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I just read a thread called "Why Play Chess?" that got locked because the comments were "unsuitable for a chess site" (whatever the heck that means). I will say this though...at least the MODERATOR gave a reason this time (so things have improved to that extent).
Reading the comments, I must say that I have no idea why they are not suitable for chessplayers. So I'm asking you guys: what exactly is suitable (or un-) for a chess site? Any opinions?
Possibly due to posts 6 and 8 ?
Tony, as per this thread, its not always the moderators who delete posts.
I include the link:
Well, I learned from this thread about Claude Bloodgood. Quite a story.
As i said, possibly because of posts 6 and 8 in that one. I didn't see the one[s] that were deleted.
So why aren't posts 6 & 8 moderated if they are considered to be so off-topic and over the line?
I don't know is my honest answer :(
I dont understand why the first post in the thread "Why play chess?", was "unsuitable for a chess site". If it was some of the other comments in the thread, why not just delete those comments instead of closing the thread?
I think the mod who closed the thread, is a bad mod, and a admin should talk with him about this.
When a member deletes his or her own post, it shows as [COMMENT DELETED] so that is no indication or proof that it was deleted by a moderator. The person who posted the comment could have deleted it themselves.
Any idea that Bloodgood was stronger than an "A" player is not supported by the record. Far from being a 2400 player in the '60s, as claimed in the Wiki article linked above, he never recorded a rating higher than 1853 before starting his manipulations of the ratings in prison, and his contemporaries thought that an anomaly. To be fair to Claude - a better break than he ever gave anyone else - he did alert USCF to what he was doing in boosting his rating through the closed pool of the prison population.
He indeed murdered his mother, after threatening to do so after she testified against him for forging her checks (the only way the bank would restore the money to her account) but his death sentence was NOT "commuted" in the sense implied in the article, it was the US Supreme Court outlawing all death sentences as unconstitutional which saved his neck.
Bloodgood was a murderer, a liar, a thief, a rat who tried to buy leniency by exposing everything he knew about other inmates after being recaptured, and not a strong player. Many of the games in his published pamphlets were manufactured - there is no evidence they ever were played.
The man was a true sociopath who would kill you as soon as look at you if it brought him some gain and he thought he could get away with it.
How about chess master Robert Snyder? I posted a thread about him because he was on America's Most Wanted, for being a pedophile.
Here's another nice one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Afromeev
Trying to flush him out by inviting him onto chess.com? Diabolically ingenious!
The replies on that thread were very insulting (and on a personal level). And all of them got off topic (maybe that's why the thread ended). I don't why you would have to start a thread like this, but the easiest answer?: we play chess for fun. Period.
How did this get to be about psychopathic chess-playing murderers in less than one page?
I'm not sure why it has taken so long; the other thread managed it in half the distance.
Unsuitable for a chess site:
1) Why women are "blah blah blah" than men
2) I was cheated and abused by "blah blah"
3) If Jesus "blah blah blah" then what would "blah blah blah"
4) Country "blah blah" should be "blah blah" because they are nothing but "blah blah"
5) Have you ever "blah blah not related to chess"
6) Cheap clothes, shoes available at "blah blah"
I am not sure if threads get deleted or locked just because of the "blah blah"
Well, I hope you learned he didnt kill his mother and that he wasn't ever the highest rated player in the uscf.
He killed his stepmother---who he didnt know very well and didnt like. He thought she was robbing him of his inheritance. Now people kill each other everyday of the week for those reasons.
He did become the second highest rated player in the uscf at one point by manipulating the ratings. His rating was removed, expunged from the record books.
If he were alive, he would sound just like you !
what the #$%^was he playing and how did he win?
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