Civility is REQUIRED at FishDuck.com (FAQ of Commenting Policies)

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Commenting Rules at FishDuck.com

Commenting Rules: “No insults, no belittling or personally criticizing; no name-calling, no taunting and even a back-handed compliment will be deleted. Do it twice and you are blacklisted from ever commenting on a FishDuck.com article again. We are the only Oregon site that insists upon civilized discussion; state your case as we welcome all opinions and discussions and want to learn from each other, but we must be polite to fellow Oregon fans.

From FishDuck.com Video

Charles Fischer is very “old-school,”, but he really wants “safe” Duck discussion.

If you are the kind of person that likes to “shake things up” with your comments or figuratively throw a written hand grenade into the room, then this is not the site for you. If you are a reasoned individual who wants to discuss topics of Oregon sports in a civil, friendly and protected environment, then this is the perfect website for you.

Politics and Religion?

We do not allow even a hint of politics. Veering in that direction at all will cause a site meltdown in today’s acrimonious climate. We do not allow anything negative directed at any religion, toward anyone in the LGBT community, or toward any race, gender or ethnic group. All of us in the categories above are fellow Ducks, and we want to hear all viewpoints.

Trying to Sidestep the Rules with Sarcasm?

Sarcasm is a form of belittling, of making fun of an individual or a group for their view on a topic. We do not want any type of belittling or put downs on FishDuck.com because of differences of opinion, thus such denigrating sarcasm is not allowed on this site.

Taunting Discourages Posting Comments…

Taunting other readers or writers inhibits them from posting their opinion, because they think they’re going to be put-down later if they’re wrong on a topic. We all are wrong at one time or another, so why would any of us post our thoughts on something if we’re going to get beat up for it later by an online bully? Thus taunting is not allowed because the key is that we want everyone to post comments without having any downside to it, as that can create great educational discussions.

Commenting about the Players or Coaches?

We let that happen as that is what message boards and forums are all about. Second-guessing coaches and judging player performance is what we do, but we must not go personal or nasty toward them. Questioning a play-call or whether a block should have been made (Performance-related) is fine, and give your thoughts as to why in one direction or the other.

Whether a coach should be retained or a player replaced is also fair-game because they know they are in the public sphere and that goes with the territory. Besides, the favorite player on every team is the back-up quarterback! Let’s discuss, but Ad Hominem attacks are forbidden.

C’mon Charles…are you Serious?

I have been on Oregon Football message boards for 22 years, and while all these other sites mean well and will monitor the site for a month or two–it never holds up.  Since summer of 2017 I have established a track record of removing all Trolls, and deleting every comment that violates our policy. I have blacklisted more Oregon fans than fans of our rivals!

I have learned the hard way that if I do not act on an improper comment immediately, then it will embolden others to do the same type of forbidden exchange. So if it appears that I’m overzealous or appearing to stomp on a comment immediately-it is because I don’t have any choice. If I let even one slide, then it snowballs in a negative way against all of us. And that is what the community wants me to preserve; a peaceful, civil, friendly and learning atmosphere with entertaining discourse about our Beloved Ducks!

This means reading every comment and making a judgment about the behaviors behind the comment. Since I’ve been through the wars online–I have developed a good sense for it. It is a time-consuming, labor-intensive hassle that all on the staff hates, but it is my promise to everyone to keep this site safe on every discussion.

Guaranteed Troll-Free Comments and Forum (coming)

I cannot guarantee that there won’t be any offending comments posted from Trolls, but I can promise that we will act immediately to remove the comment that breaks our rules and to blacklist the Troll at the second offense. (I don’t need a third example to take action)

We all mess-up once in a while and get carried away, and when that happens we warn the offender and explain why we do not do that on this site. These good people acknowledge their mistake, pledge to not do it again (and they don’t) and life goes on. But everyone sees the interaction and how I will not jeopardize the majority for anyone who rejects being civil with fellow Duck fans … hence good people always get a second chance.

The web has become a horrible place in some quarters, and I have been the recipient of noxious bile hurled by Trolls on other sites. Nobody will have to deal with a dozen insults in a thread as I have, hence my sensitivity on behalf of others is fine-tuned. We are the refuge from the real-world … where we can drift into a fun world of talking about Our Beloved Ducks, and leave the nastiness of the web behind. It is our Safe Green Sanctuary

We had a stretch recently where we had nearly 3,000 comments and I did not have to delete a single one, and that never happens on the web. We had over 150 comments to an article the other day, and everyone was courteous and respectful of one another, yet we had vigorous debate on a controversial subject. It was fun, it was great reading and it was an example of this unique community of Oregon fans at FishDuck.com.

Joshua Whitted

Associate Publisher Joshua Whitted also monitors the site carefully.

