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Friday, November 25, 2005

Good bye, and good luck

Dear all:

Sometime in May this year, I realized that the biggest downside of having shifted to the New York office was that I missed cricket.

Not actually watching the game, which I could do on Willow anyways; what I really missed was the high-calibre interactions I could have with fellow cricket fans, when I was doing reporting for Rediff.

Then, each day would bring between 500-1000 emails; the lower numbers on regular days, the higher end numbers on match days. These mails produced all I could ask for -- insight, information, humor; above all, through these mails I made friends, in various parts of the world; friends made, friends kept through all these years.

It was this I missed; I thought of ways to recapture that magic, to build, once again, that community that shared a passion for cricket -- and thus was born this blog.

Keeping it going has meant taking time off from work, then racing madly to make up for lost time -- but till recently, it has all been worth it, for the quality of the discussions, the nature of the debates, and most important of all, the sense of camaraderie that ran as undercurrent through even the fiercest of arguments.

Was I seeing things? Maybe -- I can only tell you how I saw this blog.

These last few weeks, though, everything has changed. Day after day, I've watched the atmosphere get vitiated -- beyond my imagining, beyond belief. Debates and discussions have been subsumed, what dominates now is insults based on caste and race; on one memorable recent occasion, I have also witnessed the unedifying spectacle of two 'cricket fans' discussing how their respective mothers earned their livelihoods.

Earlier today, 'Ravi1010' asked a question that resonated with a thought I have had lately. Aren't you, he asked, tired of all this? I was -- but not to breaking point. Game over, I went back to work.

About half an hour ago, I took a break, and thought I would see what the topics of the day, in the various discussion threads, were.

What I have seen convinces me of this -- I don't wish to be involved with any of this, any more. And I certainly don't want my name fronting a site that deals in the sort of slime that is being freely bandied about.

It was huge fun for a good long time -- but much more of this, and I'll end up forgetting the fun, and remembering only this... this 'discussion', which I prefer not to put a name to.

This, therefore, is my last post on this blog. 24 hours from now, I will delete the blog; I am merely allowing that window of time so that people who have made this url a regular stop do not come by and find a void, sans explanation.

Thanks, all, for the company thus far; good bye, and good luck, in all you are, and do. Adios.

92 Comments:

  • Prem,

    From the title I thought you were going back to India or something. But now I see otherwise. Is there any chance you will reconsider this?

    By Blogger bouncer, at 14:43  

  • Dear Prem - It is very unfotunate that you are planning to shut this down. It is also sad to observe the lengths to which we can descend to, just to prove a point. I know that you had all the good intentions when you thought of starting this blog.

    I am with you in your frustration and disappointment. I have frequented your blog quite often and I will surely miss your postings...

    I wish you the best.

    By Blogger kiran, at 14:50  

  • Prem, Thanks for blog. Sure, it was tough to look at the posts, screen ids etc. Initial months were good, things got worst. Everything is taken personally by bloggers. Thanks for interesting insights. This blog became my fav spot to visit every hr. Wish you good luck.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 14:54  

  • Dear Prem, it indeed is sad. I have been reading you since 1996 when I was in Dubai. My son and I would wait for the day's report to be posted on the rediff site and keep refreshing it till your report appeared. The one thing we missed after you dropped off and went to New York was real insighful comment on the days proceedings and also the happenings in Cricket in General. I am in Switzerland now and discovered your blog recently. With the kind of things being said on the blog, I knew it was matter of time before you took it off. I was there during the discussion when the two individuals spoke about each other's mother. Simlilar thing had happened when you were giving the ball by ball commentary on rediff with live comments from the readers. I feel terrible about your decision but respect it. Hope you continue to write on Cricket and we get to read it. If not, I wish you and your wife wellin whatever you undertake...cheers

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 14:55  

  • Hi Prem,

    The beginning suggested that you were to return to rediff, and the ending just threw me off. We, who follow your comments and these dicussions quite fervently, try to ignore the arrogant, unwanted, meaningless muck that some of us wade in and invariably splash about. I think that someone of your stature must can discard the chaff and find enough matter to keep your interested, humored, excited. Any discussion is only as good as the participants, by withdrawing your blogs you serve to base delights of those who your never would want to humor anyways. But no matter how much we love this space, and however many tantrums we may wish to throw, we respect your judgement and will stand by it. Still I hope you will reconsider your decision, and continue to be the idealogical force you have been for us readers.

    an ardent follower
    Vivek

    By Blogger Vivek, at 14:57  

  • Dear Prem,

    Sad to see the blog go and thanks for all the efforts you put in. I always enjoyed reading your opinions and analysis.

    Is it possible to run the blog like Amit Varma's India uncut and not allow any comments?

    Kaushik

    By Blogger Kaushik Bhattacharya, at 14:58  

  • Very unfortunate Prem. I understand your grievance. You could not comment freely on your own blog, and what happened today was mind-boggling to say the least.

    However, may I request you to reconsider your decision for one last time please?

    There are very passionate followers on this blog for whom this blog has become a part of their daily routine. Comments are well comments....as each day passes..everything goes into the trash..I am sure that a lot of people also come to this blog to read the thoughts that you post on the main page.

    @all those who made Prem take this decision..please put your hand up and say that you will keep your tounge and temper under control in future..cmon all of you are adults , not teenagers . Its very easy to use foul-language when provoked, very difficult to maintain equanimity.

    Very very unfortunate....the sinking feeling only intensifies with every passing minute.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 14:59  

  • Prem,

    I have never submitted anything on this blog, other than few responses while watching the matches on willow.
    However, here I am, and I am sure many others begs the question, what exactly happened ? Here you are fighting alone with the idiotic board of cricket control and its idisyncracies and giving us a glipmse of hope against everything that things will change, that things can change. And now all of sudden, I see this post from you ? Why ?
    Not sure what triggered this reaction from you ? But, just because some posts on this blog ...from some of those folks who dont care and dont give a damn about anything with Cricket.

    Anyways, enough said, I read few days back the response to Bursting out the bubble, and felt motivated....May be you read that too :)

    Well, Good luck and will hope to read something from you soon.

    Always a fan,
    Anil

    By Blogger Anil, at 14:59  

  • Prem, it's been a frustating day for all. Smith's 134 n.o. was what hurt the most. He is such a sob, I wish sehwag, dhoni & yuvi really give it to them in the 5th one and later in the world cup.

    Anyways that + sleeplessness was what got me going into conspiracy theories and bashing each other contest. There couldn't have been more than 3-4 people into this, myself included. I'm backing off from all this if it helps you any.

    By Blogger seewagfan, at 15:00  

  • Prem, unfortunate but I think a good decision. I don't know why perfectly normal, educated Indians tend to get so petty & mean online, I think the anonymous status, where noone knows your name,address etc really brings out the boorishness forward.

