Happily, this community is growing every day. However, with that growth comes the need for some rules and guidelines for playing nice with each other. Please read and please abide by the rules outlined below. If you do so, you will greatly improve the Celticsblog experience for both yourself and your peers. Unless otherwise noted, all of the following apply to every aspect of this site, including but not limited to the forums, commentary on the front page, private messages, member profiles, and the Celticsblog / Celtics Stuff Live chat rooms. These rules specifically incorporate by reference any other rules "stickied" to the top of a forum, such as the Current Events forum, the Game Threads forum, and the NFL forum, as well as any rules posted under this topic below. The Basics:
At all times:
- Respect each other at all times.
- Keep this site family friendly. No profanity, no sexual content, no illegal activity.
- Don't be a jerk, and don't ruin CelticsBlog for others.
- Have fun!
- For all of the specifics, see our detailed rules below.
Further Posting Rules:
- Respect each other at all times. Personal attacks are not permitted under any circumstances. There is no need for name-calling or harassment of any poster. This includes behavior in all areas of Celticsblog, including forum posts, blog comments and personal messages. While we encourage lively debate there is no reason for anyone to disrespect a fellow poster's ideas. Note: There is no distinction between personally attacking a poster (i.e., "You are stupid") and attacking a posters ideas (i.e., "Your idea is stupid").
- Keep all commentary civil, and be courteous to all. Please watch your tone. Constructive criticism is welcome, but insults directed towards other users or the site staff will not be tolerated. Coarse / insulting / gloating / condescending / snarky language is not allowed under any circumstances. This prohibition also extends to any off color or inappropriate remarks. Sarcasm can be misinterpreted, so be very careful when using it in a post. Please see below for further examples related to tone. Also be cautious when pointing out spelling or grammatical errors; there is usually no need for this, and such corrections often serve to heighten tensions between posters. This especially is true when referring to non-English speakers.
- Do not mock others, including by posting mocking images or smileys / emoticons. Comments such as "worst thread ever" are not permitted.
- Do not “lure” or “bait” others towards rule-breaking behavior. This prohibition applies site-wide. Responding to such “bait” in a manner that violates Celticsblog rules is equally inappropriate, and is subject to the same level of punishment.
- No “trolling”. Commenting in a thread or elsewhere on the site in a manner that is likely to provoke an angry response from others is not permitted. Posters should appreciate that in many instances, commentary that would otherwise be appropriate may not be appropriate in a specific thread (i.e., bringing up rumors of alleged cocaine use by a beloved player in a tribute thread dedicated to the memory of that player, etc.)
- Celticsblog welcomes fans of all teams to engage is respectful commentary and debate. However, attacking or insulting the Celtics, Celtics fans, or Celticsblog moderators will result in an immediate and permanent ban. There will be no tolerance for baiting, trolling, or other disrespectful conduct. Please review the rules posted in the thread below in that regard.
- Do not "hijack" threads, either by taking them off topic or making them your own personal sounding post. Generally, it is not appropriate to post in the same thread several times in a row to get your point across.
- Do not label or challenge fellow posters -- either individually or collectively -- in a way that is likely to provoke a negative response. Dependent upon context, examples include, but are not limited to, labels such as "fake fan", "bandwagon fan", "not a real fan", "hater", "homer", "koolaid drinker", "troll", "green teamer", etc., or phrases such as "when did you stop beating your wife", "why don't you join [Team X's] blog", etc.
- No swearing! There is absolutely no need for swearing in any post. If you can't find another way to express your opinion, buy a thesaurus. Any forum post, blog comment or personal message with profanity, blasphemy, masked profanity, abbreviations referring to profanity, or allusions to profanity (i.e., **** or @#$#, etc.), whether or not caught by the blog filter and no matter how mild, will be deleted, and may result in discipline.
- Disparaging comments, stereotypes, or generalizations made in relation to another’s race, gender, ethnicity, religion, handicap, or sexual preference are not permitted. The use of slurs and similar language related to such categories will result in an immediate suspension and/or ban. It is neither necessary nor appropriate to reference a player's race when commenting on that player's play or role.