Some of those who comment do drive me nuts at times, but we do need their views here, as many are the ultimate apologists for the coaches and/or the administration no matter what the result. I don’t always agree with them, but believe in the balance of views presented. I do not want this site to become what other websites have often descended to, where “GroupThink” prevails and you are ostracized if you do not partake in the majority view. (The GroupThink link has a fascinating article about the phenomenon, along with lively and informative discussion in the comments)

In fact on those other sites, the majority often do drink the Kool-Aid, and those who disagree are often shouted down. Not here. I want all opinions, especially those that disagree with mine. I have changed my views before on a topic due to information given by others in these comments that I had not thought of, thus I welcome all perspectives.

I want vigorous and civil debate, and only through such reasoned discourse do we see if an idea, or concept holds up. The vocal minority are an annoyance to some of the readers at times, but God Love Them, and all that agree with their minority views. I have had my mind changed by the sage participants of this site.

There are some who feel that I, or the prevailing view on FishDuck.com is negative, while I was told at another site that we/I are homers, and the articles here are Pollyanna and “Sunshine-Pumping.” Neither is true as we are all Oregon fans, but we will call it the way we believe and that is not always pleasant. There are many definitions to what being an Oregon fan is and we ponder it all here, and wish to have this site open to all definitions to participate.

We are a small community, and we welcome anyone who loves our Ducks and wants to be a part of the  sanctuary this site has become.

I welcome all opinions and invite all to join the fun. Let’s learn from each other!

Charles Fischer

Commenting Policies for FishDuck.com (FAQ)

 Q: I had a comment deleted and when I went to post again—I could not. What is going on?

A: The first time you post an objectionable comment, we delete it.  The second time we Blacklist your IP address so that you cannot post comments again from that computer. If your first comment is especially objectionable to the staff—we will Blacklist you immediately.

Q: What is to prevent me from going to tons of computers and posting and over-running you?

A: We enjoy playing “Bop-a-Mole” and can delete and blacklist within 30 seconds of a comment being posted. If you want to play those games—no sweat, as it takes us a lot less effort than it will you. If you are a classy and nice person—you won’t have any problems on this site.

Q: Why was my comment deleted?

A:  Here’s more detail on the most frequent reasons comments are removed:

  • Profanity: Particularly obscene or pornographic language (including attempts at disguising profanity with dashes or other symbols) and four letter “s” word is profanity.

    FishDuck wants all opinions, but courteously.

  • A comment where it appears the commenter is masquerading as another person.
  • Personal attacks and insults: Threatening, intimidating, libeling or defaming of any individual.
  • Also forbidden is name-calling of other people commenting or people who are subjects of the articles. Even calling someone an “idiot” or “stupid,” or “dumb” will have the comment removed.
  • We remove even minor belittling of another; there is no need for it. State your case and let the information or the strength of your argument win the day—but trying to put someone down for a difference of opinion is childish and we will remove it.
  • Comments with back-handed compliments are deleted. It is a form of belittling and is unnecessary on this site.
  • Hate speech: Language that degrades others — including public figures — on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical characteristics or disability.
  • Off-topic comments: Comments that have nothing to do with the subject of the article.
  • Private information: Material that can be considered an invasion of privacy. This includes phone numbers, e-mail addresses, URLs or other specific personal information.
  • Solicitations of any kind.
  • Advertising or spam, including a comment that is posted repeatedly within one thread or across a number of different threads.
  • Copyright violations: No content from FishDuck.com or any other source can be reproduced in its entirety. Instead, use a small and relevant excerpt and then provide a link to the full version.

Due to the volume of comments received and reviewed, we cannot respond to individual questions about why a comment was allowed or removed.

Q: Who reviews the reported comments?
A: The FishDuck.com Staff

Q: Why are you censoring peoples’ opinions?
A: FishDuck.com reserves the right to allow or disallow any kind of content that doesn’t meet its standards as outlined in this FAQ. The site is under no obligation to publish every comment it receives.

Q: What about my right to free speech?

A: The right to free speech described in the First Amendment concerns the relationship between the U.S. government and its citizens. Any private business can require certain standards of conduct. Generally, a comment is removed not because of the idea it expresses, but because of the behavior associated with it by adding a personal attack, insult, hate speech or profanity.

Q: What does it take to get Blacklisted?
A: See the section on “why was my comment removed?” above. We no longer have the staff resources to consider a commenter’s past conduct when making a decision to ban them. If you break the rules twice, you’re out. If you commit an egregious violation the first time—you’re out.

Q: Will you tell me when I’ve been Blacklisted, or tell me why? And can I be reinstated?
A: Due to staff time limitations, we cannot respond to individual questions about why a particular person has been Blacklisted. These bans are permanent. We reserve the right not to tell the banned user that this is happening, because to create and maintain such communication is a strain on our staff time.

Q: Why don’t you make people use real names?
A: Because we don’t have the resources to verify that names are real. People could too easily impersonate someone else.