    Apart from the blog, the matter of most concern to me is, go to any blog relating to Indian subcontinent, we will face the same problem, same regional bias, meanness and pettiness. On the contrary, all my Indian friends in real life come across as more thoughtful and liberal than my american friends, I always thought that is because we have so much diversity, we find it easy to accept a different/new thing.
    Me not sure what's up with his pecular indian online behaviour!!

    Anyway, it was a good thing while it was going and thanks for all your time in compiling the posts and discussions etc. I wish you good luck in all your future endeavours.

    By Blogger flute, at 15:00  

  • Prem - I never posted on this blog before but I didn't really care about the comments from other users. I only came to see the commentary from you, worma & Ruchir. This was a great place for all things cricket; I absolutely loved it.

    I would ask you to reconsider. Please. I understand that you have a day-job and can't be monitoring the blog on a full time basis but maybe someone else can? Could it be membership based where one could get kicked out and stay out!

    Obviously, it is your decision but I believe it would not be wise to give up the blog due to a few miscreants. Just like we still play cricket in Eden (should we, given that we don't seem to win any match there worth any importance).

    By Blogger AK74, at 15:01  

  • Damn, all good things come to an end.

    But I think you are doing the right thing....

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 15:01  

  • Prem,
    I have been a regular observer of this blog--have been following the discussions and also been a part of some.
    Yes,true...where there is rain,there is sun..where there is rough,there is smooth.How about completely ignoring the the 'slime' and discussing only those issues/topics which may need your insight.
    Let the crude,crass 'junta' have their own opinions and fights.Who cares?Sensible ppl....like you and many others can surely circumvent such threads and go ahead as and when our heart dictates.There have been quite a few superb contributers--Worma,Toney,Ruchir-to name a few.
    Let the blog continue.....believe me,a few rotten apples will not,in this case,spoil the whole pack.
    Let those who want to bring their mothers--or their mothers mother in the discussions--proudly bring them on.Frankly,i dont care and who does??In every aspect of life,one finds such uncouth,senseless idiots.Try making sense....but dont put your heart to it,maan.Case in point:a few games back...your one on one with one Mr.AchinB.......tell me,did it require your attention.No!!The ten over posts were working fine.....you wont believe me--apart from me,there are so mannnnnnnny more who log on to the blog just to see your view and then carry it from there....C'mon dude....give this another thought....its not such a bad deal,ya know!!
    Probably,you would not want your name "Panicker" floating around....so,abt this...change the name...but would you please be around??We/i need you in the dicussions,your point of views etc etc.
    Please dont let a few rogues spoil our fun.Puhhllleeazeeeeeeeeeee!!
    Pensively
    Sunny

    By Blogger sunny, at 15:02  

  • I've only been visiting for a few days, may be weeks, but it was...well nice. Couldn't possibly say I enjoyed all the time here...but given how you describe the situation to be...may be you're making the right decesion after all.

    Good luck.

    By Blogger Zainub, at 15:07  

  • The only guys who will be happy seeing this post will be the guys at Cricinfo-you stole the thunderfrom them and made Dileep P, Anand Vasu etc look like a bunch of idiots. Apart from the people who used slangs, people who provoke by using terms like "Those Bengalis" is every comment- Thanks Chappell being a classic example are equally responsible for this.

    Goodbye Prem, and hope to see this blog still exist after 24 hours.

    I love you Ruchir.

    By Blogger Sujatha, at 15:08  

  • Prem,

    On reading the subject I thought of some thing else but understood the problem on reading further in detail.

    The loss at Kolkata didn't disappoint me much but this did. I am certainly going to miss your views on the game on daily basis.

    Good luck,
    Gopi.

    By Blogger Gopi, at 15:09  

  • hey, don do this man!! i don visit n e other cricketing site.......its just ur blog tht i visit..........ur blog provides all the info tht no other site provides........so it helps me save time too..............n i also njoy reading the comments during th live match............please don deprive us of alll these good things........PUHLEES!!

    By Blogger Varun Tomar, at 15:16  

  • Dear Prem:
    I tell you what???? Let's say this is a warning. One more chance for everyone to come correct. Then you have this choice any time you want. 24 hrs. Lights off. What do you say????

    I do not know about others. This has been a one stop shop for cricket to me. No doubt about it. Ruchir, You, Worma. It does not get any better than that. This is THANKSGIVING. I know you can have a change of heart.

    Let's all shout
    "PREM ONE MORE CHANCE"


    Now it is all up to you.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 15:18  

  • Prem, that is a sad decision. Your website was a comprehensive one to cover all things related to cricket. How about disabling comments section and letting the people like Worma, Ruchir and Toney give us updates? I was about to write a post in my blog on "Watching Cricket with Prem", which is a totally new and exciting experience.. It has been like watching in a room full of cricket-knowledgeable friends.. I enjoyed it and would strongly wish you change your mind.. :-(

    Good luck, All the best in your career with Rediff/IA..

    By Blogger Raju, at 15:19  

  • What Can I do to make this blog go on? Prem - any suggestions ?

    By Blogger AK74, at 15:19  

  • Sujata,

    "made Dileep P, Anand Vasu etc look like a bunch of idiots"

    Ironically, wasn't it comments like these that made Prem close this blog...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 15:20  

  • Hi Prem,
    Even I havent been posting regularly but I come in to this blog every hour. Right from the college days we all used to meet up for tea at 3 o clock and sit on the very same bench and guess what the topic of discussion was: Cricket and the article written by Prem Panicker. For one complete hour we used to sit and discuss ur whole article for that day.
    Guess what, this blog rocks more than even rediff, i dont even visit rediff cricket after I started reading here.
    I just wish that you do reconsider ur decision or probably start writing somewhere, we would be definitely starved from reading ur insights into the game.
    Hope to read ur articles every now and then on rediff atleast. Best wishes from a long time fan.

    By Blogger Hemal, at 15:21  

  • Our main aim is not to support any individual but to develop a team for
    future. So Sachin can be given little more chances because,

    * His legacy is far more than Ganguly or any other player.

    * Team India is searching for youngster and suddenly if you drop all senior
    players, it may cost a lot. So even if Sachin is not in form, it is a kind
    of necessity to keep him as apart from captain one more legend in the team
    is necessary. Our aim is to win matches and develop a new and strong team.
    Sachin is needed for that at least for some time until team develops fully.

    * He has not failed for as long as two three years or so. His last season
    test avg. is 51+ and ODI avg in last 25 matches is 34 (w.r.t. Ganguly's 37
    and 24).

    * He has shown some sign of form during SL series. A player like Lara plays
    an inning of today's level only when he is given chance and belief. For
    greatest people, more chances can be afforded. It is not to help Sachin
    personally, but to help the team in fact as they suddenly comes back to the
    form in crucial times like he did in WC 2003 which is not an event far
    behind.

