UPDATED: What do you want to see at sanduskyregister.com?

Jason Werling
Nov 18, 2013

 

I've had conversations throughout our community in the past couple months about what people would like to see at our website and you may have noticed a few changes here and there.

I'm opening a week-long dialogue for suggestions from you and will be checking back here as much as possible.

Tell me what you like, what you don't like and what you would like to see added here at the website.

I look forward to your responses...I think.

Day 1 UPDATE:
Here's a list of suggestions so far. Please keep the conversation going, I don't see comments going away in the foreseeable future. "It takes a community...." can have more meaning than just raising children.

• Thumbs Up/Thumbs down option- This was mentioned several times and I agree it would be a great addition to our comments section. And it ties in with what our editorial board already does.

• Student blogs- We did try adding the announcements from a couple schools a few years back. I will see what we can do with the local schools.

• Fishing/Outdoor blog- Great idea and we will get something going soon.

• Sue Daugherty blog- She has one and we just started putting it online the past couple weeks.  It can be found by clicking HERE

• Investment blog- Andy Waldock writes a weekly column and we will re-purpose it for online use as a blog.

• Good things blog- We started to post the Volunteer Center's column each week with volunteer opportunities, but I would welcome any further positive additions to our site. Anyone have any ideas on who could write it? 

• Non-anonymous commenting (Not Facebook/Twitter-based): This is the big one and we are working on it. Thank you for the input.

• Get rid of Sharon Johnson blog- Sharon has a voice and puts her name behind her statements. She sparks dialogue and I don't see her going anywhere soon as we are looking to add to our site.

Comments

Good 2 B Me

I would LOVE to see someone proof read before publishing stories! For an "Award winning" paper, your staff makes a ridiculous amount of mistakes!

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Perkins Resident

I would like to see having to log in to comment via Facebook or Twitter.

BabyMomma

Yea, on one hand, you weed out all the people that just want to make jokes and be silly(like me) and the ones who just pick fights. But what you will LOSE is all the people that throw out some TRUTH that otherwise would go unheard if they had to put their name on it. I see some pretty juicy stuff that must have some merit because they get instantly removed or prompt someone to get on here and start defending it. Either way, I have a facebook account, but this site is way more fun!

Jason Werling

People always have the ability to throw out some truth, but don't have to do it in the public forum of the comments section. All of our reporters have e-mail addresses and have the ability to take anonymous tips from "little birdies" in the community.

Facebook has been able to have "some" success with their users going by their real names.

Peninsula Pundit

It really depends on what the paper wants out of its' comments section, Mr. Werling.
If you want alot of comments, you should leave it the way it is, with a thumbs up or down option added.
Going to facebook killed the comments section for the PC Nude Harold and the Fremont paper, as well.
So if you're going to do that, just shut the comments down now and be done with it. I admit the Register has no obligation to supply a section to allow readers to, ahem, respond intelligently.

AJ Oliver

People should post under their own names.

BabyMomma

This site will be a ghost town. It'll be you, Matt Westerhold, and Jason Werling chatting it up.

Licorice Schtick

AJ Oliver, who admirably uses his real name, keep declaring that people "ought to" use real names, but he doesn't make much of a case.

He's also not the kind of guy who would be intimidated by the danger of getting brick though his window for saying something that offends some thug or nut-job.

There are a lot of things that "ought to" be said, that wouldn't be, without the option of anonymity.

Who thinks voting "ought to" be public, instead of secret ballots?

Online forums are a new and exciting boon to democracy BECAUSE of the anonymous option, which empowers ordinary people who would otherwise be unable to speak their minds.

American democracy, ostensibly of The People, by The People, for The People, has been co-opted and corrupted by the wealthy and powerful and transformed into a corporatocracy that crushes ordinary people who don't fall in line.

Some People have found a way to push back a bit through online forums. But the opposition will be silenced.

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thinkagain

I would say that’s not such a good idea for a local body of commenters. Not as long as there are people like this to worry about.

4shizzle
Sat, 11/16/2013 - 10:40am

Aaron Carmean-

I am not going to look for you.

But I could find you if I did.

You could be easily taken out , even with your toy.

You are an incredibly stupid little person !!!

4shizzle
Fri, 11/15/2013 - 12:06pm

You should really shut your mouth before you call people names.
You cry like a little sissy that your privacy rights have been taken away but you put yourself on the Internet for the whole world to see.

I know what you look like and what city you live in.-- who's the loon now ?

Also , It was VERY easy to find you.

4shizzle
Sat, 11/16/2013 - 8:48am

You look gay and stupid.
You talk gay and stupid.

Darwin's choice

"shizzle"
Word most often abused horribly by inexperienced suburban white douche-bags who wish to give themselves some falsified counterfeit form of street-cred. Also used by the oreo cookies who stoop low enough to keep the company of these pathetic weasels.
From the "urban dictionary"

phroggy

well said

KnuckleDragger

As long as there are mentally unstable people like deertracker, 4shizzle, and big dog out there I will never post under my real name. The people that I want to know who I am on here already know. The crazy's can keep guessing. I bet deertracker and 4shizzle would die if they knew that I already know who they are. Oops, I gave it away. LOL.

arnmcrmn

I would love to know the real name of 4shizzle.

Stop It

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Stop It

Let's just hope you don't find it out on this website.

Jason Werling

Good 2 B Me: you need a hyphen between "award-winning."  :)

I wouldn't call it ridiculous, but mistakes do happen and fortunately with a website, we can fix them when they happen. With our community of proof readers we have been pretty good with fixing the typos when they pop up.

Unfortunately when a mistake is printed in the print version of the paper we can't fix the 25,000+ versions.

As in every business, we strive to get better every day (or is it "everyday")

Perkins Resident: We are looking into our commenting and improving our community experience. Stay tuned for changes.

Perkins Resident

Good stuff Jason. Keep up the great work!

SamAdams

"Every day" (two words) is correct. "Everyday" (one word) is used as a synonym for "usual" or "ordinary."

Jason Werling

Thanks SamAdams, we can always count on you. :)

Licorice Schtick

Complaints about typos and other technical errors are off-topic violations on many successful forums. But illiterates and fumblethumbs are annoying and get downvoted.

Good 2 B Me

Not sure Jason, but you forgot the "?" after "everyday" :P

Gotcha back!

Jason Werling

I had it in there, but wasn't sure if it stayed inside the quotation marks or outside. Since it was in a comment I just left it out entirely. :)

You got me.

Good 2 B Me

Punctuation always goes inside of quotations! :D

This is fun!

