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Three Cheers for SBNation: A Modest Proposal

There seems to be an intrusive, non-Brewers-related post by an SB Nation Partner on our front page, asking you to come up with, of all things, a clever three-word toast for a well-known brand of rum. Of course, this is the very definition of spam: it's hawking a product that has nothing to do with the Brewers (unless Doug Melvin has just announced that Ned Yost will be managing the Brewers' 2011 postseason, in which case it could come in handy). However, it is the worst kind of spam out there: authorized spam. There's no overcoming authorized spam. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you have bought some crappy-a$$ rum.

I, for one, hate to bear witness to our SB Nation overlords actually selling out. Pretty much, when asked if they would consider making participation in their blogs a less enjoyable experience for a wad of cash, their response was "sure, you bet!"  Lame. (And yes, I feel this crosses a line: it's one thing to have ads on the site. It's another to actually turn the blog posting activity into a revenue-generator. To me, it interferes with why I come here every day.)

Anyway, the post can't be deleted (not by me, that is), the user can't be banned. Not that I would ever consider doing those things.The worst one can do is "flag" it for being spam, which isn't very satisfying. However, tellingly, they have closed their own post for comments. That's too bad, because I think we have some intelligent, creative people on this site who would like to comment on this idea.

So here's what I suggest. If you're so inclined, create a three-word "toast" that describes how you feel about SB Nation's decision to let advertisers create front-page posts that actually are ads. You can post it below. I'll start us off:

An SBNation Embarrassment

As a bonus, on the flip is an SBNation ad that claims this site to be "of, by and for the fans." Funny, I don't recall being asked about this.

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