What happens now?

• Michael Farber on a thin crop

• Eric Duhatschek on the impending UFAs

Cap space

Top Dmen available

And …

• Yvon Pedneault on the trade

Mathias Brunet’s take

Frankie the Bull welcomes SK74

Robert L’s analysis

•  •  •

The worst news of the off-season is Chris’s decision to stop posting Comments at Habs Inside/Out.

Chris knows his hockey, and his analyses are always insightful and provocative. His opinions stand out in a environment where, too often, the gargoyles take over the cathedral.

The people who run this zoo are hoping he reconsiders.



  1. JIMVINNY says:

    I feel for Chris, and understand his frustration.  That being said, there is still plenty of good discussion going on here, and if you doesn’t respond to the trolls, then they aren’t a problem.  A thick skin should be a pre-requisite for an internet forum, as should be an internal “ignore” button.

  2. Mr_MacDougall says:

    So, If that is what you think of Hamrlik, why would a team like Anahiem take him for nothing? wouldn’t it be more likely that we would have to take on a contract that the “trading partner” views as a “bad contract”

  3. Puck Bard says:

    That’s an awefully expensive mentor

  4. Psycho29 says:

    Or the “Buy Pat Hickey a newer car” fund.

  5. mike g says:

    I’m waiting for Georfes to re-up too before I get his, and it might be with the “C” too….

    Anyways, like I said let me know. I’m making an order next Monday, the same order that includes my Steven Stamkos jersey!

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  6. Puck Bard says:

    If Recci can get a one-year deal worth $1 million from the Bruins surely there’s a spot in the league for Mike Modano.

  7. mike g says:

    I’m not sure, I’ll try figure something out and let you know.

    I gotta leave now, but I’m working 12-8 today. So I’ll be back here between those hours. When you see me post something, jump into the convo and well c how we can work it out alright?

    See ya later.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  8. ed lopaz says:

    after reading Robert L’s analysis – which should be required reading for everyone here – I can’t help but wonder

    Why the Habs would hold on to Hamrlik’s 5.5 million cap hit??

    you guys have countered with the following answers in the past

    1) he’s very reliable, not bad at all, and was excellent when Markov went down last year

    2) he’s a mentor for Subban and O’byrne

    3) he’s a veteran, experience is key

    but we are nickle and diming important players, looking to save 100,000 here and 200,000 there, and there’s

    Hamrlik, our # 6 d-man making 5.5 million per?

    Clearly Markov, Subban, Gorges, Gill, Spacek, are all more valuable than Hamrlik.

    Only Markov is making more than Hamrlik.

    Even if we get a 4th, 5th round pick from Anahaim, for example – which has a need for an experienced d-man and tons of cap room to spend (I’ve heard amongst the most room in the league),

    it would free up the room to let the team make better decisions.

    Of course, I’m not saying anything that the Habs brass doesn’t know – I just hope they can make it happen.


  9. Natrous says:

    They need to ban their IP for 30 days for first-time offenders or something like that, and up that to 90 days for second-timers.. banning accounts doesn’t make sense, but banning IPs will make people think twice about personal attacks.

  10. joeybarrie says:

    I agree with what your saying, but nasty email to me is the same as emails for viagra, enlargement, UK lottery, and Nigerian Princes… They are a fact that you can simply ignore, block and DELETE. Its like asking to never get bad news or junk mail. I put a mail box in front of my house and I wrote on the sign I only want good mail. No junk, no bills and no solicitation. I cannot understand why I am still getting my bills…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. Natrous says:

    Hey Mike, I’d be interested in that connection of yours, but I can’t find your email. How can I contact you besides this super-open forum? 🙂 Thanks!

  12. TomNickle says:

    If anyone it would very likely be Gorges or Gionta.

    Already having Markov’s I don’t imagine I’d go any further than either of those two.

    I would probably wait for Gorges to get an extension prior to grabbing his uni.

  13. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t think you need to implement moderators (except for partuclarly offensive language as you suggested).

    This is the busiest garderie in Montreal. No need to repair what isn’t broken.

  14. TomNickle says:

    Not at even strength or on the Penalty kill.

    If you glance at my post again Paul you’ll see I was saying that I would bring Bergeron back only if he and Markov were healthy so that Markov could eat his 5 on 5 minutes.

    Bergeron only works on the Powerplay for me.

  15. Fansincebirth says:

    I’m okay with this trade and I hope everything works out for all involved. I loved SK when he was on his game but he has a lot of maturing to do and it won’t happen in Montreal so it was best to move him.

