Our Spam Policy

We love all of you, but some of you are hurting us significantly with rude and inappropriate comments that the majority of our audience is finding to be offensive. We now must take action to stop this. If you have any respect at all for either Cory and/or myself, please help us out!

Comments:
  1. On March 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm,
    larry says:

    If I have been rude I apologize…This site is a jewel and maybe the most underappreciated business site on the web…..I will never use nodes to off color words again…it is just mature man humor but not necessary at all….

  2. On March 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm,
    Alexander Korelin says:

    Thanks Larry, but you did not come to mind when I made this decision. I think that it is a jewel ,but we continue to get a lot of complaints about inappropriate comments.

    I love comments that are constructive and so do most listeners

    Thank you again, my friend.

  3. On March 8, 2019 at 6:11 pm,
    larry says:

    OK Al…By the way we share a Russian ancestry…..My father changed our name from Rosonovich…After world war 2 because no one would buy used cars from a Russian communist and at school I was in fights all the time trying to explain I was not a communist but that we fled Russia to be freedom loving Americans…kids ya know…Yes you are easy to want as a friend Al…..:)

  4. On March 8, 2019 at 7:31 pm,
    Ebolan says:

    Mr. Big Al Korelin,

    I do not know who you are referring to. I guess I have not been paying close enough attention as I have been fairly busy with work.

    But I think you will agree with Greg Hunter’s assessment of our world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZyKZigGHhw&feature=youtu.be&t=1168

  5. On March 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm,
    DC says:

    Good for you, Al!!! A hard tack is definitely in order. It has disturbed me greatly to read what I considered veiled and not so veiled attacks on you and your personal beliefs, sidewinder comments at Cory, and frank insults and belittling aimed at both of you. It is shocking to me, and, while the problem is not new, it has accelerated markedly over the past two years.

    I, myself, have stayed away for months at a time because it became very annoying and depressing having to plow through an entire page looking for any comments that weren’t rude and didn’t sound like a bunch of childish teenage boys having a spitting contest. You do not deserve to have your site treated in such a low class, disrespectful manner, full stop!

    So, thank you, and most especially thank you for an excellent blog and for being such a gentleman in all instances. Most of the people that come to this site have no idea the time and effort it takes to run a blog, do interviews, post articles, answer comments, do the research, and keep the wheels out of the sand… and then at the end of the day deal with everyone’s posts, and pay the bills for site maintenance. You are a treasure! And Cory, thank you as well for all your fine work and even-minded stance. You, too, are a treasure, and you two make a wonderful team!

  6. On March 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm,
    CFS says:

    Thank you, Big Al, for future censorship of inappropriate offensive comments.

    • On March 8, 2019 at 8:54 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      So you’re back from going AWOL?

      Mr. Big Al Korelin said he would find you and it looks like he lived up to his word!

  7. On March 8, 2019 at 9:03 pm,
    Ebolan says:
  8. On March 8, 2019 at 10:39 pm,
    Rubber says:

    This site and the work put in aren underappreciated. Keep up the awesome work Al, Cory, and guest speakers.

  9. On March 9, 2019 at 6:47 am,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    Yep,…..been here going on my 13th. year……A lot of good people have fallen off the vine ,so to speak……jmo

    • On March 9, 2019 at 7:44 am,
      Ebolan says:

      I’ve been here so long I can’t even remember how long.

      I think I was born here. 🙂

      I think it goes back to 2001 or 2002.

      • On March 9, 2019 at 9:41 am,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        Dang…..you must be an old fart……… I do not think I was here in 2001….So, you are the oldest fart here……..LOL………….spam alert………lol

        • On March 9, 2019 at 10:09 am,
          Excelsior says:

          haha! I love it!

        • On March 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm,
          Ebolan says:

          It might be even earlier. Maybe 99 or 00. I remember Paul Warren used to be on. I remember some Paul Van Eeden interviews, also. Back then I was posting under a different handle.

          • On March 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm,
            Ebolan says:

            I wish I could remember more but my memory isn’t so good anymore…just like my eye sight.

          • On March 9, 2019 at 3:35 pm,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Do you remember when Cory had an person with him as co/ spokesmen ….he had a name beginning with a “C”…..this was when Cory first began……

          • On March 9, 2019 at 3:37 pm,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            What was your handle……in the beginning……
            I had to change mine , because there were two other jerrys…back then….

