Rules starting with the new forum

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j. spilotro

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Actually, these have always been the rules - they exist in some manner across Rivals.com - they've just been very lightly enforced here. They will going forward with the new forums. Just wanted to give you the heads up.

Your subscription to Rebel-Net.com entitles you to premium articles across the Rivals.com network. Use of the messageboards is a privilege, not a right. If you cannot abide by the simple rules, your messages may be deleted and you may be temporarily or permanently banned. If you cannot live with the rules, feel free to find another forum.

Based upon the discretion of the Forum Moderators, a wide range of actions may be taken against a thread, post or poster.

No profanity, racist or sexist comments. Keep it clean. It's not difficult. Depending on the severity and frequency, a Forum Moderator may do anything from edit a post to blacklisting a user.

No pornographic or obscene material of any kind. If it's something you wouldn't want your five year old child to see, don't post it.

No attacking other posters. If you feel the need to harass another poster, don't do it. What is considered attacking other posters? Bringing up their name in posts that they did not start or were not involved in, just to get a reaction from them.Consistently responding to their posts and responding with no merit other than to belittle them In short, making a poster a target.

Tread very lightly with unsubstantiated rumors about players, coaches, etc. If you have a link to a news story, that is one thing. But if you have heard something 'from a friend of a friend,' your post may be removed depending on the nature of the rumor.

No repetitive negative posting. What makes a repetitive post? If you come to the forum and consistently say the exact same thing about the exact same topic day in and day out, that is being repetitive. Be sure to understand that no one is saying that you can not be critical. But this site will not be overrun by the same people coming on the site day after day saying the same negative things.

No flaming: If a poster come onto the board with the intent only to flame, and continues to post nothing but flames or engages in no substantive discussion, the poster's posts will be deleted and the poster will be banned at the monitor's discretion.

No personal attacks on players or coaches. Criticism is allowed, and encouraged if the shoe fits. But that does NOT mean you have free range to bash or alienate a player or coach with your comments. If you disagree with how they played or the effort they put forward, please voice your opinion and state why you hold that opinion. If it's something you would not say to their faces, then don't post it.

No attacking recruits: Just because a player may choose another school does not give you the right to blast them, in any circumstance.

No posting of commercial offers, competing websites or spamming of the board will be permitted.: All threads will be deleted at the discretion of the Forum Moderator.

Do not give out your personal information on the forums.
Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information (such as your email, phone number etc.) online --- for example, via message boards or chat --- that information can be collected and used by people you don't know. You give out your personal information at your own risk. We are not responsible for any actions that occur if you give out your personal information.

No fishing. Do not attempt to trick fellow posters into posting their email address by promising the inside scoop on a situation. These poor attempts at humor are very disruptive to the board.

No dominating the conversation. Do not dominate the conversation, whether it is a single thread, or the overall conversation on the board for the day. A successful message board community involves give and take. If one poster contributes too much, to the point of disrupting the community, Forum Moderators may take action.

No discussions of Forum Moderator decisions. They are here to do their best in creating a strong community and their judgment will be trusted. Posts that question how things are handled by moderators will be deleted.

Terms of service. The goal of the set rules is to provide a robust community that can be enjoyed by everyone. By subscribing, registering or using the sites, you agree that Rivals and or the publisher(s) and board moderators of the sites have the right, in addition to other rights, to delete your posts or blacklist you or any other user at any time, if they believe that action is in the best interest of the sites, for whatever reason, and the reason need not be disclosed. For more information, you can read the Terms of Service for subscribers HERE. The golden rule is a good one to follow: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

To the vast majority of fans who read this site and already function within this rule set, thank you very much for your adult candor and responsible posting.
 
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