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This is a treat...

First, how closely connected is this board with the organization itself? Do people from the front office monitor the activity and give you feedback about the sort of postings they condone or not?

Along the same lines, what is the philosophy (it may not be formal, but intrinsinc to the outlook of the people in charge of the board) behind this particular board that makes it different, if it IS different, from other Hurricanes-related boards?

Also, (gee, Marcus, you opened a floodgate - put on your waders!) :shock:

You're in Toronto, hockey capital of the universe - how'd you come to be the Chief of the Caniac Nation Cyber division?

And last, (gee, having you all to myself is such a luxury!) how do you weed out the red flags? People posting that may not be who they present as, or topics that are covers for something else?

Thank you! :)

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This is a treat...

First, how closely connected is this board with the organization itself? Do people from the front office monitor the activity and give you feedback about the sort of postings they condone or not?

It is actually very closely connected. I think moreso than people believe. However when you say front office, this greatly depends on what you consider front office. You basically start with the owner, and go down from there. To the best of my knowledge, the owner of the Canes does not come here. There are several departments below him and the department of Creative Services is the department that controls the forums. They have the person in charge of the department who I am in constant contact with as well as the web master who actually runs this place from the management perspective. I believe that these guys trust me and for the most part I'm free to make decisions about this board as I feel necessary. There are times however when I will send emails to them requesting permission to do stuff. This is for stuff that can inpact the company or may cause a problem. The most recent example of this was the adding of the Christmas smilies to the boards. Occasionally some people are offended by the word Christmas and I wanted to make sure they were ok with me putting them up. I wouldn't want to put anything on the boards that could cause a wide angel of problems. Obviously they gave me the ok and now their availalbe for all to use for a while. The Canes staff for this board are really good about coming here to check things out when I request them to. I usually never wait more than 2-3 hours for a response from them. They do occasionally pop in though to check on things or to make a post about an upcoming event or something along those lines. We even get people from the legal department and ticket sales checking in here occasionally.

As for feedback, yes they do occasionally give feedback, but for the most part, they let us run the board as we see fit since we are on here several times a day and know exactly what happens. Another recent problem we ran into was a post about how to hoodwink the voting for all star day. I wasn't entirely sure if they wanted this posted on an official board so I sent them links to the topic and got a response asking for them to be removed which they were.

Hopefully this answered this question. Sorry it was so long.

Along the same lines, what is the philosophy (it may not be formal, but intrinsinc to the outlook of the people in charge of the board) behind this particular board that makes it different, if it IS different, from other Hurricanes-related boards?

I think the biggest difference between this board and fan boards is its size. There are some very well run hockey boards on the net and I think each offers its own special thing. However, being on an official site we get the advertising and are usually much bigger in size. Also, new fans to the game would automatically go to the main site to find a place to chat as they aren't aware of other good boards out there. Another major difference is content. On fan boards, its not out there for money or anything so they can usually be more laxed with rules. Things like swearing, semi adult images and stuff like that may be allowed, where as here, if you posted that kind of stuff you would be in a heap of trouble. The Hurricanes want it to be family oriented and that is how we try to keep it as much as possible.

Also, (gee, Marcus, you opened a floodgate - put on your waders!) :shock:

You're in Toronto, hockey capital of the universe - how'd you come to be the Chief of the Caniac Nation Cyber division?

Haha, I knew this would come up. I've actually answered this on the old boards before. Who here remembers the EShare days? Only our most senior members who've been with us a long time remember these days. It was a forum where we had no ban control and no way to block users. Well spammers found this out quickly. I had been going to the boards since I went to a game at MLG to see the Canes vs the Leafs and it was one of my first games. On days when we got spammed I would send emails to the webmaster asking him to hop on to clean up the mess. I guess after about 300 emails he got tired of hearing from me but he obviously still needed to get rid of the garbage so he decided to give me the power to delete it. I was the user Storm Central. A few years ago we got phpbb software and was asked if I would like to be a moderator on it. I agreed and was given power over a few of the boards, mainly Around the NHL being a Leaf fan and all. Eventually the other moderators moved on and I was the only one left. The webmaster gave me mod powers over the entire forum. Shortly thereafter we got a big time hack where pornography was posted. This happend four times in two days. The first time I only had moderator powers and was helpless to do anything, but with the magnitude of the problem, the webmaster gave me admin powers to deal with it. I believe that was the turning point for me here as well. Being a Leafs fan, a lot of people did not like the idea of me being a moderator and I got several angry pm's every week about it. This attack was on I believe 6 other nhl boards and I had ours back first each time and since then people realized that I did actually care about this place. Haven't had any angry pm's since then. From there I got to know several other people in the Canes organization.