Eph 2 8-10

As I said, he needs a good proof reader.....

starryeyes83

It's not as bad as people constantly posting "noone" (should be two words) or "REDiculous".

Those two just make me shake my head.

Those are not even typos.

Stop It

It IS as bad as those that have to type *eyeroll*.

starryeyes83

Why is that? Just because some people (you) don't recognize sarcasm when they read it.

Maybe emoticons would help. Although watch the traffic dwindle, after FB is in place.

Oh well. S**t happens.

phroggy

Mistakes happen so it is what it is. It doesn't really affect my life when there is a grammatical error so just keep doing what you're doing in that aspect.

SamAdams

I'd remind those who suggest we have to log in under Facebook or Twitter accounts that you don't need to use your real name for those, either (and, in fact, at least where Twitter is concerned, I'd recommend against it!).

I'd also remind those who keep insisting that we use our real names on these forums that, unlike A.J. Oliver, not all of us are retired and can afford to alienate customers or potential customers based on whether or not they agree with us. And while Oliver has made his anti-gun positions clear and apparently isn't worried about becoming a crime victim, some of us (dare I say especially if we're female) aren't so keen on anybody and everybody being able to determine where we live!

A look at some of the comments from 4shizzle, whether he means them literally or not, ought to illustrate THAT point!

Huron_1969

If the rules were followed, 4shizzle and a few others would have been banned a long time ago

KnuckleDragger

Actually, using facebook wouldn't solve a thing. I am a member of several political blogs and nearly everyone on them now uses a dummy facebook account. I agree, if they banned people like 4shizzle, who love to threaten people, it would solve the problem, and I mean not just by username but by IP address.

Licorice Schtick

Facebook is mostly pablum, BECAUSE it's mostly Real People, and fake accounts are against the rules. Dissent gets bullied into submission with niceness.

The opposition will be silenced.

Stop It

lol...

Thomas Paine

Agree with the fine patriot SamAdams. Putting a real name out there would not allow people to post things without fear potential clients would disagree and no longer be patrons because of that. The idea of people knowing where we work or live also would be a factor to consider before commenting. I doubt I would comment on hot topic issues considering my income is based on commission. For that reason I do not discuss politics or issues at work or with clients.

google me

I'd like to see the Register do a better job of reporting on some of the good that is going on in the area rather spending time trying to come up with a witty headline to the police blotter. There are some great organizations that are expanding in our area and some great people working to make a difference.

Jason Werling

google me: You are correct about the great organizations and we have been reaching out to them. Send your suggestions to me (werling@sanduskyregister.com) And you can always let us know about any good you hear going on in the community and we will do our best to report on it.

Licorice Schtick

I like witty headlines

looking around

What happened to the web cam?

Jason Werling

Long story-short, it broke.

Medium story: The costs associated with fixing it far outweighed the benefit to having it. We would be interested in getting it fixed if there is an interested business that would want to sponsor the camera.

Interested sponsors can contact me at werling@sanduskregister.com

Thomas Paine

How many people used the webcam on a daily basis?

Jason Werling

I'm not sure we tracked it when it was operational. But our bandwidth would skyrocket when there was breaking news within view of the camera.

If a roller coaster stopped at Cedar Point or there was something going on at the Jackson Street Pier the camera would be busy.

santown419

I would love if people had yo use their Facebook page to log in or use their real name.

Peninsula Pundit

Is that your real name?
Practice what you preach!
Lead by example!
But really, everyone who posts that they would prefer real names under a nom de plume proves the point of those who support anonymity.

Tell it how it is.

Please Facebook logins. Please remove the anonymous names.

0_0

Why? Anyone can fake a facebook profile.

KnuckleDragger

As Peninsula Pundit said, practice what you preach. Since I have never met a person named Tell it how it is, I would assume you prefer to remain anonymous. If not, why not change your username?

SamAdams

Note how santown419 and Tell it how it is apparently have VERY unusual names on their birth certificates! Either that, or they're using anonymous names, too. Why? I mean, since they want everybody else to use their real names...

santown419

You claim to never bite your tongue so why you so scared. I would have no problem using my name if it was he rules unlike you I won't bite my tongue and I'm not scared of anyone. Grow up its not that serious. Its people like you that make using your name something that should be done. Over and over when you use the term in my opinion we know you are about to say some bs.

KnuckleDragger

I've had several friends on other blogs that received death threats and even had people show up at their homes or place of business before they changed to a dummy facebook account. If you think it won't happen you are kidding yourself. There are a lot of nuts out there. While some of us may disagree vehemently on issues, I would never try to harm someone for their beliefs or opinions, however, there are people out there that would. It happens all the time.

SamAdams

You and I rarely agree on anything. Yet I've never once threatened you, nor have you ever threatened me. But I've seen OTHERS make threats, and you're right: There are a lot of nuts out there! Posting anonymously has much less to do with the people posting than it does with the people threatening!

Centauri

Excellent comment!

I take all threats including death threats seriously.

Sometimes if the powers that be fail to intimidate me and other online political activists, threats are made against our loved ones such as a spouse, children and grandchildren. That is when I back off and stop posting comments or voicing my concerns in a public meeting.

"They" can come and beat me up, break my legs or kill me. It is a sacrifice that I have accepted. But when it comes to threats against my family, then I am silenced.

Peninsula Pundit

Thumb Up!

BDupler

I see two issues that are the pretty important. First issue is the comments. You guys have to do something on here. The Blade and other papers use Facebook logins, other have other systems, so it is not like you have to re-invent the wheel here. I know it may make your web-traffic take a hit when there is no more mini-race riots on your website, but the experience and the website's credibility will increase. Speaking of increasing credibility, the other issue is one of your "bloggers". I think it is great that you have people in the community contribute to your website, but man...one of them, and you know which one...makes your product look less than professional. Sorry, but it is the truth.

The most important thing, and from looking at the other comments it seems that other agree, is to clean up your comment sections. As far as additional content, whatever happened to webcasting the commission meetings, this was discussed in the past (I think it was anyway, I could be wrong).

The Bizness

1.I would recommend getting rid of some of your blogs. Especially the ones that throw out statements as facts when in realty they are opinion. Specifically this one ---> http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

2. You should open up the mail bag. Make a post on Sunday or Monday asking for mail bag questions for the week, and then use those questions. That way we can see that the questions are real questions and not ways for free advertising, or your way to sell print papers.

3. I would not recommend going to real names. Either keep it the way it is or remove the ability to comment.

starryeyes83

With the amount of physical threats on here which people have used against each other at times, is that really a good idea? I've had threats against me, just because others didn't agree with me.

