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ROTOWORLD'S FOOTBALL FORUM'S POSTING GUIDELINES

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To the Rotoworld Forums Community:

The Moderators and Administrators have received feedback regarding the management of the Football Main Forum and have, as a result, reviewed the policies to make sure they are in the best interest of the entire membership. Much of the feedback that has been received reflects existing Forum policy. However, this policy has not been publicly available. For this reason, Rotoworld Forums wishes to make the policies in place transparent for the entire membership. Below you will find the highlights of some of the policies in place, in an effort to ensure that the rules are both transparent and understood by all members. Please refer to the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the set of policies regarding general Forum behavior. Members who agree to join RW Forums agree to abide by the CoC - by posting in the Football Main Forum, along with the CoC the following are the rules by which posting in this Forum will move forward.

We realize that this site will not cater to every individual's exact wishes, but we believe that you will still find value from what the Forums have to offer. Rotoworld Forums has enjoyed its success due to the contributions of its membership as a whole, and making the policies transparent will ensure that this success continues in the future. As always, specific suggestions about how the Forum can be made better is welcome via PM (for policy or individual thread/posts) or through the Fantasy Feedback forum (if at a policy level).

POSTING RULES FAQ - FOOTBALL FORUM

With a new season, Rotoworld welcomes a population of new members and returning members. In an effort to promote a thriving, contributing community, feedback from membership has led creation of different Forums. Please refer to the description of each Forum before posting a thread/post, as it will help to get your posts the feedback/help you are seeking. To help, the Forums are divided as follows:

FORUM DESCRIPTION

Fantasy Football Talk Forum - This is the area for discussing NFL news, and general FFB strategy. It is *not* the area for addressing specific questions for your own team/league/settings, that belongs to the Bench Coach Forum.

Assistant Coach Forum- This forum is for all issues regarding your particular team. These include but are not limited to, "Do I make this trade?", "Is this a fair offer?", "What trade value does he have?", "Which player do I start?", "Which player do I pickup/drop?", "Which player should I keep?" and "Rate my team". Please note that asking to choose between 2 or more players (Player A vs. Player B is often viewed as an Assistant Coach post, since it usually reflects a choice that an owner is facing, but wishes to ask a wider audience - and it moves away from general discussion into specific player merits for draft/waiver/trade purposes. Also, any issue that is specific to your league settings and/or service (Yahoo, CBS, etc.) gets posted here, since it's specific to your league's settings. In short - if the discussion centers on roster-specific or league specific issues, then that discussion is not for the Main Board. Ultimately, any thread that is labeled as one thing but becomes focused on Assistant Coach discussion will get moved there - this is the most common move that occurs, FYI. Any post that centers on AC discussion in the Main Forum will be rendered invisible to keep the Main Forum threads on-topic and avoid hijacking of the topics being discussed.

League Finder Service - Need to find a league/owner? Go here.

Off-Topic Talk Forum- This is the forum for anything that relates to baseball, but not in the above categories. Talking about officials (in general, not about a specific call), uniforms, broadcasters, etc. - things that do not affect FBB go here.

Feedback Forum - This is the forum if you have feedback for the Moderators/Administrators of Rotoworld about the website, the Forums, its products, or questions in general about Forum operations. Please note that this is *not* a Forum to complain about other members, or one particular thread - all inquiries about individual posters or posts/threads should sent in private to the PM's to the Moderators if it relates to CoC/Threads/Posts/Members (to avoid hijacking the original thread), or to the Admins if it's related to a Rotoworld Product. ALL threads related to RW columns/products should be posted here for one simple reason - Admins from the Main Site will not necessarily see any posts/threads posted elsewhere - but they do check regularly to the Feedback Forum, for these exact reasons. So, to ensure that you have a concern/issue on a RW product/Main Page addressed, please post there.

New members may ask why there are so many Forums, and why the rules are so clearly set. The reason for the above is simply due to the *HUGE* volume of threads and discussion that takes place on the Rotoworld Forums. This division has occurred at the request of the membership, and frankly, is the one way to ensure that members get their specific needs met in specific Forums. The community has held to the belief that this division has led to the success that Rotoworld Forums has enjoyed. As such, Rotoworld expects each member to abide by the rules set above, to ensure the best experience for the community as a whole.

