Mod. Notice BOARD RULES - please read before posting (updated 20 January 2022)

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Full site rules can be found here:

Rules about content can be found here:

On registration you agreed to not use the forum to submit or link to any Content which is:
  • defamatory,
  • hateful,
  • threatening,
  • abusive,
  • spam or spam-like,
  • likely to offend,
  • contains adult or objectionable content,
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  • risks copyright infringement,
  • encourages unlawful activity,
  • or otherwise violates any laws.

In this being the Giants formative years as a fully fledged AFL club we are looking at growing and developing this board as much as possible and have a number of ideas in pursuing this goal, but as a new club we are especially keen to hear any ideas from GWS supporters to make this board as enjoyable as possible. And to this end there are a number of rules and guidelines that need to be followed.

Firstly to be completely clear this board is primarily for Giants supporters. While opposition supporters are welcomed and encouraged to share their views if it is done in a respectful and responsible manner, our primary goal is for the board to be for the enjoyment of GWS supporters.

That said the rules and guidelines apply equally to GWS supporters and opposition supporters alike and if you don't follow the rules and guidelines that are set out below, there are a range sanctions that will be handed out to transgressors.

First, please refer to the BigFooty forum rules.

GWS GIANTS board rules
  • New posters are always welcome and are to be treated as such.
  • No personal abuse. Attack the ball, not the man.
  • No evasion of the swear filter. If we as contributors to the board see a bunch of asterisks in your post, we all know the point you’re trying to get across!
  • Exaggerated criticism of the players or the club will not be tolerated.
  • Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and each opinion should be respected. If you disagree with someone’s opinion, provide a reasonable reply explaining why you disagree rather than using dismissal or abuse.
  • Rumours should be clearly labelled as rumours; we have a thread prefix for that. Rumours posted without a source will be taken with a grain of salt
  • If you find a post to be offensive, out of line or in breach of the forum or board rules, please click ‘Report Post’. We as moderators do spend a lot of time on the board however we might not catch everything.
Opposition supporters
  • First and foremost, we welcome opposition supporters and are more than happy to have you here provided you are willing to add something to the board.
  • Remember where you are, this is the GWS Giants board and the moderators and regular posters will not take kindly to posters coming onto the board and throwing excrement into the fan.
  • Trolling will not be tolerated in any instance. There’s a place for trolling and we all know where it is.
  • Any derogatory labeling in the vein of "plastic franchise", "fake club/supporters" etc will result in a sanction.
  • Giants posters are free to show arrogance or over-confidence in their team as this is their board. Criticism of Giants posters for their inflated views on their own team is not necessary nor will it be tolerated.
  • If a GWS supporter has been playing up on your team’s board or other boards, have it dealt with by the moderators of that board by reporting any infringing posts. The Giants board is not the place for retaliation.
The key thing for all to remember is that we’re on a footy forum, and we’re here to discuss footy. While many of us make significant emotional, financial or other investments in the clubs we support, it’s still just footy.

We have had very few problems on this board as moderators and are intent on keeping it that way!

If you have any questions or issues to raise, please feel free to PM one or both of us.

Yours in footy,
captainMyCaptain and Scully2Folau
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Post Quoting Addendum

Quoting Posts from Another Board

It's been a long standing Big Footy rule that people shouldn't quote a post from another board. Why? Because it just drags people between boards, often to a club board where they don't have the same right of reply.

Lately BF mods have been allowing post text to be quoted, providing the author and link to the post are removed. This is generally OK with common sense applied:

1) Have some originality. Copying and pasting from another board shouldn't be the bulk of a user's contribution.
2) Don't deliberately agitate. It cannot be used to bully and harass other users.
3) Be current. It is relevant to an issue at hand, not solely to ridicule random posts.
4) If you give it, you should be able to take it. This is non-negotiable. If the quoted person finds their text and derogatory comments reposted, they should be given more leeway to reply in kind. This isn't an open-slather opportunity to let opposition posters run rampant, but it does give them a right of reply.
Nov 23, 2015
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Specific Rules​

Updated May 2019 by Chief.

The Commandments of BigFooty​

Breaking these rules can lead to anything from a warning with no other consequences, a ban from a single thread, a single board, or a temporary or permanent suspension of your account.

If you are not sure of a rule, please ask.

These rules are very flexible... in management's favour. Don't invent new and interesting ways to get around them. If management think you are messing with the site, its users, their threads or moderators your account will be banned or suspended.

AFL Board: We like to keep it a bit more straight-laced on the main AFL board so everyone can have a go. Trolling and flame-baiting is treated less kindly by mods on this board. But don't be too sensitive about negative opinions of your team or players.

Bay 13: This board is for general trolling and good-natured banter with other footy supporters. Enjoy yourself but you can still get pulled up if you go over the top. Lots of memes and local etiquette to get your head around. Don't take anything seriously. Don't use it as a board to bully and harass other users.

