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david
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Hey guys- seeing that the site as grown by a lot the past few months, I've decided to implement some rules and guidelines to make the forum a better place for all Clipper fans. Most of these are pretty much no-brainers, but some might not be as obvious. So PLEASE read through the entire list and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

General Guidelines:

1) This is a discussion forum and not everyone is going to agree. But do not resort to insulting other fellow members or launch any sort of personal attack.

2) Use good grammar/spelling and don't use ALL-CAPS (it makes it "sound" like you're yelling).

3) Prevent duplicate topics. Before you post a new topic, be sure that the same topic hasn't already been posted. Use the "Search" function in the forum if needed. When there are too many different topics that are essentially the same topic it makes the forum look un-tidy. There are exceptions though and it's okay to post a similar topic if it involves some sort of late-breaking news/rumors. However once that's posted it's not okay to post ANOTHER topic regarding the SAME news/event.

4) Post in the proper Forum. E.g. please do not post a topic called "I Hate Elton Brand" in the Clippers Rumors forum.

5) Use a descriptive topic name when creating new topics. Don't create topics with names such as "What do you think", "You must read this" or "Check this out".

6) Feel free to give a positive reputation vote to another member whom you think have made a great post. You can do so by clicking on the little +/- icon which is located above the user's online status. Please do not ask for votes, however. Also please don't give negative votes to another member unless you deem it's absolutely deserved.

7) If you're an experienced user and see a new member not following these guidelines, please help out by referring them to this post.

8) For forum avatars, anything over 200 pixels wide is too wide, and anything over 400 pixels tall is too long. For signature images 400 pixels by 300 pixels is the maximum acceptable dimension. How can you tell what the dimensions are? If you are using Internet Explorer or Firefox you can simply right-click on an image, then select Properties and it will tell you its width and height.

9)Please be selective in quoting other posts. Instead of quoting a huge, several-post long discussion, please just quote the sentence(s) you are referring to. This will make the threads easier to read.

10) Most of all- have a good time! This is a Clippers Message Board where you can discuss the Clippers with hundreds of fellow fans. How great is that?!

Actions that WILL get a user banned:

1) Personal attack and/or threatening another member with violence anywhere on the site, including via PM (Private Messages). We all disagree at one point or another, but please do not resort to silly personal attacks and name-calling. It doesn't really matter who started the attack- if you attack back you're just as guilty. Instead of attacking back please send notification noting the offensive post(s) / messages.

2) Creating a user name or using avatars or linking to images that are rude/vulgar/sexually explicit.

3) Creating a user name with the purpose of impersonating/offending an existing user.

4) Using racist/sexist/homophobic/religion-attacking word(s) in posts.

5) Attempting to circumvent quality control systems such as the Reputation System. For instance creating another username and voting for yourself is not acceptable. Also giving negative votes to other members for no reason is prohibited.

6) Posting unsolicited commercial advertisements.

7) Posting any sort of discussions of any form of illegal activity such as music or software piracy.

8) Repeatedly creating new topics when a same/similar topic has already been posted the same day.

9) Repeatedly posting duplicate messages in article comments and in forum posts.

10) Posting any message promoting any particular religion or religious organization. While Clippers Topbuzz has the utmost respect for all religions please keep in mind that this is a basketball site and not a site to be used to spread any particular faith.

11) Implying physical violence to *anyone*, including NBA Players and members of the site.

12) Trolling/Excessive non-Clipper discussion: Fan of another team creating disrespectful/insulting posts/topics regarding the Clippers with the intent of eliciting a negative reaction from fellow members is prohibited. Also members continually creating posts/topics promoting non-Clipper NBA teams should be avoided as well.

In addition, constantly directing unfriendly remarks/trolling towards any particular member is prohibited. Please use the ignore button if you do not like a poster and his posts, but DO NOT instead constantly create inflammatory posts with the sole purpose of hounding/aggravating a particular member.

The Clippers Topbuzz management and moderators do their best to make the site a friendly, accessible website for members to talk about the Los Angeles Clippers. If you have an issue with a moderator or the site itself, please feel free to PM the moderator or site admin about your problem. DO NOT troll (constantly berate, denigrate, or mock) the moderators or the site or you could be banned. No one (except the trolls) want to see the Clippers topics devolve into petty personal snipes and complaining by site rule violators. While we welcome with open arms all fellow fans who want to talk Clipper basketball, we do not tolerate site/moderator-trolls who would disrupt Clipper discussions by drawing negative attention to the enforcement of the site rules and guidelines.

13) Explicit/vulgar/repeated talk of sex/sexual acts is not allowed in the forums.

Also please note that the Clippers TopBuzz management reserves the right to change or delete any post, member name, signature file, pictures or related content in the forums at any time, without notification.

Should a violation of the rules result in a user being banned, any new accounts created by the user will also be banned.

