I have to say that I really enjoy your blog posts! You take the time to write rational, thought-out posts instead of just firehosing emotional napalm.
In terms of the new post about boards, it did give me time to think about this message board and I want to express my thinking on how things are run here.
The purpose of this board has always been to give Nova fans a nice place to talk about Nova. Somewhere a Nova fan (regardless of which incarnation of Rich, Sam or even Garthan Saal you're a fan of) can talk about things and those opinions are respected even if they aren't agreed with.
And things here have been really good for the most part. Occasionally a flare up happens and it has to be addressed but it's definitely not often or that out-of-control.
But as you pointed out in your blog, the rift between Sam fans and Rich fans has gotten sadly wider.
But I think it's only coming from a few extremists on both sides and thankfully not the majority of fans. And the board rules here are in place to help make sure that the ones who want to just share their love of Nova can.
Of course, when someone posts an opinion, it should be understood by the poster that there will be folks who may disagree and will express that disagreement. And as long as it's done maturely and rationally, posts won't be deleted here just because they disagree with someone else.
In relation to the new rule about using (as Darren calls it) slang terms, it's really there to try and help keep posts from going off the rails. The term NINO was a cute one when Matt and Bill came up with it. And they used it in an appropriate way in the beginning.
However, others grabbed onto it and started using it as a derogatory term by surrounding it with hostile attacks on the character, creators and Sam fans. To the point where we prefer it not be used.
And that goes to the Sam fans too. If a Sam fan ever refers to Richard Rider as "dick rider", the post will be deleted and the person banned. That's obviously a lot worse than NINO ever has been and there's no room for that immature usage here.
To be honest, I don't go to many Nova message boards for the simple reason I don't want to read extremists attacking a comic book character. Just typing that seems ridiculous. That a small group of rabid readers can get so worked up about it just makes me shake my head.
I haven't been to CBN's forum for over a year and a half because it had gotten so ugly against Sam. Matt has told me it's gotten better though. I just haven't bothered to go back yet. And for the record, Matt has done an excellent job with CBN. I still go there for news and strongly encourage everyone to visit there often.
And by the same token, I don't go to CBR's forum anymore either. They had gotten so anti-Rich and pro-Sam to the point of deleting posts and banning people for simply posting something about Rich or simply pointing out something they didn't like in one of Sam's issues.
That's just wrong. Different opinions (as long as they're expressed properly and respectfully) should always be welcomed. And that's the point of this message board. It's not to try and get everyone to feel the same way about both characters and agree with everything that Marvel does.
If anyone feels we haven't done a good job here, please let Darren or me know. I truly like all the Nova fans whether they agree with me or not.
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