Yeah , just a groovy idea to do away with the anonymous usernames. ** Note heavy sarcasm with obligatory eyeroll **

The Register wields the almighty sword to disable comments at any time - as they wish. Bottom line.

They have done so in the past.

However, with the five or six people who constantly just love to go after each other on here, they keep those.

Go Figure.

********

Keep in mind that the Vermilion PD newsletter was published due to an anonymous source sending it in.

I guess some anonymity is a good thing.

Capt. Ford

I too find the regulars amusing, and I would comment far less if I had to use my first name Fred.

Capt. Ford

And I also assume correctly that in the end we are not anonymous,[NSA] bogeyman etc. and conduct myself accordingly.

Jason Werling

Keep the dialogue going, this is good. I'll respond to a few of these after I get a couple more stories posted.

Are there any organizations you would like to hear from on a daily basis? Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Back to the Wild have been contacted and are looking into what they can offer. 

What other areas of our community are not being heard and could use a voice, and audience, like we provide here?

BDupler

A Sandusky High School student would be a good addition, if possible. It would be good to hear from a student and their weekly thoughts on local issues an school issues, plus it would look good on a college application.

Also, an outdoors or fishing blogger would fit nicely.

starryeyes83

The student one was tried a few years ago. It didn't go over very well.

Insert Witty Na...

A fishing blog is a great idea!

grumpy

Since I don't do Facebook or twitter, My space or other such things, and don't plan to expand anymore into social media than I have, I wouldn't be here till my house is built out in Twin Falls and then I wouldn't care what some of the crazies who post threats to others would be far away from me and mainly my family. If you look above you will see the reasons when you read what some of them have said. Why would I chance my family when that fool (4shizzle) and others like him might be out and about?

0_0

4shizzle, you are just a mouthpiece for idiocy.

Fireside

keep it as is

0_0

Facts, truth in journalism, a like button, a thumbs down button and less censorship.

Commenter

great idea!!!!!!!

Commenter

Jason, as for the comments, while it would probably decrease the drama, it keeps your newspaper more reputable then the anonymous names on here. The point is if you wouldn't say it as yourself, why say it? Because it's easy to hide behind anonymity, myself included. I'm 100% certain there are comments I wouldn't make, if my real name were on here. That doesn't mean I won't read online. I see the drama that gets caused on here. It will increase the integrity of your commenters and hopefully get away from the tabloid reputation. I say log in with facebook and if no facebook, no comments...if it's THAT important to you, you'll find a way. Yes you can probably create a fake facebook account too. A lot of trouble to go to, just to leave a comment but it is what it is.

Carlos Danger

I would like to see the Register follow its own Discussion Guidelines.  If you are going to ban someone or delete their posts merely for criticizing a story posted by the Register, then list that as a reason in your Discussion Guidelines.  Otherwise you are censoring legitimate comments just because certain reporters/editors are oversensitive.

kingd

Like someone has already said, proofread!!! I can understand some errors but sometimes they are ridiculous and completely change the context of the story. Another thing that really bothers me is when you try to make cutesy titles for storys. They aren't cute or funny and the can be demeaning. An example of another problem I see is this: A few days ago a young man was sentenced to 9 years in jail. He had that coming. What I don't understand is why you had to include a picture of his parents with his mother crying. Of course they were upset, he's still their son. It was completely unnecessary to publish their picture on here. They didn't commit a crime, their son did. You do this to sensationalize your story with no concern for the feelings of others. That was simply an example. It happens too often. Oh the other hand, there's a lot of good things happening that should be reported. The news is depressing enough, we need to hear some stories with a good outcome.

Jason Werling

kingd: Your points are noted and I will try to address them with abridged responses. Each could entail a long debate.

proofreading: We address this on a daily basis and I have addressed it several times already today.

cutesy titles: If you have specific examples, please provide them. A majority of the time we only have a few words to get the gist of the story. We are trying to get as many people interested in reading stories as we can.

family in court photos: It is our job to convey to our community what we can with a given story. Crime doesn't affect just the victim or the defendant. It affects the family of all involved as well. I believe the story you spoke of touched on the family's reaction to the sentencing and the photo helped illustrate the anguish a family can face when a loved one commits a crime. People can argue whether it is right or wrong to publish the photo and have the right to view it or not.

To say there is no concern for the feelings of others is insensitive to the photographers and reporters who bring you the news. We don't enjoy documenting the worst days in peoples' lives, but it is part of the job. We would rather cover the stories with a good outcome and we do every day.

I have posted this before, but please e-mail any positive story ideas you may have to werling@sanduskyregister.com

kingd

Including a photo of the parents of the young man on trial illustrates the anguish a family faces when a love one commits a crime has some merit but what about the embarrasment they might feel having that picture out there for all to see. That's just my opinion though.

tk

I would like to see a regular column from Sue Daugherty (if she has time). That lady stays busy.

BabyMomma

U should try to get the know it all commenters to get on air and debate each other. It would be nice to see how intelligent they are with no google in front of them.

KnuckleDragger

That would be a wonderful idea but then the nutcases would then know who you are and be able to find out where you live. On second thought, I'm game. If one of the resident kooks is dumb enough to show up at my door...well I will leave it to you to figure out what the outcome would be. LOL

Yellow Snow

If you tie this to FB or Twitter, or real identity, you'll lose most of the commenters. Would be nice to see a thumbs up thumbs down option.
A column about investing would be interesting. A column about outdoor activities, such as gardening, fishing, hunting, snow skiing, landscaping. I'm currently interested in learning about aquaponics, might not be good for a weekly column, but would make for a great read. tk has a good point, Sue Daugherty does so much for so many. Hope I spelled everything correctly.

bayshore

Bring back the "search" feature. I discovered it was missing after I tried to find the article and video of the OSU band on the Miller ferry entering Put in Bay harbor.

Yellow Snow

click on the magnifying glass in the upper right to search.

Fireside

what happened to weired mama? she knew EVERYTHING. She said she was going to run for city commission but, like others, she was all bark no bite!

queenjhb

How about showcasing a neighborhood resident with a need such as ,leaves that need raking, grass cut, house painted, put out a request for volunteers to help them , then have a small piece with neighbor & volunteers, photo. Feel good story once a week. Ahhhh, so nice of them, nice folks

starryeyes83

Good idea.

queenjhb

How about a site were folks can put a personal little story about observing someone doing a kind act or service that day. Such as today, I watched as this older lady had her scarf blow away at Walmart, I mean really take off, and this young man chased it down and returned it to her.