    * Sachin left the captaincy when he felt that he is not helping the team,
    then we can hope that when he will feel that he can't help the team by
    playing he will certainly step down.

    * He is not a captain so if he fails it is not affecting the team morale as
    such. One can't say that captain is not leading from front and hence we are
    losing.

    Yes when team gets developed fully and some more players start performing
    consistently and Sachin keeps failing, he must go and he will go. For the
    time being it is not too late. One should not claim that as Ganguly is out
    due to poor performance every senior player should be thrown out as his poor
    form was really prolonged.

    By Blogger Shivam, at 15:21  

  • Dear Prem,

    I would risk losing out on the comments, just to read your posts. Perhaps we could start over? Is there a way out of all this, or have you absolutely made up your mind to delete this blog? I would beg you to reconsider, if that is possible.

    Lets get rid of the comments section, and just read your analysis.

    Yours was always the first site I would visit after I woke up, in the morning.

    Goodbye, and thanks for all the dishes...

    By Blogger FSN 2.2, at 15:23  

  • Prem, getting rid of comments section is a good idea. Just posting your thoughts will be great.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 15:24  

  • Hi Prem,

    Thank you for all the great insights and wonderful comments through your blog. It was your wonderful writing that made me coming back to this blog again and again even though I hardly posted on here. I just enjoyed reading your comments.
    For the sake of people like me, I hope you change your mind and give us one more chance.

    By Blogger malay, at 15:26  

  • Prem,
    Well what can i say..this was bound to happen,sooner or later,considering the levels to which discussions have fallen to.Thx. for all your efforts here & best of luck to you too in all you do..will miss this space for sure.

    By Blogger mpb, at 15:27  

  • Hi Prem

    That was a bolt from nowhere. I was a regular here and after some time lost interest as the comments became more caustic and racist overtones took over. I did warn a few people on this blog then to avoid a fvew handles that I recognized were from Sulekha's cricket forum. I quit that forum after it took a similar turn.

    Quite unfortunate that ardent cricket followers like us are the bigger losers while the lunatics continue their maniacal run on yet another blog/site.

    One last Q - would it be possible for you to start the blog allowing only a set of users to comment, users handpicked by you? I understand that moderation of all posts can be a problem and hence my suggestion to allow only a few registered and approved users (who you know from all this interaction are bonafied fans and who would not indulge in vitriol). If a handle transgresses the line you could ban the person from posting. Do give it a thought.

    Damn! I will miss this blog.

    By Blogger vshan, at 15:35  

  • Hi Prem

    You have given so many of us so much pleasure with your writing. We have not agreed with everything that you have written, but have respected you for your opinion and the fact that you tolerate others’ views.

    I have seen some of the thrash on the blog. But, quite frankly I ignore it and read the better comments. One of the banes of blogs on the WWW is that the reader has to filter through thrash and undesirable content to get to the real stuff. It is one of the aspects of blogs that we all have learnt to accept and take in our stride. We don't associate your brand identity with the drivel that some nimrods post on your blog, but with your reputation as perhaps India's finest cricket journalist. So, on behalf of many of us, I sincerely hope you reconsider your decision.

    However, if you have lost the drive to blog given your experience, we will all respect it and be thankful for the few good months of interactive dialog that you facilitated on the sport we love so dearly.

    Rajan Nair

    By Blogger Rajan Nair, at 15:40  

  • Prem,

    I echo the sentiments of the people who've commented above. Your blog has been a great source of joy for me and made me remember how much I enjoyed discussing cricket with friends in miscellaneous 'addas' when in India.

    As I may have mentioned before, I've enjoyed reading your writing since the 99-00 tour down under. I was an avid listener of Panix Station and wondered who these people were whom you encouraged to call you and have some discussions with. I can't believe anyone could establish a friendship that way. This blog made me realize how much fun it might have been.

    However, I completely understand your predicament. I could see at the start of the post where you were going with it. While it's possible for most of us to ignore the invective being thrown around, you have your name associated with this blog. And to those like me who would rather not use their name on the internet and resort to pseudonyms based on favorite literary characters, your concern is very identifiable.

    However, I can't help but feel that the lowlifes have won. Such is the nature of cricket (or any sport-related) discussions on the internet that it eventually attracts the "dirty fan". It's a phenomenon I've seen on pretty much all types of sports message boards, be it cricket (check out the message board of the BBC, for instance) or football (some NFL discussion boards would surprise you with the kind of personal attacks they feature). These "trolls", as they are commonly known, serve no purpose other than to disrupt discussion and draw attention to themselves by lowering the level of discussions. They are characterized by off-topic rants, ad hominem attacks, and a general disregard for basic courtesy.

    Most discussion forums usually evolve some kind of strategy to counter these creatures. Some NFL forums I've seen have separate boards for "General Discussion" and for "Talkin' Smack", which usually segregates the trolls and reduces the problem, if not completely eliminating it. Others have enforced strict identification requirements that ensures that if someone is making mischief, the moderator can figure out who they are and and act accordingly.

    I just hope that once you calm down and see the kind of disappointment expressed on this thread about your decision to discontinue the blog, you will think up some more practical solution to eliminate the trolls.

    A humble suggestion as someone else also suggested is to disallow comments for now and keep the interaction one-way. I'm sure many of us would rather have this blog and not be able to comment on it, than not have the blog at all. Those of us who want to have a dialogue can write our reactions or thoughts on our own blogs (the beauty of the blogosphere is that everyone has a voice and a forum for expression) and email you the locations of our blogs. Sure, you may have to visit quite a few blogs to reach all of your fans (and going by this blog, that must be a pretty big group), but by spreading out the discussions, we will also force the trolls to follow you around and since the discussions are going to be smaller they are likely to be more manageable.

    An alternative is to disable comments and get one of your fans to create a discussion board, or let Arjun develop his, where you could participate but not be responsible for any nonsense on the board.

    I apologise for the length of this note (I'm not really the sort of person to write fan-mail, though I think this comes pretty close). If you do decide to take no further part in the blogsphere, I hope you will remember this blog for the good discussions and not the bad ones.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 15:43  

  • I thought you were brave than this. As they say in some movie - "Dil pe mat le yaar". And why are you surprise about the discussions degenrating into slimy stuff, thats quite common on all message boards envoling Indian Cricket. Anyway have a good one. And Take Care. I liked your guts that you didnt disabled the comments section and i wouldnt like the blog without them. because then it becomes more like preaching.

    By Blogger Vick, at 15:44  

  • Dear Prem,
    I earlier used to participate in the discussions. After the original flaming wars, I stopped going to the comments section. I still regularly (3-4 times a day) visit your blog for the great posts/roundups done by you/worma/ruchir/...

    I fully understand your concern and say that you have made, possibly, a well thought decision.

    I, however request that you shut off the comments and keep posting yours (and the co-owners) comments/thoughts.
    Even if you decide to do that, I would be extremely happy to visit your blog. I believe, so would most of your fans.

