This has been, perhaps, my favorite week on BN.
From the pregame articles, to the game day thread, to the incredible follow up stories -- I have never been more excited by a body of work in any online community. Hector and 11's posts, and the threads that followed, were works of art -- good writing, good reporting, good humor -- unique contributions.
It seems like we have evolved to a level where our common understanding of what being a citizen here means. I was particularly pleased by a game day thread with many new contributors and almost no personal attacks on our players and coaches. This was a great game day thread. And, the story telling that is showing up in the FanPosts is unique amongst the blogs I visit. Finally, add in the amazing visual contributions -- photo's, video's -- where else can you find stuff like this?
And, for this, Nestor deserves a lot of credit.
Nestor has built a community that demands excellence in content and behavior. And, during this week, the standards have been constantly met or exceeded. It is no small task to draw the line between honest criticism and personal attacks -- but that line has been carefully drawn here to the benefit of us all. And, by his personal example, with all that he posts every day, Nestor makes clear that content is King here. This isn't a place to come and spew crap.
Every once in a while, I visit another site, just to check it out. I'm stunned at what passes for dialogue and content. Some of it is shallow, some mean, much of it snarky drive by posts.
It's the kind of stuff that would not be tolerated here.
I think we can all agree that nothing less than excellence would flow from a base that has either graduated from or become aligned with UCLA.
But, to create a place where so many diverse people come to contribute in such a deep and positive way amazes me.
Perhaps, I am more impressed, today, than I have been for the years I've been here because I'm trying to build a community of my own on a blog I started a couple of months ago. It is really hard work. Much harder than I expected.
Every so often, someone comes here, steps over the line, and then attacks Nestor when he asks that they step back and play nice. Sometimes, the attacks on Nestor are more aggressive or spill beyond our pages. No matter how strong one is, that stings a bit; and no one wants that negative energy in his or her life.
There was a thread last week where that happened. I was going to write a letter of support and appreciation to Nestor and the front pagers but never got around to it.
But, I do think, every so often, we have to say "Thank you" lest you think we take all of this for granted.
We don't. We appreciate this place. And, we appreciate you.