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- Overall try to keep the maturity level of posts up, and keep in mind that this should be a place you want to come back to daily and want to tell your friends about. Crude, sexist, lewd, racist or offensive humor or content is not allowed. Crude nicknames -- i.e., Kobe "The Rapist" Bryant -- are not appropriate.
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- It is unacceptable to behave in a dishonest or deceitful manner with the staff or fellow Celticsblog members. Acts of dishonesty -- such as misleading the staff, lying for one's own advantage, cheating in fantasy games organized on Celticsblog, etc. -- may result in a permanent ban from the site.
- The Celticsblog staff reserves the right to revoke the posting privileges of any member who is systematically negating the ability of others to enjoy this site. Similarly, off-site behavior that violates the standards expected of CelticsBlog members may be reason for revocation of posting privileges
- If you feel a post violates any of these rules, do not resort to "self help"; please use the "report to moderator" link to notify the staff to any violation.
- Keep all posts and comments on-topic.
- Do not publish images or video that contain adult content, sexually oriented material, or might otherwise be considered offensive. If linking or posting a video that contains profanity, please clearly note so in your post. Any post containing inappropriate material as noted above will be deleted, with the poster being subject to a warning and/or action against their account.
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- When quoting from material that is not made freely available (i.e., ESPN.com "Insider" content, etc.), do not quote the entirety of the material. Posting brief snippets and summaries of the material is appropriate; posting lengthy quotations is not. Please post a link whenever citing to online material, whether insider content or otherwise.
- Try not to get excessive with caps/punctuation in your posts such as "Greg Kite IS the best CELTIC of All-Time!!!!!!!" This is not necessary, no matter how much you may like Greg Kite. Posts that are in all-caps will be deleted.
- No useless posts or comments, i.e., one liners/thread bumping, drive-bys, quotations of others without commentary, "+1" or especially "-1" without commentary, etc., etc.
- Do not use more than four layers of "nested" quotations in a post.
- Make sure that the information you're posting is accurate, to the best of your ability. Do not intentionally post lies or misinformation.
- Do not start threads or make posts for the purpose of "calling out" other posters. Retrospective threads are fine, "I told you so" threads aimed at making others look bad are not.
- Do not post the contents of a private message in the forums or elsewhere without the permission of the poster sending you such message. If a private message is inappropriate, please report its contents to the staff, via private message or the "report to a moderator" option.
- Make sure you have read the parent article/post completely before posting a reply.
- Use your own words. If you wish to use the words of somebody else, quote them, citing the source. Plagiarism is unethical and is illegal in many countries.
- All forum posts must be in English, unless posted in a specific international forum. If posting in a international forum, please use the language of that forum, and not English. Occasional use of slang / "tweet speak" / "ebonics" / "street talk" is allowed, but this should not be your primary posting style.
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- Celticsblog.com is not a ticket broker or exchange. If members have extra tickets, they may start a thread related to their availability in the Tickets and Meet Ups forum (a subforum of the Game Threads forum). Posters can then private message that member to inquire about the tickets. All such threads will be locked. Any transaction facilitated through Celticsblog.com servers is made at the member's risk; Celticsblog.com assumes no responsibility or liability for any transaction completed through private message or otherwise. Members should alert the staff if they believe that another member is using the private messaging system for illegal or unscrupulous activities. Due to the illegal nature of scalping in many States, threads advertising tickets for above face value will be deleted.
- This is not the place to settle a commercial disagreement or to be a 'wall of shame'. Any posts deemed to be of this nature will be removed. Settle your disputes in private please.
- Please respect other posters' privacy, and do not speculate about their whereabouts in public. If you are curious about where a member has been, it is best to contact that member via PM.
- Post your comment/question to the most appropriate place. Any posts deemed to be in the wrong forum will be moved. Do not cross-post the same question in multiple places.
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- Ask questions the smart way. Read this: http://www.catb.org/~Eesr/faqs/smart-questions.html by Eric Raymond.
- Thank those who help you. Acknowledgment of a helpful suggestion not only placates those who helped you, it may also help others with a similar problem. All those who have been helped on this forum are invited to help other users by responding to their questions when they know the answer and/or to consider donating to the project.
