As of this afternoon, 15 of your fellow users have had their access to the Game Thread Forum removed due to excessive negativity or impeding on the ability of others to enjoy the GT's over the course of this season so far. Some of the users who were banned from the game threads are some of the more frequent game thread participants, while others had just a few posts that crossed the line. So regardless of whether you post all the time in the game threads or post very little, you're not immune from the same sort of action.
I warned everyone about this, but didn't really do anything about it. This year is going to be different. The game threads have been all but completely dilluted with negativity and player bashing. I won't even get into the kindergarten-level style of writing that's become commonplace.
The actions of today, and actions taking place in the very near future, are the beginning of the process of righting the GT ship and making it enjoyable for everyone. Nobody should feel like they have to stay out of the GTs. If anything, the GT should be a place for the community to strengthen and sustain its bonds between members. It's been anything but that so far this season, so only two weeks in I've decided to try and nip the problem in the bud. Which brings me to the next part of this...
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
With all the threats and gym-teacher like discipline out of the way, I need to ask the community for a favor. POLICE YOURSELVES. The people who participate in the game thread are the first, and BEST, line of defense. You will read stuff that a moderator might not... and don't assume that someone else has alerted us.
If someone is effecting your enjoyment of the game thread, LET US KNOW.
If someone is needlessly bashing Yankee or opposing players, LET US KNOW.
If someone is trolling, LET US KNOW.
If someone is attacking other users, LET US KNOW.
Think of it as NYYFans.com Neighborhood Watch . I've contacted several people already about being Game Thread umps/bouncers/deputies/hosts (still haven't decided what to call them... ), and am looking for more volunteers. These people will have no more responsibility than they have now, they would just gain the ability to deal with problems right away as they see them. Kind of like Safety Partol, I guess
This is a great community, and there's no reason why everyone shouldn't be able to join in on the game thread and socialize with our fellow users. And lord knows, at the time I write this the Yankees DEFINITELY need all the positive mojo they can get!