A Quick Word on This Site

Discussion in 'The Thunderdome' started by Tenacious D, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    This is NOT in direct relation to QP, or his departure, in any way - but the episode did prompt me to put the following out there, both as means to inform, and to welcome a dialogue or feedback as to its content.

    Rule 1: This site is not for everyone, and neither is it intended nor envisioned to be. Here are some of the (known) reasons why:

    It neither began nor is operated by a group of people who spend a great deal of time on any message board, nor certainly those who see it as anything more than what it is - purely a means of entertainment, where quality dialogue can be had with entertaining and informed others, and who neither take their participation on this site nor themselves too seriously.

    It is largely comprised of those who have a deep and strong connection ("love", even) to the University of Tennessee, particularly, its athletic teams - but who do so without the comfort of illusion, hope or wishful thinking, and who largely refuse to consent to the same sort of over-the-top romanticism (read: the electronic version of a pep rally) and intellectual dishonesty which it often requires, and which is so pervasive on other similar sites ("You don't think we'll go undefeated next year? Well, then you're not a real fan." sort of nonsensical thinking, just an example).

    Next time you have a lull in searching for midget porn, take a look at some other sites to see how much of their traffic and participation is driven by little more than rumor-mongering - whether it's people frantically searching for the latest gossip, or those attempting to gain e-cred in providing it. Likely, you'll find that it's more than half of their overall participation. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, per se, you are unlikely to see that here, or at least with any regularity. While we certainly have members who are "in the know" as to most of the happenings on The Hill, they tend to carry that information responsibly, using uber-discretion when mentioning it here, or anywhere publicly available. Why? Well, first, they wouldn't inadvertently betray a real-world (read: life beyond the interwebz) relationship,and secondly, because it's often the height of dumbassery given the fluidity of most situations (although the re-telling of the last season under Dooley, and this season with Coach Summit would be so voluminous as to require being released as a Time-Life series which required a three year subscription). So, if you're looking for a place that routinely spews rampant, unsubstantiated and entirely fictitious rumors - seemingly derived from "inside sources" which are comprised of little more than attending class with a player, knowing a guy who's neighbor is married to a coach's secretary, or who believe that Dave Hart is going to talk about anything of significance with his Sunday school classmates - then this will not likely be the place for you. The good news is that there are no shortage of other sites to meet this need for a great many people. And that's completely ok with us to lose the entirety of that demographic, however sizable it may be.

    While it is true that every SuperMod on this site was once a member of another site for years, and we likely know one another better than most, the site is not exceedingly more "clannish" because of it, or as some have fretted or complained. We do not use our own site-specific vernacular, nor do we have a lot of inside jokes that grew tiresome for most here, likely sometime between "not puberty" and "still not puberty". We do not hold either the person or opinions of one group over another, and nor does someone's position here grant them special consideration (as both myself and QP can suggest, as our status never prevents others from calling us out). Instead, we treat everyone the same - and do not label those espousing a different opinion as being an automatic fool, troll or turncoat Instead, all are most welcomed here - be it from other sites (VN and mods from other sites routinely participate) the fan of another school, or someone who was known to be a dipshit elsewhere (for as much as Sab and Eric have been maligned on VN, and discussed here, they would be as welcome to join and participate as anyone else, and I mean that quite sincerely).

    Admittedly, we undoubtedly do come off as clannish / cliquish at times, but it is not delineated on purely subjective or ambiguous criteria, alone. Instead, it can be most easily identified and is most strongly correlated with intelligence, reason and maturity (emotional and otherwise). So, if you are largely capable of providing a coherent thought on most topics, to propose a learned (or even sincere) opinion for your beliefs, or to reasonably oppose those of others, and to which you disagree - and have the fortitude and intellect to hold (or advance) said position, you will do just fine here. If you are not, cannot or will not participate in such a manner, you are likely to get drilled and numerous times and by several people. And no one is going to jump in and save your ass, either. Not because we condone your ass-beating, however well-deserved, but because we are a board of grown adults, each who can take care of themselves, and who do not require additional intervention. If you think that the vast majority of users at other sites don't relish the mods acting as their own personal body guard, you haven't been paying attention.

    It will never ("never, ever, ever" to be more accurately stated) be something which is appealing to the masses at large - the atypical Tennessee fan. This is intended to be a running list of reasons, so feel free to add your own here, and below.

  2. CardinalVol

    CardinalVol Uncultured, non-diverse mod

    To summarize (I think) -

    This site is intended for intelligent, well-thought fans who hold UT sports in high regard that are capable of defending their opinion and having fun in the process. We're going to treat other like a bunch of guys in the locker room.

    In addition -

    If you know of anyone who fits this criteria but who hates message boards in general because of the idiots on them, have them give us a look.
  3. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    I think that we are overlooking a niche of potentially large and valuable group of members - women.

    No shit. No joke.

    I've thought that for while now.
  4. O+W=H.

    O+W=H. New Member

    Tenny never wrote a quick word in his life...
  5. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    Negavol, IMO.
  6. JayVols

    JayVols Walleye Catchin' Moderator

    I think he was a Baptist minister in another life.
  7. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    I don't know which side should be more embarrassed / offended by your analogy.

    Que IPO running in to defend the Christian faith.
  8. JayVols

    JayVols Walleye Catchin' Moderator

    I am literally laughing out loud.

    To quote Peter Venkman- 'It will be dogs and cats living togethjer.....mass hysteria!'
  9. NYY

    NYY Super Moderator

    Wanting to hear of his love of fried chicken before I agree.
  10. Volst53

    Volst53 Super Moderator

    I'm glad you all put up with my dumbass, since this board is made for higher level thinking.
  11. O+W=H.

    O+W=H. New Member

    In one month, I will have been posting about my Vols for 7 years. The following is the most important bit of advice I can give....

    Never, ever, impart your emotion onto someone else's written word.
    Only thing that needs to be on the interweb stone tablet.
  12. BearCat204

    BearCat204 Chieftain

    Ummm who the [uck fay] is QP?
  13. WM

    WM Active Member

  14. BearCat204

    BearCat204 Chieftain

    Oh......he hasnt said anything to me about it....but I havent talked to him in about a week
  15. WM

    WM Active Member

    Yeah, not sure what his deal was. I'm sure there is a very logical answer though.
  16. droski

    droski Traffic Criminal

    No girls allowed!
  17. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    BS, VT53. You are by no means unintelligent, not that this is the only hard requirement we have. That's the sort of intellectual snobbery of which we are often accused, and which still wouldn't exclude you, even if true (it's not). Case in point: NYYVol. He's about as categorically stupid as one would expect the human race to be capable of producing, and yet he hangs in here (for the most part).

    Personally, I believe that there are several variations of intelligence (mechanical, logical, reasonable, educational, comedic, etc.) - I could care less if someone opposed abortion, but am usually keenly interested to hear / understand how they came to hold that opinion. If I can at least see how you got to your conclusion, even if I disagree with it, or find it completely indefensible, I honestly don't have a problem with it. People believe what they believe, at some point.

    Now, if someone attempts to supplant a universal truth with their own personal opinion or worldview, I usually question it. If they become offended at my questions, my right to pose them, or just flat attempt to escape the bounds of reason - such as by driving the argument off of a red-herring cliff - I feel the need to chase them down (argumentatively).
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  18. Tenacious D

    Tenacious D The law is of supreme importance, or no importance

    #NYYVol laughs at this post, undoubtedly while changing his anal tampon.

    #Tenacious D
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  19. IP

    IP Super Moderator

    It'd take some tough macho women to hang here. Lady Vols season ticket holder type of macho.
  20. Oldvol75

    Oldvol75 Super Bigfoot Guru Mod

    Many a chicken has gave its life (and fried) that I may live!!!!

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