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The Hero Zone

A "Like", +1, and/or -1 button isn't bad. But there are a few things to consider. Would this increase the bombastic tangents in a race to the top/bottom? If employed, will the scores bump up topics so that the top-rated one is displayed first while no or low comments are forced to the bottom? If that's the case, commentators may be discouraged from posting as they'll never be seen by those who don't want to click past the first page of replies.

What may be able to be employed is a kind of "karma" system that is a long-term way to display or move comments. That can be fueled by overall "likes" with static bonuses given to encourage things like verifying your identity, not receiving any alerts for your comments, etc. Civil behavior.

You can also try employing a collapsible comment system. If a comment gets something like three or more comments it collapses the conversation into a drop-down option. That way if someone wants to read a back-and-forth they can click the button to show all comments. But if someone doesn't, they don't have to abuse their scroll wheel.

An additional feature you see in the gaming community is the ability to blacklist or "squelch" offensive, uncivil, or irrelevant people on an account-by-account basis.

grumpy

I like the idea of a like button if it is just used for that thread, post, or even just the point in that post. Don't have it recorded somewhere so that posters are "rated" by what others think of them. That is for the owner of the site to decide.

I also like the collapsable drop down when two or so people get into a back and forth situation. It is rarely intersting to others outside of the 2 or 3 involved.

I like the addition of an ignore feature so those whose sensibilities are such that they have trouble tolerating folks with opinions they don't like they don't have to even see them, even if they will overide that feature just to see what the other person says. (grin)

AJ Oliver

Lets see, if everyone posts under their own names, the blogs might lose twenty or so mostly uninformed and uninteresting people.
And the problem with that would be ?

Pete

How would you verify it is their real name?

Creating a false FB account can be done in a couple minutes. Not that hard to do.

KnuckleDragger

I'd be really sorry to see you go AJ ;)

SamAdams

So I'm "uninformed" and "uninteresting?" Because what I REALLY am is one of those who won't use my real name online. Not here, not ANYwhere. People who take those sorts of risks in this day and age end up headlining the stories you'll comment on tomorrow and, while I may be "uninformed" and "uninteresting," what I'm NOT is "stupid!"

Centauri

SamAdams, I have followed your comments for a couple of years. Your comments are very thought provoking. My comments here on the Sandusky Register comments will fade away and cease. I will be posting comments on the Norwalk Reflector comments site for now. In time, my comments will cease. There are other Ohio newspapers that I will be posting comments on.

Look at it this way. At least you tried to make a difference with your efforts of posting comments. Some people don't care as they are sheeple and follow.

KnuckleDragger

Since the reflector is owned by the register you can bet they will be changing that site too. That's ok, the people on the other end of the spectrum are much more interesting on the Cleveland PD site, and I have never received a threat of harm there. Bye Bye SR.

Centauri

I and others helped reveal a crook judge who used to post comments under a screen name on cleveland.com. by her using a computer from the judge's chamber.

Look up the name of "lawmiss" and "governmentwatcher" on cleveland.com.

I see that one of my comments was just deleted on the NR because I used the first name of Cheney, D!ck.

I have ceased posting comments on the Norwalk Reflector. I posted very informative links to Vietnam soldiers who were KIA under the age of 17.

Ef the NR!!

The Sandusky Register could win a Pulitzer Prize like the Toledo Blade did about Tiger Force in Vietnam.

http://www.toledoblade.com/speci...

There are many stories to be told about corrupt Erie County, Ohio.

I will cease to post any further comments here on sanduskyregister.com.

Goodbye to all.

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thinkagain

Elyria’s Chronicle Telegram at one time had a similar setup as yours. It also was a hotbed of political and social debate and articles generated many comments.

Unfortunately, they also failed to enforce their discussion guidelines and it deteriorated into chaos. Their cop-out was to introduce Disqus to their website.

No longer the mecca for savvy discourse, nowadays they are lucky if they get 5 comments on an article. And they are still replete with inane comments and disparaging personal attacks from Facebook trolls, many of which are using pseudonyms.

Leave it like it is now, changing it will not make it better.

Pterocarya frax...

Jason, we have one of the best county extension agents here in Erie county. Has he ever been approached about doing a weekly column, or a blog? He would beat the pants off of the garden columns you have been running!

Jason Werling

Could you e-mail me the contact info for the extension agent? We do have a weekly column/blog by Tim White and Breann Hohman available HERE

getit right be4...

I would like to see a way for local artist to share there art. Photography, music, paintings, poems, any type of art that is family friendly.

What they share needs to be protected from click and copy and no bull about the register get to use what is posted as they wish.

getit right be4...

No facebook or twitter sign up. I refuse to facebook or twit.

Stop It

Is the current format "broken"? If it isn't, don't "fix" it.

KnuckleDragger

It's only broken to those who want to find out who you are so they can carry out some sick fantasy of trying hunt you down.

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The Hero Zone

The burger contest is nice. It spurs creativity in the users and offers a nice reward, which is good for us. Presumably it turns into some kind of in/tangible reward for the Register as well perhaps through advertising, notoriety, etc.

Perhaps making a bi-weekly or monthly contest of some kind that spurs positive, civil user-created contributions would be nice. Perhaps a photo-taking event with a particular subject that you don't have to be a professional to do (professional being high-speed stuff, microscopic subjects, and so on). Poetry, short stories, drawing, or other user-created pieces. Even opinion pieces of some kind.

If I learned one thing in my business it is that "organized play" is what drives motivation, spurs creativity, and creates a community.

Stories can also be given "tags" to make them easier to research/archive as well as perhaps give a filter to people who aren't interested in a particular subject. Perhaps in my profile I could select to un/subscribe to "cats", "crime", "schools" or the like. To take that idea even one step further, perhaps file tabs of sorts can be added across the top so that stories are already pre-filtered. If I want to read what is put out for politics, I just click on the politics tab at the top to see what's offered. Otherwise if I don't want those discussions spilling over into other things (or roll my eyes because next to a Home & Garden article I see a political one ablaze perhaps driving me away or making me second guessing to hazard a comment) I just navigate to where I want to be knowing that an accompanying "keep replies relevant to the topic" rule is enforced.

Jason Werling

Hero Zone: All good ideas and I'm glad you like the burger contest, we will look to do something similar here at sr.com. And we are looking for the best way to facilitate a weekly photo contest whether it would be through Instagram or something similar.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. We do have a "tag" system in place, it just isn't widely known and we are making people more aware as we improve the taxonomy. If you click on the blue box with the white letters of a story that has a topic associated to it you will be taken to that list of stories.

