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Capitals turn off message board



The strain of this first-round series is getting to everyone, and with the discourse getting a bit out of hand, the Capitals temporarily shut down their official message board.

Now, I don't want to go crazy and compare this to the Redskins' SignGate, but....well, what would the reaction be if this were the Skins and not the Caps? The reaction would not be swell.

Now, I don't know anything about the legal or moral implications of permitting out-of-control bad language and bullying on team message boards. But I do know I'd prefer to see anonymous fans behaving badly online than anything that sniffs of censoring the critics.

On the other hand, as long as the message boards are down, please do feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section at Capitals Insider.

Ted Leonsis, meanwhile, is keeping things positive on his blog.

No talk of pressure. No talk of frustration. Just time to perform. One game. Series and season on the line.

I believe we are up for it. See you all tomorrow night and thank you for your support. We need it. Good karma. Good vibes. Go Caps.

Could be a long 32 hours.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
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Comments

That's a surprisingly bush league move for an organization that is usually quite savvy.

Posted by: mrlogical | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Shows that the organization is in total panic mode. Hardly inspires confidence. How about one of you media types asking Leonsis what is going on?

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 27, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, how about instead of reporting that it is shutdown, find out why it is shutdown?

I posed the question to Ted on his blog about if BB would be fired if they lost tomorrow, and the comment was never posted. Interesting...

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"I posed the question to Ted on his blog about if BB would be fired if they lost tomorrow, and the comment was never posted. Interesting..."

^^ LOL! are you on crack?

Posted by: asdffdsa1 | April 27, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

BENCH and TRADE Mike Green and Flash, they are a JOKE!!! Yes, I need to vent...

Posted by: riceldi | April 27, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

To be honest, I don't know why the Caps even bother with an official message boards. The reprobates who populated that place once showed that they were incapable of conducting themselves in a proper manner. The Caps shut it down last summer and in a perfect fit of the childishness that clearly defined them, they went and started their own little playground.

Which interestingly enough has run into some of the same problems that they encountered in the first place.

Now the new message boards have run into the same problem.

Methinks this says more about the people who inhabit those places than it does about the people who try to run them.

Posted by: CapsNut | April 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Not the first time the team has done this.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | April 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

BB shouldn't go anywhere BUT GMGM has to go! GMGM has known for 2 straight years that there is a need for a couple of 2 big physical D's and he brings nothing. Trade Green, Flash, Brendan Morrison for a real Dman.

Posted by: riceldi | April 27, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

BB does not motivate his team and they always get off to "slow starts" in series. He just blew a 3 games to 1 series lead. He has optional practices still. Flash was in the lineup last night while a guy like Scott Walker sits healthy in the press box. He is getting coached out of his pants.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

BENCH and TRADE Mike Green and Flash, they are a JOKE!!! Yes, I need to vent...

Posted by: riceldi | April 27, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: washingtoncapsblog | April 27, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry CapsNut, but that doesn't wash. I find the shutting down of the message boards at a time when the team is in choke mode to be a little too coincidental. If you really believe that it was shut down at this time due to unruly posters, I have a bridge in Arizona to sell you. Seems like they can't take the heat............

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 27, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey capsnut, can you help straighten a guy out on message board etiquette?

Posted by: Chokingdogs | April 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Capsnut is just mad his application at Bumper Boards got turned down....don't hate.

BTW BUY MORE TICKETS.

Sincerely,

TED.

Posted by: yanger1994 | April 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Caps win tomorrow 3-2 after falling down 2-0. Miraculously the message board is back up again, only to shutdown next round after getting waxed in 5 games.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the people who run the Caps' boards got fed up with multiple unintelligible threads that read like they were written by a second-grader, all started by the poster called, at different times, "Theodore_60," "Walker24Capitals," and God only knows what other usernames.

Posted by: 1995hoo | April 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I <3 my Bumper board peoples.

So sad that the Caps 'official' boards have decided that the teams crappy performance dictates how / when the boards are open. I miss the boards of old - where we were all allowed...I don't know...OPINIONS.

Posted by: mkellyrose | April 27, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd have more faith in them if they realize that in that context, the message boards have been "shut down."

Posted by: ValleyCaps | April 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Halak was so good last night, he managed to shut down the boards.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Halak was so good last night, he managed to shut down the boards.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The BumperBoards are like a sleazy back room on 42nd street in New York City. You might want to wear a body condom when looking at that message board, and just to be safe, delouse afterward. Not worth it.