And last, (gee, having you all to myself is such a luxury!) how do you weed out the red flags? People posting that may not be who they present as, or topics that are covers for something else?

We don't usually get people impersinating other people, but when someone "famous" comes here I have ways of finding out if its the real person or not. For example, when mene gene started posting. I didn't know if he was real or not, but I know people who could tell me that. I asked them and sure enough it was him. People who lie usually get found out and banned quickly. We did have an incident last year where someone was hitting on a minor and we dealt with that quickly, taking over access to their account, checking the private messages and eventually banning. If I'm ever in doubt about the security of someone, I would immediately contact all the people I know who have something to do with this board and let them take control of it, as I would never risk the safety of anyone here.

I hope I answered your questions fully and that you enjoy reading them. Keep them coming, I'm enjoying this.

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Marcus, How did the people in charge of the board hear about you? Like pick you out of every person in North America?

That was answered in question number 3 of the last post. ;-)

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I enjoyed reading the questions and the answers. Thank you Marcus for making yourself avialable to us in that way.

You're welcome. Do you have any questions? Doesn't have to be board related.

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Marcus do you watch any other team beside's the Canes or only the Canes games and how hard is it for you to get them up there?

I don't really get to watch a tonne of NHL hockey. I'm out refereeing every night. I try as much as possible to watch the Canes vs. Leafs game. I watched almost every Canes game in the playoffs last year and saw them host the cup.

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I don't really get to watch a tonne of NHL hockey. I'm out refereeing every night. I try as much as possible to watch the Canes vs. Leafs game. I watched almost every Canes game in the playoffs last year and saw them host the cup.

So you are truely a ref, that must be a hard job, and I know speaking for myself only can come down really hard on you guys at times. Do you ref AHL or NHL games, or minor league?

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I don't really get to watch a tonne of NHL hockey. I'm out refereeing every night. I try as much as possible to watch the Canes vs. Leafs game. I watched almost every Canes game in the playoffs last year and saw them host the cup.

So you are truely a ref, that must be a hard job, and I know speaking for myself only can come down really hard on you guys at times. Do you ref AHL or NHL games, or minor league?

Competitive minor leagues. A, AA, and AAA if that means anything to you.

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Thank you Marcus for taking the time to answer my questions in the detail that they actually required! (you may have noticed - ya think?) from my own posts that I tend to be "descriptive" (that's a nice way of saying wordy)... so don't apologize for giving as much detail as you did. I know I appreciated a full answer and I'm sure others will too.

I'll be on again later tonite at work, and I'm sure I'll come up with more questions if our fellow good board members don't get them answered for me!

Merry Christmas Eve!

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I won't be breaking any nails, but thank you for thinking of me!

A little bit ago, a huge plane came in overhead (we live on the flight path into / out of Seymour Johnson. I'm accustomed to monitoring my good friends in the sky who are only seconds away from take offs and landings as they come over our place (every day's like an air show, and I love it!). Well, I wondered who in heck is coming in on christmas eve ????? Then it hit me... our VERY good friends at NAOC who always have one plane in the sky at all times over our United States. SJAFB here is one of very few places where the plane and crew can land and be serviced in complete security. The whole base is wired with them in mind - red lights everywhere from bathrooms to the movie theater, etc. so that if they are recalled to the giant bird they call an office, they are NEVER anywhere they cannot be reached. I was such an idiot when I first moved here in '97 that when that big beautiful bird appeared ( and it does so regularly), I thought it was like "Air Force 2".... somewhat similar paint detailing but.... duh! My cousin set me straight.

