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Posted 22 May 2007 - 06:12 PM

0. Alias accounts Are a pain for moderators. If you feel the need to create several accounts perhaps this message board isn't for you. We see them, we ax them. New accounts created in response to having your original account suspended/banned will also be axed.

1. HONDA Reference to this Honda car commercial. It was posted several times in the Free For All. If you start a thread that's a duplicate of a previous posting you can be sure someone will play the :honda: on you. As a matter of etiquette, this should be accompanied by a link to the previous thread. (Also sometimes referred to as a "penquin.")

2. IBTL & IN In Before The Lock. The footballguys.com message boards are heavily moderated. When a large collection of people are gathered together with a fair dose of anonymity, you can expect things to get a bit crazy. IBTL is posted when someone expects one of the board moderators to lock a thread. IBTM refers to In Before The Move. If a post is in the wrong forum (usually something posted in the Shark Pool that should be in the Free For All), the moderators will usually move the post quickly. Some posters will jump in and post "IBTM".

3. gllllll peace & THAT NOT WHY WERE HERE Refers to the famous Rocko post that has since been deleted.

4. Various shortcuts
GB = God Bless
GDB = God DON'T Bless (Use of the loutish contraction is for emphasis, according to Lester)
BWIH = Be Wary In Here (Originally from :11: Means Be careful of what you post, someone cannot be trusted)
IIRC = If I Recall Correctly
NTTAWWT = Not That There's Anything Wrong With That
HTH = Hope that helps
TIA = Thanks in advance

5. Cliques
There are several groups of posters that congragate on other message boards.
: 11 : =:11: (also known as the "shukies")
:e:
Old Bay Chat =
LABS

6. Cornhole
Gathering of board members in a live setting.

7. Black Dot
If you post in a thread, the thread icon in the forum gets a "black dot" so its easier for you to find the threads you have posted in. It's also a convenient way to track a thread you want to follow.

8. How do I fix the board time so it matches where I live?

At the top of the page click on My Controls.

Next, in the bottom left click on Board Settings.

9. A message from Joe and David about being excellent.

Hey Guys,

We tried but it's just not going to work.

From here on out, there will be no images allowed in sigs or in the posts. That's a dead issue.

For right now, we will still allow avatar images and we'll see how that goes. I've had a zillion requests to define "the line" better so while I know it'll sound like a jerk, I'll lay it out as close to what I can for specifics. So here goes:

Girl images (real and cartoon) need to be static. That means the images don't move. No strippers or dancing girls. No shots of girls (real and cartoon) running and bouncing.

Non suggestive bikini images are ok.
Suggestive bikini shots are not ok.
Thong shots are not ok.
Shots where girl is missing the top or bottom of her bikini and she's "covering" with another object are not ok.
Wet T-shirt shots are not ok.

For non girl stuff, please keep the tone about the same. No drug stuff. No super violent or super gross stuff.

That's about as clear a definition as I can get on defining the "line". Again, I hate the fact I have to play board cop and sound like a dweeb spelling it out but the line has to be defined.

If you choose to go over the line. Your account will be changed so that you won't be allowed to post.

There won't be any discussion or warnings.

There is simply too much for the moderators to do and not enough time for them to talk to everyone that wants to push it. So please understand, going over the line, even accidentally, means you won't be posting. If you think something might be over, please don't post it.



General Posting Stuff.

We've had a few people who post on the board with the primary reason to just incite people and then go back to their home board and brag about how many "fish" they "caught" or what they could stir up. Posters who do that and don't have anything positive to bring to the board will have their ability to post removed.

In a similar light, hijacking threads for the sole purpose of killing them is looked at the same way.

Again, I hate the fact that I even have to spell that out for people but apparently I do. And as with the avatars, there won't be any discussion or argument about it when someone goes over that line. Our moderators simply don't have the time to deal with each case and discuss it. It takes 15 seconds to disable the ability for a member to post. That is all the time they usually have to deal with it and that will be the route they go.

Bottom line is just do as I said in the other post: Be excellent to one another. Yeah, that's the kindergarten rule but we use it here too. For real, if you always act in a way here that you'd want others to act toward you, we'll be golden.

And yes, I'm sure this post will be pasted on the other boards for ridicule about how prudish / nazi / intolerant we are. Whatever. That's part of the business.

I'm totally aware that the rules above are way more restrictive than most (if not all) discussion boards out there. Please, if they're too binding for you, find a board that fits what you're looking for better. There are a ton of them out there. But this is how we're going to try and run things here.

Is that the right way? I don't know. I'm not smarter than anyone else so who am I to say what way is best? I just know that this is the way that we've run this board from day 1. And for the guys who like to post here, this way seems to be working ok for them. That's the great thing about the internet, if this style doesn't suit you, there are a ton of options out there.


Anyways, that's where we're at. Hope you enjoy the new boards.

Joe and David

10. Point to the shirt

This comes from this thread. We got spammed by a dude trying to push the worst t-shirt ever. The shirt had excuses for why your fantasy season went poorly. When someone whines about why they did poorly the FFA response may be "point to the shirt." Go read the thread. It will make more sense.

11. Sigs

Links to a website you wish to promote in your sig are fine (as long as they aren't promoting a competing fantasy football site), but large fonts and colors used to draw attention to your sig are not. If you include an entire fantasy football roster in your sig please keep it as compact as possible. In general, keep sig lengths reasonable.

12. Icy Pots

jwvdcw has some mind bending schtick. Best of luck there. The "pots" part of this refers to raking a pot in a poker game.

13. Useful Threads

Pokerguys: One thread that links to the abundance of poker related threads in the FFA.
Free For All FAQ: A thread that links to itself.

14. Language Filter

We have a language filter in place to help keep the boards acceptable for a home or workplace. Our members don't want their children or boss looking over their shoulder at profanity.

That call by the ref was ####### horrible.

Clayton is a ####### ##########.

STFU

sh#t

The filter is doing its job in A, and the person is expressing an idea while swearing for emphasis. An account will probably not be suspended for this. The user may be warned. We would prefer you didn't curse on our boards at all as we're striving for a PG atmosphere. Admittedly, its a line we have a tough time defining. If you paint our boards with profanity-laced tirades you can be sure action will be taken against your account. In B the poster is making a personal attack that may result in a suspension. The fact that the insult is partially hidden doesn't forgive the fact that it's an insult. C and D are examples of circumventing the language filter that are not acceptable and may lead to a warning or suspension. Yes, I circumvented the filter in D and gave myself a warning.

15. Hyperlinks

Beware of hyperlinks. Links can be disguised and may open windows to web pages with rated R or X material. These are unacceptable by our standards and may lead to account suspension for those who posted them. Also, using a link that forces a person to logout of the boards will lead to an account suspension.

16. Posting links to copyrighted material

Members need to employ "fair use" quoting with proper credit and attribution from pieces ("fair use" guidelines are available for free at this link), and/or the inclusion of links to the full texts of articles. Both are meaningful and appropriate ways to give readers access to material. Most sites are fine with quoting pieces (quotes) of articles, but copying and pasting entire articles is rarely acceptable.

17. Why are many posters rocking a Teletubbie in their Avatars?

It's in honor of shining path, one of the most well-liked and well-respected posters in the FFA, who passed away well before his time. Tinky Winky was his avatar, and some are adopting that theme as a tribute.

18. Should I ever start a "Who's Hotter?" poll without including pics?

No.

19. If someone makes an offensive post, should I quote it in my response before reporting it?

No. If the offensive post is worth reporting, so is any post that quotes it.






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