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08-31-2004, 01:40 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Danbury, CT
Let me just say this.
To be fair to everyong associated with HF that dedicate their time to providing articles for their teams. I don't have the time needed to dedicate myself to going to Hartford to see the youngsters play, living in NY I also don't get the feed to see the youngsters play across Canada in the Junior leagues.
Personally I think that the age limit is kind of sad and that the kids work should speak for itself. The comments about this site being run by a bunch of kids should have been trumpeted simply because the innovation and imagination of the youngsters made this a once great site. It was once the first place I looked when I accessed the internet, now I got to at least 3-4 other boards before this one and have decresed my posting a great deal.
I have pretty much ceased reading anything on the main page because I no longer trust the writers there. There's no connection to them in a conversational way. If the writers are fans of the team I'd like to see them stop by and say "Hey guys, I just posted an article, take a gander and let's discuss everyone's thoughts on it."
If they do post here and don't want to be known for what they are writing then, for me, that's even more of a reason not to trust them.
There's dangers in becoming more and more "respected". It has to do with the "hook" that this site has and that's the great message boards. I remember the major shift from Rivals. We came here not because of the main site, we came here because of the message boards and the site was a nice compliment to that. Once you become more "respected" as a site you draw alot more fans that's great, but the down side is the level of discussion taking place take a serious nose dive as you're not attracting the mature intelligent fans.
To me, it seems like there are less and less valid topics brought up which is reducing my desire to even get involved in any discussion.
Maybe I'm ranting incoherently, George knows that I have a tendency to do that (NHLS reference) but over the last 10-12 months it just seems like the quality of the site, for my preferences, has gone down while the efforts have been on going to make it a more "respectable" site.
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