Thank God for Japers and Tarik.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

At lesst the Bumper Boards load a bloody sight faster than the 'official boards' (those boards, like nhl.com generally, are so 'busy' with video links, banner ads and whatnot that loading them is like trying to walk through ankle-deep used chewing gum)...as well as containing a much wider range of discussion, and they're effectively troll-free too.

Posted by: Lukashenko | April 27, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

something tells me HawksPride was banned from the BumperBoards earlier this year. Either that or he is the germaphobe that walks around the metro with a surgical mask on. I personally love the BumperBoards and hope we don't get spill over from the Official Boards. We like our intelligent convo's over there.

Posted by: hubcop84 | April 27, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Which is more upsetting -- that the boards were closed or the affront to grammar ("shutdown")?

I say it's a dead heat (Or, perhaps, if you work for the Caps, a "deadheat").

Posted by: Incredulous2 | April 27, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

BumperBoards are edgie and admittedly somewhat supercilious.
Caps Boards is a room full of children all having temper tantrums.

Posted by: jeadpt | April 27, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I have been watching these CHOKING DOGS of a team for 33 years. I expect nothing different. They will lose tomorrow night. This team will NEVER win the Cup. They are CHOKING DOGS as soon as they put the Capitals jersey on. Green and Semin must go!!!

Posted by: DCFanatic | April 27, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

DEAR TED,

How convenient your boards are shut down when the team stinks. Do you not like the negative opinions over there about yourself, Bruce, Mike "No Show" Green, and Alex "Cant Hit The Net" Semin??? Is this your way of protecting the brand? Pathetic. You might not want to ever bring back the boards if we lose tomorrow. Let me guess Ted is going to somehow delete my comment.

Posted by: yoooooooo | April 27, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

slightly off subject, but do the same 27 people (facebook) "like" every single blog post that has ever been put up on the 'Bog?'

Posted by: bacaje | April 27, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

As a longtime "contributor" to the Caps message board, I can tell you that the big problem is not the Caps fans who come there to discuss and -- yes -- vent their frustrations at times. The real problem has always been what are called "trolls" who are fans of other teams (mostly Pittsburgh) who come in and post inflammatory remarks over and over.

There is supposed to be a moderator who removes the more inane, insulting, and vulgar of the remarks. But whoever the moderator is, they either do not have the time or the inclination to do their job very often. The result being that after a loss like the Caps suffered Monday night, the Caps message board looks more like an old New York subway car covered in graffiti than a place to have a discussion.

From what I understand, the Caps are hardly the only team in the NHL having these sorts of problems on their message boards. But considering Ted Leonsis is an internet guru-type, you would think his team would have a little better handle on the situation. Apparently the only solution they came up with was to take their football and go home.

Their team may be joining them Wednesday.

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | April 27, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

This is why we can't have nice things.

I thought the Caps portrayed themselves as one of the more "new media" friendly franchises around. Or maybe that was just hype by the new media people themselves who wanted to paint themselves into the official organization picture.

Posted by: LouLewis | April 27, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hubcop:

Honestly, I've never tried to sign up for the Bumper Boards. I have too much self-respect for that. This is totally an outsider's honest opinion. I've never been on the "official" boards since the whole thing blew up a while ago. That's when I found Japers and I've never looked back. There are a few regulars from the old message board on there and they are regular contributors.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

It's disheartening (though not surprising) to see blanket censorship embraced so readily in our nation's capital. Why not moderate the board so that grossly inflammatory posts are filtered. The fans should be allowed to vent to some degree.

As for the playoff outlook, I don't think it's time for a panic in DC. The Caps won more games than any other team in the league; the Habs won less than half their games. This is now a one game series and the Caps have the advantage. The fans at the game just need to get behind the team and get as loud and raucous as possible at the outset to let the team know you're behind them.

Posted by: indyrich | April 27, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

CHOKING DOGS!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

HawksPride,
So you pass judgement on something you've never seen....Your opinion is now moot.

buh bye!

Posted by: bwilsonalso | April 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Bumper here, from the disease-free Bumper Boards. Both I and my boards, have been tested and are both STD and Troll free! We are not the public health hazard that some of you make us out to be.

