In the last few days I’ve had to pull over 100 posts off the site. Why? Well, aside from one specific libellous accusation, most contained nothing more controversial than knockabout banter/abuse between commenters, and occasionally against a public figure. So why take them down? Simply because they ignored the only rule we have here on Slugger: play the ball not man.Contrary to popular belief this is not save the blushes of readers or other commenters. Rather it is to ensure that conversations contain readable substance. It also ensures that inveterate political opponents have a reliable forum in which they can engage safely and combatively with each other.
Slugger may fulfill a public need, but it is not obliged to serve every need. If you want to vent spleen about Gerry Adams, Ian Paisley, or (as seems to be the case for a lot of individuals recently) the Republic’s Minister of Justice, then take it somewhere, anywhere else!! *Reaches for his customised, leather bound Yellow and Red Card folder*
In the meantime, Slugger is open 24/7 for any ball players who want to talk politics/culture/sport!
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty