There have been several posts I've done this year that have been what I call heavy hitters...posts that get a lot of traffic. One such post was my Op-Ed: 210.03. This particular post has had A LOT of traffic.
There are a lot of comments about this post where I try to understand, and invite my readers to help me understand, Kim Yu-Na's score from Trophy Eric Bompard. Today I received an anonymous comment on this post that upset me deeply...
The "WOW" is precisely why the ISU 6.0 judging system was revised. Because people injected their own "WOW" biases into unfair results for decades which resulted in rankings and medals that the judges themselves couldn't validate or even necessarily logically express after the fact. The current system objectively quantifies required elements. People who criticize the scores do so almost universally from the POV of what they WANT to see in the program, not actually what was in the program. All that stuff is subjective and as a figure skating fan that kind of junk has been going on since the Witt and Ito, it has nothing to do with skating it's all noise and sour grapes.
As for your traffic from Korea and Japan, obviously that speaks that you need to do a better job with your English language links. If more people are linking from across the world in other languages for your posts than from your own continent in your own language then you obviously aren't getting many hits on google in English nor are other blogs bothering to link to you.
Finally I cant believe your nasty bit of racist insinuation that because traffic surges from Japan and Korea those people will automatically "bias" your poll unlike Caucasians or North Americans who I guess are automatically more subjective and fairminded (perhaps less ignorant or more informed on the technical aspects of skating? not sure exactly what your point was). Not only is it incredibly bigoted but it seems ungrateful, most of the responses here from across the pond have been civil and polite. Instead of being grateful that people across the world think enough of you and your blog that they log on to view your thoughts on skating you automatically pull a passive aggressive thing where you automatically dismiss them as "biased" and snark about them jamming into your site as if they're some yellow wave that's going to pollute the integrity of your site. Maybe your should put up a "no asians" banner on your site when you do polls so they know better than to pollute your polls and comments with their obvious bias.
It's the second and third paragraph's that really upset me. Having been to Japan and desperately wanting to plan a trip to China and Korea, I can tell you from the bottom of my heart nothing could be further from the truth. If anyone visiting my blog has ever felt I have dismissed their comments or opinions as bias and nothing more; please let me know so I can apologize personally, but I truly believe I've never done that.
Also, I've never complained about the traffic this blog has, no matter where in the world it comes from. I go out of my way to speak to figure skating on a global level and I LOVE that people from everywhere in the world visits this blog, Asia included!
I'm sorry Anonymous saw my mention of increased traffic from Japan and Korea during a poll about Kim Yu-Na as me complaining about Asians 'jamming' my site...nothing could be further from the truth. When you take any poll you have to note variances. If I take a democrat or republican poll in downtown San Francisco, my results will be skewed...that doesn't mean they're biased...you just have a heavy skew. Same with a poll on a skater; if traffic begins pouring in from their home country at a larger than normal rate (traffic that is welcome!) you have to report that when discussing poll results.
In the end, I'm so sorry if I've offended anyone else...and I'm sorry I've offended this anonymous poster. I love all of you and there will never, NEVER, EVER, be the crude and ugly banners on this blog this poster suggests I put up. That's just not who I am.
Please, PLEASE, feel free to comment.