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Jason Priestas


Chicago (via Columbus)

Member since 20 August 2006 | Blog

Jason founded the site in late summer of 2006 after his wife grew tired of his constant Buckeye chatter. With a fifth grade command of the English language, it's a minor miracle that people discovered this site, let alone frequent it.

He lives in Chicago, but misses the friendly scarlet and gray-clad people of his native Ohio.


  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • SOCCER TEAM: Liverpool FC

Recent Activity

Comment 16 May 2016

I killed the interstitial ads for now, but I'll leave the ones at the bottom of the screen. We'll look into a way to disable them for 12W.

Comment 16 May 2016

Yeah, there are some new Google ad units for mobile. Let me get a feel for how they display and what they're like to see how annoying they are.

Comment 29 Apr 2016

I nuked it. If you want to retire from commenting, just do it. Don't create a drama boat thread announcing the fact that you're retiring from commenting at a site on the internet.

Comment 11 Apr 2016

As Ramzy and others have pointed out, Jim Tressel reacting to the death of one of his former players is going to get a little more leeway than the average 11W commenter. That's just something people are going to have to learn to live with. The commenting policy is in place to keep things civil and we largely avoid posting articles that may create friction with the policy.

Judgment calls will be made, however, and in this case, Tressel's response was appropriate to include in the piece. If Jim Tressel is speaking at a large church, that's not something we'll report on. If he's responding to the death of one of his former players – even if his tweet includes religious aspects – that's different. I would hope that you have the presence of mind to see that by including that tweet, we clearly weren't advocating a religious stance from an editorial perspective. With the number of these threads that pop up, I sometimes wonder.

Regarding the prayer requests, our thoughts are that if it's non-denominational, that's fine. I don't want to be the guy who squelches goodwill for an ailing friend or family member, regardless of what I personally believe. If a member is directly quoting the Bible, Torah, or Quran, then that's something that will be nuked. It's similar to how we'd allow a comment that says "Get out and vote!" while we would nuke one that says "Get out and vote for [Candidate Name/Party Name]."

Comment 22 Mar 2016

I started seeing it last night. Appears to be a paint delay for longer comments threads. We'll take a look.

Comment 21 Mar 2016

MailChimp is fine for sending to and managing email lists, but we don't utilize email lists. We used their other product, Mandrill, to send out transactional emails (thanks for signing up, password reset, etc.) because it was great and guaranteed almost 100% deliverability.

We paid for the service and were happy with it, but MailChimp announced a policy change requiring Mandrill users to also pay for MailChimp. Which, again, we don't need. This was not well received by developers (MailChimp is stupid) as they were essentially saying, “We're fine without your money.”

So now we're using SendGrid (also used by Uber, Spotify and others). And we're happy again.

Comment 16 Mar 2016

Good call, Bucknut1994. We kind of decided to not hold a contest if OSU didn't make the dance. Be better, Buckeyes.

Comment 15 Mar 2016

Let's be 100% clear: I wasn't calling a group of individuals weird as hell. I was referring to the pointless pull-my-finger-so-I-can-fart circlejerks that are forum topics with no meaning, inside jokes and the like. That's weird to me (For starters, who has this much free time? And why does it look like you guys are flirting?).

I gave clear examples of what constitutes good Anything Else forum topics and even offered up the Premium Lounge as a form of compromise if you guys felt like you needed these kinds of threads. And with all due respect, it wasn't just a run-of-the-mill staff response.

I was diplomatic when I could have opted not to be and you can't let this die.