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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

It is amazing the ability to measure hits, time spent on site, what stories get hits, etc. on websites. I'm sure the LJW watches these measurements very carefully. If we want to get the attention of the LJW, we all have to agree to stay off of the site until they back down from this, this...I don't really know what to call it. I am beginning to think some of the above posts which suggest the avatar disappearances and the desire to use the Facebook component as a scam to increase advertising revenues may have merit. The survey questions disappeared for a few days and I thought I'd been set free. I go to this site daily and have used it as a model for our own site at may work. I always ask the question...what keeps me coming back to when I rarely ever visit any other sight. New content, the fun of posting and seeing what the regulars are saying. I don't want to know them by their real names, I already know them by their avatars and site names. This is a big part of what makes it cool. I ignore the little inappropriate runs and have watched others "self police" the site when people talk about someone inappropriately. They tease me at my work because when I say my blog name, they think it sounds like I'm saying something dirty. It really surprised me because I never gave that idea a second thought, but had to admit they had a point, This is mikehawk signing off.

October 9, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

I purposefully don't have a Facebook account, and it seems I'm not alone. It seems if I'm reading this new policy carefully, and since I only comment on, nothing changes. But, this situation seems slightly confusing. I'm not totally clear what this actually means. Still, from what I can tell, this decision is very disappointing and once again allows problems with the minority to affect the law abiding majority. I notice, but don't really read some of the tit for tat that goes on on this board. I personally find it annoying and personally choose not to participate in it as a supporter of civil discourse at all times. I refer to the most negative, anonymous comments as "drive by shootings" which are distasteful at best, and cowardly at worst. I am sometimes critical with the articles as a component of what is inherent within the DNA of such a site as this, but try to always refrain from making the criticism personal in any way. If I have offended anyone, either with LJW, or another blogger, please accept my deepest, most sincere apology. I would be happy to provide my real name behind the site within the registration, and you are free to bar me if I cannot participate in a civil manner. But, if the Facebook deal is a part of it, I guess my days of participation as a blogger are over. We'll just have to see and learn more about this new policy works. Right now, I am very sad as it seems this is defeating the fun and purpose of this board I've enjoyed for so long.

October 9, 2013 at 7:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

SG Kelly Oubre commits to Kansas basketball

Can't add anything to what has been said...oh, I the doo, man. Very cool.

October 8, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Seeing red: Charlie Weis 'not content with anything' after KU's 54-16 loss to Texas Tech

Oh, by the way, Matt. You know I love and respect you because if they cut you open, Crimson and Blue runs out all over the floor. But I think you need to have an alternative picture of yourself to post in your column during the week following a debacle like today. The one with the big laugh/smile just doesn't work right now. I think I'll look for an alternative avatar, also. Something with a puke green background might be fitting.

October 5, 2013 at 8:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Seeing red: Charlie Weis 'not content with anything' after KU's 54-16 loss to Texas Tech

Folks, the hype and unrealistic optimism is now officially over. No more raising expectations beyond what is reasonable. This game really shows where this program is at. I have no idea how much is coaching. People are payed a lot of money to evaluate that. It is easy and simple to blame the coach and coaching every time we lose. If we should take off and win a couple of Big 12 games bloggers and call-in shows would swear Uncle Charlie is a genius. The history of KU football is a great team once every decade. Still, the program is at a depth which will take at least four years to dig out of due to the shear numbers of good players required to build a solid program. The most troubling thing is the juco experiment is only clocking 50%, at best, and the scholarships which could have gone to high school kids you lose with now and win with later are gone. The fans are not the only ones laying awake at night thinking basketball can't get here fast enough. The AD is in his bed with his eyes wide open thinking the same thing. This is going to be a long journey, and sadly, there are more days like today ahead...hopefully, minus the fake punt.

October 5, 2013 at 8:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fans gather, wait overnight, for Late Night in the Phog

I'd like to go, at least once. Tonight would be a special one. They didn't have this deal when I attended. If you there, enjoy the moment. I hope some of this translates to supporting the football team tomorrow.

October 4, 2013 at 7:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU football commitment Andre Maloney passes away after suffering stroke on the field

We just never know. Prayers to his family and friends. John 14:27

October 4, 2013 at 7:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Friday Game Prep with Matt Tait: Texas Tech

Matt, you are one optimistic son-of-a-gun. If we win tomorrow, I'm climbing up on your bandwagon. As was once recorded in a famous dialogue, "I believe, help me with my unbelief!" It is headed in the right direction, but there are a lot of 'in's, out's, and what have you"s" in your scenarios for a win tomorrow. Gee, I hope you are right on all of them, because we'll need all them. It is good the players and coaches don't believe in moral victories, but as a troubled KU football fan, I do.

October 4, 2013 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: KU freshmen vs. vets could spice up Late Night

Tonight for show. From here on for dough (figuratively).

October 4, 2013 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Talent limiting football offense

Football is a game of endless variables. Good coaching takes what it has and figures out how to make it work for the skills sets and talent you have to work with. We need to win one more game this year. One dang Big 12 game. Two more wins and we have something tangible to celebrate. But we KU fans are going to have to endure a string of losses coming up and avoid turning on the coaches and the players. Things are headed in the right direction on many levels. Blaming Uncle Charlie OR the players isn't going to cut it. Not now. All of that can be re-evaluated after the season by those payed to do so.

When the losses start coming, Uncle Charlie is going to be the primary target. Again, you have to understand firing him after two years will only make things worse. KU, when we talk football, is not Oklahoma. No one with a cup of Blue Kool Aid in their hand seems to believe me, but we are not going to attract some high profile coach in football. We are going to have to throw our lot in with Uncle Charlie at least for four years. Hopefully, during that time all goes well and we stop always talking about firing the coach and talk about how he built a respectable Big 12 team which can compete, year in, year out, and be something more than a Big 12 doormat.

October 3, 2013 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )