Merry Christmas from ARLnow.com

by ARLnow.com December 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm 4,174 34 Comments

Christmas treeThe team behind ARLnow.com — Katie, Stephanie, Aaron and Scott — wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas.

As we approach the new year, we have a sincere wish for 2013. We have noted with disappointment the increasingly negative tenor of some comments on the site, and we hope that in 2013 those commenting here keep in mind that while the people on this site may be using online aliases, they are our neighbors in this relatively tiny, 26 square mile county.

ARLnow.com staff has been doing our best to actively remove comments that contain personal insults, racially or ethnically insensitive remarks, or even vitriol directed at children who are part of a news story. We will continue to do so to make sure ARLnow.com is a safe place for a robust but respectful community discourse. We also hope that readers understand that the moderation of comments is an imperfect process, and refrain from cursing at or berating our staff who are making an honest effort to prevent discussions from degrading to the the level of discourse found on some other, popular news websites.

On a happier note, we expect to continue to expand the scope of our local coverage and our business operations in 2013. We owe a very big thank you to our readers and our clients for helping to make that happen.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas. We’ll bring you three additional days of news coverage starting on Wednesday, before going on a brief New Years hiatus.

  • HockeyMom

    Thank you for being brave enough to wish us a Merry Christmas – Merry Christmas to the entire staff – more and more Arlingtonians are turning to Arlington Now for news – watch out Drudge Report!

  • Former John

    You all do a great job. Keep it up and keep at the moderation. Thanks for running my piece during the summer as well–I think it was Kate. This was a strange and tough year for many, myself included obviously 🙂

    You know I have to say at first I was angry that my name was made so public for a misdemeanor by sites like yours, but then I realized that you all are a news site and are just doing your job. It’s the county or the state that has chosen to publicly shame people like me I suppose, as if being charged was not enough.

    In any case, I like the redesign of the site as well and I’m glad that you all use WordPress as I am a huge fan of their software. Happy Holidays.

  • Negative Tenor

    In your eye.

    • positive soprano

      right back at yer!

      • Negative Tenor


  • Band Mom

    Merry Christmas!

  • Smith

    Great site. Great work. Merry Christmas.

  • JimPB

    Best wishes of the season and for even more success in the new year.

    Please introduce the staff who are working with you, Scott: Katie, Stephanie, Aaron.

  • DeportEmAll

    And a very merry Christmas (NOT “holidays”) to all of you at Arlnow.com!

    • Jim

      Happy holidays!

    • Deeply Offended

      Of course. You are right. There are only christian holidays this time of year. At least the holidays that count, anyway.

    • BlueLoom

      What? Christmas isn’t a holiday?

      If I were moderating these comments, I’d delete yours. Why inject that silly semantic argument where most people are just wishing good will and good holidays to others.

  • Carmen

    Merry Christmas

  • Sunshine

    Thanks for doing such a great job! I have noticed that you scoop the major news outlets pretty regularly or they are shopping news off your website. In any event, I hear about things going on in Arlington that I may not have otherwise. I’m still laughing about the Lobster Mobile/Pickup Truck. I wish everyone the best in 2013!

  • Hurley

    Yes, the comments can be vile and juvenile. Thanks for working on that.

    But could each of you endeavor to raise your journalism to the next level, too? Read more of the reports the Board puts out. Talk to experts outside the County government. Report and listen to critics. Report on businesses that disagree with the government or feel they are harassed. Visit the businesses you profile, ride the Metro/buses, drive on the roads – and then report on those experiences compared to the critics and the Board.

    Asking us to be better citizens in the comments is fair, but I ask you to do the research, outreach and critical thinking to become better reporters. That’s my Christmas wish.

    Have a good 2013.

    • We appreciate your feedback. While doing more and better journalism is a good goal for a news organization, it should be noted that our reporters already do all of those things you’re asking us to do.

  • bikeme

    And a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!!
    We were- shocked- that there are only four of you staffing this wonderful site….. The scoops, the photos, the micro- stories, the things we all care about- covered consistently, thoughroughly, and in a timely fashion. Way to go and thanks for all your hard work.

  • JohnB2

    I still hate the redesign but it’s not (yet) annoying enough to force me to go elsewhere for local news. Thanks for all the great work!

  • Thanks for the hard work and consistently putting out quality hyper-local news. I think this site is a real value to Arlington. Merry Christmas to ArlNow staff!

  • courthound

    I haven’t commented in a long, long time as it became tiresome (except that one) but came here to say “thank you” to the gang, warmest holiday wishes from Charlotte, NC (Panthers won!)

    And thank you for using a few of my photos for the Morning Notes and the derecho. I’ll keep my camera with me a bit more and will try to be more active in 2013!



  • Noohij

    Great site. I enjoy reading about the local events in my neighborhood. Keep up the good work.

  • bemused bystander

    And happy holidays and many thanks to you all! You provide a great local service as well as a place for some to sound off. All best wishes for the coming year!

  • CW

    Not sure why the happy holidays message had to be overshadowed by the commenting message. What a weird combination and a strange time to broach a previously unmentioned subject.

    Anyhow, while the aforementioned subject does sometimes steal the show, congratulations to ARLnow for another year of great local coverage. There is no other source that even comes close to what you provide.

    • Tabs


  • Kevin

    I like the redesign of the site. I think you folks do a great job and provide an important and beneficial service to the Arlington community.
    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

  • Mel

    Love keeping up on the local Arlington news.

    Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou from the Aloha state.

  • Alex

    Merry Christmas!

  • Happy Christmas and New Year to the entire staff. Have a restful time off. I’ve read you from the very beginning of the site and get all my important and relevant news from you.

    Also, thanks for your work keeping track of the comments. i know it’s hard work but it’s needed. Personally, I have nearly stopped posting comments or questions because of the nasty individuals out there.

    But I still read you every day!

  • CrystalMikey

    Thanks ArlNow staff, you provide a valuable service and I am very much appreciative of the product you all put out!

  • Hank

    Thanks, Katie, Stephanie, Aaron, and Scott! I really appreciate the hard work you put into this site. It is the best way to learn about what is going on in our little town.

  • MariaC

    Dear Arlnow: The hateful comments from the cool kid jerks have gotten so tiresome and predictable that I seldom bother to look in the comments anymore. It’s a shame that grown people act like that. It ruins it for others who wish to read comments from other readers.

  • Frequent reader

    Thank you for all your efforts. I often get a good laugh from the witty remarks, even from those not supporting my liberal dem views. I especially appreciate those who do speak up to contradict the naysayers who will never be satisfied.

  • bleeding heart

    love your site, thanks for all the useful info – I will continue to click everyday!

  • Fan

    Happy New Year to you all and thanks for a great site. Big Picture at Boston.com got tired of the level of the comments and they now require a Facebook login so people must comment using their real identities. If it gets too bad, that could be an option to taming the comments in future. The snark is truly entertaining, but it does go over the top at times.


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