Note on the Forum: Complement to the Comments (Not a Replacement)

I’ve had a few questions about the forum, so I just wanted to make it clear that I definitely still want to see and encourage your comments posted here on the blog. The discussions have been fantastic and I don’t want to see that go away. The main hope for the forum is to provide an outlet for those of you that have been putting together comments that are effectively quality blog posts in and of themselves so that they don’t get overwhelmed in the shuffle. It’s really intended to complement the discussions that we have on the blog as opposed to replacing them. I will always be posting my main thoughts here and want to ensure that the blog continues to be the center of activity. Thanks to all of you for your constant support!

Housekeeping: New Forum, Email Address and Twitter

Up until a couple of months ago, I never imagined that (1) I’d be spending this much time on college conference expansion analysis and (2) this blog would be receiving several hundred comments per post.  Not only that, your comments have been so incredibly thoughtful, well-written and insightful that it keeps readers coming back.  (Well, except for this guy.)  The most touching notes are from people that have said that they’re happy to find a place where fans can discuss a pretty hot and emotional topic with a high level of discourse, civility and good humor.  There really isn’t a better compliment than that in terms of what I’ve wanted from this little piece of the Interweb.  My favorite part of writing this blog isn’t writing the posts themselves, but getting to see all of the great viewpoints from across the country.

Of course, with rapid growth comes growing pains in the form of finding out that the WordPress.com commenting platform is powered by a couple of dehydrated gerbils.  A lot of the readers have been posting breaking news articles in almost real-time, so I don’t want them to get lost in the shuffle.  So, here are a few things to address this:

(1) Frank the Tank’s Slant: The Forum – I’ve created a new message board for people to post news articles and their own thoughts located at http://frankthetank2000.proboards.com.  If you’ve ever read my original objective for this blog, you know that I actually went out of my way to say that I was going to be a generalist as opposed to focusing on any niche.  Normally at this time of year, I’d be dissecting Illini basketball in-depth and writing a 10,000 word diatribe questioning the existence of Vinny Del Negro in any coaching capacity.  Well, this round of college conference expansion is fluid and interesting enough for me to focus on it for the time being (and I love to write about it), but I also encourage people to discuss topics that have nothing to do with Big Ten expansion, whether it’s related to sports or your favorite TV shows.  Personally, I’m dying to get a dialogue going on this season of LOST.  Regardless, the forum will hopefully be a useful tool to post new info, address different topics and get feedback in a more organized manner than the clusterfuck of the WordPress.com commenting system.

(2) New Email Address: frankthetank.illini@gmail.com – The comments have been coming in so fast and furious lately that it’s tough to keep up with a lot of the questions posed to me.  If you want to contact me directly, please send a message to the aforementioned Gmail account.  Who knows – we may have to institute a regular mailbag post if there are enough questions out there.

(3) Twitter – Just as a reminder, I also have my Twitter account @frankthetank111, so feel free to follow my angst on Selection Sunday as to whether Illinois will make it into the NCAA Tournament.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and GO ILLINI!