I feel that the controversial subjects such as Jeff Green, Big Baby, Rondo, Doc, etc. bring out fire in Celtics fan.
It is fine to get into a debate with a Celtic fan, but keep in mind we all have the same goal here, and thats 18...no one should harass another member for their views.
Calling out Glen Davis on the other hand, for his poorous play, in my opinion, is perfectly fine, right?
I don't think the problem is with "calling out players"; my personal opinion is that if a player isn't playing well, then fans have a right to criticise them.
However, at the same time, I don't think anyone has a right to attack players, Doc, other fans, etc., and from what I've seen, there's been a lot of that in the game threads.
I agree with this. Iīm perfectly fine with posters who criticize Baby for bad play. However, most of the posts in the game thread degenerate to a bunch of "Yo Momma" jokes, with a lot of unnecessary vitriol, many of them already in the first quarter of games in which Baby really didnīt play bad. It seems like people are using 50/50 situations to justify their anger about the whole situation. Maybe theyīre just looking for Tommy Points...
On topic, Iīm certainly not a person who has a problem with negative posts, criticism is good and necessary if itīs meant to be constructive, but even I can see that the game threads have become hard to read.
1. Criticism is not constructive if itīs a simple "This team sucks". That isnīt criticism, itīs venting.
2. The above is especially true during the playoffs, maybe even after the trade deadline. What you see is what you get. This team wonīt change, no matter how hard you scream.
3. Itīs not more than a handful of people who are massively negative in the game threads.
4. Iīve seen "this team sucks because of stat X" posts even when weīre up, or in the first quarter of a game. This is absolutely ridiculous and shows a lack of any sort of context and thus interest in constructive criticism.
5. Just because you repeat your opinion every day doesnīt make it more valid. This goes for every opinion, positive or negative.
My simple solution, and I know this goes against the spirit of Celticsblog, is an "ignore list". Itīs what you do in real life with people you canīt stand, donīt care about their opinion or tell you "the end is near" to avoid constant debates, in-fighting or bad mood.
Ignore lists are not perfect, because they lead some people to ignore anyone who is of opposite opinion, and the exchange of different opinions is what makes the blog great. They also invite some people to show other posters a lack of respect, by telling them they are on their respective lists (which could be circumvented by an additional rule). Still, they would dramatically decrease the amount of in-fighting in game threads.