Thanks everyone!

KamanOwnsYou
Clipper Starter
Posts: 365
Location: Newport Beach, CA
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I USE ALL CAPS BC IM AN ENGINEER. I APOLOGIZE NOW FOR IT.

clipnasty
Clipper All-Star
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Well in David, again. Thanks.

ClipperCalvin
Clipper 6th Man
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votes: 2

can you post the person's SN, when you ban them from the site, so that the rest of us can laugh (silently)...?

Miquel
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Location: Barcelona
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I think it was totally necessary to remind these "rules"...

Many times I get lost with the thousands of topics that many people open without looking if there's already one topic talking about the same. IMO there are some unnecessary topics but it's just my opinion.

KamanOwnsYou
Clipper Starter
Posts: 365
Location: Newport Beach, CA
votes: 5

Lets all calm down, I took off the caps lock! I am an engineer and thats how we use them on work. I'll stop "yelling" at everyone haha

jlemmen43
Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1403
Location: Green Bay, WI
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Yeah, I like this post a lot, David. You've worded it very well and I think everyone here respects your professionalism and fairness. Thanks again! GO CLIPPERS!!! (that's gotta go in all-caps, hehe)

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
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Location: los angeles
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Repped High Quality Post

Way to tighten up the ship David!

LAC_12
Clipper All-Star
Posts: 2032
Location: West Coast
votes: 18

ima a rebel, an outlaw, i am above the law, i break rules for fun Wink IM JUST THIS BAD!

MrB
Clipper All-Star
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Thanks David. Good to know. Hopefully everyone that is here can follow the rules. Those that come on here just to talk s**t won't be tolerated. Peace!

clipperfan909
Clipper Starter
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votes: 9

i second that!

clipshow
Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1593
Location: L.A
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Please remember the language post please. My nephew is 5 and we read some of these post together. I can understand maybe some heat of the moment writing but sometimes people are just not using the proper language when there just responding to a topic.

toohipcliptoslip
CTB MVP X1
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votes: 31

Golly gee whiz I think you're doggone right! Smile

clipshow
Clipper All-Star
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Thank you for understanding. lol

EI_Nino_Jesus
Clipper All-Star
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good stuff dave Shocked

scudsy
Clipper 6th Man
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dave, i think that it would be better if you also crack down on post whoring. like making useless posts just to get your post count up because i noticed that alot of good threads have been going off-topic because of people posting random off-topic things.

KamanOwnsYou
Clipper Starter
Posts: 365
Location: Newport Beach, CA
votes: 5

[quote="scudsy"]dave, i think that it would be better if you also crack down on post whoring. like making useless posts just to get your post count up because i noticed that alot of good threads have been going off-topic because of people posting random off-topic things.[/quote

Responding to other peoples post's is not a crime, its part of having a forum. We appreciate the concern though.

Calm down scudsy boy and celebrate when we win the championship this year Wink

david
Site Admin
Posts: 8623
votes: 42

Yeah I've noticed that too. Post counts don't really count for anything though- in fact I've removed the top posters in last X days block on the right side of the main page.

I will be looking into implementing some sort of post count cap per day for members who don't have a certain # of net positive votes.

scudsy
Clipper 6th Man
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thanks dave. much respect. i think that it will help filter this forum and help make information easier to locate instead of having to read through a bunch of irrelevent posts.

i respect how you always improve the clippers.topbuzz forums.

david
Site Admin
Posts: 8623
votes: 42

Thanks for the props guys- I'm always open to improving to the experience here fellow Clipper fans. BTW I've just increased the post limit from 10 to 20 for those with +2 net positive votes or fewer. I think 10 was tad too few.

EI_Nino_Jesus
Clipper All-Star
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Dave you have the best sig. As of now RL

journeyman
CTB MVP X1
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Just a reminder to all CTB members:

If you notice someone blatantly breaking rules, you can notify the mods by clicking on the [Alert Moderators] button on the right-hand side, above the quote button. Otherwise, you can choose to ignore a poster by clicking the "ignore" button, below the votes.

Please don't engage or flame back when someone breaks the rules.

Clippersfan86
CTB MVP Champion
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So basically nobody do what I do and you'll be safe lol

journeyman
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Nah man, you're good.

Clippersfan86
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journeyman wrote:
Clippersfan86 wrote:

So basically nobody do what I do and you'll be safe lol

Nah man, you're good.

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SamMays
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Okay... I was multi-tasking on my computer and my screen changed in mid click... I accidentally clicked "Ignore" on someone... How do I take him off ignore?

Edit...

nevermind... Got it... Although the user was Clipper Joe so if we have any new Baron discussions I might need to activate it again. wink

dmc
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New to board. (dsm). How do I log off so I do not show I am on chat

david
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To log out, click that + sign on the upper left to show the menu, then click "Register/Log in", then click "Log-out" on the right.

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