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Jason Fry and Greg Prince
Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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Everybody Read This Please

Listen up, posters.

We’ve had it with the invective in the comments. We’ve banned one person already, but it’s had no apparent effect on the conversation, which has become increasingly rancorous and tiresome. Today I had to wade into the comments multiple times to wag my finger, and that was on an off-day after a thoroughly gratifying win.

Something is broken here. We’re sick of it. So it’s getting fixed, starting now.

We love our readers. We truly do. We welcome your passion for the team whose cause we have each decided, consciously or otherwise, to make our own. So by all means, weigh in on the Mets’ fortunes in the context of what we post if so motivated. Talking the game is part of the game.

But if you attack other posters as part of that debate, one of us will edit you, put you on the commenter’s DL, or give you the Mejia treatment as we see fit. And if you offer repeated high-horse comments that make your targets obvious, we’re going to do the same.

If you’re not sure if something crossed the line, it probably has. Dial it back.

If you’ve made your point once, you’ve probably made it literally a dozen times. Let it be. It may be the greatest point on God’s green earth, but there is no need to hammer it until it screams. If minds haven’t changed despite your continued assertions, move on.

There are lots of places online in which you can excoriate other Mets fans directly or loftily belittle those you don’t agree with. This has never been one of those places. It’s not going to become one of those places.

This blog exists because Greg and I love baseball and the Mets, even when they’re driving us insane, and we wanted a place to share our thoughts and hear from other like-minded folks. We’ve been at it for more than a decade, and for most of that time I’ve been excited to see that my blog partner has a new post, or that one of our posts has generated a lot of discussion. But too often recently, I see a big number under comments and my heart sinks, because I know I’m going to have to wade through a lot of bad behavior.

It shouldn’t be that way. And because we pay the server bills, it’s not going to be that way any longer.

This is not about a given individual or line of thought. It’s about tone. We try to set a good one here. (And sometimes we ourselves fall short.) We want that to resonate within everything under our banner.

Comments are closed, for obvious reasons. Tomorrow’s a new day. Thanks for reading.

(All of the above seconded by Greg.)

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