    With regards to Chris…I have often come on here and have been disgusted by the name calling and the constant drone of some posters who want nothing more than to get under people’s skin. Unfortunately, there isn’t much the moderators can do. Ban them and they sign back up under a new name. There are times when I need to take a break from here because the constant bashing gets to me and I hope it’s the same for Chris and any others who walk away. Name calling on this board is one thing but when it coomes to attack emails, well, that goes beyond good taste and sportsmanship….

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  16. TomNickle says:

    I took a break around Christmas because of negativity, not trolls or anything like that.

    I certainly have a small group of people on this site who’s opinions I despise.

    I’m not a fan of your dislike for Price, Gainey and Co. but at the very least we can be civil.  There are people on this site who are only interested in drawing others into name calling.  I fall for it far too often but that doesn’t make me any less guilty than those who are instigating.

    Chris leaving is a bit of a wakeup call for me not to engage those people.  I’m at the point where I’ll stick with people who actually contribute something in the way of knowledge and insight, other than that, I’m not interested.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Woah! Bergeron!

    You think Hamrlik is bad and you want Bergeron?

  18. joeybarrie says:

    You should never let OTHER people decide for you what to do and what not to do.

    If we all let the idiots, the negative nellies and the attackers decide for us what define’s us and how we express ourselves, then we would probably never leave our house.

    It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do there will still be people like that we all must deal with. We must remember that these are only words, and it is only ourselves who can allow the insults to hurt us.

    It doesnt matter where you go there are always going to be these types. WE must deal with them, and no one else. Ignoring the fact does nothing but encourage more. I am sorry to say, but giving up is NEVER the answer. If it was where would we be in history. It is no different in any type of society regarless of the parameters, size or limitations.

    The majority of people here are constructive, offer different sides and lead to a interesting forum. We cannot allow the few to ruin that. In fact if we do then not only is it OUR fault ONLY, but OUR loss ONLY.

  19. Jbird says:

    Me too – The only problem with that jersey it that it’s from 1984 and a bit small.   My 5 Year old nephew is wearing now.

  20. SlovakHab says:

    Now that someone below posted Chris’s avatar was Naslund, I remember who he is. A decent poster I’d say, too bad to see him go.

    As for the suggestions part, I’d welcome an option of not showing a comment of a person that I choose to hide and a rule that permits only a limited amount of posts per 1 page (say 7-10; I remember Tony frequently had 14-15 posts per page). That could be the start. Also blocking a person so he/she couldn’t send you an e-mail could also be an idea.

    I understand the freedom of speech on any forum, but once it starts ruining your enjoyment of the website, it doesn’t do any good.

  21. mike g says:

    Judging by your style, I ‘d see you wearing only a couple of current Habs’ jerseys…

    Georges, Cammy, Pleks, and maybe Gio. Anyways, if you want one e-mail me. Takes about 3-4 weeks to get shipped to ur house. 40 bux CDN, tax in.

    And I can get most star players from other teams incase your looking for yourself or for a gift.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  22. G-Man says:

    E-mailing some1 over a hockey disagreement is crossing way over the line. Threatening them is beyond the pale. All we’re reading is other fans’ opinions. In real life, this forum does not matter. I talk hockey with friends and co-workers all the time. HIO adds to the passion. Great articles and excellent links to more thought-and-comment provoking opinions is what makes HIO so addicting. Many posters are annoying and repeat ad nauseum (I certainly do), but all of us are born with our very own censor. Apply it once in a while and don’t respond to posters you believe are trolls.

  23. smiler2729 says:

    Perfectly put.

  24. smiler2729 says:

    Years ago, I got a Habs jersey and put my nickname and birthday number on it. I’ll never get traded.

  25. mike g says:

    To those who often question the acquisitions/non-acquisitions of PG since he took over, I think we should all look at his changes and smile…

    Dominic Moore was acquired for a 2nd round pick. Sounded like a steep price to pay at the time, but man was the guy reliable and a good example for the team throughout the playoffs.

    Now, SK and his bag of miseries was traded for one of the top UFA goalies and a role player. Even if were unable to sign Boyd, this deal gets my approval for one reason; SK was thaught to be worth nothing more than a bag of popcorn. Were well aware of the SK fiasco, and I think most hockey people on this site would agree that simply dumping him for nothing would have improved the team in many ways. To get something for him, and something half decent, seemed way out of the question.

