My policy since taking on co-moderator of NMB is exactly the same as it is at Nova Prime DA. It doesn't matter to me one iota if an artist wants to submit a piece of Nova fan art - be it Rich or Sam - for inclusion at our main features gallery - irrespective of whether I personally like Nova jr. Its fan art. Likewise if a artist who does Rich stuff one sec and them a few Nova Jr pieces the next - am I really going to be petty and ban them because they suddenly changed sides to show appreciated to both aspects of the fan base? No. It's just fan art.
The fact remains that even if - like New Warriors - if the present Vol.5 ceased by end of the year - which yes will no doubt gain a major round of applause from certain quarters - Sam Alexander just like Rich Rider himself - will endure in countless fan fics, fan art and projects on the net; never ever wiped completely from memory. That is fact. I have a duty to give both sides a forum to air their views just as I do with fan art.
The point is that this board is here for fans to talk Nova, whatever you want - whichever one you want to talk about. And yes there'll be agree to disagree scenarios cropping up all the time. If you want to be hardcore - that's fine with me; but do it by abiding to the simple guidelines that we have here - they're pretty straight forward Centurions.
I have a zero tolerance to those that could upset posters; so beware. No warning; post gets zapped.
In closing - don't get me wrong; at the end of the day Marvel are still the arch enemy for causing this state of affairs for the fan base in the first place. The past Editorial still have a lot to answer for their way of treating us old guard the way they have; it was unnecessary to the extreme so the point I leave you with is this; they are professions who acted unprofessionally while we are fans - and many of you can act with due respect even when you have a point that can be hotly contested by some. That's the reason why as long as NMB is here - its here for all Bucketheads to come and say your piece, hang out and if you need to - just chill and reminisce.
Okay nuff said - back to your regular program! And sorry Thanos for robbing the spotlight - keep up your great blog! Even if I agree to disagree!
: I read the latest post in Thanosrule's blog:
: 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
: 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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