Ohio where I'm currently studying at tOSU.
Wow! Look! Ramzy's account was also created on the same day! Maybe all three accounts are the same?
I had only good interactions with him, and that spans a period of multiple years. Clearly he rubbed people the wrong way here (at least recently) but I can also see how unfairly a user can be bullied here, so I'm open to his viewpoint as well.
For the love of God, I've explained this a million times. Me and M Man started here on the same day because that was the first day you were able to create accounts on here. Please try harder to comprehend this. Maybe some of the older users here can help you reach understanding of this.
And Ramzy, this piece comes off as immature, quite honestly. The name-calling, the character-attacking, etc. etc. All from the owner of this site. I guess that also represents a greater downward trend.
A lack of acceptance towards opposing viewpoints represents a greater downward trend this site has gone on ever since expansion, in my opinion.
This poll makes me sad. Do we care not for Deangelo's welfare (both short and long-term) more than our short-term success in a few basketball games?
Like him or not, Jim Harbaugh has definitely earned the shine he has.
Care to share?
That man has some hairy arms.
Yes, in my opinion.
Its a tough idea to face, but I think we do contribute to it.
We really need to re-evaluate the recruiting process and how interested/vested in it we are as fans. This is disgusting.
I see the fan base and local journalists have gone full-douche in their treatment of Amir.
The atmosphere for The Game next year will be legendary.
If I have an agenda in this case I guess it's the same agenda as Eleven Warriors... I'm saying the same things that DJ said in his skull session this morning. So please, why don't you go berate him as well.
That's why I said "IF", John. I didn't say he was asking for his release. I just said that "if" he asks for it, I wish him success elsewhere.
And that's not true, Weber has said something. He made it clear that he was "hurt as hell" on Twitter.
I said perhaps that is true, but that I also consider that this man probably truly cares about Weber and wants what is best for him.
Perhaps. I also am considering what I know about a lot high school football coaches. They seem to often be second fathers to these recruits. They see these recruits grow from children to young men ready to take on football at an extremely high level. That is a special relationship. I think of Ted Ginn, Sr. and his Glenville players.
I would want Weber to have success at OSU. However, if he asks for his release, I wouldn't be able to blame him and I would wish him personal success elsewhere (even Michigan).
I don't care about Jim Harbaugh... I'm an Ohio State student, not a Michigan student. We should hold ourselves to the highest standard, regardless of what our rivals do. We should be striving to be better than them on the field, off the field, and in life in general. We cannot justify questionable tactics with the fact that they too use questionable tactics.
That's not a good look, no matter how you dice it. Michigan fans will latch onto this as proof Urban Meyer is the scumbag they always thought he was (they're wrong), but I'm not about to sit up here and defend it.
We would say the same about Harbaugh.