October 22nd 2013, 1:45 pm PT

Reminder about Blog Comments

I wanted to remind folks about the long standing comments policy here on my blog. I am going to repeat them here so there is no confusion:

Comment Policy:
I encourage comments, rants, critiques, praise, and/or suggestions that will result in thought provoking conversation. I ask that you simply stay on topic and respect other people’s opinions, avoid profanity, personal attacks, offensive statements, illegal content (including links) and anything else that might otherwise violate good humanitarian sense.

I encourage discussions about Xbox and other video game consoles…as long as your posts abides by these commenting rules:

  • Keep it clean – This is a public blog, open to civilized people who do not appreciate obscene, vulgar or sexually-oriented language, no matter how creatively spelled.
  • Keep it civil – Don’t defame, threaten, abuse or other commenters. No racism, sexism or any other sort of -ism that degrades another person will be tolerated.
  • Respect other members of the community and do not belittle, make fun of, or insult another members.
  • Keep on topic – Stay focused on the subject at hand. Do not post advertisements or solicitations for funds, goods, or services.
  • Be responsible – Comments are the sole responsibility of those who post them.
  • Be Safe for Work: There are people that read this blog at work. If something would not be considered “work safe” (to a boss or HR person), then it shouldn’t be posted
  • Exercise your authority – Police these comments and FLAG any that that violate the house rules. (Read this to learn how to flag a comment)
  • Rules violators may be permanently banned from commenting.

This is considered a family environment. Xbox is a family product. There are many members that are minors and many people that post with their children looking over their shoulder. If it shouldn’t be viewed by minors, then it shouldn’t be posted. This is a public blog, open to civilized people who do not appreciate obscene, vulgar or sexually-oriented language, no matter how creatively spelled.

Basically, don’t post anything you would not want your mother to see.

If your comment does not appear right away, Disqus (the platform used for commenting) may have flagged it for review. Comments are manually reviewed about once a day, so you’ll have to wait until your comment can be approved before it appears. You can avoid having Discus automatically flagging your comment(s) by not using profanity and/or getting your comments up-voted.

Basically it comes down to contributing higher quality comments so the Disqus system won’t auto moderate your comments.

Please keep it clean as we get closer to the launch of the next generation.



October 22nd 2013 at 1:45 pm | Blogging | 122 comments

May 17th 2011, 5:37 pm PT

Blog design update

The blog design was updated today. The update is based on much of the feedback many of you have left since I moved over to WordPress. In addition, if you view the blog on a mobile device, you should see a version of the blog that is optimized for mobile devices.  We’re still tweaking a few things, but this will give you an idea of where I want to go with the design as it continues to evolve.

Please leave any feedback below in the comments and let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by.

May 17th 2011 at 5:37 pm | Blogging | 156 comments

March 23rd 2011, 9:00 pm PT

Blog move update

It’s been about a week since we’ve moved the blog to WordPress. There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes and I wanted to update you on the progress.

New mobile optimized site. When you access from your mobile device you’ll now be presented with a mobile optimized view.

New comment system. Good news..comments are now turned back on. We’ve integrated the Disqus commenting system which will bring new features like threading, sorting, real time comments and more. You may recognize Disqus, as it is the same system that many other sites (like Engadget) are using. By using Disqus, this will allow you to use your existing account from such services as Twitter, Facebook, Open ID and more.

Now the bad news: The Gamertag integration from the old site is no longer available. If you had an account on the old site, you’ll now need to use the Disqus system. We’re working on a way to integrate Gamertags in the future, but I wanted to get comments back on the site in as quickly as possible and Disqus was the best solution that allowed the most flexibility for everyone.

That’s where were are right now. There is still much more work to do, but I wanted let you know what was up. As always, let me know what you think.

Update:It turns out that we’re having trouble with the mobile site. It may or may not work while we troubleshoot and fix it. Thx


March 23rd 2011 at 9:00 pm | Blogging | 187 comments

March 19th 2009, 2:36 pm PT

Blogging vs. Twitter


It’s been a little over two years since I made my first Twitter post. Since then, I’ve made over 5,500 updates and lately (like the rest of the web) I’ve been doing a lot of thinking of blogging versus Twittering. At this point, I much prefer Twitter to actually blogging for the following reasons:

  • Easy: Type. Click Update. Done.
  • Short: With a 140 character limit you are forced to be succinct.
  • News will never be the same: Combine the power of democratized reporting with Twitter and the concept of breaking news has been altered forever.
  • No smartphone needed: Any mobile phone that can text can make a Twitter post. If your phone has a camera, it’s even better.  This really places your readers at the scene.

While Twitter is good for quick shots, nothing can replace the impact of a well written blog post. But, as any good blogger will tell you, a good blog post can take some time to write, re-write and touch up before hitting the publish button. That’s not to say that Twitter posts are not impactful, but the character limit provides a fixed runway length for you to (try and) make your point.


So, what is my conclusion?


With Twitter you gain ease and immediacy, but lose the “room” to go into complexities and details that a blog post gives you. In our quick-cut, I want it now society, is that really a loss?

March 19th 2009 at 2:36 pm | Blogging | No comments