    Good job PG.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  26. Big Bird says:

    Couple of cents from the peanut gallery:

    (1) I’m disappointed to hear that Chris is no longer posting.  I agree with Krob100 that a sabbatical is all that may be required.

    (2) The expression ‘Don’t let the ba$tards drag you down’ comes to mind.  But I can understand that once you start getting personal emails it borders on the ridiculous.  Who needs that?  If it happened to me I would have simply forwarded the emails to Stubbs, Boone, Mio and asked the senders be banned from the site.  I’ve had people make racist comments before and they have been deleted/shut-down immediately.

    (3) Rather than feel anger at those people who send nasty emails, I’d feel pity for them.  Why? They have nothing better to do on their lives than send nasty emails to a fellow fan that comments on a sports blog. Think about it for a minute.  It’s pretty sad.  They must not have a lot going for them in life.

    (4) I also don’t expect Boone and those guys to moderate this site full-time because it’s just not realistic.  Their job is to write for a newspaper and not baby-sit a bunch of kids.  We all know who the idiots are.  Deal with them in the most appropriate way.


  27. Puck Bard says:

    Travel ’round the country and meet us all individually, one-on-one… get to know us, maybe even love us.

  28. smiler2729 says:

    Gonchar’s in Sergei Zubov territory now. His best is behind him, yeah, that image of Moen just going around him, in a playoff game no less, is damning.

  29. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, he’s guilty of what you stated but so are a lot of NHL defencemen, superstars on down. It’s the frequency of them that set off alarm bells. The Hammer’s jumping the shark on that line and last season at his age, it had to do with his increased ice time due to injuries that led to more obvious miscues than not.

    If his ice time can be relative to his age, he’ll be fine. Konisarek, for example, in his last Hab season was horrible for those same reasons and I was flabbergasted that Toronto threw $5 million a year at him for it.

  30. Malreg says:

    Mr Boone,

    Why not hire more moderators?  It doesn’t cost anything, as everyone would do it for free, and many would line up to offer their services.  You don’t even have to give them the power to ban people, just the power to delete useless and off-topic posts.  It would make the comments section a much more fun, and clean space for the real fans.

  31. TomNickle says:

    Thanks Mike, I’ll let ya know.  Very doubtful though.  I have to like a guy A LOT to get a jersey.  I don’t wear them that often, not even at games.

    Last jersey I got was Markov, that was four years ago.

    Last one before that was Muller although I was close to getting a Bulis jersey(just kidding).

  32. Corio says:

    Chris will probably show up again with an alt..  he won’t be able to stay away imo..

  33. Big Bird says:

    Well said.

  34. smiler2729 says:

    Tom, you’re not guilty of childish debates but rather being drawn into them either defending yourself or trying to fight the good fight and trying to get the morons to shape up. I’m guilty of that, too, we have to resist the trolls and walk away but y’know… sometimes… argh!

  35. Puck Bard says:

    Ode To A Recent Churn

    We never even ever met,

    Yet your departure I regret,

    Your devilish frame in silouette,

    For the Habs you’d come to vet,

    All you really hoped to get,

    Was one more puck into the net,

    and some hockey têteà-tête,

    Now you’re Boone’s new teacher’s pet.



  36. TomNickle says:

    If Markov and Bergeron weren’t injured I’d say bring MAB back because Markov could eat up his 5 on 5 minutes.

    If you’re looking for an offensive ability out of your defenseman, Bergeron is just as capable as Gonchar.  

    If you’re looking for somebody who can play 5 on 5 too, Gonchar can do that but is no more reliable on the defensive side than Hamrlik.  That’s much more of a blast on Gonchar than it is a vote of confidence in Hamrlik from me.

  37. TomNickle says:

    Really Paul?

    Come on, throw me a nugget here.  I’m trying to like him, seriously I am, just in case we’re stuck with him.

    I see a guy who traps himself with the puck in our zone with nobody to pass to because he’s taken himself so far out of the play.

    A guy who routinely loses his man around our net.

    A guy who gets beat at our blueline like clockwork.

    When he does get a pass off cleanly I find it’s too hard for the target to handle.

    I find that if he’s down low on the walls he’s good at pinning the puck carrier on the boards and coming out with the puck.  That’s honestly the only positive I see in the guy’s game, I really hope he’s great in the room.

    Gimmie some things you like about his game cuz I’m looking here……PLEASE.