This works with all of our school systems, law enforcement, local communities and bigger stories like the Limberios Shooting Saga, Bound, Gagged and Raped and the Triple Homicide.

Thanks for being part of this conversation, you and several others are bringing what is needed in this online community...constructive, healthy dialogue.

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The Hero Zone

Thank you for the compliment, I am happy to have earned it. There is too much destruction, too few questions asked, and it is easy to become uncivil quickly as legitimate passions boil over. I am guilty of that here. But if my offerings can act as repentant flagellations for my sarcasm then so be it.

I have also found that not posting anonymously has helped to guide how I express myself here. Not so much in content, but rather, how they are conveyed. Truth be told, I think it is better for it to be voluntary. If people wish to do so then so be it. Maybe those of us who do can get a tag called "Register-ed" or something else witty. If nothing else as a cosmetic badge or some kind of collectible achievement.

There's more that can be done with that kind of achievement system, especially marrying it to promotions which can earn the Register ad revenue from participating businesses that want to extend a reward/discount through you to contributors. Some of these are harder to explain in this format. To that end I am just down the street from you guys, I can come visit at a convenient time or you are always welcome in the shop.

Retiredfirefighter

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Leslie

I would like to see the sale ads and stuffers - The Plain Dealer can do it. Also, I miss the Sunday comics. How hard would it be to add these?

BabyMomma

I remember when the Sunday comics were twice the size they are now. Cheapskates

PyrkinsPyrate

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looking around

Speaking of bloggers, What happened to TAXPAYER? was his identity outed? IS that WHY he NO LONGER POSTS! I used to LIKE laughing at HIM!

Centauri

Taxpayer was banned. I used to get a lot of laughs from his comments. The left-wingers had some part in getting him banned. Taxpayer was not outed from the information that I received.

Megalomania

On the issue of using "real" names. Many who comment anonymously are in a social position where commenting could hurt them socially or professionally.
These same people have very important information to share and would effectively be muzzled if not permitted to post anonymously.
I think in a large part this comment section has affected change and given a voice to a segment of the populace who have been silent before this service was offered.
Why is an anonymous comment opinion any less valid than an identified one. I'd offer that anonymous comments are often more honestly a true indication of a commentators feelings, they are unfiltered by social and peer pressure to conform.

And.... how about a monthly story on an area runner.... local adult, local high school student or former local kid who is now running in college. These runners are some of the best and brightest the area has to offer.

Did you know that the area girls XC teams are mostly made up of honor roll kids?

Did you know a local girls 4X800 team advanced to the State Track meet and all four girls have a 4.0+ gpa and were recognized as Academic All-Ohio?

Contango

Re: "Why is an anonymous comment opinion any less valid than an identified one."

Agreed.

As long as the discourse is well-mannered and interesting - what does it matter?

Pseudonyms have a long and storied history in world and U.S. socio-political life.

See: "The Federalist Papers," "Gulliver's Travels," "Harry Potter," et al.

Contango

Bring back Rufus Sanders or have another left-wing oriented blog.

Certainly you can find a socialist lurking about in a back alley somewhere?

cassrene

For those of you who want to make the comment section be a Facebook/twitter log in, what about those people who do not use either of those social media outlets? I personally find both to be a waste of time and do not use them. So for those of us few who do not use them we are being expected to start using them just to put in our two cents. How is that fair?
And before anyone can jump on me...my username is part of my real name and I chose to keep my mouth shut on most issues because there doesn't seem to be too many people who like to hear what others have to say. There doesn't seem to be many on the comments who like to have adult conversations where one person talks like an adult and the other listens like an adult and vice versa.

Insert Witty Na...

This may be geared more towards the sports section and fandy.com, but I would like to see more stories on former area athletes who have gone on to play in college. Whether it be football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, etc...also whether it be division 1, 2, 3 or at any other college level. It'd be nice to catch up with them and know how they are doing at the next level and it'd be nice for them to know they have hometown support.

Jason Werling

We do have our college notes section in the Register. I think it is in today's actually.

I will try to get the most recent one online, but here are two from last month...

http://www.fandy.com/article/foo...

http://www.fandy.com/article/253...

looking around

It may be off topic a bit but what if political party was anonymous You picked voted for candidates not by what party he was affiliated but on his reputation and ideals. No backing from those with special agendas, those voted into offices would report for work, no left or right side of the isle, they sit together and do their job. If your unhappy there is no finger pointing or animosity towards a political group or eachother. You simply replace those not doing their job with those that appear they will with no preconceived notions of agenda or political affiliations.

Everyone is fam...

"People should use their real names" says the people with fake names. Lol!

ashes0624

a section to promote small businesses, non franchised, mom'n'pop places

Jason Werling

ashes0624: Something similar to your request can be found HERE with our new business section

Centauri

"• Get rid of Sharon Johnson blog- Sharon has a voice and puts her name behind her statements. She sparks dialogue and I don't see her going anywhere soon as we are looking to add to our site."

I consider Sharon Johnson a political activist who writes some very interesting articles. If you don't like reading her blog then don't. Others like myself look forward to her blog.

"• Thumbs Up/Thumbs down option- This was mentioned several times and I agree it would be a great addition to our comments section. And it ties in with what our editorial board already does."

This option would be a good one. It might encourage more commentary from the good writers and discourage the trolls and flamers.
NOTE: Why do some people make a big deal out of typos, misspelling and grammar usage? The comments are not a term paper that get a grade.

"• Non-anonymous commenting (Not Facebook/Twitter-based): This is the big one and we are working on it. Thank you for the input."

I predict that the comments section will die out. Why use a real name if a commenter has been threatened with bodily harm or loss of a job? Years ago there were a couple of bloggers in Ohio who used their real names. That blog was called Erie Voices. Look what the powers that be done to them. The powers that be would welcome making people use their real names. That way the good old boys and girls can continue with their illegal activities.

I have been posting comments here since around 2011. Many people who posted good comments were banned. The posting guidelines are not fairly applied to some comments. Some get deleted while the trolls and flamers get a free pass to try to pull people in online fights.

I miss the option of being able to send and receive private messages to those who are registered to post comments.

I do know a lot of things because I never stopped learning. I love history and sometimes spend too much time researching the past. Sometimes I will share some information and post some internet links. I will not be posting much and will slowly fade away from the Sandusky Register site. I have other Ohio newspaper sites that I can post comments to.