For CapsNut - let me drop some reality into your world. The Bumper Boards were not created because of what happened in the Great Board Coup of 2009. What has become known as the Bumper Boards started out as a private side project by my boyfriend who was looking into expanding his IT skills. He created a website so that he could test programming and the boards were part of it. I, too, was going to learn how to do some programming. He created the boards FOR ME as a gift (some women want an engagement ring, I want message boards). It just so happened that when Uncle Ted shut the ABH side down, I had the original incarnation of the Bumper Boards to transition everyone on to IF THEY WANTED TO. They had been created all of a week prior so there was literally nothing there. Now that you have been thoroughly enlightened, feel free to continue with your informed, incorrect view. The internetz is serious business - you keep up the good fight, ya hear?

The Bumper Boards have become what most Caps messageboards posters wanted on the OSB's - a place to cultivate and maintain their friendships, with some degree of censorship and NO TROLLS. I personally approve and review all requests for membership, and I am also quite swift with the banhammer - as people will attest to.

The Bumper Boards are run BY the posters, and are administrated by me. I try to keep everyone's wants and wishes in mind when creating and deleting things. It is a collective place for fun, hijinx, sarcasm, snark, faster loading pages without the assault of red, criticism of the team and the organization, the ability to post photos and use unlimited emoticons, and noodz (in a password protected forum).

Is the environment for everyone? Certainly not. However, it is for MOST and MOST people seem to be happy with it.

For those of you who feel that you have too much self respect, I say to you get over yourselves because ultimately you're not that important in the world.

To all my Bumper Boards peeps - I heart you all...all 789 of you.

Your buddy and pal (who should moonlight as a 42nd street hooker apparently),
Bumper

Posted by: bumperhead | April 27, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

First Ted complains on Ted's Take about people coming up to him in his neighborhood, now this. For someone who is a successful businessman and was a politician at one point, he has an incredibly thin skin when it comes to criticism.

I wonder how often people stop Dick Patrick in the street to complain about the team... then again, how often is Dick Patrick's face put up on the jumbotron at the Verizon Center, and does he publicize his email address for fans to contact him about everything from why their tickets are going up 20% next year to how overcooked their chicken fingers were at the concession stand?

And nice job criticizing something you aren't even a part of, HawksPride. It's always nice when someone speaks as a know-it-all authority on things they know zero about. Those boards came about because Ted and his moderator(s) just shut down the Anything but Hockey side of the Caps boards, which was nearly as, if not more popular than the hockey side.

Now that the Caps board is under the NHL's homogenized, Bettman-friendly umbrella, they have not returned that feature to the fans, despite other NHL teams having just such a forum for people to interact about topics besides hockey.

They may have different names on the unofficial boards, but probably 80% of the regular posters on there used to be on the official message boards, and now that it's slid into a hole full of trolls from other teams (since now, one login works on all 30 NHL team message boards), newbies and spammers, they have rarely looked back except to laugh at what it's become. [Regular season] game day discussion threads used to have hundreds of replies for a mid-week home game against the Thrashers... now they're lucky if it breaks 100 during a playoff game.

I've been a member of the Caps message boards dating back to 2001 and have been there for five different versions and software packages, and this latest is the worst yet, both in how they're run, how useless the moderators are, and how slow they are to load.

Posted by: TheStein71 | April 27, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Look I believe that the boards were shut down over night for one reason. The team can't take the heat. I mean, this is a team with an owner who has such a thin skin that he attacked a fan who was carrying a critical sign. As Kevin Sheehan said on ESPN 980 in an incredulous tone when they were discussing this, "Welcome to the big leagues".................The Caps still aren't there............

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 27, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@noslok - Absolutely right. This stuff goes on all over the league, hockey fans are among the most passionate around and they love their rivalries. Rivalries help sell the sport, and Ted ought to understand that. Who cares if a bunch of trolls from Pittsburgh come in, just fire back, and then go on the Penguins site and do the same. But don't use foul language, this is DC, we're better than that.

I'm usually on Goff's soccer blog and there's a nice little rivalry going on over there with a bunch of coffee swilling hippees from Seattle. It's supposed to be fun, people! Sports are fun, they're an escape! Now let's have some fun!

Posted by: harkes4ever | April 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

BTW, CapsNut is correct. The Bumper Boards are full of sleazebags. A bunch of losers who get a thrill out of how many curse words they can jam into a post.

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey pogues -

Go hey yourself in your motherindoorsporting eventing ear you piece of folder. Your subway is hurting.

:P

Posted by: bumperhead | April 27, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, People still use the Official Boards???

Thank God for Bumper!!

user- Brian

Posted by: NakedApe04 | April 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, only people that were long-time members of the old Capitals official message boards will get that joke, Bumper. Clueless newbies like poguesmahone wouldn't understand what you just said.

