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Old 05-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #1
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I wanted to let everybody know that we've posted some new forum guidelines. There's nothing earth shattering in them, so far as I can tell. It's basically the same way we've operated, but in written format. I've held off on writing formal guidelines for the longest time for a reason - I've always felt strongly that a real community can, for the most part, police itself (if you let it). I've always felt that rules and rigidity can rob the organic soul of a forum. Many of us on this forum can remember the days when we came from forums that had no moderators whatsoever - it was just a wild, wild west of forums. Pure forum anarchy isn't as much fun as it sounds - though there is something to be said for it. I founded this place hoping to capture a little bit of the wild, but appeal to people's desire to make a name for themselves within the community by distinguishing themselves through the content that they add to the forum. This worked well for a very long time.

It's stopped working as well in recent years. I'm to blame for much of it. In the early days, I had less responsibilities and more time and energy to pour into this site with content of my own, and lead by example moderation. Kids, increased responsibilities at both work and home, and life in general has competed for my time, and I haven't been able to provide the example that I was able to in early years. This has left a hole, and as a result some of the moderating has become inconsistent, despite best intentions. I take responsibility for this and apologize to every one here for it.

Other dynamics have come into play as well. Rapid contractions and expansions in our user base due to the dynamics of the subject matter we follow have caused some discontinuity in the community. We lost several good posters when Shanahan was fired. We gained a huge influx when Tebow was drafted, and in the process, we lost some of our identity.

In an effort to introduce consistency and put down in written word the original vision for this site, I've put together some forum guidelines. These guidelines are intended to maintain free expression, while at the same time keeping the forum focus on building community around the team that we all share a common bond with, not create divisions within it.

To that end, we've worked on some new forum guidelines to help steer this community going forward. I don't see these as "changes" so much as what we've been attempting to do all along, but now in written form.

Knowing that there are a lot of people who seem to seek drama in this community, I expect there to be some amount of upheaval. Now that things are more spelled out, some people will feel like they're having their tongues cut out of their skulls. But, as always, the storm will pass in due time, and the forum will be stronger for any addition by subtraction. In the end, I expect to see this forum return to a place where people with strong opinions rally together in agreement, and challenge each other through their content in disagreement (rather than simply their name-calling abilities).

Without further adieu, you will find the new forum guidelines here:

http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthread.php?t=105484
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:12 AM   #2
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One other announcement - I'm proud to welcome two new moderators to help with moderating on this forum. JCMElway & sirhcyennek81 have both been on this forum for many years - JCMElway a decade now, and sirhcyennek82 just over half a decade. I'm happy to have them involved with the forum in an official capacity and have every faith and confidence in the decisions that they make to keep us on track.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:23 AM   #3
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One other quick note. I am lifting a certain string of bans that happened recently when problems that I take full responsibility for came to a head. With the forum guidelines posted, I hope to hit the proverbial reset button on that matter and leave what is behind us, behind us. The guidelines are posted and there for everyone to see, and today is a new day for this forum.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:14 AM   #4
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One other announcement - I'm proud to welcome two new moderators to help with moderating on this forum. JCMElway & sirhcyennek81 have both been on this forum for many years - JCMElway a decade now, and sirhcyennek82 just over half a decade. I'm happy to have them involved with the forum in an official capacity and have every faith and confidence in the decisions that they make to keep us on track.
Those are two very good selections.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:22 AM   #5
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Whew...at least I didnt vote against either in survivor!
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:36 AM   #6
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Yeah, I felt a little weird voting against a moderator.

But, Survivor and Moderating will have no correlation at all. Feel free to play the game however you like!

Except, don't vote for me!!!!

Please?
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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Vote for JCMElway. Or be Banned.

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Old 05-10-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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Good choices...thanks again TJ!
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:36 AM   #9
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Thank you, TJ. I think we can all agree on these rules and we are grateful for the clarity.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:37 AM   #10
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Those are two very good selections.
I heard one of them is a homo.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #11
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I heard one of them is a homo.
Oh come on. JCM isn't THAT bad
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:43 AM   #12
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I heard one of them is a homo.
In the grand tradition of the mane at least 50% of the new moderators are named Chris.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:51 AM   #13
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:11 PM   #14
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Thanks TJ -- and congrats to those two guys! GREAT POSTERS and GOOD DUDES!
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #15
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So nothing really changes......Sweet. I just hope all the mods will finally get on the same page.

And to the two new mods.......Grats!!! Please don't become corrupted.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:18 PM   #16
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I heard one of them is a homo.
What are the odds they both are by the start of the season?



I love JCM and SirIcky

Congrats dudes.
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