We have a situation on this Board that needs to be addressed. I have started this thread to get a dialogue going. I do not claim to have all the answers, but I do have, and will make, some suggestions.
There have been several posts made on this Board in the last few weeks which, in my opinion, violate our Number One Rule: No personal attacks. To me, this is a broad rule. It applies to how we interact with each other, certainly. We can disagree with each other, of course, and everyone is entitled to their opinions, even strongly held ones, even controversial ones.
But I think that "No personal attacks" also applies to our comments on comics creators. We can criticize the work, certainly, but this is a place where we don't criticize the person. Their work, yes; their actions, yes (for example, responding to a creator's Twitter comments). But their is a line. I think some posters do not realize that just because it is open season on creators on some corners of the internet, that type of thing is not okay here.
It's not just comics creators either. I think the same should apply to any entertainer we discuss (because we discuss a lot of them); again, it is the work we should comment on, not people we really don't know. I shudder to think if we started having threads on polarizing figures from the worlds of religion and politics.
We have seen several posts lately in the past few weeks where the "No personal attacks" rule has been broken. What could be deemed as personal attacks on creators has lead to personal attacks on other posters. This is not a place for flame wars.
It needs to stop.
This is the Captain Comics Message Board. The members are collectively known as the "Legion of Superfluous Heroes" which is why we refer to ourselves so often as Legionnaires. It's a little corny, but it also gives us a sense of identity.
Because his name is on the marquee, this is Cap's house, and we are his guests, and I think we lose sight of that sometimes. When we violate the rule of "No personal attacks", we disrespect each other, we disrespect the Board, and we disrespect Andrew "Captain Comics" Smith. None of that is acceptable, and I will not be silent about it any longer.
It should be clear what the rules of this place are. It should be clear who the moderators are, and how to contact them. There is plenty of info on the home page, and this should be there for all to see.
This should be a Board where all are welcome as long as they are respectful of this place. It is, as Commander Benson put it so eloquently only a few months ago, a haven.
This is a great Board, and what I have been talking about is a bump in the road. But it's a big bump right now, and it needs to be fixed.
I watch Letterman regularly (so I still enjoy it, not being a glutton for punishment). When he returned from heart surgery in 2000 he had become considerably warmer, and still is. Irony remains as a big part of his humor, but that's not the whole deal anymore.
I'm still a Letterman fan, but I'm also someone who rarely watches these days. My favorite parts have always been Dave's monologue and the Top Ten lists. I don't find most of the guests who are there to promote their latest movie all that interesting, and usually that's about 80% of the guests. The funnest guests are the ones with nothing to promote like Regis (who is probably a replacement for a last minute cancellation, ironically).
Seeing the show in person is on my bucket list.
So where do we go from here?
First of all, thank you to everyone who has responded to this thread. It's very encouraging to see the members come together like this. The sense of community is not only still here, it is still strong, which is wonderful to see. Civility and respect have long been hallmarks of the Legion; I think it's safe to say we are as committed to that as ever.
Second, you all may have noticed a small change in my screen name. I have been invited to join the moderating team, and I have accepted. To all of the members of the Board, I offer this: you can send me an email anytime you like about any questions or concerns you have. I visit the Board daily, and will keep an eye out for emails. If I am on your list of Friends you are able to email me now. If I'm not on your list send me a friend request.
Here's where we go from here: we have restated our committment to keeping this a friendly and lively discussion board, we are committed to the shared values of the Cave, and we are committed to following and respecting our Number One Rule, "No Personal Attacks".
We live up to all of this, and we go forward.
I don't consider it get kicked upstairs, though, more like I now have a new, shiny, fancy (yet invisible) hat that I wear!
Hey, John: nice hat!
But if I want to talk about Stan Lee, I will! What are you going to do! Stop me? Go ahead and try to st
Now then, with great power comes great responsibility, so if you don't mind a suggestion...
I would separate Rule No. 1 from the end of the first paragraph and make it a paragraph unto itself before "Our regular bloggers are:"
I would also humbly suggest reformatting the line so it appears as Rule #1: NO personal attacks.
Just a thought.