  1. Don't be a pest.
    • Remember these are real people you are talking to. Don't bait or provoke negative responses.
    • Likewise, don't feed trolls. Report posts instead of taking the bait.
    • Don't create new sock-puppet user accounts just to back yourself up in an argument or bully other people.
    • Publicly complaining about, ranting over and criticising moderators and their actions is not accepted. Take it up with the moderator privately, then with Admins if you still have a problem. Contact Admins on this form or via email directly.
    • Insults like *, **** (and its many variations), **** and ******* are particularly repugnant to many moderators.
    • Club boards are places for club supporters to gather. Respect the team and its supporters when you visit. Liking posts is useful for users to rate posts without needing to post "good post" and "LOL" messages. But running rampant through opposing club boards liking negative posts is a form of disrespect of the club on their own board.
    • Don't be a cyberstalker: following people around from board to board to hassle them is just weird. Don't do it.
  2. Don't be a spammer.
    • Posts with the sole aim of directing traffic to other sites are not allowed, whether commercial or non-commercial.
    • This includes drumming up readers for your own blog or other online content - post the full content of your own stuff with a link, and only in a relevant thread.
    • Posting the same thread across multiple boards is also not allowed.
    • Our general test is to ask whether the user is here to partake in the community, which is good, or to get traffic for their own site or product, which is bad.
    • If in doubt, just ask.
  3. Don't be a stalker.
    • This includes tracking down and posting social media images, names, addresses and so on.
    • Exceptions will include information for contacting firms, government departments and politicians through their publicly listed details.
  4. No illegal content; respect copyright owners.
    • No hacks, torrents, file swapping, or requesting of same from us or other users.
    • No illegal match video or audio streams, or requesting of same from us or other users.
    • Articles from other sites should be limited to a relevant paragraph or two and a link to the source.
    • No drug use talk or similar. You might get away with contextual mentions or relevant discussion but otherwise leave it out.
  5. No sexually suggestive content, swearing, bikini and lingerie images, racist material, gore and injuries etc.
  6. Don't break the site or do anything that interferes with normal use of the site.
    • Using scripts or bots to scrape content or hammer our database, like posts and so on is forbidden.
    • Don't manipulate or beg for likes to get your post on the home page.
  7. Don't be a whinger.
    • Mods don't get everything right all the time. Different boards have some local policy and rule variations.
    • If you get a warning or a suspension don't fly off the handle. You'll only get yourself in deeper.
    • Open a Private Conversation with the board moderators, make your case clearly and respectfully, and you will be listened to. Chuck a tanty and you might get the flick.
    • Creating new user accounts to get around bans or restrictions WILL increase your suspension or get you booted off the site.
    • If you are not happy with your response from a moderator, contact Admin here.
  8. Keep in mind rules in regards to your avatars. Signatures are hard limited to a max of four lines of maximum Size 4 text. Don't make your sig overly big or bright, it interrupts the flow of discussion.
  9. For Premium Members: Your financial support is appreciated but does not entitle you to special treatment if you break the rules. Your membership fee is not refundable if your account is banned.
All warnings (also called 'infractions') attract points.

Infractions: Warning: 0 points; Minor: 1 point; Mid: 3 points; Serious: 5 points.

If you accumulate enough points in a 12 month period you will lose privileges:

5 points - 1 week account suspension.
10 points - 2 weeks account suspension
15 points - 3 weeks account suspension
20 points - Your time is up. Permanent ban.

You can see how many current Warning Points you have in the left column of Your Profile page.


Day Off: Mods can also suspend your account for a day if they think you just need a day off to cool down.

Thread Bans: You can be banned from a thread for a day up to permanently if you're making a nuisance of yourself, derailing the thread and so on.

How do moderators decide on infractions?

First up - a moderator considers whether your post caused any harm. If the moderator thinks it did, they look at:

  • Intent. Trolling? Simple annoyance? Attention seeking? Just a contrary position?
  • Severity of the action/content itself. A bit salty vs Porn pictures? General talk vs directed at an individual?
  • Trouble caused - Context? Was it reported or just spotted by a mod? Did it derail a thread? Is it generally toxic to the community? Inciting an immediate flame war vs long-term, incrementally bad for the board?
  • History of the poster. Known troll or flame-baiter? Known feuds with other members?
We think this is a fair process, but we know people have different views. Admin will try to mediate if there is a disagreement.

Board Rules Rule

Some boards have slight variations of these rules (e.g. allowing mild swear words in context). It is better to ask permission than seek forgiveness, because some moderators aren't all that forgiving.

Final Say

The administrators and moderators reserve the right to remove or alter your posts and threads at any time for any reason. We also reserve the right to suspend, restrict or completely block your user account at any time for any reason.

If you don't receive a reason or notification of an action please ask.

When you see something that isn't right.

To report an objectionable post to a moderator, use the "report post" link under each post.

Rule Changes

These rules are subject to change without notice. Please check this page on a regular basis for changes, additions and deletions.

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