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Mark Schieldrop June 12, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Looks like someone is faking Boss Hogg's account in an effort to get him banned. Thanks forRead Morepointing the comments out. In regards to why the pit bull blog is allowed, here's what our Ed. in Chief Warren St. John said about it on Facebook and I think it makes a lot of sense: Warren St. John Warren here, the editor. We're not going to get into the business of making subjective judgments about content that meets our terms of service. The open platform is what makes Patch unique. While that might not be a satisfying answer for you in the context of the pit bull posts, we'd offer the same support of you if someone emailed us to object to something you wrote. Our new platform should eventually give prominence to content that readers like and engage with -- which should incentivize high-quality content. But if content meets our terms of service, it stays on the Patch. We are always looking at very specific ways to make sure that community-created content that is most-shared, emailed and read is bubbled-up to the top of our Patch sites. We are always listening to our readers' feedback and appreciate it, but we also need to maintain the integrity of our open platform concept.
C. Melissa Powers June 12, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Yes it was or I possibly didn't submit it correctly.
C. Melissa Powers June 12, 2014 at 05:45 PM
This house is on Charlotte Drive in Warwick.....close to the end of Ives Road. Take a left on oneRead Moreof the last 2 or 3 streets near the end....you can't miss it. I wonder if they found any Native American items in the soil that would be of interest to archeologists in Rhode Island. It's well documented that Native Americans lived along this shore.
HappyDad June 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM
This house is being built by the owner of Dave's Market.
jean lancellotti June 12, 2014 at 07:35 AM
NO one in the area are happy with this oversize home....views are lost around the bay ...so veryRead Moreun fair...a huge large box of a home belongs in another area with lots of land surrounding it.
C. Melissa Powers June 12, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Where is the photo?
RID April 20, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Planet Fitness is a nice basic gym. I like it. Probably all most would need. And the price isRead Morerig ht. $10 per month. Can't beat that, especially compared to Gold's or Absolute Fitness.......which are crazily overpriced.........
RID April 20, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Planet Fitness is a nice basic gym. I like it. Probably all most would need. And the price isRead Moreright. $10 per month. Can't beat that, especially compared to Gold's or Absolute Fitness.......which are crazily overpriced... (in my opinion)
Friends EG Library April 09, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Poetry Month! Celebrate at the East Greenwich Free Library: Saturday, April 12, 2-4pm with Poet Tom Read MoreChandler, and Thursday, April 24, 6-8pm ... with poets laureate Rick Benjamin and Lisa Starr. The evening program will include poetry reading and a wine and cheese reception. Call 884-9510 to reserve a seat, or just stop by! Have an original poem to share? Send it to friendseglibrary@gmail.com and will post it in our Poetry Corner (and perhaps read it aloud at an event). Support your library!
Tim Foster April 14, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Absolutely... i'm at the fields or courts six days a week so feel free to come on down. What isRead Moreyour specialty? I'd love to hear what if any sports knowledge you may have... you can whine & complain behind your fake name all you want but the real adults will be down at the fields/courts working with the kids... why don't you drop your kid(s) off - they probably would have a fun time...next box of Kleenex is on my...
Tim Foster April 14, 2014 at 09:15 PM
http://www.bvog.com/?post=ID73GyFxaLVzHSZD8
Tim Foster April 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM
http://www.bvog.com/?post=IDOsPZE286zwEExvg
Mark Schieldrop April 05, 2014 at 07:45 AM
I'm with you. We don't like one blog dominating the whole platform, either. An entirely newRead Moreplatform is in the works that will do a much better job keeping local content front and center and solve a lot of the issues that came about when the site was redesigned last year. We're a new company now and in the process of making the business sustainable. You're not the only person that has raised these issues and we're taking them to heart. The new platform will do a better job presenting local news and info separately from national content within the Patch network. As you can see, and as you accurately point out, there isn't much distinction at all and that's not fair to the users. And us editors feel the same way. The pit bull blog isn't there because we want clicks and comments. It's because the platform need to be fixed. If the platform really rewarded people for posting blogs and on the boards, that blog would be drowned out by all the great local stuff happening. But the redesign last year didn't bring about many rewards for users and that is part of what we're fixing now.
Connie Zack April 06, 2014 at 08:51 AM
We get regional and national news from all over the internet. The local Patch sites used to give us Read Morespecial local interest information and local perspectives on the news, something you couldn't get anywhere else. Now this has all changed and the site is not even worth visiting anymore. It's sad because the Patch was once filling a unique need and doing a good job with it.
Dog Lover April 06, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Mark - There's so much talk of "We're working on it", "It's going to be great", Read Moreetc. But with what looks like 2-3 editors for the entire state of Rhode Island, how can you ever expect the site to be as local and fulfilling as it once was? We all understand the need to be profitable and make money, but unfortunately this "new model" is a poor way to do that. Relying on blog posts instead of journalism is what leads to crappy articles about Pit Bulls taking over all the pages. I didn't come to Patch to read people's opinions on recipes and the business they own. I came to read about local, factual news happening in my town, which no matter how much you talk about how great aggregated content and adding more bloggers is, you're (and I mean that universally for all of Patch) no longer providing your readers that benefit. Unfortunately this will be my last visit to Patch as I can't put more time and effort into something that has continuously let down those that supported it from the beginning.
Danielle Iannone Salisbury April 03, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Thanks for posting this Tim, it's an important reminder for our athletic driven community and IRead Morethin k it's in part due to the trend to micro manage our kids. When I was a kid I rode my bike to my softball games and my parents came to watch every now and then. I'm not saying that's ideal - but it's a very different attitude toward youth sports.
Carolyn Brown March 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Actually, Steve, a lot of folks take their dogs to Scalloptown Park in East Greenwich. To getRead Morethere, at the red light on Main St. and First Ave, go straight down Rocky Hollow Rd and at the end take a right on Crompton Ave, go to the end. - Unfortunately, you do have to keep your dog leashed and also pick up the poop. But it is a closer alternative if you don't mind running or walking with your dog without dodging traffic.
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