On Skyward files appeal over contract denial
Fordfan,We don't allow that derogatory reference to the Tea Party.Scott AngusEditor
On Badger hunting in Wisconsin
I live just off the greenbelt and have had issues with ground squirrels digging little holes in my yard. Not such a big deal. This year, though, a woodchuck/groundhog decided he liked my side hill. This hole is huge. The pile of sand, gravel and rocks is a foot high. Would I shoot if there was a season? Maybe not. But what can I do? Any suggestions?
On More accountability coming to comments
Acai's removed post is a classic example of my third point. He stated his opinion comparing us to the government, which is fine, and then followed it with a vulgar phrase. Then he blames us for removing his opinion. Scott Angus
One more round of responses ... - Brewernut: I'm not sure where you get your numbers, but they are wrong. Alexa is among the most reputable web-tracking sites, and it ranks us 81,376 in the world and 16,185 in the U.S. http://www.alexa.com/search?q=www.gazett.... As for failing in the digital age, many would disagree. Our site was named the best in the state in our circulation class for the second straight year in 2012.- Momof353545: We don't edit comments. We either leave them up or remove them. We remove them if they are libelous, contain inaccurate information or are in seriously bad taste. We believe that's the responsible thing to do - both legally and ethically.- Sheila, Arthur and others: We don't remove opinions unless they have one or more of the issues cited above or spelled out in our rules for commenting. We encourage all types of opinions. The problems often occur when people follow their opinions with name-calling, vulgarity or other violations of our policy. Scott Angus
For those making the argument that a paid site will undercut our traffic and advertising, you should read up on what's happening in the industry. Web advertising is not paying off to the degree we or other papers need, despite heavy traffic. At gazettextra, we've surpassed 4 million pageviews a month. We can afford to lose some traffic. Our advertisers still will get their money's worth. And we'll make more through circulation revenue. Other papers have gone before us and had success with the model. I'll write more on this in a future column/blog.
bleeding-heart: Nowhere did I suggest that the change to a paid site was because of the comments. I said the changes would occur at the same time. We're going to a paid site because we - like hundreds of papers across the country - are changing our business model.Beldar_Conehead: If that happened, it was a mistake on our part. It most certainly is not a pattern or a concerted effort. We do our best, but several different people moderate comments, and they occasionally differ in their judgments.
Frogger: Please try to follow this basic rule - "Stay focused. Keep on the story's topic."
twerp13 - The removal had nothing to do with the general content of your comment. You violated this clearly stated rule: "Keep it clean. Comments that are obscene, vulgar or sexually oriented will be removed. Creative spelling of such terms or implied use of such language is banned, also."
On World Baseball Classic
I've been watching. Good baseball, and it's been fun to see the Brewers spread among the teams. Two of my sons are heading to San Francisco this weekend for the final round. They went to Miami for the games a few years ago and bumped elbows with a few players in local watering holes. I'm envious. Four days in San Francisco, some great baseball and a chance to see one of America's coolest ballparks.
On My top 10 albums of 2012
Albums:- "El Camino," Black Keys- "Babel," Mumford and Sons- "Old Ideas," Leonard Cohen- "The Bravest Man in the Universe," Bobby Womack- "Rebirth," Jimmy Cliff- "Locked Down," Dr. John - "That's Why God Made the Radio," Beach Boys- "The Idler Wheel ... ", Fiona Apple- "3 Pears," Dwight Yoakam- "Slipstream," Bonnie Raitt
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