To keep the comments as fresh and outstanding as they've been up to this point, we've commissioned Commenting Guru Rob Iracane 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, about the notion of you and your inability to watch YouTube videos ... after the jump. Of course, don't be afraid to let him have it in the comments.


From time to time, Deadspin gives us a little treat in the form of a viral video clip. Maybe it's a slow news day, maybe it's a gem of a YouTube video with someone getting hurt in a hilarious manner, or maybe it's a Stephon Marbury interview that leaves us completely speechless. No matter what, our video sommelier always offers us a refreshing and satisfying clip to accompany the usual Berman sighting or mascot run-in.


Yet some of us are employed at a business that has decided to make use of internet filters and block our access to these YouTubes. Bastards! What do they expect of us during the day, to review our TPS reports without access to visual and auditory amusement? It's the 21st century, man, and television and the internet are converging. Soon, I expect Deadspin to stop posting stories and become a live video feed of Will in his apartment, reading headlines behind a desk and introducing poignant segments about athletes and cancer kids. For now, however, we are treated to the occasional clip that some of us cannot see, and the most irritating comment to read on these posts is something like "Damn company filters. I can't see the video."

Nobody cares that you can't see this video. Seriously. Wait until you get home, turn up your speakers and enjoy Super Trampoline Basketball. Until then, skip the post and go visit a site that doesn't rely on video clips all day, like With Leather. Oh ... wait.


Hey! Comments of the Fortnight!

• Re: John Patterson's alternative therapy search


Camp Tiger Claw: I did the same thing when I had a grissom lodged in my deshields.

• Re: Jeff Weaver's "rebirth"


Unsilent Majority: Oceania was always at war with Eurasia.

• Re: Kobayashi's lubricated jaw


Suss—: I still assert that Chestnut will build an early lead and Kobayashi will be playing ketchup.