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Site Stuff: Growing our staff

Our business is growing, and now our staff will, too. We’re making another hire.

PPG Paints Arena rafters. - DEJAN KOVACEVIC / DKPS

Our business is growing, and now our staff will, too.

The Penguins’ season didn’t carry everyone as far as it had in previous seasons and didn’t end as it had in the past two — with the team raising Lord Stanley’s Cup. But it did serve as an important reminder to us all of just how much you all love the team and want as much hockey as you can read, view and react to.

Because of that, effective today, we’re advertising for a new position that would add a hockey reporter/writer to help our current team — Chris Bradford, Dejan Kovacevic, Taylor Haase and Matt Sunday — take our coverage of the Penguins and NHL to yet another level.

Nothing changes about the current team. This will be an addition. As stated, our readers and our readership numbers tell us every day there’s no such thing as too much hockey here. Someday, ideally, we’ll add similar support on the Steelers and Pirates. But any good business builds from its strengths, so the Penguins are coming first.

Dali Kovacevic and I will conduct a search with no limitations to find the right fit for us and for you. Experience with a professional media outlet is a must. An ability to write clearly and concisely, in a way that connects with our readership, is another must. A passionate knowledge of hockey obviously is a must. The new staff member also should have a curiosity that leads to original, thought-provoking material and a hunger to break news.

That’s asking a lot, but that’s our goal. We don’t have a time limit or urgency. The goal is to find the right fit for us and for you.

Just as we did when we hired Matt Grubba to cover Pitt, we want to find the right person.

Anyone who’s qualified and interested in pursuing this extraordinary opportunity, please email us a full resume at Careers@DKPittsburghSports.com

ONLY 10 LIFETIMES LEFT

We are at 490 in the Lifetime Lunatic category, with six more sold in the past week. Once we hit 500, that’s the end of the program forever, so only 10 remain.

It has been amazing to hear from so many of you who have bought Lifetimes about wanting to stay involved in our site and continue helping in other ways. I will share more with you about this in the weeks to come, once we come up with a good plan, but we would love to do that. Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in upgrading to any level at any time for any reason, click or tap My Account in the menu, then click or tap Upgrade Subscription. — Dali Kovacevic

UP-AND-DOWN CUPS

There’s a change in our commenting platform: You’ll still be able to use the up-cups and down-cups in rating someone’s comment, but no total can go lower than a zero.

Not much stirs emotion in our commenting section quite like those cups, particularly when someone’s total dips below zero. People get angry, some of them justifiably. Some even cancel over it. So, as we got to talking about this, we wondered what, really, was the benefit to the minuses. And there really wasn’t much. If someone puts up a comment that’s spectacularly stupid, they could still just get stuck at zero. Or someone could post a rebuttal. Or just ignore it or whatever.

This is consistent with other forums and social media — including Facebook, which has never had a ‘dislike’ option — that’s increasingly shifting toward making these kinds of communities more civil, more inviting. This is only a tiny step toward that, but it’s a real one. — Dejan Kovacevic

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BACK TO BUSINESS

• Subscriptions are at 38,493. That’s plus-20 over the past week.

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