I'll hang with the "sleazebags" who have supported this team for years, some of them decades. You have fun with the third graders who can't spell who post a dozen topics about what jersey they should wear, along with the trolls and puckbunnies. Over on the "sleazy" boards, your membership has to be approved and can be (and will be if necessary) revoked at a moment's notice. But yeah, that's the place that's out of control and full of cretins. How about you and HawksPride go over to CapsNut's house and you three can write a joint love letter to Ted praising him as to how much better his message boards are.

Funny how all the "sleazebags" and "troublemakers" (as I believe Ted referred to us with a nice big blanket statement) are gone for the most part, yet the Caps official boards are a worse trainwreck than when the new unofficial boards came about. Care to explain that, you Leolems?

Posted by: TheStein71 | April 27, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Pogues - bumper boards represent advanced fanship....you can say anything you want, but be ready to defend it.

Sorry if a little passion hurts your sensibilities.

Posted by: yanger1994 | April 27, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CapsNut | April 27, 2010 11:58 AM
"Methinks..."

.................

Doubtful.

Posted by: jeadpt | April 27, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the Official Boards are back online with a pinned thread explaining why they were taken offline.

Posted by: 1995hoo | April 27, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

or maybe it was put down so people wouldnt spread around the password for the game 7 ticket presale code which went on sale at 10 am...

just a thought.

Posted by: Mtkonst | April 27, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the Bumper batallion has come on here defending their porn-infested message board. If it's NSFW, it's not safe, period.

By the way bwilsonalso, what makes you think I HAVEN'T seen the Bumper Boards? I have, and I must tell you, it's like an Amsterdam sleaze hall.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

By their responses, the bumper people have pretty much proven the point. It is the gutter of Caps boards.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | April 27, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Stein I used to respect you, but then you call me out by saying I don't know the score? I do know the score, and it isn't pretty. What makes you think that I haven't looked at the Bumper Boards? Just because I'm not signed up doesn't mean I don't look at them. There are ways around that. Secondly, even if I did sign up for them, I couldn't view them at work, not with your friends putting up pornography all the time.

By the way, there are better alternatives than the official message board and the sleaze boards. Japers and CapitalsInsider are much better, IMO.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how authoritative you can be without being an actual member, HawksPride. If you were, you'd know that the NSFW content is in a forum that's password protected, and you have to ask the administrator personally to obtain it.

Truth be told, it has the least traffic of any forum on those boards (853 posts- the three primary forums are all into five or six figures), so please get a bigger blanket next time you want to throw it over the entire message board.

Again, your ignorance is showing. Your official Caps boards are back up. Have fun with the kiddies over there.

PS: I don't know when the last time you were on 42nd Street, but it's one long strip (and not the fun kind of "strip") mall these days. I'll think of you if I ever need a review of where sleazeballs hang out, you truly seem to be an authority on that.

Posted by: TheStein71 | April 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

As a long time Pens fan, watching the Caps "faithful" turn on it's own team warms my heart. Or is the team turning on the fans? Hmmmm??? Keep up the good work and keep waiting for that "good karma" that Sweaty Teddy is preachin'. LOL!!!!

Go bleu, blanc et rouge!!!

When do the Caps board posters turn in a 16 year old Habs fan to the authorities for threatening posts? That's next, I'm sure.

Posted by: BlahBlahBlah6 | April 27, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Again - for those who want to remain ignorant (*cough* Hawkspride *cough*), the NSFW CONTENT IS IN A PASSWORD PROTECTED FORUM THAT IS UNABLE TO BE ACCESSED UNLESS I GIVE YOU THE PASSWORD.

Now, are they NSFW? I would say that they are mostly suitable for work.

I would have to say that I haven't seen any porn in the hockey talk section, the tickets for sale section, the bumperlist section (similar to craigslist items for sale), the Bears forum, the Stingrays forum, the pickup leagues forum, the politics forum, or the add your suggestions here forum. At one point there was noodz in the "STS" forum (similar to the old Anything but Hockey forum), but as part of the massive board overhaul I did in January, questionable material was moved to the password protected forum. Also, NO ONE under 18 has access to any areas of the boards other than the Hockey Talk section (and the bears/stingrays, rec league/tickets/bumperlist subforums).

So, HawksFan, please get back on your Westboro Baptist Church bandwagon or something similar. Jesus has left the messageboards.

Posted by: bumperhead | April 27, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

When most of the regulars from the pre-migration (pre-June 2009) official boards have headed over to the Bumper Boards...there's got to be a reason.