          • On March 9, 2019 at 3:40 pm,
            Ken says:

            Ken.

          • On March 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm,
            Ebolan says:

            I remember there was a gator Jerry…what happened to him?

          • On March 9, 2019 at 3:47 pm,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Dang ….swamp creatures got him…..He was on the St. John’s River , the last time I heard from him….that was maybe 3-4 yrs ago…..maybe…

  10. On March 9, 2019 at 7:26 am,
    Excelsior says:

    It will be interesting if the new Spam Hammer will be used truly if people are being rude and insulting others, or if it is simply because some readers don’t agree with someone else’s perspectives. (I suspect the emails Big Al is receiving is the latter and not the former)

    Personally, I’m all for moderating inappropriate or rude interactions from posters or garbage posts that have nothing to do with the site’s focus, but it can be a slippery slope (just ask Facebook & Twitter & Youtube who are under heat for banning certain posts but allowing far worse ones).

    If anything the trend on the KER for years is that most regular contributors have a certain level of respect and discourse for one another, even when they may strongly disagree. Sure there are flare-ups from time to time, but usually short-lived… like in any family.

    >>> Really most of the hateful comments are from the sporadic occasional users that pop on and insult our guest, or take swipes at regular contributors.

    Examples:

    – There is one poster that gets on once a month just to take cheap shots at Bob M. and that dude sounds like a broken record and offers no value

    – There is another poster that gets on sporadically only to hurl insults at Craig Hemke, yet never offers anything of value

    – Some posters used to get on only to post whacked out conspiracy theories and nutter YouTube videos, but they’ve been pruned from the bush appropriately.

    – We had a few really imbalanced posters that would shout in ALL CAPS at people about the Baltic Dry Index, or about Hellfire and the end of the world every day, and they were appropriately removed.

    At this point most of the problem children and bad eggs that screamed at others and insulted our guests were removed from the site and it’s been fairly civil, since those birds flew the coop.

    It really is truly a fine line of moderating a site to keep things civil, or over-reaching and banning content because it threatens someone’s belief system. This is why it is hard to even discuss religion, politics, or social justice warrior topics without irritating a large percentage of the audience.

    Since I know the Big Owl is a fan of listening to all sides of a debate, surely he won’t be banning content that someone may simply not agree with. Here’s a clue: You’ll never post a topic or put up a guest speaker that everyone agrees with, and if you continue to pick controversial news topics of the day, you’ll always alienate part of your audience.

    For example, last weeks KER Politics was on slavery reparations and it an insanely charged and controversial topic including many assumptions on what is or is not racist, who is or is not to blame, who should pay, and who should receive, and most importantly why the topic of reparations is being used as a political tool/weapon.

    Despite the charged topic being selected, everyone seemed to handle themselves with class and there weren’t any major disagreements or fights.

    Now, if people wrote in because they were offended, or didn’t share the same opinions that were discussed, then that is on them, and they could have articulated the point and discussed it civilly. Disagreeing with a thesis isn’t grounds for banning someone if it was done in the spirit of an open debate of ideas.

    It’s possible that some of the topics the KER selects for topics of debate (like slavery reparations, pulling out of Syria/Afghanistan, Catholic church issues with pedofilia, the Green New Deal, Trumps Tweets, etc….) are simply the issue and are in fact very polarizing and will run off a large percentage of people be default.

    > I’ve mentioned that to the Big Owl a few times that if you have discussions involving politics, race, religion, gender politics, then you are inevitably going to isolate huge chunks of your audience as a result. (Especially when you take a stand in one of the camps like he and his guests often do).

    —> The fundamental question is:

    How do the KER politics segments enhance the site’s target audience, reach, and revenue goals from its show sponsors?

    What is the KER Brand?

    It is blatantly clear that all the show sponsors are resource stocks, and not political think tanks or sponsors, so maybe that should be considered when picking out topics.

    Does the KER politics topic selected really add to all the company interviews and economic discussions during the week, or is it a self-serving pet topic of the day?

    Many of the topics considered for KER politics are divisive by nature and have no connection to the rest of the site, other than they are on the Big Owls mind.

