I want to start with a big thank you to everyone that’s contributed to the blog in what’s been a challenging season on and off the pitch.
First and foremost to Ben R, Paddy and my long suffering colleague Ben S for all the valuable match reports and opinion pieces.
Not only do these great articles lighten the workload in what’s still very much a voluntary exercise for all involved, they also ensure we present a diverse range of opinions.
I haven’t agreed with everything my fellow bloggers have written about, but I think that’s a good thing and I respect the eloquent way in which they present their ideas.
The same applies to the wider community of bloggers who make this site what is with an often eclectic and always entertaining take on proceedings.
Unfortunately, when the team suffers on the pitch, things invariably become more heated in that comment section and of course I’ve noted a lot of hostility and multiple instances of tempers boiling over.
I like disagreement – when it’s focused on football – because it encourages interesting conversation, which I think is what we all want from a forum of this nature.
What I find frustrating is when a contributor demonstrates an inability to simply respect that differing opinion, however idiotic or uninformed it might seem.
It’s often an angry or ill-considered response to an initial comment that sees debate rapidly deteriorate into bad feeling. I would ask people to consider if you really don’t like a comment to:
a. Down vote.
b. Respond respectfully.
Or if you don’t want to do either of those things:
c. Ignore completely.
If you believe a comment contains language or subject-matter that is simply unacceptable you can always contact me directly to remove it. Thankfully, I don’t need to remind very many people that racist, sexist or any other prejudiced comments aren’t welcome on Wolves Blog, even in the context of what the contributor considers a joke. Unfortunately I can’t spend all day, every day rooting these out, so I rely on people being vigilant and letting me know.
But if someone is commenting exclusively about football and they’re not breaking these rules, I would urge everyone to please be respectful in response.
One grey area is deliberately inflammatory comments that are primarily engineered to incite angry responses. It’s often difficult to separate these from opinions that are simply unpopular but I will be actively working to minimise this type of trolling in the forum.
The comment ‘Like’ functionality remains another source of controversy, but as a reader I find it useful for quickly identifying interesting contributions one way or the other and I think the community get things right. You may disagree.
I think it’s also worth remembering that it’s not personal to get down-voted and just because your view is unpopular on the forum on any given day, it doesn’t mean it’s incorrect. Often it’s just a polite way for people to say they don’t agree.
It’s been a terrible season and a horrible year for a lot of people, so I can easily understand why emotions are running high, patience is low and tempers are frayed.
But we’re a community and even if we don’t share the same view on a team selection or a manager’s job security, we should remember we’re all united behind a common cause.
And more than that, this group of brilliant people have raised thousands of pounds for charity over many years, offered comfort to those struggling in other areas of their lives and in many instances developed lasting friendships outside of the blog.
It’s for these reasons that I hope all contributors – new and longstanding – will continue to join in next season when hopefully the world and the football team we support will help make it easier to see the positives.
Thank you again for taking part.
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