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Author Topic: Uhm ... Guys? Shoutbox and stuff?  (Read 5433 times)
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« on: September 27, 2008, 12:00:35 PM »

Hi everybody.

While it's true that I am no longer a moderator here of my own decision (life has been beating me up, had nothing to do with anything else), I am still a member.  I write this post, and state my opinion as such, and nothing more.

I get that recent developments have caused emotions to be running a bit high on the board, to say the least.  People are feeling everything from anger and disappointment to fierce loyalty to heartbreak.  It's understandable.  Completely.

But there are so many places here on this board where members can go to discuss how they feel.  As a member, a Claymaniac sister, I am asking you to keep it out of the Shoutbox. 

As a former moderator I know that Claymaniacs, while not the largest Clay site, is a high-profile one.  Clay has acknowledged us in his Thank Yous in concert programs and so on, we've been listed before in magagzines in the top 5 places to find Clay online, and so on. 

And the shoutbox is one of the first places members of the media are going to look for "fan reaction" or, and I hate this but they say it all the time, "Claymate's comments".  The reason the shoutbox is so appealing is because it doesn't require much reading.  They can glean comments and reactions from it by skimming for a moment or two.

Two or three nights ago Craig Ferguson was taking his turn making jokes at Clay's expense.  He said something like And these Claymates, they're so upset!  They're having meltdowns.  One woman on a fanboard said that she couldn't go to work and wasn't able to answer her phone!

I haven't been around much, but I wanted to throw up because I had read that very thing in our shoutbox just shortly before then.

I realize it could've been on any of the other boards as well, but it still made my stomach flip.

I'm NOT singling anyone out.  I'm not.  If it's hit someone that hard, I understand.  And where else would you talk about it but here among other Clay fans who will understand how you feel.  That's a huge part of what makes this place so wonderful is the friendships and comfort found here.

I'm not saying that I think we shouldn't talk about our feelings or whatever.  I'm only saying I think we should keep it out of the shoutbox.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008, 04:28:14 PM »


Thank you Kris.  I've been saying that for months.

The shoutbox is the easiest and quickest place for malicious people to get material.  They don't even have to work at it or be a member. Take your comments into the forums everybody.  As Pamela has said in the past, the shoutbox is supposed to be a happy place.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008, 04:30:18 PM »

I agree. Someone clean up the shout box please - media are watching!!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008, 05:10:56 PM »

That shoutbox should be monitored... Paranoid
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2008, 09:49:19 AM »

Thanks guys.  Nice to know I'm not the only one thinking it.  There's just so many threads where we can talk about our opinions and feelings.  The shoutbox is not the place for it.

I think our moderators do an awesome job moderating it, but it moves so fast.  They simply cannot catch everything.  It's impossible.  That's why members need to use some discretion.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2008, 10:55:33 AM »

AGREED!
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2008, 11:17:37 AM »

I totally agree with you Kris Huggles

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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2008, 02:22:06 PM »

I SAID SOMETHING ABUT THIS JUST TODAY.  IF ANYONE SEES A POST THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT HERE, PLEASE KEEP POSTING THE SHOUTBOX UNTIL IT DISAPPEARS.  JMHO BUT AFTER THE OTHER DAY WHEN WE OF ALL BOARDS WERE SINGLED OUT, I WAS JUST ANGRY. 

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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2008, 08:14:22 PM »

Just an FYI so everyone is on the same page....we were not singled out ETA: by Craig Ferguson.

The comment referenced by Craig Ferguson was originally included in an online article that was picked up by several other media outlets.  While our website was specifically mentioned, the comment was similar to the one posted in our shoutbox, but it could have been posted on other boards as well, maybe even by the same person.

This particular comment was the opinion of one person.  Of course the media is going to seek out the most extreme emotional components of any news story; it's what they do.  However, I don't feel the poster should be ashamed or ridiculed for expressing her feelings, whether on the forum or in the shoutbox.  Removing her post would not have been appropriate; there were no rules broken.  Just because others don't agree is not a reason to remove a post.

While it's true that the moderators can't police the board 24/7/365, and while it's true that the shoutbox is supposed to be a fun place to just give a 'shout out,' some people's emotions have been running high for the past week, and I am a firm believer that we should all feel comfotable sharing our feelings here, as long as no one is in violation of our guidelines.  No, you don't have to be a member to read the shoutbox, but neither do you have to be a member to read the forum either. 

There is almost always at least one moderator online, any time of day.  Any inappropriate comments in the shout box should be reported to a staff member and a decision would then be made as to whether to remove it or not.

I respect and understand your feelings about policing the shoutbox, but I am very disappointed it was removed from the website.
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