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Keeping BallOfSpray on focus

HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator
edited September 2020 in Site Info & Instructions
BallOfSpray is still growing and that means a continuously more diverse reader base. As the admin it is my goal to welcome everyone but I also need to keep the forum on topic. This is a water ski forum with a strong bias toward competitive skiing. Recently I have seen a number of threads that are outside of the intended scope of this forum. To keep this the forum focused I occasionally close, mute, or move these threads to members-only section of the site.

I apologize if this makes anyone feel unwelcome. The success of this forum is largely because of its narrow focus.

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  • thagerthager Posts: 5,313 Mega Baller
    @Horton You told me I was always unwelcome!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
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  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 507 Crazy Baller
    I like it. Thanks.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator
    edited September 2020
    @The_MS don't worry the beer thread is the most important thing in the members only section. I didn't say the website but all water skiing just mostly water skiing. Consider yourself lucky I haven't started a scotch or tequila section.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator
    @Bruce_Butterfield I'm thinking we should skip the booze thread. The beer thread does enough damage to all of us.

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  • cruznskicruznski Posts: 149 Baller
    Having seen other forums disintegrate I think you are doing the right thing. However the beer thread may be open to sequester.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 866 Crazy Baller
    I come here to get away from the realities of life outside of skiing, when I can't ski that is. Keeping it skier focused is important.
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  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,964 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    @horton yeah its probably a good idea, but since when has that stopped any of us?
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
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  • cruznskicruznski Posts: 149 Baller
    Well it is over 100 degrees here and I am NOT at the Pond, so I am inside reading what y'all have to say or report, and maybe that beer thread right around now might have value after all.
    ballsohardThe_MS
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator
    @Fast351 & @Dysco Relax guys. All I am saying is that I try to bias the forum toward competitive skiing and discourage conversation that is not skiing. Wakeboarding or wakesurfing or stuff like that is out of scope. If it is about some form of water skiing it is in scope.

    You have heard the phrase "Stay in your lane"? That is all I am doing around here.

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  • pregompregom Posts: 346 Baller
    @Horton you are the admin of a great site. I come here, when I can, to read all about this sport that got me hooked late in life, after several other passions that led me to many competitive challenges, always pushing me to better myself. Thank you and keep up the good work!
    RichardDoane
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 843 Crazy Baller
    @Horton thank you for this post or thread. I have been reading the forum page and wondering what is up. I hope this thread sets a pathway to the future competitive ski conversations.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 866 Crazy Baller
    I would like clarification of what is and is not allowed in the "other other stuff" category. Beer and where to sell a travel trailer are allowed but pointing out a crazy wake boat is not. This is confusing to me and I don't want to get in trouble.
  • jimskijimski Posts: 605 Crazy Baller
    edited October 2020
    I live for the competitive structure, the ski tech
    The web casts, the informative pod casts.
    It’s absolutely incredible that I can connect with pro water skiers on this website and get world class information.
    It opens up doors for skiers that no other sport does.
    Keep it real.
    Waterskiing keeps me alive
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator
    @vtmecheng if it is relevant to most skiers who ski buoys it is on topic. Pontoon boats and wake boats are not really in scope.

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  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,860 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 2020
    FWIW, most of the skiers I know who ski buoys also wakeboard and surf - or their kids do. Now most of us also ski open water behind pretty much anything, so maybe in that way it doesn't fit in. I'd be careful about pigeon holing yourself too tightly into a sport that many enjoy - non-exclusively.
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  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 866 Crazy Baller
    edited October 2020
    @Horton it seems like you are essentially saying anything other than sports beyond skiing or ski cross training. Am I understanding correctly? I'm really not trying to be difficult, just seems to be a hazy line and I don't want to cross it.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator
    You got it but don't make a big deal about.
    I also encourage making fun of @thager and @The_MS

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator
    Oh yeah and anybody who wants to make fun of @dirt that is on topic

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  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 866 Crazy Baller
    Ok, no to wakeboarding anywhere but yes to making fun everywhere. Got It!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,066 Administrator

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,955 Mega Baller
    edited November 2020
    That reminds me that I need to post some stuff about high jump, pole vault, Arcane Gladiator, and why dot product and sigmoid are the greatest operation and function, respectively, in the history of mathematics.
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