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A Duck
RE: Solomon suddenly world class and Rupp soloing 3.50 indoor miles - Come on Letsun, ask the questions!

wejo wrote:

And for something else I was looking at I ended up on Lauren Fleshman's website and found her comments that "A Duck" refers to acting like they were scandalous to letsrun.com:


Here is what Lauren said:
http://asklaurenfleshman.com/journal/2012/12/29/why-im-no-longer-with-nike/
"Loren’s (her co-worker) discovery came form Letsrun.com. It’s the most comprehensive running website with up-to-date news, and the Johnson brothers do a good job of representing both the female and male sides of the sport. The message boards, like all anonymous comment forums, are another story all together.
Stanford had a “no posting policy,” but I used to read the boards in college before I knew better, mostly for a laugh. At first it’s this amazing discovery: People are posting about my sport! They have strong opinions! People actually care! But the second you become “fast,” people start posting about you, with everything from opinions about your training, to a litany of reasons you should be dropped in the middle of the Sahara to die, to debating whether you are “hot,” “cute,” or “lucky to get laid by a zombie.”
At some point, every pro runner decides its best to stay off the boards completely. Six years on the wagon now and I’m not missing anything, I can assure you. That is, except for the gems Polster shared with us."


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I'll take: "It’s the most comprehensive running website with up-to-date news, and the Johnson brothers do a good job of representing both the female and male sides of the sport."

that anyday.

Am I surprised that some pros stay away from the forums? Not at all. Am I offended? Not at all.

People are pretty shocked when athletes do engage directly on fan sites like Curt Schilling does. That is the exception rather than the rule.

Would I expect some Auburn football player to go read up on the Auburn fan forums? or Alabama forums? No.

But a lot more athletes at schools with the "no posting" policy do come to the forums, because they've told me directly.




As usual Wejo distracts from my point:

"At some point, every pro runner decides its best to stay off the boards completely."


Did Lauren say or not say that?

And any fool can post links on their front page.

She could have said all the positive things about TFN or Ken Goe, for that matter.

You and LRC are the only place that elites and Pro's talk about as a "f____ sewar" to quote an Australian Elite I met at Stanford two years ago.

AND, you'll not she's stayed away for 6 years, imagine what her opinion would be if she was newly elite and found this site today????

Point in case, I read some threads from 2003 and 2005 today. And, while they had some biting nonsense, they were FAR nicer than the sht you foster today.

--Which is another one of my points, not truly moderating these boards have seen them DECLINE over the years.

They've decline in TWO WAYS:

1. Civility. Obviously.
2. Usefulness.


And you are proud of that?

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