More variety of opinions, more debate, and faster-loading too...no contest. The Bumper Boards may not be 'official', but they are the genuine Caps fan boards now.

Posted by: Lukashenko | April 27, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

so wait, HawksPride....you troll on the Bumper boards but do not join because it's NSFW and you're too above that because you are 'better' than the rest of the sleeze that posts there. Mmmmmkay. So essentially you're the voyeur in this case.

and there's this new thing called "board controls" it's fascinating stuff. It actually turns off ALL the photos, and things you prefer NOT to see. SHOCKING!

Posted by: mkellyrose | April 27, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the Bumper batallion has come on here defending their porn-infested message board. If it's NSFW, it's not safe, period.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh crap--I'm screwed then, since I log on to the Bumper Boards regularly from work. And no, I've not once been to the noodz side--I didn't even ask Bumper for the password.

I can say "crap" and "screwed" in here, can't I? Or is that too NSFW for HawksPride?

Posted by: RightWinger2 | April 27, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsdude:

You're absolutely right. The fact that Bumper and her lieutenants have to come on here and perform damage control is pretty telling.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Please - there's no damage To control. You put out blatant lies, I refute them and spread the truth. Other people choose to call you out on it as well. Whatevs!

Posted by: bumperhead | April 27, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

By the way bwilsonalso, what makes you think I HAVEN'T seen the Bumper Boards? I have, and I must tell you, it's like an Amsterdam sleaze hall.

you're naughty naughty peeping tom...If you actually did look in on the boards you would know what you are saying is complete and utter BS.

Posted by: bwilsonalso | April 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

sweeeeet! I'm a Lieutenant!

Posted by: mkellyrose | April 27, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Damage control? Whose message board was shut down without notice and with a vague explanation? Which message board often has posts questioning where are the "user moderators"? Which message board has been driven down the drain with NHL-endorsed "opposing fan interaction" (translation: trolls)? Which message board's last game day thread had a whopping 38 posts... in the playoffs?

Sounds like that's the board that needs the damage control, not the one with over 130,000 posts in the hockey forum alone, and GDT's that regularly rack up around 1000 posts.

Keep defending the Caps board, you've already admitted yourself to be a troll who knows nothing about the Bumper Boards. I don't want the respect of someone who is not only ignorant of the facts, but is also delusional and a liar. So for you to say that means nothing to me, or anyone over there, especially since I don't remember the name "HawksPride" from the Capitals boards. Maybe if I knew who you were, I'd care... but probably not.

Posted by: TheStein71 | April 27, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

But the fact that there is a "noodz" section speaks volumes. It shows what kind of people frequent that board, and the sleazy mentality that they possess. They're no better than a perverted guy sitting nude in his basement looking at animal porn. No self-respecting message board would have such a section. Is there a "noodz" section at pittsburghpenguins.com? Nope. If I were Uncle Ted, I would distance myself from that website as far away as he can. It doesn't look good having the Capitals brand associated with that.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Stein: I haven't defended the Caps board for a second. If you paid attention, I said that I haven't been there since the blowup a while ago. I don't go to that board or your sleaze board. I stick to intelligent, sleaze-free conversation. Thanks for playing.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

ROFLMAO!!! Don't stop!! You guys are killing me!! Rock the Red is on implode mode!!! This is just too entertaining for words.

GO HABS!!!!

Posted by: BlahBlahBlah6 | April 27, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

OvechkinFan92801: Proud BumperBoarder!!

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | April 27, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

OvechkinFan92801: Proud BumperBoarder!!

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | April 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double post.

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | April 27, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

This Stein clown sure seems to spend a lot of time on the official Caps board, you know the one he so despises. Sure seems to know a lot about what is going on there though.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | April 27, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

n00bz...they are so fun.

Posted by: mkellyrose | April 27, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

That's when I found Japers and I've never looked back. There are a few regulars from the old message board on there and they are regular contributors.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 1:47 PM
----
They were jerks to me there (including JP). Haven't been back in months.

Posted by: JillC | April 27, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I think Stein may need a promotion from Lieutenant to Captain.

Seriously, what is with the vitriolic comments about the BumperBoards? Have you guys truly been there within the last 4months or so? They're pretty tame.

Its just regular people who for the most part share a common interest in the Capitals, having regular, intelligent conversations about whatever topics they like. They're active. They're evolving. They're democratic. They're snarky. They're sometimes full of hysteria, en mass. And most problems that may arise are dealt with and resolved in a manner that keeps pretty much everyone happy.