Starting New Threads:
- You may insert web, mail and/or ftp links into any post, blog comment or personal message. However, inserting links with the intention of leading somebody to spam, warez, crackz, phishing schemes or any other illegal activity. is absolutely prohibited. Doing so will get you banned from this website and possibly reported to authorities.
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- Do not link or cite to sites that allow illegal file-sharing, streaming or broadcasting of copyrighted material.
The Front Page:
- Before creating a new topic, please check to make sure it is not posted elsewhere. If a pre-existing thread already exists, feel free to reopen that discussion by posting your opinion. This also includes new topics that are relevant to threads that already exist. (i.e., All game comments belong in the game thread.)
- All new forum threads should be worthy of their own topic. Meaningless/irrelevant threads will be locked or deleted by a moderator.
- Please use descriptive thread titles. Members of the blog should be able to have a general idea about the content of a thread before clicking on it. Try to summarize the topic briefly in the title, and elaborate in the message itself. Do not add false or misleading information just to get attention. An example of a bad subject would be "HELP ME". A good subject might be, "Foo rashes when I do bar". Misleading and/or non-descriptive thread titles will be edited and/or deleted.
- Posting misleading thread titles for the purpose of eliciting a negative reaction from Celtics fans (i.e., KG tore his ACL!!!) is inappropriate, and will result in an automatic suspension and/or ban. This rule will be relaxed from 12:00am until 12:00pm EST on April 1 of each year. On such date, each poster may make a maximum of one "April Fools" post.
- Thread titles that use excessive capitalization or punctuation are not allowed. Thread titles that are in all-caps will be locked and/or deleted. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
- If a previous thread has been locked, use discretion in starting a new thread on the same topic. If the thread was locked for reasons other than its content, starting a new discussion is generally appropriate. If the reason for the lock was directly related to discussion of inappropriate or inflammatory material, do not start a new thread on the subject. If you have any questions about the propriety of reopening a thread, please contact a member of the staff.
- If you have a trade/draft idea you wish to share, please note it as such in the thread title.
- If you wish to post a rumor, please note it as such in the thread heading. Also please provide a source in the heading and a link (if available) in the message. Do not make up rumors or post from fake sources; users who do so are subject to discipline.
- All reports of "insiders" and "sources" posted ion the blog should be taken with a grain of salt. Such posts should be confined to the Trade Ideas and Rumors section of the forums. While such posts are worthy of discussion strictly as trade ideas, it is not appropriate for "insiders" to use this forum to feed their own ego-driven agendas. If the staff determines, in its sole discretion, that a thread has been posted for an improper purpose, that thread will be locked and/or deleted.
- The staff may lock any thread, for any reason. Reasons for locked threads shall include, but not be limited to, conduct in the opening post that violates our rules, the repeated failure of members to adhere to staff warnings, discussions that have gone far afield of the original subject matter, repeated negative and inflamed responses to the subject matter of a thread, etc.
The Off Topic Forum:
- There are three options for fans to contribute on the front page of the blog: live comments, fanposts, and fanshots. From time to time, the staff will "elevate" worthy Fanposts and Fanshots by showcasing them in the main blog space.
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- Fanposts are members' own personal blog posts. Fanposts should be at least 75 words long, and should be as substantive and insightful as possible. "Shout outs" and "quick thoughts" should be confined to the Celticsblog forums, accessible through the top menu bar.
- Fanshots are pictures, videos, quotes, and links that you think others might be interested in.
- User-posted front page content can be deleted at any time for any reason. Discipline on the front page will extend to other areas of the site, such as the forums and the chat room.
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- Celticsblog has an “Off Topic” forum, where discussion of topics unrelated to the Celtics and the sport of basketball are permitted. Please keep all such discussions confined to this forum to the extent possible. It is not necessary and/or appropriate for posters to enter the Off Topic forum and tell others to confine their discussion to basketball.
- While the Celticsblog staff encourages discussion of a wide variety of topics, threads related to certain topics may be locked or deleted at any time because the staff deems them to be of a contentious, inflammatory, illegal, or otherwise inappropriate nature. Decisions related to such threads will solely be in the staff’s discretion.
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