I've been out of it a bit lately but i just put up 2 new reviews for Nova #20 and GOTG #18.
: 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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