I cant imagine going anyplace else to maturely discuss hockey.

Posted by: NakedApe04 | April 27, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"But the fact that there is a "noodz" section speaks volumes. It shows what kind of people frequent that board, and the sleazy mentality that they possess. They're no better than a perverted guy sitting nude in his basement looking at animal porn. No self-respecting message board would have such a section. Is there a "noodz" section at pittsburghpenguins.com? Nope. If I were Uncle Ted, I would distance myself from that website as far away as he can. It doesn't look good having the Capitals brand associated with that. "

Considering it is a PRIVATELY OWNED message board that makes no bones about NOT being associated or affiliated with the Caps in any way, shape or form other than being a forum in which Caps material can be discussed, it shouldn't have to speak volumes. My board, my forums. There is no sort of Caps affiliated branding anywhere.

Furthermore, no one died and made you the morality police. Just because a forum is there, doesn't mean that everyone has to access it. I am not in the business of controlled the sexual interests and habits of adults other than my own. Hell, I don't even go in the noodz section and it's my damn board! I can count on two hands the amount of people who have asked me for the password. That, in light of how many members there are, constitutes 0.013% of the message board community. (This number derived on 10 people with the password, and a total message board membership of now 793 people - it's increased since the beginning of this blog post and the fact it's now been on the radio).

Lastly, there is plenty of eloquent and intelligent hockey discussion had on the board. In fact, the board was pointed out to Ted at the time of its inception, and I'm pretty sure he or his minions have read around it. Ted even gave it his blessing in print last year.

So what do you say now, HawksPride? I have the blessing of the team owner. So, if you are so vehemently against those who support filth, I guess you need to stop being a Caps fan since Ted indirectly supports me.

Posted by: bumperhead | April 27, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsdude: Funny, you know so much about me, yet I don't know (or particularly care) who you are.

If you had been around the Caps boards for more than a year or so, you might know post counts there date back to when I and many other members joined there nearly seven years ago (May of '03). If I have more than 100 posts there in the last year, I'll be very surprised. Look that up for me, will you please?

Posted by: TheStein71 | April 27, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

If you had been around the Caps boards for more than a year or so, you might know post counts there date back to when I and many other members joined there nearly seven years ago (May of '03). If I have more than 100 posts there in the last year, I'll be very surprised. Look that up for me, will you please?

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Because after all, post counts are a bigger status symbol than the house you live in, the car you drive, and the girl/guy you date. Who cares about post counts? At least on here they don't count posts. I never understood on the original Caps boards people's obsession with post counts. It seemed like it made them feel all big and bad because they have a 10000 post count. Who cares? What does that show me? You don't have much of a life, or are slacking at the job. I think mine was in the 600 post count when I was there.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Stein: ever hear of lurking? Doesn't show up on your post count, does it. My point, which seems to have evaded you, is that you seem to know a lot about the official board that you and your fellow juveniles claim to so despise. But I get it, you and the others were pretty much run off the official board so you have a bug up your butt about it and Ted. I get it...............

Posted by: dcsportsdude | April 27, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Once again, you completely miss the point... and I wasn't even talking to you, HawksPride. Where did I state once about how many total posts I have, or what that should entitle me to? Nowhere.

Keep reaching. You've already been shown to be a misinformed liar, keep running your mouth and saying stupid things, we're having a good laugh at your expense. We're still waiting for your response to what Bumper said about her boards. Or is that because you don't have a response because you've been proven to be full of garbage?

Someone claims I spend so much time around there, I can only guess they base that accusation on my post count that's accumulated over nearly seven years. 9400 or so total posts, maybe 1% of them have been made in the last year. Let's try some basic math... seven years, 2555 days... 9483 posts averages out to... less than four posts per day. I must be a complete loser!

Logic. It's not for everybody, especially you.

One post every three days since the newest version came online? Yeah, that's really "spending a lot of time" around there. Or do you have other data you used to make your claim, dcsportsdud?

Posted by: TheStein71 | April 27, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The shuttering of the Caps message board was clearly intentional. Ted talks about the need for good karma and good vibes to escape this series, yet takes the time to attack something as genuine and good vibed as the Capstronaut. Ever since he attcked the Captronaut on his blog and posted a link to You Tube of the Capstronaut in an apparent drunken stooper (not the case, the Capstronaut was feigning oxygen deprivation before retiring for the evening which is ritualistic) the karma of his beloved franchise has gone terribly wrong.