SUGGESTIONS: People here as a group have a lot of knowledge and wisdom. How about a section where people can ask a question or seek help and the commenters can offer up some answers or suggestions? This would be in addition to the MAILBAG.

Another suggestion is to give the staunch Democrats, staunch Republicans, left-wingers and right-wingers their own section to post comments to. Since the comments would number in the hundreds, delete any comments that are over three days old.

BabyMomma

Wow that was a long fart.

underthebridge

I'd like to see the SR do a better job of highlighting the outdoor resources and threats to those resources in our area. Given that the entire area sits entirely on the Lake and is surrounded by beautiful hunting, fishing, and hiking areas, the SR does not really showcase them. We get all of our outdoors news about the area from the Toledo Blade.

Jason Werling

underthebridge-

I would like to see this as well. We do have a couple blogs at our FIT site.

Jess Henning hikes in various places around our area, her blog can be found HERE.

I have a running blog HERE.

We will have a fishing blog in the spring or this winter if the lake/bay decides to freeze over.

Anyone out there interested or know someone capable of writing a weekly fishing/outdoor blog can e-mail me at werling@sanduskyregister.com.

Thomas Paine

I agree with several on here we need more positive news. We have a great community but all we seem to do is beat each other up over our disagreements. I would love to see a community service section on the website. Maybe even having a yearly Sandusky Register sponsored community service project to kick off the section and bring all the community organizations together to assist. Pick some projects, have a community online poll of which project they want to see happen and then get the community involved to make it happen. The media has a lot of power to make things happen rather than report on what HAS happened. There are a lot of local organizations that need volunteers and project ideas as well. Having a quick link to volunteer opportunities or organizations that need help would be great.

starryeyes83

I won't bother to deal with FB OR any other social media site since this is a done deal.

OH well, I'm outta here , too.

Can't trust the crazies that want to make death threats against my person.

I'm glad I stopped my subscription to this paper, this month knowing they defend a rapist who works there.

Only because they have to be PC.

SamAdams

We can probably talk forever about the risks associated with using our real names on a public Internet forum. There are the threats of violence; there are the threats of lost business. These are perfectly real. But The Register and certain of its regular online readers seem to want to "clean up" the comments section by eliminating anonymity.

That's a fine excuse, and some people might even buy it. But the reality of it all is that some people simply want to muzzle those who have unpopular opinions or beliefs with which they disagree, sometimes vehemently. You know what? You can't pretend that you favor freedom of speech if you don't equally support and fight for that speech with which you disagree.

If The Register chooses to demand identification for its comments, I'll be another who won't be bothered to be here any more. (I frankly won't bother reading the paper any more, either, since it is the exchanges in the comment section I find to be often informative, sometimes amusing, and almost always of SOME value.)

There are people who regularly comment that I wish I DID know since I'd love to have more conversations with them. There are others who regularly comment that I wish would just SHUT UP. But the one thing we all have in common is an interest in a given topic and the unalienable right to share that interest with others of both like and unlike minds.

The Register is a privately held company and it can censor its content, including the comments sections, as it wishes. But as a (marginally) free American, it's my right to seek truly free and open discourse elsewhere. And like I said, I will if I can no longer get it here.

starryeyes83

Well, and then Hoty writing a Letter to the Editor, threatening to sue The Register for libel because of one of the comments made against them.

That was in the print copy about two weeks ago.

Nemesis

Website owners are protected by federal law from liability for user supplied content.

arnmcrmn

The poster isn't though. A fake name cannot protect you. When you make a personal threat against someone that you are going to hunt them down and take them out, let me be the first to say a lawyer can get the email linked to the account AND the IP address and within a day find the exact location and real name to any account. One can be prosecuted for making threats, intent to harm….etc.

starryeyes83

Yes, but, people don't help themselves when the poster makes a point of identifying his/her occupation and a few other things regarding their name ( ie. admit to using acronyms or nicknames ) and other personal information. All I needed was a yellow pages provided in my regional phone book. And I'm not even in the same town or area.

Although, I 've never made threats to people.

In other words, be careful how much info you put out there.

T. A. Schwanger

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Keep the anonymous side of the blog.

Many times the information from anonymous commenters is useful information for research purposes as I'm sure the Sandusky Register uses some of the information for future stories.

I rather enjoy it when commenters such as The Answer Person tell me I'm all wet but don't share information to the contrary.

What irritates me the most is when commenters don't do their research before they blast others---say for example when a claim is made Save Our Shoreline Parks "opposes all forms of development along Sandusky's waterfront".

T. A. Schwanger

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Return to the early days of Sanduskyregister.com whereby on the tool bar we can click on only Sandusky news or Perkins news or Port Clinton news etc. instead of having to scroll through page after page looking for local articles.

Nemesis

Ooops, accidentally posted this on the other comment anonymity thread, meaning to post it here.

Where is the value added in attaching names to comments? There is already a frequent commenter whose use of her real name doesn't deter her from attempting to hijack every comment thread and make it about her own personal problem. The Register has published rambling, train of consciousness columns with disjointed sentences that make no sense, an apologetic for criminals written by (surprise) a criminal, and relationship advice from a self-promoting, self-proclaimed band groupy, and lauded it on the sole basis that they all put their names on their writings, never making any attempt to defend any of it on any other merit. By that standard, the mindless, but signed, rambling of a brain damaged child molestor would be of more value than the Federalist Papers, simply by virtue of the latter's pseudonymous publication, and the collected works of Shakepeare would be considered so much toilet paper because of uncertainty as to his real identity.

People should focus on ideas and not personas. Using names does nothing but allow identity to distract people from the ideas. We would not have a Bill of Rights in this country had not the writings of an anomymous commentator generated support for ratification. Those who insist on names either suffer from the false belief that their own identity enhances the value of their comments, or are looking for handles on which to hang ad hominems. If you can substantively rebut the assertions of another commenter, you have no need to know his/her name, and it's notable that some named commenters resort to attacking anonymity when they can't muster anything better. The Register already has all the commenter identification it needs - password protected accounts so no one can post in some other user's name.

Also, Jason, you claim you addressed the proofreading issue, but you did so with a flippantly dismissive remark that the readers here take care of that for you. It's a poor excuse for a journalist who depends on the customers to do the proofreading. That's like a car manufacturer who expects the customer to check the tightness of all the lugnuts when taking delivery of a new car. We're not just talking about typos, either. There are gross errors of grammar and usage, such as the use of "himself" as the subject of a sentence that I observed a few days ago. My fifth grade teacher would not have accepted that. To borrow from Jeff Foxworthy, one who holds oneself out as a professional writer should be smarter than a fifth grader. The English language is the primary tool of your trade; have some professional pride in mastering it. Given the general quality of the writing we've seen here and in the print edition, one wonders whether, if the Register were a carpentry shop, every staff member would be missing a finger or two due to careless use of a power saw.