    If you decide otherwise, I wish you Good bye and Good Luck. I will be on the lookout for your comments/articles on rediff.

    bye
    Amar

    By Blogger amar, at 15:44  

  • Prem,

    Based on what all is happening, I think this is a good decision for you but not so good for folks for whom this was a favorite pod. I would slog my day off and keep visiting this blog to see what is being discussed and drop off a few stats.

    On a bigger scale, this is a problem of our national psyche. We are intolerant of others and of people of opposing viewpoint.

    I was startled when I saw comments about all things bong being posted freely by people having decent education. People even commented that Bengalis are anti-national becasue they are not amused by Greg Chappel, one who shows fingers in public.

    Well, when an Italian runs Indian politics and an Australian runs Indian Cricket, what can the average folk do?

    Disappear like Prem.

    By Blogger SS, at 15:44  

  • I saw it coming. But feel extremely sad and disappointed to see it happen.

    I always liked the statement 'well you can always delete it (read shut, hang up etc etc)' and seeing a good use of it the first time.

    Prem, but please keep writing somewhere! I enjoyed your writing the most.

    By Blogger sharpant, at 15:48  

  • Prem.....i've been a long time lurker in this blog.....only to read your posts. I never bothered with the comments. I'm sure there are plenty of other readers like me, and we're all very, very disappointed that you're shutting it down.

    But i understand that this blog is your own medium, and shutting it down is your personal choice.

    I at least hope to see some more of your regular columns on rediff (why did you stop writing them??), or catch you on panix station or something.

    best wishes.

    By Blogger Sunil, at 15:54  

  • Prem:

    Sad and unfortunate...but I completely understand where you are coming from...and I personally think you are doing the right thing under the circumstances (this north vs south vs east vs west; your ancestry vs mine etc was getting silly and insane..the trash has unfortunately overtaken by a large margin the good)

    I am fairly optimistic that we will somehow create our community without the drivel and scum...through other creative means. I remember the chat + commentaries back then -- they were so much fun -- because they simulated the 'communal watching' that is so much part of a cricket fan's viewing ritual and enjoyment. Finer points when shared and debated with fellow fans take the enjoyment of the game to a different level. We had to stop that forum and this happened. Now something new will emerge. We are all at heart - true Indian cricket fans - who love all things (watching, talking, thinking, discussing, debating) cricket...and that is a powerful underlying force.

    On this Thanksgiving day, thanks for putting this forum up for the last few months. I'll miss my small "blogger comments" window on the top left corner while watching the 2x stream window on the rest of the screen.

    Good luck and god bless you.

    Hoping to change my nick to 'winning now' by your next incarnation

    By Blogger losing now, at 15:55  

  • Prem, I am a latecomer to this blog but before that I have been a great fan of your reports and panix station. I had some great discussions with some fellow bloggers and I am going to badly miss this one. Its sad that you have to shutdown the blog. Hope you will change your mind and good luck.

    By Blogger squarecut, at 16:05  

  • Hey Prem,

    Mate, don't do this, your blog has become one of my favourite stop offs on the net. Just because of a few idiots don't deny the majority of your readers a chance to interact with you and to have proper, good natured discussions about a sport they love. I personally have been delighted to have a space to air my views and share my thoughts with other like minded people, and I've loved the way you join in on these discussions and thoughts. So please Prem, don't close down this blog. Give it another shot, and for all those who choose to abuse this site and each other, surely you can block them or something?.

    Please Prem, reconsider this.

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 16:05  

  • Prem, don't do this..this site has become one of my favourite stop offs after a match, dont let a few idiots ruin something that is so good.

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 16:08  

  • Prem, this is Satish. I have been reading and enjoying Ur comments for the past 6-7 years now. I was very happy when I saw Ur blog open up, the only place I needed to go to get the best of everything that was going on. Please don't stop this now. If it is bothering you, disable comments! Don't stop the blog! I never even look at the comments. Those comments are by no means a poor reflection on you, they reflect poorly on the writer.

    By Blogger Satish Krishnan, at 16:09  

  • Dear Prem,
    I have commented but rarely on this blog. However, being physically isolated from fellow Indians, this was one place which made me feel as if I was with my fellow desis enjoying an informed interactive discussion with my fellow cricket fans. However, over time this blog did get vitiated with bigoted, vicious talk and I,and a lot others in the silent overwhelming majority,fumed. I can understand how you feel about it and a lot of us will sincerely grieve the death of this blog.

    Any interactive discussion when it reaches greater levels of popularity is bound to attract disruptive elements(people blocking Prem, impersonating him, destroying discussions)/lose out on the quality of discussions.

    Dear Prem,
    It seems as if this was bound to happen - but I LOVED your blog. And this being thanksgiving day - Prem,Worma,Toney,Ruchir and others - A BIG THANK YOU!

    By Blogger traveller, at 16:12  

  • Prem,

    I guess instead of shutting down the whole process, we should catch the bugs abd debug them. I mean ban them..

    Hope u restart!!!

    And thank u for all the work that u had put in, in maintaining this blog. we chked this site as often as cricinfo.

    In Tamil :

    "In the mean time.. Thalai!! konjam nidhaanamaaa yosichi oru nalla mudivu edunga.. Rendu koomuttainga dont typify ur blog readers.."

    By Blogger ioiio, at 16:28  

  • I would rather that you continue with the blog and not allow anyone but a select few post to it. Most times I have visited the blog only to hear your views and I'd hate to lose that.
    Close down the comments section and please continue the blog.

    By Blogger Mayank, at 16:32  

  • Prem

    Thats what blogs do. They do invite a few low lifes who find it absolutely impossible to communicate a point without being sensitive. What some of the blogs have done, is identifed the source of the message (the machine and not the user) and logged him off for good. This could be an administrative hassle but, I urge you to consider this option. The other alternative, is to make it a one way street with no feedback from respective users. You have built a wonderful cricket community. Let not a few stray bloggers bring an end to this wonderful community. Please re-consider your option

    By Blogger indCric, at 16:32  

  • Prem:

    Sad and unfortunate...but I completely understand where you are coming from...and I personally think you are doing the right thing under the circumstances (this north vs south vs east vs west; your ancestry vs mine etc was getting silly and insane..the trash has unfortunately overtaken by a large margin the good)

    I am fairly optimistic that we will somehow create our community without the drivel and scum...through other creative means. I remember the chat + commentaries back then -- they were so much fun -- because they simulated the 'communal watching' that is so much part of a cricket fan's viewing ritual and enjoyment. Finer points when shared and debated with fellow fans take the enjoyment of the game to a different level. We had to stop that forum and this happened. Now something new will emerge. We are all at heart - true Indian cricket fans - who love all things (watching, talking, thinking, discussing, debating) cricket...and that is a powerful underlying force.

