Our goal at ChicagoCubsOnline is to provide the best source possible for news, information and the kind of day-to-day coverage that Cubs fans have come to expect and enjoy. Since our inception in 2005, we have grown every year, and that is all due to you, the avid reader and contributor.
In today’s electronic world, sports blogs have exploded and make up a great cross-section of the information super-highway. Sports fans are innumerable, so landing a good portion of committed fans is an honor for us. Our readers and posters grow every year, and for that we are greatly thankful and indebted to you.
Also, one thing we value above all else is freedom of thought. This is one of the wonderful things about sports. It’s a great debate. Different individuals can see one occurrence, one signing, or one decision in so many ways. We will always encourage everyone to share his or her thoughts and feelings. However, in the past few years, many sports blogs have taken a turn towards the cynical. Many have become havens for the negative. This trend has become known as “hating” and those participating as “haters.” Making sweeping generalizations and continually posting vitriolic drivel is not good for conversation, nor does it add to the dialogue. Blanket statements like “he sucks, he will always suck, this sucks, that sucks, everyone sucks” serve no purpose and don’t prove a point.
Furthermore, stating the exact same misplaced hatred day in and day out is useless, and in the end, greatly hurts the site as well as those who read it and those who comment.
While the CCO was able to avoid this for a long time, this is no longer the situation. Unfortunately, this behavior is hurting the site, and we can no longer allow it at ChicagoCubsOnline.
We want everyone to continue to post and we welcome all of the varying opinions that have been one of the strong suits of the CCO for nearly seven years. But the ability to maintain a good forum for those opinions starts with respect. That respect should not only encompass the give-and-take with fellow posters, but with the subject matter. The blanket “hating” and personal attacks, just because someone does not share the same opinion, must stop.
One of the beliefs of the CCO since the inception was, and still is, to never attempt to censor the comments or block a reader from commenting just because he or she did not share the same views as the site. With that said, the negativity and personal attacks have gotten to the point where it will no longer be tolerated.
If someone continues to participate in these actions, he or she will be permanently blocked from commenting.
Please know that in no way does this mean we want to stop the dialogue, whether it is pro, con, positive, negative, good or bad. We want all of that to continue on for years. However, there is a decided difference between thoughtful, reflective posts and sweeping statements of hate as well as personal attacks.
The CCO also asks for your help in these so called “pirate” attacks, in which someone deliberately posts an inappropriate comment, just for their own pure enjoyment. When these types of posts occur, please refrain from commenting, but flag the comment by clicking on the flag icon that appears when your cursor is placed over the “time stamp”, “Like”, or “reply” icons that appear at the bottom of each post. By flagging the post, you are alerting the site administrator, who can remove the post.
When this website started, it was done to do what it still does, but to do so with the utmost integrity. That standard cannot be compromised.
Thank you for your patronage. We thoroughly enjoy our role and look forward to doing it on a daily basis, and hopefully, at some point, that daily basis will include notes on the Cubs recent World Series Championship!
Yours in Wrigley,
The Staff of the CCO