Moderator Action Sticky 2018

Submitted by Seth on April 26th, 2018 at 7:17 AM

New offseason, new moderator sticky.



What this thread is for: It's an ad-hoc way of tracking what threads and comments get removed. Mods that remove a thread should post the title here with a brief reason as to why the thread is gone.

Don't comment in this thread unless you have to: if you leave an irrelevant comment in this thread it will be deleted (see: "cumbrously long").


Things we moderate a lot:

  1. Politics. Don’t you get enough of this everywhere else?
  2. Noise/snowflakes. We ask our moderators to try really hard not to censor ideas but some ideas are so tiresome and retread and badly argued that they’re not worth keeping around. If you’re getting a substantial amount of downvotes we’ll look to see if you’re posting an unpopular opinion that you can support. If you can’t support it politely and rationally, or if you don’t acknowledge the holes in your argument, it’s noise.
  3. Useless content from other sites. Clickbait is annoying. 247, WTKA always get the benefit of the doubt.
  4. The Drew Sharp Memorial Don’t Feed the Professional Trolls Rule. Pete Finebaum has taken the place of the late Sharp. Valenti and Chatsports are the other two on the ban list. Bleacher Report is off the list but still under close observation.
  5. Bewbs and general misogyny/objectifying of women. We tried one year of this and our female readership shot up after being really low. This means it’s a good rule: however much you enjoy cutting loose with the guys, we have tens of thousands of readers it drives away.

Hall of Stickies Past:

The first, the second, the third. the fourth. The fifth. The sixth. The seventh.

Great Moments in Moderation:



January 20th, 2019 at 9:32 PM ^

Having a take because you're an extreme partisan isn't bannable. I don't think you need to be partisan to see Engler as a sleaze but I also don't doubt that it's been easier to see it through political framing. That comment doesn't deserve a ban. Downvote it as you will because it's a nakedly bad take informed by a kind of partisanship that defies reason. 

However his unwarranted partisan attack on the attorney general later in the thread was just pure politics. No reason to post it except to use the forum to start a political argument. Given the history here that was immediately bannable.

Time for Section 1.9


January 21st, 2019 at 9:01 PM ^

This blog seems to be getting away from the "inside info". I joined Mgoblog and became a religious mgozealot during the transition from Lloyd to Rodriguez, and it was entirely because of all the inside info on the coaching search that was being updated daily. Offseason updates used to include tons of info on player development, etc. Now it's just a bunch of links to Mlive and Twitter. Don't get me wrong. They put a ton of work into it and create great content. But for whatever reason they've gotten away from the insider info and there seems to be an overall resentment towards the board in a similar way that Hoke resented the media and the fans. It has really changed the way I see the blog and has made it an entirely different experience from what originally brought me here. Makes me kinda sad.


January 28th, 2019 at 8:06 AM ^

It is said that those who know don't talk. Somebody affected by the thread asked that it be taken down. Insider stuff from the message board is obviously still appreciated, and we are not in the business of honoring every request from every person in the athletic department. But I didn't see enough in this one to justify saying no.


January 29th, 2019 at 2:52 PM ^

DoE investigating UM for anti-male discrimination

if we had a thread for every wah wah political case the school gets dragged into that's all we'd have.

OP also dumped a toilet's worth of snowflake politics. Poster has been around a long time and has solid takes normally so instead of banning he's going back to -1825 points. May earn points back on August 6th if he can pass a quiz on the history of Bolivia.


February 13th, 2019 at 1:41 AM ^

People like you are everything that is wrong with this blog. There is absolutely nothing wrong with anything I posted and I don't need to sit here and defend it least of all to you. That there are over 800 replies in the game thread many of which are over the top and emotional and this is what you chose to come here and bitch about on top of calling me someone else's real name is bullshit. Absolute bullshit. Normally I wouldn't dignify this with a response but people like you who want others censored because you don't like their "takes" are the absolute worst. Mods, if there is anyone that needs dealt with it's guys like this. He has five posts on this page alone crying about other posters. What a joke.


February 8th, 2019 at 12:32 PM ^

Dear Mods, I recently started posting and have not received any points. Is there an issue with my account or as East Quad said, " Did you do something Stoopid so they locked your account". Please advise me of the error of my ways or account issue. Thanks 😊


February 16th, 2019 at 10:00 AM ^

USMC 1371, JohnGalt (yikes) and Walter Sobchak all deserve a trip to Bolivia 

just look in the Kaep thread. I understand it’s Friday evening and the mods are relaxing, but it’s quite bad in there from the dog whistles to blatant racism