Ted chose to tear down something he could not control and he unplugged the Caps message board for the exact same reason.
There's a fine line between clever and stupid; the Capstonaut was clever and Ted's personal attack of the perceived "Capstronaughty" on his public blog was stupid.

Ted's gotta take a big step back from the front lines and put some faith in others. If he's not careful he'll fall into the same wretched catagory of meddling owners know all to well in this town as Snyderville villians.

I hope the Capstronaut has thicker skin than Ted and turns up for game 7 to save the day and restore the karma that was soo invigorating this winter. There will need to be an atmosphere that is "out of this world" to turn back the surging Habs and get on with Lord Stanley's task.

Posted by: palisadesisbliss | April 27, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot about the Caps message boards because I've been around them for nearly a decade through [at least] four iterations, using the same name all along. How about you? How long have you been lurking and not sharing what I'm sure is some great insight with the masses?

And "run off the official board"? As you can see, I'm still a member in good standing. Some left the Caps boards in their own way, but I didn't. I hate the bloated, graphics-heavy layout, how poorly they're [not] moderated, and the self-righteous, uppity newbies like yourself who think they know everything about the Capitals when their seats on the bandwagon are just starting to get warm. But those three factors aside, I'll admit like to lurk like you, there's some good comedy on there.

Posted by: TheStein71 | April 27, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

IT HAS BEEN BACK UP ALL DAY!!

Last night we became aware of a serious issue concerning specific discussion board users and felt it best to temporarily disable the boards and deal with the situation offline.

This decision had nothing to do with negative comments stemming from the game - as you can see, all criticisms of the team, front office and ownership that do not contain profane or abusive language remain in place.

As always, our discussion boards encourage the exchange of ideas and opinions. We also ask that these discussions do not take the form of threats against the team, front office, ownership or fellow fans.

Thanks for your patience while we dealt with this issue.

Sean Parker, Director of new media, Washington Capitals

Posted by: gs12 | April 27, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

HawksPride: BumperBoards is full of sleaze? Since when? Being admittedly prudish and straight-laced, I am not a fan of porn and I can safely browse through both the hockey section and the non-hockey section without being randomly assaulted by offensive images. Even before the board overhaul, people were very good about putting "NSFW" in the thread title so that members who did not wish to view such things could avoid it easily. If you mean the avatars of some of our members... I can only suppose you also find Sunday advertisements to be offensive, as well.

There is a kind of camaraderie found in BumperBoards I haven't been able to find anywhere else. To me, members are more like actual friends than just random people on the internet. I'm usually very shy about meeting anyone from a message board or whathaveyou, but the few people I have met have been very friendly, generous, gracious, and well, loud (but they're loud for a very good reason). I wouldn't mind meeting others in the future, as well.

So I'm not sure exactly what you find so repulsive about our boards. As for "damage control," what damage control? Bumper isn't making any money from the message boards. Bumper pays for sever costs out of pocket. She's not looking to draw in advertisers or sponsors, in fact, with just one post, I'm willing to bet a great majority of our members would immediately plop down money for server costs. So I'm not sure what you mean by "damage control."

Posted by: bitterwasabi | April 27, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice. A message board in which we discuss the goings on of another message board. Check out my Capitals bog, in which I discuss this message board and its reference to the other message board.

Posted by: randysbailin | April 27, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

wasabi:

So basically you're calling the Bumper Boards a clique. Why don't you call it for what it is?

Also, thanks for throwing the avatars out there. You're making my job easier. That's exactly what I'm talking about.

700 fans (probably less that are active) that feel like they are more important than the team does not a message board make. I'd call that a circle****. It's OK, if you like that sort of thing. I choose to frequent message boards and blogs that are more informative and intelligent.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 27, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

HawksPride: If you were so disgusted by the avatars, why didn't you say so from the beginning instead of beating around the bush (pun definitely not intended)? It seems you were trying to make the boards look as bad as you possibly could by insinuating rampant "sleaze". Again, even in my own prudish eyes, the avatars are no worse than what you'd find in the Sunday advertisement supplements. In this day and age, considering you're using the internet, I find it extremely unlikely that you're THAT sheltered.

No, I am not saying it's a "clique." Do not put words in my mouth. Before joining the BumperBoards I didn't know anyone there personally. If they were truly a "clique," I would say they never would have accepted me or others who joined up after seeing a link on the official boards, and new members are joining every day.

It doesn't matter to me, or to others where you get your hockey jollies from. However, if you insinuate, assume, or blatantly lie about something that we know is the contrary, we'll speak up about it.