MERGES

If a new topic relates to the *same discussion* as another existing one, the threads get merged. Moderators may choose to change the title/subtitle to include a relevant update when a merger occurs. While individual posters may wish to have a thread dedicated to their own specific needs, threads in the Main Forum, unlike those in Assistant Coach or RW Leagues, are primarily for the community at large, and must remain general in nature. Main Forum threads do not belong to an individual poster, but are posted for the community's benefit. Merges with threads on similar topics follow this principle.

MOVES

1. Assistant Coach-discussion threads get moved to the Bench Coach Forum. Threads that are labeled as general discussion but which are AC in theme & discussion will be moved to the Assistant Coach Forum.

2. Off-Topic threads get moved to the Off-Topic Talk Forum (with discretion in the offseason).

3. Feedback threads get moved to the Feedback Forum.

Please note that when a Moderator sees a relatively new user post a thread incorrectly, Moderators may choose to leave a link to where the thread is moved. However, in the majority of cases, when posters who have been around the Forums do the same, or in cases of high volume, such links may not be present or the thread may be eliminated altogether. Ultimately, it is up to the poster to post in the proper forum, and each thread can be found by using the Search function or by going to My Controls, and viewing threads started/posts started as well.

INVISIBILITY

1. Posts that do not conform to the Code of Conduct (CoC) will be edited, and/or rendered invisible. This includes personal attacks, trolling, spam, plagiarism, pasting of paysite content, public complaints about thrad/post deletion (which belong in PM's), suspensions, penalties, etc. In addition to thread/post invisibility, violations of the CoC are subject to official warnings, and in cases of repeat violations or the severity of the violation in question, bans from posting at the Rotoworld Forums may be issued. Please refer to the Code of Conduct to ensure that the CoC is being upheld at *all* times.

2. All posts that are related to Assistant-Coach questions or League Finder requests that are posted on Main Forum threads are rendered invisible, so as to keep the Main Forum threads on-topic and not hijacked. This has come about due to the large volume of complaints in past years about thread hijacking. This means that not only posts that *ask* Bench Coach questions are rendered invisible, but posts that also answer them (as it only promotes more thread hijacking). In short - if it's about your team / situation, it's not general to the community - so it's invisibled.

3. Linking to AC Coach Forum, League Finder and other member-specific threads will be invisibled/removed. Links to threads that are in the Main Forum, or third-party links, can be acceptable. As per the Code of Conduct (CoC), linking for personal gain is not allowed under any circumstances - please refer to the CoC for details.

SPAM/CoC VIOLATIONS

If you see a post that is suspicious for spam, or flagrant CoC violations that occur (trolling, flaming, etc.), please report these posts ASAP by pressing the Report Button for each post. Because Moderators aren't around 24/7, you're reporting of spam and/or CoC violations will help RW Forums maintain an environment that is civil, constructive, and welcoming....and 100 percent dedicated to fantasy sports discussion. Furthermore, it can help prevent unfortunate conflicts from escalating further.

GAMEDAY THREADS

Based on member feedback, we're going to implore the use of Gameday threads where there is likely to be a lot of play-by-play (PBP) commentary. On any day there are games (mostly Sundays), we will ask that all PBP or purely emotional posts of excitement (ex: Stud!; I love this guy; Beast Mode; etc) or frustration (ex: I hate this guy; Why did I start him; This guy is killing me, etc) during a game need to be posted in a Gameday thread. If there isn't a Gameday Thread in existence, then create one. ANY MEMBER IS FREE TO START A GAMEDAY THREAD - and all members are welcome to post there, too.

If a Gameday thread is up, all PBP updates/commentary will be moved from a player thread to the Gameday thread or simply invisibled altogether to keep that player's thread size manageable over the season. Members are free to repost any info/posts from the Gameday thread into the player thread that they feel adds to the ongoing discussion (but not PBP updates) especially after the game.