  38. mike g says:

    LOL, don’t worry I gotta change mine too.

    But it’s not like I was ever wearing it, I was too embarassed. It just stayed there collecting dust, so it’s probably better that I give it to a little kid or something now.

    Hey btw, if you need a new jersey let me know, I get them dirt cheap. Really cheap…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  39. Iceberg84 says:

    I think he’s definitely an upgrade over Hamrlik though, and I’ve always been curious to see what it would be like to have Gonchar and Markov play together on an NHL team. It would make MAB obsolete (not that he was coming back anyway) and would guarantee a better PP next year. If he can get 50 points again next season, I don’t think anyone will mind a minus rating (unless it’s a -25 like Souray a few years ago).

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    The problem is finding a team willing to take Hamrlik.

    Actually Hamrlik was, on balance,  a good player for us last year. Unfortunately, he ain’t getting any younger.

  41. TomNickle says:

    Thanks Mike!  Ya jerk, gotta go change my sweater now.

  42. arcosenate says:

    I remember Travis Moen beating Gonchar to the outside in the playoffs. Not a good sign defensively. But on the PP, he’s the best. Noone will take Hamrlik though, at $5.5 million.

    Please don’t attack me personally, I have a wife and family.


  43. mike g says:

    The best thing about waking up this morning?…..

    Seeing my SK74 jersey in the closet, and screaming “F-U, ya loser!”


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  44. twilighthours says:

    Yes sir, I do feel like walking away.  I didn’t even come to HIO during the playoffs.  Couldn’t handle all the pea-brains after every opponent’s scored goal.

  45. arcosenate says:

    That’s Friday isn’t it?

  46. Mike Boone says:

    Or the Mike Boone Freedom 62 Retire to the Bahamas Fund

  47. krob1000 says:

    Hey Chris,

    I don’t have your email anymore as I lost my entire outlook and had to start it from scratch a few months back but I can tell you from personal experience that a brief sabbatical is all that is necessary.  I got really fed up after free agencyl last year and then again right before the playoffs and shortly after them and didn’t post for a few weeks or a couple of months both times…kept reading though (mainly to see what a handful of you guys were discussing).  Sometimes a handful of people decide to squash intelligent discussion and on more than a few occasions I have let myself get sucked in all too easily and amazingly you don’t.  I got the bug back and have been a little better of late at avoiding the circus if ya know what I mean.  Take a week or two and get back on here cause you are very, very needed. 

     You are hands down the most informative and rational person on here and although we sometimes disagree (not too often though). Like the great majority here, I always read your posts and strongly believe anyone would be foolish not to consider your perspective on virtually any issue regardless of their stance or position on anything Habs related.  I am not going to accept that you will not be posting and hope you just take a break…a brief break but take what is necessary.  The handful of mouthier posters who you are  having issues(who isn’t?) with are very vocal but I can promise you they are a small fraction of the population here and you would be hard pressed to find 2 percent of peole on here who would not be terriobly disappointed if you really did leave.  Now I know you won;t respond to this but if you did you would probably let me know that that statisticv I threw out there can’t be proved or could be reversed, or flipped, dipped, stripped or something…and that is exaclty why we need you.  Expect to hear from you sooner than later.


  48. dh says:

    Not sure how difficult an ignore button would be but if there are any changes, it needs to be something like that which lets the user decide who or what they want to ignore.

    I don’t think censoring anyone, except based on the criteria that Boone mentioned above, is the way to go.

  49. TomNickle says:

    I’d be happy with a guy who wasn’t a liability for 60 games.

    Gonchar isn’t exactly reliable defensively in my opinion though.

    Rather invest that money in a banger up front or a guy like Martin, even though he’s a little injury prone.

  50. TomNickle says:

    I’m late getting in on what happened but from what I gather this isn’t about annoying posts or Price bashing, Halak bashing, Gomez bashing, etc.

    I believe this is about personal attacks that have gone too far.  Namely via email.

    For the people who have gone to such lengths in disagreement with somebody about a hockey matter, you’re pathetic and should be ashamed.

    I’m as guilty as anyone for getting into childish debates about Habs related discussions but would never email another poster to insult them or continue an argument away from this forum.

    Speaking as a guy who has way too much time on his hands between 8am and 3pm, you can find better things to do with your free time than to attack somebody else outside of HIO.

    Unbelievable that somebody would go that far, and how they got that far with Chris is beyond me.  He’s about as level headed as they come and doesn’t look to instigate.  

