23 November 2012

Thanksgiving, or Why we don't have a comments section

There's been a common question throughout the existence of the CRO from fans, enemies, moderately interested souls, passersby, wives, etc. etc. That would be, "Why don't you have a comments section?"

The simple answer is, I don't want one. Moderating such a thing seems a terrible nuisance, and you can imagine the type of people we'd end up with commenting on our site.

Beyond that, you are more than welcome to talk to us individually on Twitter, fire us an email, harass us in the various forums we inhabit, threaten to brutally beat someone you believe to be one of us (it's not) at the pub... whatever floats your boat.

I don't see the value, and I'd recommend any other Rangers blogger who doesn't thrive off the rush of a comments section to resist the urge. It will not only drive you insane, there's every chance it will neuter your work. Here's an example by the brilliant Matthew Inman, otherwise known on the interwebs as The Oatmeal:

You can and should read this whole cartoon. We take absolutely no credit for its level of amazing.
Very funny. Very true. And with what goes on in the little world of Scottish football Andy and I would go mental trying to keep up. That's why we contracted with Do the Bouncy to be our de facto forum, and they are excellent sports because I'm doing a terrible job at getting our stories up there the past couple weeks.

Anyway, moral is, comments can be good. We're never going to have them on the site. Please please please always feel free to send us a note on Twitter or via email. We're all good sports and enjoy the discussion.

So with that, I'd like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our readers and followers, and I know all the rest of the crew would join me in doing the same. It's been a great bit of fun bringing you guys Rangers news and views since the summer, and we've no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

-Shane