VENT/CELEBRATION/INJURY THREADS

These threads are created to manage the flood of emotional content that doesn't necessarily add to ongoing discussion and analysis in the player threads. Posts from player threads that are better served in meeting the criteria of these threads may be moved there. Please use them often and accordingly.

OFF-SEASON - WHAT CHANGES?

Now, in the off-season, two major changes:

1. Off-Topic Football Talk is OK.

First, since discussion/volume goes way down, then more off-topic stuff that relates to football in general (the draft, for example), that stays in the Fantasy Football Talk Forum, as long as it relates to football. During the season, given the high volume, off-topic baseball-themed threads will be moved to the Off-Topic Talk Forum.

2. General Player vs. Player discussion is OK.

Secondly, as all owners face general draft decisions, discussion on Player A vs. Player B, as long as it is general, and not setting/league/roster-specific, is fair game for the Main Forum. Please note that if the question is setting/roster/league-specific, it is still considered an Assistant Coach question and will be moved/invisbled accordingly. Once the regular season begins, and drafts are now complete for the great majority of posters, since these types of decisions now become team specific, and no longer general in nature, given the usual heavy volume of traffic, ALL Player A vs. Player B questions are considered Assistant Coach questions and threads will be moved or invisibled accordingly.

FINALLY...

Ultimately, the above is the guide by which Moderators will enforce the Code of Conduct (CoC) and rules of each Forum. Please keep in mind that Mods will exercise personal judgment in making these decisions, and do so in the best interests of Rotoworld and the Forums. If you have a disagreement with an individual decision, please PM them. The Moderators are in place to uphold Rotoworld's Code of Conduct (CoC) and Forum rules, and as with any set of rules, often have to make decisions with gray areas, so they welcome any feedback that is given in a constructive and civil manner. Also keep in mind that while the Mods will always listen to a well-reasoned argument, they will exercise their judgment in these decisions. Disagreement with a Moderator is permitted (not in a public display), personal attacks upon Moderators, as with all members of the Forums, are not.

We hope this helps all those who have questions about thread/post moves/mergers. Rotoworld has the best Forums around, and it is large part due to cooperation and participation of the membership to ensure a positive experience results for all. Thanks in advance for your continued participation, cooperation and feedback!

Sincerely,

The Rotoworld.com Forums Team

TIPS FOR YOUR PROFILE:

Adding your team to your signature.

First go to my controls, then on the left hand column under the "Personal Profile" section you will see "edit signature." Click that, then fill out appropriately, and save. Make sure to keep it short. For instance, in football, you can put your RBs, QBs, and WRs all each on their own respective line. 20 lines is the maximum.

Adding your personal avatar.

First go to my controls, on the left hand column you will see "Personal Profile" which under that you will then see "Edit Avatar Settings" once you click on that you can either enter a URL image, upload one from your personal computer, or select one from the Rotoworld base gallery. Due to image abuse, members who have < 500 posts are not permitted to upload an avatar, as per 2008 rule changes. Members who had pre-existing avatars prior to the rule change are permitted to keep their original avatar.

Using the SEARCH function.

There is a search function at the bottom of every page you load on these forums. In comes in great use to prevent the boards from being cluttered with multiple threads that are the same and also creates less work for the mods! To make the search function work best, you can try 2 options:

1. Make sure to click the "search this forum only", which narrows the topics displayed

2. Click Advanced Search, then type your name/keyword, then select "Search title only"- that really narrows things down. It might leave out topics you are generally interested in, though.

To assist in the search for topics, as there are multiple threads, and the threads are the most relevant, where multiple threads exist, please use the current year. Also, you can search for information inside any thread if you are trying to locate specific information or posts from a specific poster.

Trying to keep up with a HUGE thread? Use the Orange Tick box!

Some of the threads here get pretty large, and users may have difficulty keeping up. One helpful tool- the orange-colored tick box next to the Topic title is the "Go To First Unread Post" link - that way, if you're catching up on the day's posts, you start off where you left off the last time.

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