Jason Werling

Nemesis- Thanks for joining the conversation. 

In regards to my "flippant" and "dismissive" remark regarding proofreading, I'll stand by my comment. Mistakes do happen and we fix and run corrections when needed. If this were a case of multiple sentences with grammatical errors within every story published I would see it as a problem.

The occasional errors will pop up and get through proofreaders. I have posted stories where I had to go back and fix a headline or something within a story. It happens.

To compare it to a car manufacturer with loose lugnuts, I have yet to see a family of four seriously injured in a crash because of a misplaced comma. No one has ever lost a finger because they used they're instead of their.

I would guess that your fifth-grade teacher would also tell you that their best student is not free from making errors. And the same would go for a college journalism professor.

Saying their are "gross errors of grammar and usage" is the same as saying the Register doesn't do ANY positive stories. No one person, business or organization is perfect.

Answer me this... Why the usual suspects show up in the "controversial" stories on our site in the comments section, but no words of positive encouragement when we post a "good" story or a gallery from a positive event?

Are people looking for something to complain about? Do people want to be negative? Or is there a positive majority out there that is scared to make a positive remark because they will get blasted by someone with an anonymous name?

Nemesis

"Saying their are "gross errors of grammar and usage" is the same as saying the Register doesn't do ANY positive stories."

REALLY? Read that sentence back to yourself, Jason, and see if you can find the irony.

I'm sorry, but the use of "himself" a the subject of a sentence should NEVER appear in a professionally written publication. Mistakes happen, but your staff are supposed to be award-winning PROFESSIONALS. The fact that mistakes in your profession don't kill people is no excuse for lowering the bar. There was a time when journalists were rigorously trained in proper use of the language, when the BBC took pride in the fact that people around the world learned to speak English correctly from their broadcasts. Now it seems all they teach in journalism school is leftist ideology and a disregard for standards as repressive imposition on hehalf of dead white men.

Fine, if you like, forget lugnuts. Look at the quality differential between American and Japanese cars in the late 1970's. Which side of that comparison do you wish your product to more resemble?

The answer to your question lies in the question itself. You put the word 'controversial' in scare quotes, but you shouldn't have. A controversy is something on which there is strong disagreement. Naturally, such topics generate more discussion. When you report on something that is universally seen as good news, what is there to say?
It's good news, and we're all happy; there's nothing to discuss. We can all simply smile and be happy. The sound of crickets chirping in the comment section of your good news articles is the sound of contentment.

grumpy

"The answer to your question lies in the question itself. You put the word 'controversial' in scare quotes, but you shouldn't have. A controversy is something on which there is strong disagreement. Naturally, such topics generate more discussion. When you report on something that is universally seen as good news, what is there to say?
It's good news, and we're all happy; there's nothing to discuss. We can all simply smile and be happy. The sound of crickets chirping in the comment section of your good news articles is the sound of contentment."

The 'controversial' articles seem to be the court cases or about gov't policies, both of which tend to have natural splits when it comes to opinions. Good news articles have no such division, as Nemesis pointed out. At most you can say good story and smile, to have double or triple digit comments on it simply won't occur. If you wish to see what readers think of such articles put a like button at the end of the articles so the readers can simply like the articles if they so wish. same for comments that are made in response to the controversial articles.

On another question... you haven't stated in the article how you would get actual names on the commenters other than it won't be through facebook or twitter. What way do you propose to get the names? Will you simply ask in an email and keep their anonymity online or how do you figure to do it?

Jason Werling

Oh, I definitely see the irony. Sorry, I wanted to type up a reply real quick earlier and it has been a crazy day.

I'll respond to your other points later tonight as the kids need to eat. Thanks for your continued dialogue.

Nemesis

I have the same chore to handle.

By the way, sometimes haste makes irony the gift that keeps on giving. It should be "type up a reply really quickly." You're modifying "type" which calls for adverbs.

What should really sting is I'm one of the people that the journalism majors were poking at when they wrote "2 weeks ago I can't spell ungineer and now I are one."

Jason Werling

Nemesis- Point taken on good news, but it would be nice to see those stories in the top comments section. Does this blog count as good news?

Everyone in the newsroom is well-trained and we take our jobs seriously. I'm not going to make excuses for the mistakes that make the light of print or digital. They happen and we correct them, write a correction and move on.

I make sure to personally call and apologize if I make a mistake in a name or something similar. If we mispelled a name in a cutline in college we would fail that assignment.

I didn't attend any classes in leftist ideology, but I am proud of my education.

Please join in the conversation in future blogs, I'm going to try to post weekly, and not weakly.

Nemesis

You shouldn't look to the comment count for validation. Commenters represent a small percentage of readers. If your webmaster can't provide you with pageview counts for your articles, then there are plenty of 14 year olds who can - hire one. If you MUST have explicit validation of your good news articles, I would suggest exploring why with a good therapist, or implement the "like" button so many have suggested, and, this is just as important, announce it prominently and put the button at the top and bottom of each article. We don't want you thinking no one likes the article because they didn't know about the button or couldn't find it. In the end, though, the SR is a business, and there are plenty of other places you apply your talents if you didn't need a paycheck to put food on the table. We both know that good news stories aren't what are paying the bills - to quote Don Henley, people love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry.

As for joining future conversations, it appears you're about to make changes that will rule that out.

If you think that the proofreading is sufficient, that's your choice, but it's disappointing, when you ask your customers how you can do better, and so many of them ask for better proofreading, for this to be your response. Do we expect perfection? No, but a baseline expectation of customer service would dictate that you take the feedback to heart and at least try to make improvements, or at the very least give lipservice to the idea.

Truth or Dare

Watched some interesting testimony on CSPAN's Public Affairs a few nights ago. They were called to testify in front of a Sub-committee in regards to the Public's right to privacy regarding the Internet and the harvesting of information going on. You know, the whole NSA thing. It was pretty interesting and pointed out that the individual speaking on behalf of GOOGLE isn't willing to admit User's information is being harvested, along with other social media sites, such as Facebook, Yahoo and others. You won't find me on Facebook, ever! Nor do I now, or will I ever Twitter.

