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Enjoy the site...and play nice

October 19, 2009 - Erin O'Neill
I'm taking a major leap of faith by writing this blog. You see, I believe that, despite a lack of comments on these blogs, people are reading them. Many times, the faces behind the scenes of newspaper production remain anonymous and these blogs are here to offer:

1. the reader a chance to know a little more about the people who put The Marietta Times together. We are just normal people with our own viewpoints, interests, hobbies, families, etc. Those of us who blog are willing to share a little part of our lives with you. 2. the blogger an outlet to express opinions and share stories or ask for contributions or story ideas for the paper.

So please take advantage of them, enjoy them or hate them, comment on them, share them.

I would also like to take this opportunity to help you, dear readers, enjoy the site even more than you already do.

Along with writing stories and laying out the paper to be sent to press each and every (early) morning, I also update the day's stories on our website every day and do my best to monitor some of the comments. It's a tedious, and sometimes annoying, task. But it shows that the comment section of our website is very popular as a place people can come to let their voices be heard.

Everyone who has signed up to join our online community has agreed to a set of rules, the Terms of Service. The basics of the TOS are to treat each other nicely and with respect. You can disagree without calling each other names. The majority of comments are removed because of constant back and forth bickering. Also, if the comments contain profanity, suggest profanity or vulgarity or name names or make unfounded accusations, they will be subject to removal. Entire comment sections will be taken down when the conversation gets way off topic or too out of control. As I mentioned, I — and the other people who monitor the site — have a lot of other job duties throughout the day. We don't have time to babysit.

Now I would like to help you navigate the site a little better. A lack of comments on most stories that don't appear on the "front" page leads me to believe that many of these stories are going unread. So I would just like to remind people to click each of the category links to the left.

For instance, all of the local stories can be found under "Local News"; obits are found under "Obituaries"; news about clubs, groups, baby announcements are found under "Neighborhood News." Local religion stories from our weekend editions are posted under "Religion," engagement announcements are located under "Lifestyles" Etc., etc. Even special sections are posted. Some things you won't find include wire stories, realty transfers, and police reports.

A cool feature of the site is the search bar. Located near the top, off to the right under the login is a place to search Local News, Classifieds, EZ to Use Big Book, or the Web, depending on which you select. Type a search item, such as a person's name, an organization or the name of a town. The article you're looking for should come up, usually in a list of other similar articles, and you can search by date. Our reporters use this feature every day.

This site is here to be informative, thought-provoking and fun to use. Should you have any questions, please contact us or, by all means LEAVE A COMMENT!


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