Posted by: bitterwasabi | April 27, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I hate you all.

Posted by: AngryNomad | April 27, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps shut down the Anything but Hockey side of their message boards without explanation and then the message boards, Bumper was kind enough to invite us to join her boards. I have never see porn on it and don't have the password for that portion of the boards. There are even controls that let you shut off avatars and images if you choose to do so. But more importantly, the Caps had a vibrant online community that they shut down and Bumper let that migrate to her boards where one can discuss Caps hockey and other topics. I am thankful to Bumper for providing a place where adults can discuss the Caps and current events and it is a place where varying opinions are encouraged, people can vent, and the moderator actually does the job. I read Japers but find having comments on all topics in that blog entry together somewhat difficult to follow. Caps Insider is also a blog, not a message boards, though some treat it like one. Finally, Wasabi did not call Bumpers a clique. Find it funny that HawksPride uses that word when one can read comments on Tarik's blog where some posters call others with whom they don't agree a doofus brigade.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | April 27, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Could care less about the boards.
It's about the game, players, & DC's team.

Fans actually think they matter?
Heck 75% can't even afford to go to the fone booth.
Get a grip fannies.
You are just numbers.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Good for them, if I had to read all these stupid ass posts on a website I paid for I'd shut it down to...Caps win game 7 easily, new corporate fans will be so disenchanted by this lame first round that hopefully they will stop buying up all the tickets and prices will fall and I can go and try(unsuccessfully) to get sections 115, 116, and 117 to stand up...or I can just stay home, save myself 500 dollars, and get drunk with real hockey fans...C'mon Caps!!!

Posted by: DCCapsfan19 | April 28, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

NovaCath:

You could have done that on a number of other boards on the internet. HFBoards, Japers, even CapitalsInsider (Tarik's blog) would have given you stimulating Caps conversation without the drama and BS. Instead, you chose drama, BS, and paranoia. I swear, this clique used to think every new person on the original boards was some guy named caphcky. That got old fast. That's paranoia to the nth power.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 28, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

@HawksPride

Why are you creating such a hostile environment on these blogs? What have these people done to you? They choose to create a separate community to discuss the Capitals that is open to everyone that would like to partake. You are coming across as a bit paranoid yourself in your rantings.

Posted by: madflava | April 28, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Madflava:

Whatever. I'm just trying to send the message that the Bumper Boards are nothing but a sleaze factory full of sin and debauchery, and I think I've made my point, and in fact proved it beyond a reasonable doubt. I think my job is done here.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 28, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Their play is shameful and embarrassing. Steady Teddy deserves better. He is one of the best owners in Pro Sports and consistently has teams that lay down on him.

He and Cuban could not do more to support their teams yet these donks choke again and again.

Posted by: kahlua87 | April 28, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Whatever. I'm just trying to send the message that the Bumper Boards are nothing but a sleaze factory full of sin and debauchery, and I think I've made my point, and in fact proved it beyond a reasonable doubt. I think my job is done here.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 28, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Can you give specific examples of this sin you speak of?

You have not made any point, except to spread lies about an "unofficial" caps message board, one that was blessed by Ted himself.

Really, why does it bother you so much that caps fans partake in an online forum to discuss hockey and such? Once again a board that Ted encouraged and supported.

I think the only sin here is you are passing judgment on others. I think that was in the Bible..maybe near the back.

Posted by: bwilsonalso | April 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

also about the caphcky thing, Sean Parker the Caps Message board moderator would confirm that yes it was the same person creating new accounts over and over, so once again you are caught talking about something you do not even know about.

Posted by: bwilsonalso | April 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CapsNut | April 27, 2010 11:58 AM
"Methinks..."

.................

Doubtful.

Posted by: jeadpt | April 27, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

hahaha!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

bwilsonalso:

I thought I said my job was done here, but the Lieutenants of the Bumper Boards won't take defeat lying down.

Why are you quoting what the Caps message board moderator when it was his actions that caused the entire creation of the Bumper Board? It seems that you find it convenient to pick and choose some things that he says to defend your argument, but then trash him in the bigger picture by the creation of the sleazy back room board. It doesn't make sense.

What it all boils down to is that you and people of your ilk were very suspicious of new members, thinking that it were people that they might or might not be. If that's how you want to live you life, fine. Average people, however, would think there's something wrong.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I swear, this clique used to think every new person on the original boards was some guy named caphcky. That got old fast. That's paranoia to the nth power.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 28, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Hi caphcky!

Posted by: RightWinger2 | April 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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