Here at Cat Scratch Reader we have one singular and over-arching aim. It's not to generate website hits, or line our pockets because this is truly a labor of love. There's no hidden agenda either as we state it in the first sentence of the code of conduct everyone agreed to when they signed up
Cat Scratch Reader is a blog focused on the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, and aims to provide a constructive, civilized and mature environment in which fans can discuss and debate the state of the team.
The thing about aims is that sometimes they can be lofty and unattainable, and other times they can be within reach. The above statement is what we aim for, even if we don't always achieve it. The 'why' behind this aim is simple... nobody else is doing it, and you as fans deserve better.
Here in the Carolinas we don't have a collection of beat writers for traditional media looking into hard hitting issues, we don't have decent radio hosts who know what they're talking about, and the list of those who had a really good grasp on the organization is dwindling. Instead you as a fan get regurgitated quotes, soft ball interviews and fluff pieces; you deserve better.
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I strongly doubt when Jaxon started this blog that he had an idea of what it would become. This site went from having a few hundred people visit a day, to a couple of thousand and now we see several thousand, sometimes more than 10,000 per day when there's big news. That tells us that we must be doing something right here, and that we're giving fans something they're unable to get other places... we're raising the discourse.
It's this discourse which I hold in the utmost importance as something we need to preserve no matter what. In this way we're not just discussing the Carolina Panthers, but discussing them inside a fairly basic rubric. Other sites/forums/facebook pages have an open, stream of consciousness type model that allows people to vent and make any ludicrous claim without any evidence or knowledge, but that doesn't typically fly here at CSR. Here you'll normally be asked to remain consistent in your thinking (unless its changed over time) and with the exception of open threads (our time to vent) if you make a claim like the all to familiar "John Fox starts Jake Delhomme because he's dating Fox's daughter" then you'll probably be asked to show some evidence, or get chastised for it.
Does that make us elitists? Yes. A-holes? On occasion, sure. In the end I think it all has to do with one key element: Taking it all too seriously.
This is football folks, nothing more, nothing less. It's a game made into a business as far as the players and owners are concerned and nothing more. Fans tend to be far more emotionally invested in their teams than the players and/or owners because they understand the grand scheme for their team, even if we as fans don't see it.
When it's all said and done this place will never become the Panthers facebook page, or another haphazardly run site. We will stick to the code of conduct to the best of our ability, and there are times we will falter... because we're human. So take a second to read the code of conduct again, let it digest and take a deep breath. This is just football folks, and though there are times I too fail to abide by the rules of this site I assure you I take it all to heart when someone critiques me for it.
Let's just get back to basics. Lets drop the attitudes and enjoy what remains of the season. If someone makes a ludicrous claim then attack their position, not their person. Lets get back to spirited debate rather than angry banter. In the end I think it will be worth it.
Cat Scratch Reader is a blog focused on the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, and aims to provide a constructive, civilized and mature environment in which fans can discuss and debate the state of the team. By posting on the blog, you are agreeing to refrain from excessive profanity, and hate speech against all members. Persons who post derogatory comments solely to incite anger will be considered ‘trolls' and will be banned, with or without prior warning. Attempts to circumvent this code of conduct with language or tone intent on creating discord i.e. excessive sarcasm, mocking other members etc. will be considered akin to ‘trolling' and will result in a warning giving the poster an opportunity to address their tone prior to any permanent moderation.
This code of conduct will be enforced wholly at the discretion of the editorial staff. Any behavior that falls outside the scope of this code of conduct, but is deemed by the editorial staff to be against the spirit and mission of this blog will result in moderation.
CSR Blog Manager