    While many may find these topic interesting, or current in the news cycle, are they really relevant to the rest of the site’s branding and mission and target audience? It is obvious that the very topics covered are actually the real issue that cause the division, much more so than the blog infighting or people being rude.

    Just my 2 cents as an observer and regular contributor for the last 8 years.

    • On March 9, 2019 at 7:46 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      Well said………JMO

      • On March 9, 2019 at 9:58 am,
        Excelsior says:

        Thanks OOTB. Much appreciated sir.

  11. On March 9, 2019 at 9:46 am,
    b says:

    another good post ex.

    i agree, remember tho that the political discussion was givin its own threads as it kept creeping into the resource threads, and Al kind of enjoyed the talk.

    Also, the jr mining has been anything but exciting so the politics (for me) has been a good reason to stop by.

    I think I’ve found info from posters here that I would have never seen anywhere else.
    There are some pretty well informed people on different topics here.

    So,ya, there is an occasional insult, but the benefits far outweigh them imo.

    • On March 9, 2019 at 10:07 am,
      Excelsior says:

      Good points b, and I believe their decision to separate the resource versus political thread and the 2 different hours of the weekend show allows a good focus in each area.

      Having said that, the resource threads aren’t the ones offending any of the folks writing him and complaining. It is the charged political/religious/social commentary threads that get folks heated up, because it taps into peoples tribal belief systems. As a result, folks will lash out at any beliefs that violate their own opinions and worldviews in a more emotional and less rational fashion. Those are the same folks that likely complain their feelings were hurt by responses to Big Al privately, rather than address the topics rationally on the blog.

      To your point, the Jr Mining sector hasn’t been that exciting the last few years, but there are a few bright spots and burn outs each week to keep the newsflow going for investors that come here for that focus.

      Also, there is a wide assortment of posters here that post very interesting and thought-provoking ideas on a range of subjects, so it is fun to get off-topic at times and go down different rabbit holes.

      • On March 9, 2019 at 10:59 am,
        Big Al says:

        Great advice to Big Al and I thank you for that Excelsior. You are one smart individual and I appreciate your participation on the site and in my life.

        • On March 9, 2019 at 11:35 am,
          b says:

          Concerning the two threads, political and resource info.

          Absolutely correct, politics gets people emotions, especially when religion impacts politics.

          The resource info this site got known for is still there and its well done.

          I believe your suspicion about people being upset might just be about opinions differing has merit.

          Lets not forget, that anyone that really doesnt appreciate others opinions concerning politics plain ol doesnt have to read that thread,(free will and all) the jr mining info is still available.

          Thats the main focus.

        • On March 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm,
          Excelsior says:

          Right back at ya Big Al. I appreciate all that you do, your insights over the years, all the different guest speakers and articles you find for points of interest and discussion, and whatever direction you go I’m behind you and you’ve had a big impact on many of our lives. Much appreciated.

      • On March 9, 2019 at 11:36 am,
        Big Al says:

        Excelsior,

        What do you think about the political segments yesterday? I personally thought that the segments with Craig and the segments with Gary, although being political in nature, were very relevant to the precious metals sector. Give me you opinion if you would.

        • On March 9, 2019 at 9:04 pm,
          Excelsior says:

          Absolutely Big Al. I liked that they included both macro economic perspectives about the PMs, Dollar, and general equities, the effects of permitting in Idaho and across the US from the Trump administrations initiatives, and the other talk about the Golden rule versus the Silver rule, and how the Libertarian philosophy and negative rights of the government is greatly misunderstood by the general public who what positive rights (free stuff) instead.

          Both interviews were very thorough and well balanced, and integrated well with the normal focus of the weekly editorials. Very well done Big Al and more on-point that some of the other weekend political hour 2 segments.

    • On March 9, 2019 at 10:16 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      DITTO ..b………agree

    • On March 9, 2019 at 11:23 am,
      Big Al says:

      Al didn’t just kind of enjoy the talk, he really enjoyed the talk!

    • On March 9, 2019 at 11:38 am,
      Big Al says:

      B, I too have gained a lot of knowledge from many of the opinions given here. I simply want them to be given in a civil and constructive manner.