With the slow news cycle, we’ve been doing some much needed maintenance around Stately Beat Manor — trimming unread email lists, pruning RSS feeds, and so on. We’ve also been pondering our commenting system. We’ve recently put a few posters on “time out” because they were basically rude, insulting brigands, and we don’t like their kind. Biting wit and a droll put-down is fine. Name calling and invective is not.
Frankly, we’re always amazed when we go out and meet all the smart, talented people who read the Beat daily — we’d love to get some of those folks to comment more but it might require a complete overhaul of the commenting system. Also, it’s always been our observation that the better the modding, the better the commenting, and we don’t have the time it probably requires.
That doesn’t mean we’re not raising the bar a bit. Be interesting and informative, folks. There will be more time outs and rebukes handed out in the near future, so let’s all get ready for fall with a NEW ATTITUDE. (I welcome private thoughts via email, as well.)
On a semi-related note, we were cleaning out the spam filter and found a few messages that had been inexplicably sent into File 13 — including one from J. Michael Straczynski! OOPS. Sorry, JMS and the rest. Will definitely check that more often or have a minion do it.
ALSO, we will probably have to move to a new server because of the insane “GPU overages” that Media Temple is charging us. Our immediate advice would be, “Don’t run a moderately popular WordPress blog on Media Temple!” and you can take that right to Google!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.