As you may or may not know, the Fan Comments section on the various episode pages are more strictly moderated than the message board is. The reason for this is simple: we want the episode pages to look as "clean" and professional as possible due to the fact that the episode pages are the most popular pages on the site. All of those members who don't post on the board are looking at these pages. Alot of time, effort, and care were put into those pages by Dunrobin and Team Stooge, and we feel that it isn't asking too much to put a little of the same into your comment.
All fan comments submitted must be approved by a site administrator (either Dunrobin, Pilsner Panther, or myself) before it goes through and is viewable by the general public. More often than not I find myself rejecting fan comments, so I thought I would give you guys some tips that may help get your comment approved.
1. Proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and structure is a must.
If you think we are strict about this shit on the message board, we are absolute Nazis when it comes to the fan comments. A mistake or two is ok and I'll usually edit it and pass the comment through (any time you see "edited by shemps#1" it is because I corrected a mistake), but a comment littered with errors will get rejected. Starting your comment off by not capitalizing the first word I will not bother to read any further and reject it right away.
2. Swearing is NOT allowed on the episode pages.
I personally have yet to come across cursing in the fan comments, but I feel it needs to be said just in case. Like I said, we want the episode pages to look professional.
3. Actually say something worth posting.
As I previously stated, alot of time and care goes into the episode pages, and the fan comments should reflect that as well. If you are posting a comment you have an opinion and should be able to express said opinion intelligently. Stuff like "Great Short A+!" or just posting the score you gave the short will be rejected.
4. Try not to post quotes from the short.
I find quotes in the fan comments to be both lazy and annoying. If I'm reading the comments I'm looking for people's thoughts on a short, not to see if they can quote lines. More often than not a quote filled comment will be rejected. If I feel that there is good comment amongst the quoting I will edit out the quotes and let the rest of comment pass, but this rare. It is even more rare for me to pass comments with quotes intact. In other words, best not to use quotes from the short/episode.
5. Do not get into a conversation on the episode pages.
Conversations are what the message board is for. Do not respond to a previous comment or address another member on the episode pages. I tend to be more lax on this rule with older comments because at one point this site did not have message board and the fan comments were the only way to communicate to one another.
I realize there are older comments up which do not adhere to these rules. Rest assured the administrators do comb through the episode pages and weed these out when time permits. With a body of work as vast as that of The Three Stooges it will be awhile before we go through them all.
Below are some examples of what I will reject:
the scenes of the stooges in the national parks and he fishing sights were great.hen moe says
sayonara at the end did he realize that the stooges would be no more. even though curlyjoe
tried to carry on with mousie garner and frank mitchell as the new three stooges. moes wife
wanted him to stop performing.later he got emilsitka to ake over for larry but we all know that
larry passed on
This member, commenting on Kook's Tour, does not capitalize at all and only uses periods for punctuation. There are also a couple of sentence fragments. Normally I wouldn't have gotten that far because of the lack of capitalization, but I was looking for an example.
I've yet to see a better Shemp episode
This an example from the Baby-Sitter's Jitters page. If this person likes the short so much they could have at least explained why, gone into some detail on what makes it so good.
A TRUE FAVORITE from my childhood! My favorite line is Shemp's (when the boys are introduced to Christine's character.) LARRY asks "And what might your name be lass?" CHRISTINE:"Perhaps you've heard it, tis Lorna Doone!" SHEMP: "HI LORNA, HOW YA DOONE?!"(slap!) Again Shemp's delivery is perfect!! I also love the visual memories: 'the mask', 'the sliding bed' and the 'skeleton in the closet' at the end. Over all, a great, memorable short. Famous last words: "This little marble will come in handy
This is an example of quoting from the short (Hot Scots) itself. Just don't do it: it's annoying and sucks all of the humor out of the quote.
Below is an example of an excellent comment on Kook's Tour that I recently passed. It had a minor grammar/sentence structure error which I quickly corrected.
It seems the general opinion of this film is that it was poorly produced. One must remember that filming was cut short due to Larry's stroke, and that Moe was 73 years old. Like Jerks Of All Trades, the sound and picture are horrible because the film was buried and almost forgotten about. This is almost sad to watch, knowing it was their last filmed performance, but necessary for Stooges fans!
This comment was well written, and it's obvious thought was put into it. It's not very long, and it doesn't have to be. This person was direct and to the point. No quoting either, which is always a plus.
So there you have it. I hope this helps and hope to accept more fan comments in the future.