Q: Why don’t you pre-screen all of the comments?
A: We do actively moderate and pre-screen the comments for threads on some stories that we think will be particularly controversial. But we don’t have the staff to read and approve every comment on our site before it is posted

Q: Can I remove a comment after I’ve posted it?
A: No, so please be absolutely sure you want to make such a comment publicly. Comments could remain on our site for many years and are indexed by search engines. You have the option to edit a comment for up to 5 minutes after you post it.

1. Disagreement is not the Problem

I love a good argument; a great debate flushes out the good ideas and by default calls attention to the poor ones. I never learned anything from everyone agreeing, thus we want disagreement on FishDuck.com! I’ve been on Oregon football message boards since 1997 and I’ve watched a ton of disagreements; heck I’ve been the cause of some disagreements and learned my lesson a long time ago. Disagreement is when great thoughts emerge from other minds presenting viewpoints and perspectives I had not considered. I have had my mind changed by some of the thoughtful exchanges, and am grateful for the friends and fellow Duck fans who presented their point of view in a graceful way.

We welcome all kinds of fans at FishDuck.com!

Kevin Cline

We welcome all kinds of fans at FishDuck.com!

You can present your thoughts without being insulting, belittling, or snarky, and on FishDuck.com YOU MUST. Charles, what about your article with all the sideswipes at you that you did nothing about (referred to above)? I came on strong with my assertions in that article and being a fair and reasonable man had to allow the reciprocating energy of others in their response.

That however is not the norm on this site. People come here to learn, to ponder, and to share thoughts. I want this to be a safe place to advocate your opinion without having personal attacks blasted at you. I guarantee to protect readers writing comments from that kind of environment. If you insult or belittle a fellow Duck on this site–your post will be deleted, and the second time it will be deleted and your IP address will be blacklisted….unable to ever comment again.

(Correction: I DID delete one comment from the article about spoiled fans as it had an ‘F-Bomb’ in it, which will always generate a deletion.)

If you insult or belittle me? If it is tongue in cheek or innovative/humorous enough…I’ll leave it, but 98% don’t make that cut. Conduct yourself as a gentleman (or lady) and you won’t have any problems.

2.  Geez….use a Paragraph!

Want to know a secret about web behavior?  Readers don’t like long stretches of sentences with no breaks, and they don’t even like long paragraphs. Break it up!  Create paragraphs and make it easier to read and thus you may change some minds. Run on sentences for a mile? They won’t read it and we KNOW it, hence I tell our writers to keep their paragraphs relatively short.  You may think it’s cool to not capitalize or punctuate, but readers just ignore you. I know that to be true by looking at the average time on the page; if they are on your post for 7.8 seconds? They read one sentence and cut out.

 3.  Be Unique…

They are unique!

Kevin Cline

They are unique!

If you’re coming back to bluster your banal utterances about the defensive effort AGAIN…people check out quickly. If you are saying the same thing they’ve read a hundred times–they aren’t going to spend ten seconds reading yours. Add something new to the discussion! Some of these guys who bring in stats to prove their point…and do it in an intelligent way go a long way toward changing minds. Do some research and give us more than just an opinion.

4.  Negativity does not work…

You can be negative and yet teach others; you can be negative to talk about the potential–I know as I’ve done it and made a great learning experience for me and those who read it. (Pass protection CAN be a boring subject, and was a negative one after a game with seven sacks against us.) Don’t dwell or obviously enjoy the negative quite so much, or I will delete you. If you present it that way–you aren’t trying very hard.

This is a different audience here, as nearly half are women and the majority ARE young, hence this group of Oregon fans likes to enjoy what they are reading, and likes to ponder regardless of gender or age. If you deal with the negative in a reasonable fashion–fine. If you try to use this site as a platform to spew your toxic bile….you will be deleted. Quickly.

Principal-Charles Fischer

From the FishDuck.com Videos

Principal-Charles Fischer

5.  Be an Adult…

I put my name out there and anyone can reach me. (And they do!) Are you Mr. Macho hiding behind a phony handle who wouldn’t ever write your nonsense if people knew who you were?  Grow up, and do the childish stuff on all the other alternative sites out there. I would much rather have fewer readers (who comment) who are high-brow and thoughtful of all ages and gender, than have tons of LSU-esque type fans frequenting this site. (They were the worst EVER.)

The readers of this site are special, and I insist you behave that way toward them. Articles on this site are read so frequently, that this site last year was again the Top 1% in the World for pages read per month, and our instructional videos have passed the 1.8 MILLION VIEW mark. These are coaches, players, and fans who want to learn a little and have a fun read in the process. Let’s make it better with great comments as well!

Charles Fischer  (FishDuck)
Publisher, FishDuck.com
Eugene, Oregon

Top Picture is from a cool scene from the series on the History Channel, “Vikings.”

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