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I'm going to take the advice a reader gave to me recently and create a community guidelines page. For four years, I've kind of let people basically say whatever they want in the comments. The only real "rule" was that people shouldn't take the name-calling too far, especially with other people who frequent the site. If a reader wanted to call Gregg Doyel an idiot, that was fine. Doyel has written more than his fair share of rotten articles, and he seemingly enjoys people insulting him. But, the line was drawn when the reader started calling another reader, or a writer here, an idiot for no reason whatsoever. With the site's fairly rapid growth the last year, this rule needs to get defined a bit more. Ever since the events of Week Sixteen, the tone and attitude of the comments on this site has gotten much more venomous. Part of it is the way I write articles, often attacking people in a way that suggests it is OK to do the same thing here to others. The other part of it is our little blog isn't all that little anymore, and the more "bite" one has in one's articles, the more "biting" the writer will receive from her or his readers in return. This is especially true when I write something critical of the Colts. So, in the next few days, expect to see a community guidelines page. In the meantime, we need to stop attacking one another and focus instead on the upcoming season. No team since 1993 has returned to a Super Bowl after losing one. In fact, no team has returned to a conference championship game after losing a Super Bowl the year before since 1993. Most teams that lose the big game crumble and disintegrate the following year. Will our Colts do that? I say no, and much of my energies have been focused on looking for strengths and weaknesses in the team heading into 2010. If you all can focus your energies in the same way, we (as a community) will be as well-equiped at knowing the ins and outs of this team heading into the regular season as we ever have before.

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