Been here commenting for what, maybe 7 yrs. now. Never did think my comments, although personal thoughts/opinions would be completely private. It only takes a hacker, or someone within a company whose willing to provide info. by word of mouth, anonymously of course. They're asking we put our name to our comments, yet they're willing to take anonymous phone calls and tips to help w/their 1st. Amendment to the U.S. Constitution journalistic freedoms of speech. Really? Should such things lead to physical violence, cyber-bullying which seems to be quite popular on Facebook, see quite often right here going on or resulting in some kind of legal woes, it certainly makes it that much more difficult for one to exercise their right to the 6th. Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Of course I realize that's being shredded to pieces, one day, hour, minute,second at a time!

The same night I caught the testimony, I caught an interview with Lori Andrew, the author of; I Know Who You Are and Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the death of privacy. It's my understanding the book itself doesn't really provide much in the way of helpful information as too how to better protect oneself and their info. shared. It is stressed however, that due to info shared, exchanged, harvested, it can and does effect many areas of one's life, including getting a job or losing your job, getting a loan or having your credit completely destroyed, etc., etc., etc.. Technology, you either love it or just have to live with it. My only answer as to the dilemma of harvested and shared info., because really they say there isn't much you/we can do about it, would be to contact one's Congressman/woman, Senators and House Reps., letting them know your personal feelings regarding this or any matter.

tk

Sandusky Register, protect your readers. Keep things as they are. There is to much senseless violence going on to risk posting under your real name. I do not want my name, address and email address out there for everyone to have access to.

kal-el

Hilarious to watch you cowards shiver at the thought of not being able to sit and throw your anonymous stones. Some of you are on here at all hours of the day and night, throwing and throwing. Jealousy and cowardice. Wouldn't it be nice to see a community work together instead of promoting vitriol?

SR, if you can't police your own forums, it's time to require the same rules you have for the print forum and verification of identity. Why do you have differing rules for each medium? It allows your readers to libel and slander without consequence.

And no, I won't be providing my name until that is the rule for all. For now, I'm only a man in a silly red sheet.

grumpy

"SR, if you can't police your own forums, it's time to require the same rules you have for the print forum and verification of identity."

There is a difference between the paper knowing the identity of the posters, and the public knowing. If the paper wishes to know my identity and will deal with it like they do with sources, no problem.

I realize that if someone really wants my identity there are ways of finding it. But most crazies are just that, if they can't find you easily they are too scattered to do the work to find you. I am concerned by the crazies, who are not competent to do searches to actually find anonymous posters. If they are sane enough to be able to find someone without it put on a plate the chances of them being crazy enough to do harm is much smaller, and thus more acceptable. Just my opinion on how crazy people seem to behave from my observations. The ones crazy enough to be concerned about haven't the ability/patience to find out how to learn identities.

That and I own a piece of a business that I work at part time. If it was just mine I wouldn't care, but since I only own a 1/4 it wouldn't be fair to the others to take a hit from my opinions, from the wacco's on the other side of what my opinions would be. The wacco's on both sides take things too seriously.

starryeyes83

As long as the subscription BILLS are still PAID for by checks or credit cards with REAL names attached.

What makes the difference if we use anonymous names on here? The right side of your bread is still buttered , right? Your sales, profits, and jobs are still intact, aren't they?

Why is this so much an issue lately? If it was a problem, maybe you should have never set up a public comment section to begin with as you did these many years.

You guys can't tell me, you all haven't been entertained over the years with some of the bawdier comments. Especially on the dumb criminal articles. This includes Norwalk Reflector ( since your both owned by the same).

Hell, You should have been paying us!!

P.S. SR: YOU have my name on file in your Billing Department for now.

Erie County Resident

The question you asked was,
"What do you want to see at sanduskyregister.com?"
How people log in does not matter either way to me. The moderators are hit & miss at best so it doesn't matter.

Now as far as content goes the "FUNCOAST" portion should get a name change to "The Alcoholics Guide to the North Coast".
It seems like almost every article is about beer, wine, where partying with beer/wine is happening or happened.
Yes the occasional family article is there but with beer, wine and whatever booze is available.
I'm not against somebody having a drink. I do myself but come on already that seems to encompass 90% of every edition.

Jason Werling

ECR- There is one beer-related story on the front web page of Funcoast.com right now. And even that one isn't about getting smashed. It is about types of beer you might want to try.

The three past Funcoast magazines have had Oktoberfest (yes, beer related, but it was a family-friendly event), Halloween events, and Girls' Night Out as our cover stories.

arnmcrmn

As someone pointed out earlier, my name and a link to my twitter account was published by 4Shizzle on here. While I don't doubt for one second that this person is nothing more than trash who's soul purpose for being on this forum is to name call, threaten and bully. When you sign up for these forums you have to accept their guidelines and rules. When I'm threatened on here and someone tells me they could find me, link my twitter account, and proceed to tell me I could be taken out, Houston we have a problem. I've sent several emails to the SR in regards to the name calling by deertracker, Big Dog, coaster fan and 4shizzle and finally got some moderation when I emailed them letting them know my lawyer will be contacting them next. When you created this site, you created a wormhole for internet thugs, and bullies and if you don't moderate this site, eventually you WILL end up in litigation. People posting another persons personal information on here and then threatening to "take them out" is easily a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Daily MODERATION and booting people who don't comply with YOUR RULES!!!!!!!!

SamAdams

I think you just reinforced one of the points being made by many of us! You note that posting another person's personal information and making threats are bad (not to mention scary) things, and you're absolutely right. But now The Register ITSELF wants to post posters' personal information? Oh, THAT'S a good idea! And yes, that's precisely why so many of us are against it

arnmcrmn

There are quite a few people on here that know my name and know who I am. I put my call name down as it is for that reason. What I have to say is backed up by facts that anyone can find anywhere on the internet, news and newspapers. I don't name call (only exception, calling junkies and 4shizzle trash, which they are). I think some have a real issue with me, not because of what I post, but because of who I am. Call it jealousy, or whatever….I really do not care. Im a God fearing man who gives not to get and treat everyone with respect (except those that don't give it).

With that being said, Im on the fence with the real name thing, or linking FB accounts. I think it will deter a lot of the trash posters who's objective is to bully, name call and threaten. While, there will be some fake accounts (which you can notify FB that its fake and they will remove it), it would cut back a lot on the BS and get down to some good discussion. On the other hand, you will lose some posters because people won't want to post under their real name. But, if they can't say what they feel without their name tagged behind it, then why post? Seems pointless doesn't it.

arnmcrmn

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local man

eliminate the 10 text votes a day for Fandy Athlete of the Week - make it 1 vote daily

show a score along with series of pictures at times we are left in the dark with the result

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