To keep the comments as fresh and outstanding as they've been up to this point, we've commissioned Commenting Guru Rob Iracane, co-editor of Walk Off Walk, to write a bi-weekly Comment Ombudsman column. It runs every other week. This is that week.

Mr. Iracane is the guy who approves and deletes comments around here, and the fellow to whom you should address any comment account requests, and he will explore issues involved in commenting, what makes a great comment thread, what's working, what isn't, answer your questions, so on. We want the place to continue to be as much fun as it is every day, and it's not an execution thread like our friends at Gawker do. We like to be inclusive here, because if we're not, we'd be forced to rely on our own wit and knowledge, and that's a scary thought indeed.


So here's this week's column, on some turnover that might be happening here in a few weeks, after the jump. Of course, don't be afraid to let him have it in the comments.

As Deadspin has become more and more popular not just in the sports blogosphere but in the greater arena of pop culture, the website has attracted some great new talent to contribute smart and funny pieces. With the crowding of talented writers in the bullpen, some have been squeezed out and some have left for greener, safer pastures with ridiculously awful comments. We've also had more closers in the past few months than the 2008 Atlanta Braves. Heck, there have been more people writing about hockey alone on this website than the Ottawa Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Vancouver Sun combined.

But really, I've written about being funny in the comments of the closers' columns before. We're doing a good job with that! Yet we're about to face the biggest turnover in Deadspin history that has nothing to do with a Matt Leinart interception. Our devoted and steadfast editor Will is leaving his baby behind. I'm sure the commenters and readers of Deadspin shared my sentiment of panic: what the fuck is going to happen to Deadspin without its movie-quotin', Cardinal-lovin', aw-shucks-sayin' editor?

Short answer: I don't know. Long answer: I really don't know. Better answer: Let's not worry about it because we all know that the commenters' job is to make this place funnier. Herr Denton could bring on one of the Jezebel editrices to run this joint, and Deadspin would still be the best collection of sports hilarity on the Internet. One of the best qualities that Will brought to the table with his posts was the ability to make one great joke that set up the foundation to build a perfect comedy pyramid. We can still favor quality over quantity regardless of who is setting us up.

As your comment ombudsman, I implore the entire commenter community to continue to support Deadspin even after Will's time as editor is up. Who among us would deny him the chance to have a lasting legacy as the creator of the sports blog with the best commenters ever?


These commenters, however, only shone brightly for fourteen days and were merely just the Commenters of the Fortnight:

Re: Mariah Carey's ceremonial first pitch
MurrayHewitt: I believe the worst first pitch of all time was thrown by Steve Trachsel. The second pitch, though much better, was thrown 45 minutes later.

Re: The horrendous Mexican cycling accident photo
RachelRayIsTheDevil: Oh, for a moment I thought the picture was taken while Danica was adjusting her makeup on pit row.

Re: Will's big farewell announcement
Christmas Ape: You must have blown them away with your reviews of The Office episodes!