OOOOH - here's a question: Does the charter plane the Canes fly in have a custom paint job pertinent to the client? i.e., Hurricanes logo? Big ol' Stan the Man Cup on the tail now ???? This is where deep pockets would come in handy... a whole plane painted in the Hurricanes logo and trims... would scare the crap out of everyone in the sky with it, but the pilots would love spotting it on their own cross country trips.

I love sitting on the ramp at JFK in the international docks and looking at all the tail and body art on the planes. There is NOTHING like a plane with a kicka** paint job! If only Santa could give the Canes their own flying mural!

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I won't be breaking any nails, but thank you for thinking of me!

A little bit ago, a huge plane came in overhead (we live on the flight path into / out of Seymour Johnson. I'm accustomed to monitoring my good friends in the sky who are only seconds away from take offs and landings as they come over our place (every day's like an air show, and I love it!). Well, I wondered who in heck is coming in on christmas eve ????? Then it hit me... our VERY good friends at NAOC who always have one plane in the sky at all times over our United States. SJAFB here is one of very few places where the plane and crew can land and be serviced in complete security. The whole base is wired with them in mind - red lights everywhere from bathrooms to the movie theater, etc. so that if they are recalled to the giant bird they call an office, they are NEVER anywhere they cannot be reached. I was such an idiot when I first moved here in '97 that when that big beautiful bird appeared ( and it does so regularly), I thought it was like "Air Force 2".... somewhat similar paint detailing but.... duh! My cousin set me straight.

OOOOH - here's a question: Does the charter plane the Canes fly in have a custom paint job pertinent to the client? i.e., Hurricanes logo? Big ol' Stan the Man Cup on the tail now ???? This is where deep pockets would come in handy... a whole plane painted in the Hurricanes logo and trims... would scare the crap out of everyone in the sky with it, but the pilots would love spotting it on their own cross country trips.

I love sitting on the ramp at JFK in the international docks and looking at all the tail and body art on the planes. There is NOTHING like a plane with a kicka** paint job! If only Santa could give the Canes their own flying mural!

I have no clue about their plane. I'm more a forum kinda guy. :-w

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I won't be breaking any nails, but thank you for thinking of me!

A little bit ago, a huge plane came in overhead (we live on the flight path into / out of Seymour Johnson. I'm accustomed to monitoring my good friends in the sky who are only seconds away from take offs and landings as they come over our place (every day's like an air show, and I love it!). Well, I wondered who in heck is coming in on christmas eve ????? Then it hit me... our VERY good friends at NAOC who always have one plane in the sky at all times over our United States. SJAFB here is one of very few places where the plane and crew can land and be serviced in complete security. The whole base is wired with them in mind - red lights everywhere from bathrooms to the movie theater, etc. so that if they are recalled to the giant bird they call an office, they are NEVER anywhere they cannot be reached. I was such an idiot when I first moved here in '97 that when that big beautiful bird appeared ( and it does so regularly), I thought it was like "Air Force 2".... somewhat similar paint detailing but.... duh! My cousin set me straight.

OOOOH - here's a question: Does the charter plane the Canes fly in have a custom paint job pertinent to the client? i.e., Hurricanes logo? Big ol' Stan the Man Cup on the tail now ???? This is where deep pockets would come in handy... a whole plane painted in the Hurricanes logo and trims... would scare the crap out of everyone in the sky with it, but the pilots would love spotting it on their own cross country trips.

I love sitting on the ramp at JFK in the international docks and looking at all the tail and body art on the planes. There is NOTHING like a plane with a kicka** paint job! If only Santa could give the Canes their own flying mural!

That's one I can answer. The team has a charter agreement with Pace Airlines based in Winston Salem (I think) and there are no markings on the aircraft to identify it as the team charter mainly because they may not always use the same physical aircraft for flights. The team doesn't own or lease the actual plane, so there aren't any "naming rights" to it. As far as I know, this is the case with all of the teams in the league. They just contract with a commercial carrier to provide their transportation. The Oilers fly Air Canada, the Devils fly Continental (big surprise, huh?). I don't know for sure about the others, those are just the two teams I've seen arrive at RDU.

