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Official rules for all drafts hosted on CelticsBlog
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:02:01 PM »

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Official Draft Moderating Rules:

1) Observe Celticsblog Posting Rules at all times. You can see them here: Posting Rules

2) Don't make debates personal. Always phrase things in the objective. 'Youre letting our personal differences affect your perception of my team' is a no-no. If you feel like there is a personal bias against you, refer it to the commishes or a moderator, or attempt to settle it diplomatically in private. Public feuds will have no place here.

3) Do not condescend to other posters. 'Do you even understand basic math?' is a no-no. 'Do you even understand rebound rate?' Is a no-no. 'This is a simple idea, you should have no problem understanding it' is a no-no. If you legitimately think that people don't understand something, explain it. But don't mock others, and don't accuse others of willful obstinacy. People won't always agree with you, or how you think things should work, get over it and move on.

4) Do not willfully go against the wishes of the commissioners and/or moderators. If they say, 'Please take this type of thing to PM', take it to Private Message, or drop it. If they say, 'Please drop this, it's counter productive', drop it, or take it to private message. If you disagree with a commish's request, bring it to the commish, or another commish, or a mod, privately.

5) Do not bait other posters/players. 'Thanks for making me laugh, no way is Seattle a top 5 team' is a no-no.

6) Do not mock other players. 'The fact that you can't even understand the basic premise behind per-36 stats goes a long way to explaining why you drafted Michael Beasley in the 3rd round.' is a no-no.

7) All drafts are subject to staff approval.  Commissioners are expected to coordinate with the CelticsBlog staff regarding timing of drafts, and should clear draft rules with the staff.  All commissioners, including those on the CelticsBlog staff, are expected to enforce rules and to moderate the draft in a consistent and fair manner.

8 ) Public criticism of official action in any CelticsBlog draft is allowed, but should be confined to the dedicated thread in the Comments and Remarks forum, unless specifically allowed elsewhere by the Commissioner(s) of the draft.

9) The basic goal of all drafts is to have fun.  There is an expectation that drafts will be run with principles of fair play in mind.  Rules shall be clear and as evenly applied as possible, and will not be changed retroactively.  Punishment, if necessary, shall be consistent, and will include a chance for the alleged rule breaker to be heard.  All Commissioners have power to act in the best interests of their league, but only in extreme circumstances that compromise the basic fairness of the league.

Except for those last two, these are all already, again, in the Posting Rules. 'So why make a point of posting them again here?', asks someone. 

That's because we, as moderators, have always faced a sticky dilemma with these drafts. Basically, we want the games to continue, we want you guys to get somewhat 'into it', and that inevitably results in the competitive natures of all of us coming out, at least a little. The problem is when it comes out too much. People get persecution complexes, and predictably real, or, nearly always imagined, vendettas manifest. Some people very suddenly, for lack of a better phrasing, become irrational jerks, often in such a manner that

A) Means the game becomes less fun for those as yet unaffected by the 'rage virus', and

B) Often results in the quitting, banning, or even suspension of the infected, which in the very least short-circuits the game an in the worst, completely throws the game off its rails.

So now we're introducing a new way we're going to moderate these games. We're making the guidelines public so you know where you stand, and there is no misunderstandings about the punishments. The goal here with a tiered warning system is to make sure that problems are headed off before they start, without having to resort to more severe forms of punishment.

This is a 3-strikes and you're out policy. Three private warnings from commissioners or moderators will result in you losing privileges to access the drafts. This will apply across all CB Drafts, and will not only be applicable to the one you lost privilege to. You can petition for reinstatement later on, but it will be a good long time and a decent amount of convincing to let you back in the fold.

This also doesn't mean that you will always get the full 3-strikes. As always, moderators reserve the right to lay down whatever penalties they see fit for posts that go above and beyond, so don't think this new set of rules means you get two free viscous pot shots at whoever you want to be as much of a jerk as you want. It doesn't.

We don't want to take all the teeth out of the draft, but too often things are allowed to escalate in the name of allowing the game to take its course, and in the end the only thing we can really do according to site rules is a lengthy suspension or outright ban. We don't want that, you don't want that. This is supposed to help.

These rules are in affect immediately.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2015, 10:43:47 AM by Roy H. »


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Re: Official rules for all drafts hosted on CelticsBlog
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 12:15:27 PM »

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So these are rules for people participating in the drafts correct?
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Re: Official rules for all drafts hosted on CelticsBlog
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 12:17:44 PM »

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So these are rules for people participating in the drafts correct?

Yeah.  Basically just reiterating stuff that's already in place, but we thought it was important to give everybody another framework to see what our expectations are.

Each individual draft is going to have its own rules for that game, but this is the over-arching personal conduct policy.


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