Originally Posted by TheReverend
Personal Attacks –
Sometimes you think someone is an idiot and you want to tell them as much. But if you’re going to call someone an idiot, you’d better back up your words with something of substance because if an argument devolves into two (or more) people calling each other idiots, none of them are using their heads or showing any amount of respect to the community, and both of them are subject to receiving a ban. While some forums see this issue in black and white will ban over the smallest slight, this forum recognizes that there is a gray area – this is a football discussion forum. Football is a competitive sport. Smack is part of the culture, but there is a line and it will be judged by such criteria as substance, vulgarity, and consistency. If your attacks comes with no substance, are vulgar, or it seems that all you add to the forum is attacks on people who disagree with you, you put yourself at risk for a ban period (or even permanent exile). Mods will have discretion on this. The best way to protect yourself is to moderate your vulgarity, and provide substance: facts and content.
And this will be my shield
I am perfectly fine with that...
Not really referencing you specifically as I don't think you've had *too* much difficulty with this concept, but if I may step on the soap box for a second:
It really isn't too much to ask anyone here to provide content if they're going to talk smack. Smack alone is not content. You want to blast someone? Fine, but blast them with facts and make yourself a message board lion, and not a yipping chihuahua. That's what this forum USED to be, and that's what I want it to return to. Popps and I are famous for blasting each other - but we always made our quarrels content rich, even if we did occasionally drop a low road comment on one another.
Watermock took the low road plenty of times - but everyone who was here then knows that Mock provided a ton of content along the way (as off color as he was, he was also a very thoughtful guy). Sure he got banned a few times, and he well deserved each ban (as far as I'm concerned). These rules here aren't intended to limit expression so much as it is to make sure that the expression is worth reading.