    On this Thanksgiving day, thanks for putting this forum up for the last few months. I'll miss my small "blogger comments" window on the top left corner while watching the 2x stream window on the rest of the screen.

    Good luck and god bless you.

    Hoping to change my nick to 'winning now' by your next incarnation

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:34  

  • Prem,
    I too join the others in requesting you to please reconsider your decision. As vshan put it nicely " ardent cricket followers like us are the bigger losers while the lunatics continue their maniacal run on yet another blog/site."
    We used to have a Yahoo club/group of ex-students of our school in Hyderabad. It was a pretty good site to start with but degenerated into a forum for Hindu-Muslim war of words and the owner of that club did just this, closed down that site. I suppose it is pretty much a given that this is what will happen if one allows a free for all.
    I too suggest you please close down the comments section for the time being and we can continue to enjoy reading your comments/posts from time to time.

    By Blogger Prakash ES, at 16:34  

  • Prem:
    I love reading your blog, but I don't think deleting this blog is the answer. You should continue to write and the best way is to delete the comments section. We'll miss your insights. I hope you reconsider your decision to delete the blog.

    By Blogger jgohil, at 16:35  

  • Prem,

    The "real" fans of this blog have said all that I would want to say, and I completely echo their sentiments.

    From hearing "how many times will you go to Prem's site?" from my wife every time I come here, to making this my first and most visited site on a daily basis, this was my daily fix in a way that coffee could never be.

    The one thing I will add as a request / suggestion to all the comments already given here is this: given the team that keeps this blog going (i.e., ruchir, worma, toney, etc.) in addition to you, could you designate one of them or anybody else that you trust to be solely responsible for monitoring, censoring and keeping the blog clean, while you & the rest keep the insightful, top drawer cricket journalism going? This is of course only if you reconsider your decision and keep the blog going, and if you might feel that the interactive nature of a blog is lost without comments being allowed.

    in any case, hope to be able to partake of your cricketing wisdom and wit in some form or the other beyond the next 24 hours, either here or elsewhere.

    By Blogger dna, at 16:35  

  • Hi Prem,
    It is indeed very sad to see this posting from you. I knew it was just matter of time this happened.
    Though, I am not a regular on posting comments, but I was a regular visitor to your blog and used to check your thoughts and insights every hour, many times during the course of day and night. I completely understand your feelings with all the nonsense comments being posted by few bloggers. I guess, we are all paying the price of losing this blog at the expense of some senseless people. It is very hard for me digest this message that I will not have anything to look forward in the morning when I wake up.
    Just like what others suggested is it possible for you to just post your thoughts and insights without any of us being able to comment. I know, it does not make any sense for you to do that, but still its better than losing out on your postings completely. Please reconsider your decision Premji.
    If not, would it be possible for you to post more regular columns on Rediff? I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that you will oblige us.
    Thanks for all your efforts and I wish you and your family the very best in your life and all your future endeavors.

    Regards
    Lonedesi

    By Blogger lonedesi, at 16:46  

  • Pity..This was really a good discussion forum......Can I suggest that you 'approve membership' to allow only certain people to give comments based on the substance of their comments over the last little while on this blog...a lot of work for you but maybe you and Worma and Ruchir can decide who to allow and who not to allow..it will keep a beautiful thing like this forum alive...

    By Blogger ilovecricket, at 16:49  

  • I have been reading this blog for a month or so.The whole arena(blog) has been on fire for some times. I have never tried to post, afraid if some body does not agree
    with me he will call me name. I had some good time reading some of the good posting.

    The following two quizzes ( you can call it a joke) and a joke are my subscription fees.

    Quiz 1. What is the similarity between American beer and a boat.
    Ans : both are close to water.

    Quiz 2. what is the similarity between WALMART and Rush Limbaugh.
    Ans: both have business with garbage. WALMART has gotten rich
    by selling garbage and Limbaugh has gotten rich by talking garbage.

    Joke : One 25 years old is reluctant to get married. So His worried mom asked him.
    He said ,” mom, the kind of wife I want, You will not find one”.
    Mom said, “ tell me , I will try”.
    He said ,” quality 1: economic in the kitchen. Quality 2: aristocrat in the
    living room. Quality 3: prostitute in the bed room.”

    Her mother tried and found one. After six months mom asked him if he had found
    all the qualities in his wife. He said ,”yes, but not in the right places. She is
    aristocrat in the kitchen , prostitute in the living room and economic in the living
    room.


    Now a days we are trying get even America. Now we have WALMART(GC is trying to sell garbage idea to team India) and Rush Limbaugh(sports writer(prem, you are excluded) trying to get rich by writing garbage).


    Today when IP opened for team India I was thinking if GC is trying to make Team India a replica of the Wife( not putting the right quality in right place) from the jokes.

    Thanks prem for this blog . India is great.

    By Blogger onewayticketforchappel, at 16:52  

  • Prem:

    I have no sympathy or sentiments for your reaction. I understand that you will get tired if people abusing at each other. Running away like this is not going to solve any problems. There are ways to handle abuses

    When newsmen like you write stuff in news papers don't you get hate mail or threatning phone calls? are you going to stop writing based on those hate mails? Why is this blog any different?

    Good luck.

    By Blogger G285, at 17:00  

  • Prem, I understand your decision but saddened by it. Despite all te rude posts and name-calling, this blog did allow a few cricket enthusiasts to create a virtual community and support system. It would be great if you could find a way for this to continue.
    Or maybe you can continue this blog and turn off the comments section and one of us - someone already established like ruchir/worma can start a neutral yahoo group to serve as a discussion forum?

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 17:09  

  • Yes by deciding to close the blog Prem has choked today. It is clear that he can tolerate endless SG bashing from dravidians but when the SG fans like me pay back this complement for a couple of days..he cannot stomach it. I am not sorry for my comments against a partisan, communal dravidian brigade bashing Bongs & Kolkatans. After Prem's exit, next person to resign will be RD after losing the series in pak...mark my words...

    By Blogger Southie_joker, at 17:23  

  • Prem,

    By succumbing to the ill-will of a few you are strengthening their "cause". The happiest people now are the ones that reduced the comments section to a waste of reading/writing time.

    I understand your desire to chuck it all, but from the options suggested by people earlier, I'd like to make two suggestions:

    Option a) Delete comments sections completely and continue posting

    Option b) Have people send you a "request to post comment" the first time, and in the request make sure that you get a full email address and (hopefully) a fully-functional blog. Once you accord them this previlege they can post without permission.

    By opting for option B, you can always "block" anyone who you deem to be abusive or impertinent and screen the forum. And at the same time, you get to have the discussions you always wanted.

    If you still decide to delete the blog - THANK YOU. The past few months have been very good, and in fact, spurred me into starting my own blog.

    Good luck with whatever it is you do from here on. Keep writing somewhere so we can get a fan's perspective on the game (especially for people abroad, like me in the US).