So it's not up to Santa to tag the Canes' ride... they'd have to take that up with the owner of the airline. I'm not sure Pace is such a big operation that they can afford to dedicate a plane exclusively to the Canes though. Seems like they've only got about a dozen planes flying.

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Uh-oh - that's not a Marcus kind of question - HE'S A FORUM KIND OF GUY! LOL (but it has something to do with how the air molecules are hit by the light waves and the particular angle at which they impact - or something like that factoid which just floated up from the on-board library in my brain ... !?!)

But don't quote me!!!! :-k

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Marcus, I have a few questions. My father was a ref in the IHL...so his stories always made me laugh..hopefully you can do the same.

1. What has been the funniest commentary between two players that you have seen?

2. Between intermissions, What do referees/linesman say to each other?

3. Also, Do fans/players play an impact do your decisions?

4. From my father, he said, 'as a referee' you see everything before it happens' meaning you see everything in slow motion...penalties before they happen.etc. How do you see them?

5. Do you know if any Carolina Hurricanes players look at board to see what the fans are saying?

6. Last but not least, ;) Why haven't the Leafs won since 67'..especially when they scored no PP's in the month of December during a year in the 80's :wink:

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Marcus, I have a few questions. My father was a ref in the IHL...so his stories always made me laugh..hopefully you can do the same.
1. What has been the funniest commentary between two players that you have seen?

We don't get a lot of funny stuff between players. Its more the F YOU you A Hole and stuff along those lines. Its the linesmen who make it fun. We say the weirdest things. I've heard one guy after a few scrums near the net come flying in and declare to everyone "GUYS CUT IT OUT! I HAVE THIS VERY HOT CHICK I'M GOING TO SEE AFTER THIS GAME AND I'VE ONLY GOT HER TILL 3AM AND YOU GUYS ARE EATING INTO MY TIME". This literally had a few 18 year olds on their knees in laughter. Things I've said have included "are you guys in love or do you just enjoy feeling up other guys", "are you gonna fight him or do I have to keep interrupting the love here?", "sure you can pound him, but unfortunately for you I'm between you guys and to get to him you gotta beat me up first and I don't think you will win".

2. Between intermissions, What do referees/linesman say to each other?

HAHA what an interesting question. As a referee, I will ask both linesmen what if anything I am missing or perhaps even over calling. There are two of them and one of me so they get to see a lot of stuff, especially that behind the play. Things like number 4 red is slashing behind the play are important things to find out about cause next time I see 4 behind the play, I'll watch him.

We also discuss how the game is going. "Wow that blue team is amazing, especially number 8" or "god this game is boring...isn't it the 3rd period not second?" We also talk about funny things that happened that game. It's almost always game related.

3. Also, Do fans/players play an impact do your decisions?

Yup they sure do. After you've just told me I'm the worst ref in the league and then do something trivial, do you really think I'm gonna let it slide? Take a player who picks the puck up for me and does the same thing, is he gonna be called? Doubt it. And then in a good way they sometimes do. For example, when you get the fans from both sides cheering because the flow has just picked up and the games going amazing. I may let the little stuff slide. Now if they are booing and causing problems in the stands, I'll call the game tighter for player safety. So yeah, they do play a part in our decisions. But things like "ref thats a trip". These either a: make us laugh at you, or b: get a penalty called...but usually not the trip and usually not against the other team.

4. From my father, he said, 'as a referee' you see everything before it happens' meaning you see everything in slow motion...penalties before they happen.etc. How do you see them?

Oh yes this is so very true. There have even been a few times where I'll see a player line someone up from behind, go charging in, I prepare for impact, the player hits him and my arm shoots up for a penalty...then I realize he actually stopped, turned and hit the guy cleanly. Oh well too late, off to the box for boarding or interference. But we can usually see things before they happen. Especially the fights.

5. Do you know if any Carolina Hurricanes players look at board to see what the fans are saying?

I believe atleast one of them looks here, but I do not think anyone posts. I could be wrong though.

6. Last but not least, ;) Why haven't the Leafs won since 67'..especially when they scored no PP's in the month of December during a year in the 80's :wink:

It's been the referee's fault...mainly Fraser. God I can't stand him and Watson. (hope neither of those guys are friends of your fathers).

Great questions!

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