So yesterday was interesting and fun. Or at least it started out that way, as we got rolling in the live blog for FP2.
The live blog is a small, and loved institution. Last year was particularly fun, as we had some great conversation, and asides on history, acronyms, personal experiences, poems, jokes, and all sort that made it a varied experience. It was a hub of a few regular members of the F1F community and the huge numbers of less regular fans who are not so well known, but contribute a lot in the way of facts, and viewpoints and comments. It’s a bazar sometimes, of perspectives and personalities.
This is the live blog I know and love. It’s great, it’s fun, it’s F1 and it’s people centric.
Yesterday however, (and I’m not bitter, I just think it should be raised), about 5 of my 8 comments in FP2 got deleted within seconds. I was told I was ‘off-topic’. This, stole the joy out of the thing, myself and a few others rued the strictness of the occasion. Seemingly, jokes, asides, and anything personal can’t enter the room. Strictly F1 times, and specifics directly related to the events on track, and nothing else.
When you listen to F1 commentary, it’s nothing like that austere, and when you watch it with others, in a pub, in a house, or online, it’s nowhere near that restricted.
I know it’s the action of 1 mod, who perhaps is new, and a bit over zealous, but, be careful. To take the fun out of the live blog, is to send people elsewhere.
Having modded myself for lots of last years practice and quali sessions, abusive, offensive remarks should be removed, and those repeated questions about where to find a live feed, but that’s all really.
F1 fans come to the live blog to talk about F1, we should just leave it at that.
This of course, is just my opinion. If I’m wrong, please, feel free to correct me.