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 17:26  

  • Prem,
    I think that is unfair to judge everybody for a few people, I wish there was a way to throw out the scum, but in any case this was fun as long as you kept it going ... Thanks for everything! I realize when its not fun its not worth doing it any more.

    By Blogger joe, at 17:33  

  • Chappell and his supporters should be taught to behave...

    http://cricket.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1308573.cms

    No one can take GC's latest gesture at EG lightly and claim to be unbiased...

    By Blogger Southie_joker, at 17:40  

  • Prem, I respect your sentiments and obviously you must have thought through it and I understanding when you say that you do not want to front end a blog with such indecent postings. Nevertheless, what about people like us. I have been following this blog for a long time now and starting posting very recently and was really glad at the level of cricket related discussions going on and am sad that it has to come to this. It's your choice, but give a thought for us.

    By Blogger Schumi, at 17:41  

  • Prem,
    I am really sad. I considered your blog as a one-stop site for very interesting cricket news, very latest cricket news flashes and some expert comments. Some of the links provided in your blog by you and your team were really intersting and newsful. I participated in many of your discussions earlier but, of late, seeing the quality of the comments I nowadays refrain from seeing the comments. But I still look to your postings in the blog. In fact, I keep the link to your blog always open in my computer. We will really miss your comments, Prem. Any alternative. Why can't you sue this blog for your postings, Worma,Ruchir and your team's alone without any comments or discussions. Any how, Thanks a lot for the lovely hours I experienced in this blog. I wish you all the best in your future endevours also.

    By Blogger Krish, at 17:47  

  • Dear all: Thanks much for your posts; they make this doubly hard. I am personally opposed, in principle, to blocking comment -- it sucks, especially for a journalist, to deny others the right to free speech that I claim for myself.

    I don't quite know how the moderated comments thing works here. Will check it out and if it is a viable option, will keep this blog going. Else, not. Either way, will post what I decide to do, on here, tomorrow day time sometime.

    southie_joker: Don't flatter yourself that ad hominem attacks such as yours (I am still waiting for that email id, by the way -- so that when RD resigns, I can felicitate you; or more likely, when India wins, I can mail you, since you will not on such occasions come anywhere near this space) even register on my personal radar -- I've been blocked from commenting on my own blog, and didn't let that bother me; I've had cowards steal my name, and not turned a hair.

    If you did not know why I shut this down, read posts in links below. These might sound like great fun to you; to anyone who can even spell the word decency, they induce puke.

    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=13063789&postID=113294715083695105&isPopup=true

    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=13063789&postID=113293596955519107&isPopup=true

    To the rest of you: I'll try and figure out if there is some way I can provide you the blog posts, without letting the site degenerate into a forum for trash. And either way, will post what I come up with, on here tomorrow sometime. Meanwhile, again, thanks for all the support, and the kind mails, and best, as always.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:48  

  • Prem

    I don't think you should delete the Blog.

    It is one of the finest on any subject.

    Of course one has to sift the wheat from the chaff in the comments sections - all unmoderated places are like that. And of course one man's wheat is another man's chaff. (Hope you haven't found my comments chaff.)

    I hope you reconsider and either become a sleeping partner in the venture or even continue as before.

    Deleting the whole thing seems a little excessive under the circumstances. It would be a bit like blowing up a very attractive small town because there were a few undesirable people in that town.

    By Blogger Ged, at 17:49  

  • Prem,

    I have been reading this blog off and on for months now, and I have to say, you are making a mistake. Admittedly, I haven't delved as deeply as you must have into the morass that the comments section has become, but regardless of what is in it, I think you should keep this open. It is your right to close it if you want of course, but really, the answer to hateful or idiotic posts is not censorship, but freeer speech. Seriously, what did you think would happen if you allowed humanity to wipe its feet on your doormat? Don't cut and run, Prem, keep this open if you believe in openness, in the fundamental goodness of human beings, and in the self-corrective process of free speech. Remember Voltaire, who said he disagreed with every fiber of his being with what his interlocutor was saying, but would defend to the death his right to say it.

    That said, this is of course a cricket blog and not the constitutional convention. I say keep it open, but if you choose not to, good luck, and I will look forward to reading your articles in IA and on Rediff.

    By Blogger idlivada, at 17:53  

  • Dear Prem, I fall into the category of people who follow the blog but seldom comment - and you did make me comment today! Please go Amit Varma's way, disable the comments for a while (esp. during the matches) and see if it works. I/we DO NOT want to miss your insights, comments etc. on the game (esp. the recent 10-over updates)... so, please re-consider our pleas and your decision!

    If you still feel like it's not worth it - no let's not go there yet! I still have a flicker of hope that you'll reconsider and not delete this blog.

    By Blogger tgvasu, at 18:04  

  • Prem, loved to read your comments and commentary, not just about cricket. However, I'm sure it takes a lot of time and effort, and if it's not fun anymore, what's the point?

    Personally, I was goaded in the last match thread into making snarky comments about "the more idiotic Ganguly fanatics". Which, given that
    I'd choose Ganguly at this point in both the ODI & Test teams, is kind of strange, and illustrates how these things escalate on the internet, especially with anonymity.

    Besides the contributors to the blog (toney, worma, ruchir, etc), Sahir & Dark Nights come to mind as aewsome commenters, who I always looked forward to reading. Dark Nights in particular linked to this awesome site with short video clips of historically great cricketers like Larwood, Fred Trueman, etc.

    http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/cricket/

    Prem, have you considered setting up an email subcription list to inform us in case you decide to do something cricket or audience related in the future? Though, perhaps, you already have the emails of people who registered for the discussion forum.

    Anyway, cheers, and thanks for all the fun. Through this blog I've had some of the most fun watching cricket in a while. I'm not sure how many have seen the new Murrow movie, but Good Night. . .and Good Luck.

    By Blogger roublen, at 18:05  

  • Hi Prem,

    I am sad to read this. While I do not always agree with everything that you or others mention on this blog - I keep visiting it three/four times a day to keep up with all the cricket action. Also, the disagreement and the arguements (not the abusive ones - there have been many debates that were argued in alogical manner) regarding cricket is what makes following it really fun. I would visit your blog for the same reason that you started it - for the 'interactive' experience of following cricket - something not avilable easily here in the US.

    Comment spamming, trolling and plain simple abusive behaviour online is a problem as old as the internet - its not somehting unique to your blog. Especially while discussing something as passionate as cricket - it was a matter of time before things got out of hand. I have noticed this previously while chatting about cricket on IRC or usenet groups. It would be a huge drain on anybody's time, not to speak of the thankless nature of the job to try to keep moderating the comments as many have suggested. Besides, it would also prevent the free flowing of ideas that makes the comments here so successful.

    What you decide is finally up to you - but I will join the chorus requesting that the blog not be shut down. My $0.02 suggestion is to disable comments here (at least for the open threads that seem to bring out the worst in people) and let the discussion take place in the Discussion Board format that was set-up recently.