  51. dh says:

    But then you have to actually read the posts.  It’s probably easier to just ignore the posters that you expect are jerks.

    One thing that web forums lack over the NNTP newsgroups is the lack of a kill file.

  52. Puck Bard says:

    “All that aside, let’s talk hockey”:


    I’d love that too (at 1/2 the price), but I don’t see it happening. Also, I’d rather get some more youth upfront then pay all that dough for more of the same.

  53. Puck Bard says:

    double-double (toil and trouble)


  54. Iceberg84 says:

    All that aside, let’s talk hockey! I’d love to see Montreal somehow sign Gonchar for the same money he made last year and trade Hamrlik. If we’re going to pay $5+ million on a defenseman, we may as well spend it on someone who’s reliable (offensively and defensively) all year round without needing power naps mid season.

  55. adrian says:

    I know there is always alot of french canadian bonk when it comes to drafting signing etc.  However all that aside I was hoping to sign Biron.  His # were poor last season for sure, but The Islanders are terrible.  I hope we don’t overpay for Dan Ellis however I do actually like the Dustin for Sergei move.

  56. Iceberg84 says:

    The fact of the matter is, every website with a comments section is full of ignorant, racist, hateful and generally aggressive remarks. In my opinion, HIO is actually one of the lighter websites in this regard. Have you guys seen comments in your average Youtube video? Or news sites like CNN.com or the Montreal Gazette? There is some serious HATE going on elsewhere. I always thought the trolls here were kind of dumb and sad in certain ways, but it’s nothing compared to the absurd comments you’ll see elsewhere. The feelings people have about sports teams pale in comparison to their opinions on larger subjects like religion, politics, the taboo subjects like gay marriage and abortion or even crime! People use the Internet to leave despicable remarks all the time because it’s anonymous. It sort of comes with the territory these days.

    Anyway, that said, I totally understand why someone wouldn’t want to participate in a forum like this if they’re getting personal e-mails insulting them. It’s just not worth the frustration of knowing you can never really ‘win’ against the ignorant. It’s sort of like getting into a verbal disagreement with a drunk. No matter what you say, he’ll always retort with a ‘no, YOU shut up!’ ‘no, YOU’RE stupid!’ etc etc.


  57. BJ says:

    What about an overall rating system of annoying posts and if a certain percentage is passed than out. As I’m also tired of online fights and the last word…. I enjoy the many perspectives of many posters, the views may vary from mine at times but are still nonetheless valid. But I don’t want to have to sift through endless argumentative posts. Hope their is a way to resolve this.

  58. twilighthours says:

    This might kill the chronological way the comments are organized, which (I think) is crucial to the site.  Especially crucial during live-game blogs.

  59. G-Man says:

    Whining with positivity: I am so happy with the direction Habs management has taken regarding the goaltending situation in Montreal. Too bad Price ain’t ready….yet.

    Does that meet your criteria?

  60. 123456 says:

    advice well placed but not taken. trools go away if starved for attention, not unlike a small rodent moving the where the food is pleantiful.

    folks the best we can do is ignore users as needed, i am all for debate just keep it civil…. oh and remember if anyone of us were better than gainy, PG, price, even sergie we would not be posting would we??


    secret mod

  61. smiler2729 says:

    I know you know.

    It’s just maddening that the babybrains win, you’ve been here 2+ years too, don’t ya feel like just walking away sometimes after being inundated by the constant troll BS? I mean you end up doing more scrolling than anything to get back to any rare intelligent discussion you do happen to get. And most of the time after someone posts an intelligent comment, they’re called juvenile names just for having an opinion.

  62. CERF says:

    Mr. Boone,

    It was mentioned yesterday that HIO should implement a “thumbs up/down” feature where REGISTERED users get one “vote” per comment which would keep the most liked comments would get a thumbs up would be pushed towards the top and the troll like comments which would get a thumbs down would be pushed down. If i am not mistaken this is how youtube comments work.


  63. TomNickle says:


    Sad day.  

  64. twilighthours says:

    Smiler, I know!  I got it, thanks! 😉

  65. slamtherimtim says:

    you should charge a minimum amount so the cheap asses will stay away , kinda like that other site where nothing comes true , then you could use that money for the summit or put it to upgrading the site to have an ignore button , all that matters is the end result

  66. Thomas Le Fan says:

    The comment section of this site has been mostly ruined by trolls, haters, whiners and complainers. What we need is a *”NEVER HAPPY”* logo for certain posters. Either that or an “ignore” button. My suggested rules? No whining without at least some positivity or you get the *! No childish, sexist avatars! No politics! No trolls!    

