There was a question yesterday about why I put all the CalBears.com stories at the top of the DBD, even though there were like 300 comments already.
I wanted to just go over the original mentality for the DBD. THe DBD, which stands for Daily Bear Dump, is a link dump post. It was initially designed to keep the fanpost section clean by having one daily location for all Cal-related links.
Here is the first DBD, posted on May 19, 2008. It was written by a great poster OaktownMario, who we have not seen around these parts in many years. May 19, 2008 was perhaps the day we moved to SBN. If not THE day, it would have been right around that time. We've basically been doing these every weekday since.
This is what OaktownMario wrote:
At "Athletics Nation" a great SNB site devoted to the Oakland A's, the community there posts a "Daily Link Dump" or "DLD" where news concerning the team, players, front office, etc. are linked. It's great if you want to link some articles but don't necessarily want to write at length about an issue. It also allows anyone to add a link about whatever topic they want people to know about.
So I thought I'd throw this out as an idea. There are no rules really as people link random stuff as well as stuff about the team, but generally people stay focused on the team or happenings that affect competitors. It'd be nice to go here first for all our teams' news. So here goes the CGB first link dump. I guess we'll find out if Bears like to dump. Dump away!
I’m not sure how much response we will get in the start. But hopefully, as this site grows and grows, the linkdumps will be great sources of conversation about both Cal and everything/anything else.
So, now the DBD has grown from a place to keep the fanpost section clean (as compared potentially to tons of quick hitter one off Cal-related news stories) and all the Cal news in one easy to find area TO a giant hang out for people.
And that is great! Please, take your shoes off and relax. Hang out, pass the day. Don't work TOO hard.
But I still like to keep the Cal news front and center. So, people can come and easily find the news if they want. That is why I put the stories at the top from CalBears.com. And that is why I hope that people who are around the DBDs in the morning can help with the stories, too!
There are other secondary stories that are great to bring in. I like to bring in the California SBN sites stories to spur discussion. And RIshi like sto bring in political/economic stories. That is great. Not as important as the Cal stories, in my view. It would be great if people helped with those, too!
But I just wnated to give a bit of DBD history and help people understand what the initial focus of the DBD is. GO BEARS!