    By Blogger DeadCenter, at 18:09  

  • hey guyz,

    How do I open the links Prem has posted ?!? Just to better understand what he's talking about. Can someone post actual links rather than pop-ups ?!?

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 18:14  

  • Hi Prem
    You hv set up an awesome community here. I request you not to give it al away to some lunatics. While it is obviously your call, I request you to ignore these morons. Do not change anything. The value most of us get from the present format is too great to be compromised coz a minority of hot-headed "friends" choose to ignore the ways of a civil society.
    If you decide otherwise, I respect that. I am sure you are aware that so many of us respect you and your opinions and will miss this medium and look for other mediums to continue such interaction
    Thanks
    Sam Kumar

    By Blogger Sam Kumar, at 18:21  

  • Prem - Unfortunate that you had to do this. But its perfectly understandable. One wouldnt put up with such nonsense even if one were paid for it. I know you had the blog to have a 2 way communication and hence disabling comments would defeat the purpose. But, many people (me included) come here not so much to post comments, but to read your posts.
    Would you consider going the Amit Verma way and disabling comments? People can still email you with their thoughts..
    I really liked the summation of the daily news that you or worma or ruchir or toney did. If nothing else, could you keep the blog for worma et al to post the daily news round up.. and disable comments?

    By Blogger Tiger, at 18:22  

  • Prem:
    One suggestion. Blocking comments is not the way to go in my opinion. That is the fun part to read what others say apart from you or Ruchir or Worma and see how others view points are in comparsion to my own. So that will be downside to blocking the comments. If people do not like to interact or avoid reading another persons post they have the choice to do so anyway. As long as we do not bring in our religion and region into the picture it is a fair game IMO. I hope none of them will have a problem following that unwritten code of conduct.
    All said and done I want this blog to continue. I know you are a man who seem to have fun no matter what. If not I do not think you could have kept up with this for all these months. Please give one more hard look at it and let us know if their is a change in heart.
    Needless to say you have all the bloggers to back you.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 18:30  

  • Hi Prem,

    Really sad.As some one suggested i also thought u are packing and going back to india.
    I was on this blog back in triangular series(Srilanka) time and was their on particular day when all these 'anonymous'things started, really it was frustrating and agonising at times but u tried your best mate, thanks lot for all your thoughts and sporting enjoyment you provided here.
    I will really miss you,please keep checking emails. Far from our native land i saw this blog as bonding between all us, so many guys here like worma(manish),toney... many more helped in finding source of match coverage and other stuffs,thanks to all.
    Prem, take care and i wish u and your family a wonderfull time,thanks.

    By Blogger MAHER, at 18:36  

  • This yet again proves the point that there is much room to improve (us Indians) our etiquettes on group discussions. We are an emotional bunch. We'll sell our Moms and Dads and Kids to defend our fan(atic)favorite. When we are cornered we resort to aggressive defensive techniques.

    This is not something new, though the concept of blog is relatively new. This behavior has been there many decades.

    You might say its only a couple of bad apples. Not true. If thats the case then the response and rebuttals must've been from just two ids, but, I thought, I saw more than a couple of participants getting emotional.

    When will we learn to be less emotional ?

    By Blogger carycricket, at 18:39  

  • Dear Prem, I posted on your blog in May. I remember making a comment on Gambhir v Chopra, that prompted you to make a detailed post in support of Chopra. I was amazed. In the early days, you always came up original thoughts, excellent links and radical ideas to change the way Indian cricket was run. Since then your blog has taken on all sorts of issues and who can forget the heated discussions on the Ganguly-Chappell rift, conspiracy theories, insider e-mails, etc. The Ashes commentary on this blog brought in serious contributors willing to discuss cricket in great detail. The blog had grown steadily though comments on Indian cricket seems to be dominated by Ganguly. Anyway thanks for the blog.

    By Blogger IssaicN, at 18:39  

  • Dear Prem,

    I do hope you read the comments posted here before you delete this blog.

    First off, thanks a lot for putting the blog together. It made it so easy to keep in touch with everything cricket without scouring a bunch of different websites. The "stories behind the stories" thanks to you and the other readers helped give me a better perspecive on Indian cricket and helped me feel less disconnected. I understand your reasons, and a part of me even agrees with your decision. Nevertheless, I am still sorry to see this blog go.

    I, too, have often felt that the comments here often degenerated into a vitriol throwing contest. It answered for me a question I wondered about -- how did the British rule our country for two centuries? A quick perusal of the comments shows that the fractious and divisive mindset that was responsible is still present even in the 'educated' readers of this blog. What was that saying about those not learning from history being doomed to repeat it?

    By Blogger Ranjit Nair, at 18:43  

  • It sucks, some people making those comments are just crazy - this is a cricket blog. why don't they just talk about cricket. Even if we talk about RD, SG, GC etc, y tarnish their personal life ?!? I don;t think any of us know them personally anyways. Let us talk about their cricketing actions. For e.g. criticize what they did on the field and what they did about cricket. just refrain from saying he is stupid or anything like that. say that action of his was stupid !!!

    Prem - one suggestion: can't u do moderation by banning the users who say anything personal against any cricketer or talk about non-cricketing issues etc. ?!? Sure, they can keep creating new IDs and continue posting, but banning them will be a start. You can assign a few moderators rather than just you. However, I'm not sure you can do that in a blog, i.e. banning certain users from commenting.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 18:44  

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    By Blogger veryconfuzed, at 18:55  

  • So long, and thanks for all the fish, er...food for thought.
    here's hoping that you'll find a way to keep this blog going

    By Blogger veryconfuzed, at 18:58  

  • Dear Prem,

    I have been following this blog for the last few weeks and find it a great place to follow the action in the cricket world. Most of your posts have been very insightful, and worma, ruchir, toney, they all have contributed well as well.

    Sure there are some spoilers here, like everywhere in life. But it is a pity if you give up something that you obviously feel so passionate about because of the actions of a few idiots.

    Hope you can find a way to manage the blogs without letting the comments degenerate to the levels you mention in the post. In my experience in free forums like these, they need some moderators with ability to ban troublemakers to maintain some decorum - but of course I don't know what the blog allows.

    Anyways hope you continue the blog - if you don't, then wish you the very best - and to all other people here too.

    Cheers,
    CricLover.

    By Blogger CricLover, at 19:00  

  • Prem,
    Wish you all the best...
    I just shared this news with my wife and she was pleased that for short term i can spend more time with her then on the blog.