    Go Habs!  

  67. smiler2729 says:

    The point is really not that Chris has stepped away, it’s that he is one of too many that have valid, interesting takes on things that have decided to pack up and leave or just become silent because the idiotfest has taken over here.


  68. secretdragonfly says:

    Very disappointing – when things degenerate into personal attacks via email, maybe it is time to step back.

    Chris's picture

    After 4+ years on this website, I’m packing it in. 

    What used to be a pretty fun environment to talk hockey has been degrading more and more into pettiness, cliques and personal attacks.  The clincher has been the last week, where almost every page features one or more instances of people resorting to personal attacks in discussions and some not so friendly e-mails showing up in my e-mail inbox in the morning.  I get enough of that in real life…I don’t need to come to a website that used to be a form of entertainment to get it as well.

    To those that found me arrogant or a know-it-all, you have my apologies.  I’ve been trying to contribute my opinions over the years, and as a rather analytical person by nature, those often tended to be stat-heavy and/or laden with references, often obscure.  I recognize that that obsession with stats grated on some people, as did the length of my posts  (sorry Yeats…but I’m leaving one more before I go!)

    To those who have contributed the many thoughtful and entertaining contributions over the years, even some of you who I often had disagreements with (yes you, HardHabits and Yeats), you have my thanks.  I’ve probably spent far too many hours on this website over the past few years, and you and the HI/O Overlords were the reasons why.

    Hope you all enjoy the UFA frenzy, and of course, I hope that you all have a wonderfully exciting Montreal Canadiens team to cheer towards a Stanley Cup.  For far too many Habs fans, Stanley Cup victories are mythical things that can only be referenced as the proud legacy of a franchise seemingly struggling with mediocrity in recent years…I think we all hope that that changes as soon as possible, even if we often disagree on how exactly the team should get there!  😉

  69. notbigbird says:

    The thing is, Mike, that it takes almost as long to vet the poster as it does to skim through the posts. I find myself getting aggravated over reading some of the clowns one more time, but I’ve often read the post or much of it before I figure that out. This BB could really stand an upgrading. I’m not trying to be one of the malcontents when I say that BTW — just observing.

  70. twilighthours says:

    Listen, I feel your (our) pain.  It’s often difficult to ignore the idiots, though.  You can agree with me on that one.

    I think the best solution – as many posters have suggested – is to implement an “ignore” button.  So I can ignore anything Timo or Tony ever post and never even see it.  Unfortunately, this seems technically difficult to do. 

  71. WarHero says:

    Sorry to hear that Chris has decided to step away. His loss is a loss for all of HIO.

    I will gladly volunteer to police the boards if needed. I, for one, am sick of reading the same garbage from the same people all the time.


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  72. Mike Boone says:

    What criteria would you suggest we implement?

    The monitors were deputized to excise cuss words, racism, homophobia and the like. Stupidity is more difficult to define, and getting ride of it is a labour-intensive chore for which, quite frankly, we just don’t have the horses.

    The best I can do is advise everyone to skip past the idiotic ravings of the usual suspects and focus on the good stuff.

  73. TomNickle says:

    What went down Mr. Boone?

    Those of us who use HIO as an avenue to sanity need to know.



  74. twilighthours says:

    There’s no question that Chris is an intelligent guy, but I have always found him self-important and not worth the read.

    However, if some of the clowns on this site have driven him away, then that is sad indeed.  I wish the HIO higher-ups would crack down on these bozos.  The extra site hits can’t be worth that much, can they?

    As for Sergei, good-bye and so long, sucker! 


  75. twocents says:

    The people who run this zoo… could be more proactive about nurturing an appropriate tone on the site.

    I’m no expert, I don’t visit any other public boards. But, I do know there are options out there to limit the screen presence of the type of nonsense that drove Chris away.

    If you are serious about wanting to keep quality posters like Chris, do something about the crap that takes place here. The comment section has essentially become a waste of time. The articles are still great.

    And deputizing a few posters, with a limited agenda, is not the answer. I’ve seen numerous technological proposals over the past two years from posters. None have been implemented. Try one, at least it would add credence to your plea for Chris to reconsider. If it proves problematic, try to refine it. If it’s a dead end, or has too many negative side effects, try another approach.


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