Message Board Guidelines

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May 29, 2001
1. No profanity. Substituting characters (!, @, *) for key letters in order
to thinly veil profanity is also not acceptable. Obviously, some profanities
are "worse" than others. Basically, if they can't say it on network tv, you
shouldn't say it here.

2. No porn or obscene material of any kind. Any user posting pornographic
pictures, or links to such material will receive automatic banishment.

3. No personal attacks on OU players or coaches. Constructive criticism is
allowed, and even welcome, but personal attacks will earn you a few days of
rest from the boards. There is a fine line between a personal attack and
criticizing someone's play or coaching decisions. In other words, saying
"So-and-so sucks," is not acceptable. Saying "So-and-so's shot selection
sucks tonight" is acceptable.

4. No personal attacks on fellow users. If you want to get into a flame war
with a fellow Sooner, we have an off-topic board that is perfectly suitable
for such behavior (or better yet, use e-mail.) If another poster expresses
an opinion you don't like, tell him why he's wrong instead of calling him a
moron, or a poster child for abortion.

5. Use good judgment when posting "sig" pictures. A picture of an attractive
woman is fine, but if she doesn't have all of her "fun" parts completely
covered, we cannot allow it.

6. No unwarranted personal attacks on visitors. Visitors from other schools
are allowed on the main board, as long as they remain cordial. Over the past
couple of years, we've noticed certain regular users who attack these
visitors, when their only crime is that they are not Sooner fans themselves.
This behavior will not be tolerated. Of course, there will be the
occasional, or even frequent, visit from a Poke, Longhorn, Buffalo, etc.
whose only intention is to flame. These people deserve whatever you can dish

7. Rules for visitors. Obviously, this is an OU board for OU fans. As stated
in rule 6, fans of other schools are perfectly welcome on our board, but
don't expect to receive the same wiggle room from the admin as our regular
users. Our definition of flaming includes making derogatory comments about
anything having to do with the University of Oklahoma (athletically or
academically) or the state of Oklahoma. If your sole intention is to flame
our board, you will be banned permanently with no questions asked. If your
original intent was to come to our board to have an intelligent discussion,
and that discussion deteriorates into a flame war, you will be banned with
no questions asked. This board is not public domain. You are a visitor, and
we expect you to act like it

8. Please place posts not having to do with college athletics on the off topic
board. In most cases, if you do not start off topic posts on the off topic board,
we will move them there ourselves.

The above are SoonerScoop-specific and haven't changed in many years. There are also rules that apply to every forum, including this one. They are posted here so that all of the rules can be found in one place. The official link is here:

Forum Rules

1. No profanity, racist or sexist comments. This includes using abbreviations or changing one letter of a swear word such that the word(s) are still interpreted by most as profane.

2. No pornographic or obscene material of any kind. Any user posting pornographic pictures, or links to such material will be blacklisted. This includes materials within a signature file or avatar.

3. 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.

4. Do not post 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,' this is not the website to post innuendo and rumor. Those posts will be removed.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. No 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.

8. No attacking recruits: Just because a player may choose another school does not give you the right to blast them, in any circumstance. There will be zero tolerance on this issue.

9. 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 board monitor.

10. No posting or or distribution any material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any law. Post will be deleted and member can be banned at the monitors discretion. This means no posting of premium information from other web sites.

11. Do not give out your personal information on the message board or chat room. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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, he or she may be banned.

14. Terms of service. 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.

This post was edited on 3/16 5:36 AM by Section22Sooner
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