    LET ME THANK U FOR ALL THE QUALITY TIME I HAD ON THIS BLOG.
    I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE INVOLVED WITH SIMILAR DISCUSSIONS IN ANY FORM.
    I AGREE THERE ARE WEEDS IN MOST OF THE BACKYARDS, MY BACKYARD MOSTLY HAS RYE GRASS THOUGH :)


    Again Prem thanks for the time i had on this blog either writing or reading.
    ALSO SPECIAL THANKS TO TONEY,RUCHIR AND WORMA TO KEEP THIS ALIVE IN YOUR ABSENCE AND BUSY SCHEDULDE.
    To be honest we had reached a stage that if you dont read the name, couldn't distinguish, if this was Prem or the other folks.




    my permanent boss (wife) and second boss(office) have someting to cheer this thanksgiving.
    All the best .
    ~PankajT

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 19:13  

  • Prem,
    I have been coming to this site for a while now. I really like the analysis given by you. Thanks a lot for that.
    I know that I cannot influence your decision in any way and I respect your decision, please do give a thought once again.
    - Venkat

    By Blogger FJ, at 19:13  

  • Hi Prem
    I cannot help but agree with some of the comments made earlier in this forum(regarding pathetic Indian behaviour in online forums). It puzzles me too ..how normal people can be so disgusting in online forums.

    BUT..am sure you agree that a number of people here and fanatic cricket fans who wait until 2:00PM everyday to see an update on cricket matches from you and the other admins and hardly care about comments made by other members. I myself have been following you since a number of yrs now.

    I would respect your decision, but with a plea for you to consider the decision again..and perhaps just disable the comments section for now
    ...Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeee!!

    By Blogger Raj, at 19:13  

  • really depressed. havent had a chance to see the rest of the posts but came back literally avoiding phone calls from friends and watched the indian innings on highlights, subsequently went to crininfo and found out the obvious result. join you guys after reading the posts

    By Blogger inoc, at 19:16  

  • Hi Prem,

    Sad to read this. For a long time now it wasnt worthwhile reading most of the comments. As a cricket fan one was attracted to the insight and analysis provided by you. The consolidated reporting by your support team -worma, ruchir et al was also nice to have.

    Yes, it has been great to have a discussion with you and other cricket fans because all of us are passionate about this game. But the forum has been continuosly vitiated by these elements that had either no consideration for fellow beings and worse still enjoyed being anonymously nasty.

    I suggest that you remove the discussion thread and leave an option for such interested readers to send a comment which you may or may not choose to respond offline.

    By Blogger cricketinblood, at 19:21  

  • oh no didnt realise this was the post mortem.
    this is a shame.

    By Blogger inoc, at 19:23  

  • As so many ppl already said....gr8 blog..few minor hiccups...shud find a way to make this go on..more effective moderation or no comments for some time..whatever it takes...lov so see atleast ur take on things

    By Blogger Rakesh, at 19:25  

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    By Blogger AR, at 19:29  

  • Dear Prem,
    I totally understand the way you feel about how things have been going on this blog recently.Its really sad.I have immensely enjoyed reading and occassionally commenting on your blog.I really do hope you would reconsider your decision soon.

    By Blogger AR, at 19:31  

  • Dear Prem,

    I'm shocked!
    This blog site has been my first stop since the beginning of the SL cricket series. Your blog site is better in coverage than even cricinfo's.

    I will be sad to see this blog end. And I'm sure so will all those who have come to enjoy it as much as I do.

    I hope that you would reconsider...idiotic comments posted without a thought do not reflect badly upon you or this site at all....

    By Blogger Harry, at 19:39  

  • Dear Prem,

    My two cents on how this blog can be managed.
    *Anyone who wants to comment must request permission from the administrator(s)
    *Permissions can be obtained through written emails to the administrator group email address which will be checked periodically.
    *Only permitted emailids shall be allowed to comment.Comments allowed only via emails to confirm the source of those emails(?).
    *Ids sending in offensive content will be blocked.
    *The identifying Id need not be the emailid - it could be anyother unique id which
    Disruptors thus will have to take the trouble of seeking permission from the administrator, generate an emailid before they comment on sightscreen. This should be a sufficient deterrent.

    Overall, 1.I think your blog has come of age and might require us to come out of blogspot-if the necessary system support is unavailable.
    2.This seems like a interesting case study,if I might say so,related to filtering in of quality content through quality commenters which we might consider sending out to the larger networked world.
    Given some lead time, I could start searching for practical ways to make this thing work.
    I am 100% sure that a solution can be worked out.
    What do the tech guys on this forum think?

    By Blogger traveller, at 19:49  

  • Prem
    I have been a reader of this blog for a month, maybe slightly more, but after browsing over many such ‘sights’ I put this in my favourites. I will tell you why?

    Here I found gems scrolling down when I had the opportunity. People who have played cricket or are still playing or at least involved in it. I tend to ignore the the stupid rantings of the guys who have have minimal understanding of this game and are here momentarily only to vanish when the pet hate is absolved. (egs ins and outs of reverse swing, taped balls, legspin theory to name a few)

    Since I have been here I have gone back and read some of your articles, foremost the one after the sad demise of your dad, (I must thank a reader for the link) and have enjoyed the articulate manner in which you have portrayed your thoughts. That is not to say that I agree with them, some of them I do not, but thats the greatness of this blog.

    I have been virtually, as you put it once, a silent reader. Although I have occasionally got drawn into the discussion, momentarily I think.

    The reason I write today is not to applaud you or your other contributors, worma, ruchir, and others, excellent that they are in their jobs, but the reason you put forward for closing this blog. You live in a country where the president is fighting a war against terror, sorry couldn’t avoid the jab. Morally it is right to do so. What you are doing is escaping from the terror that stupid bloggers are putting you through. Who takes them at face value I don’t for one. Yes they are soiling your excellent blog but you going away is not going to stop them. They will all go to sulekha for instance (maybe they are all from there in the first place, lol). You are crying away from a place which was essentially the only place where knowledgeable cricket guys cared to visit.
    Go ahead stop this site and we will all remain silent while we read the rubbish in the media.
    If you have closed the site and want to talk to me my address is a284760@yahoo.co.uk

    By Blogger inoc, at 19:58  

  • hmm...looks like I had missed most of the stuff that u mentioned..

    U prolly are rite..Doesnt make sense issuing denials everyday that it wasnt u but someone else using your name and posting here..

    Well...A better option is to have a Yahoo groups account where only those whose emails are registered by the owner of the groups can post..

    Try that...

    As a first, here is my ID that you can add on, for a start..

    Ginkgo - aranme2000@yahoo.com

    Either way, itz been good to read your posts as well as others with whom Ive been able to interact..

    If you again chose to interact with online, do let us knw

    G luck
    Ginkgo

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 20:02  

  • sorry i forgot wish you all the best prem
    also worma - i tended to agree with you a lot. - so bye mate.
    and ruchir i disagreed with you a lot but bye mate as well lol.

    By Blogger inoc, at 20:04  

  • AND in a humour 'baited' breath:
    SG is responsible in shutting down this blog.
    **JD must be involved***.

    By Blogger inoc, at 20:14  

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