Welcome to the Main Board The objective of the AFL board is to have a board where posters can discuss football in a sensible manner. If you are not interested in posting in a sensible manner, don’t post here. You might be carded, and/or have your access removed. The Main Board Guidelines are also to be interpreted in conjunction with the site-wide rules, found here: http://www.bigfooty.com/forum/help/terms. There are specific guidelines that all posters ought to be familiar with. But before we start: There's been a lot of incorrect use of team names and nicknames creeping in again recently on the main board. Things like Norf, Carltank, Essendrug, Richmong, Whoreforn, COLA, Failmantle, West Coke...and so on. We all know what they are. These are prohibited terms on the main board, purely because they just turn discussion threads to muck. Please stop using them, we are getting very sick of people continuing to ignore it. Those who continue to flout this rule will be getting cards and may even lose main board access- enough is enough. It's very simple, call teams either what they're actually called, or use their proper nickname. Thanks. Stay on topic. Play the ball, not the man. Don't attack the team of a poster that posts something you don't like or agree with. This is one of the biggest reasons why topics are derailed. If a thread has started to go off-topic, don't add to the problem. Using the excuse 'It was already off-topic' when you receive an infraction won't work. Make it Clear Thread titles should give a clear indication of the topic. Apart from not wasting users’ time it make searching titles more accurate. No dribbling Posts that add nothing like: ‘hahha’,’lol’, 'Culture', 'I agree', 'Gold' etc are not wanted. Talk about footy, and use the "Like" button if you agree with a post but don't have anything to add. Play nice No name-calling or abuse of posters is tolerated and this also applies to the nicknames given to clubs. You know, 'Norf', Carltank , Bummers, GW$ and that sort of stuff along with the term flog. Terms like "rape" and "butt-hurt" are also not wanted when discussing topics to describe something. Don't use them. Trolling Quite simply: don’t do it. Trolling other teams or posters is not sensible football discussion and having the sentence "This is not a troll but..." doesn't exempt it from being a troll. Quoting from team boards on the main board Do not quote a post from a team board and post it here. Ever. Team boards are primarily intended as sanctuaries for supporters of those teams, and it is not appropriate to quote comments from them out of context on other boards. Just don't do it. Bumping Do not bump old threads unless you have new information directly relevant to the topic. That does not mean bumping to show someone was wrong with the benefit of hindsight. Who you going to call? If you see a post that breaches the rules report it, don't quote it and respond. If you think a thread doesn't belong on the AFL board, report it. Don't post in the thread saying it should be on x board. Report it and we’ll deal with it. Spam and links. We welcome all contributions on Big Footy. We do not welcome, however, spam of any sort. And that includes links that promote another site. You know the sort of posts, 'I;ve written my preview here' or 'good read at this site' etc. If we regard the link as promoting another site, we will regard it as spam and card it. More info here. Playing the man Play the post not the man. Do not abuse or make it personal. address the post not the poster. Do not, under any circumstances, start a thread about another poster. Swear Filter. Let it do its work. Don't self-censor stuff. Or try to get around it either by using pictures or other tricks Other Stuff. Don't quote an entire post if you are responding to a part of it. Edit out the irrelevant parts. We don't need grammar teachers, so leave out comments about spelling, sentence construction No comments about mods or moderation, whether it's this board or another. Take it up with admin. Do not post Rugby threads of any sort on the main board. This is for footy. Not rugby or comparisons between the codes. Injury Trolling Don't do it. You'll get an instant card. The same applies to posters who use depression as a guise for trolling Gameday and Round Autopsy threads While mods will try to set these up ahead of time, if one is not set up please include the year and round in front of the match for ease of location when moved to the gameday board. Topics worth a special mention We've noted a tendency - particularly in gameday threads - to refer to incidents in the clubs past or current investigations that have little to no actual impact on the game or current issues beyond a troll attempt. This includes: Carltons salary cap issues in 2001-2002 North melbournes financial issues Essendons drug investigations Carltons tanking allegations of 2007 St Kilda's 'School girl' incidents Port adelaides crowds or finances West coast and drugs Collingwood and alleged crime links Hawthorn drug use by [injunction] Drugs in Sport/ASADA Investigation Please note we presently require all threads and discussion on this matter to be conducted on the Hot Topic Board set aside for this purpose. Team Names There's been a lot of incorrect use of team names and nicknames creeping in again recently on the main board. Things like Norf, Carltank, Essendrug, Richmong, Whoreforn, COLA, Failmantle, West Coke...and so on. We all know what they are. These are prohibited terms on the main board. Please stop using them. To do so is to risk loss of main board access or even your account. COLA Yes, Buddy has moved to Sydney. Yes, it is still very much a topic of discussion now, next season and the season after that, and with that comes discussion of COLA and other forms of assistance from the AFL and otherwise. However, we are getting a bit sick of the continual COLA trolling/derailing taking place in any vaguely Sydney-related thread. Here are the options for main board posters from this point on: - Avoid using COLA Bay-style trolling to derail a thread - expect an infraction if you do so. - If a thread is Buddy/Sydney related - be very careful in trying to bring it into the discussion. Is it directly related to the topic at hand? Is it a constructive contribution that benefits the thread? If in doubt, don't do it. - If you really, really want to discuss COLA - we have Footy Industry for you, in particular this thread - http://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/cost-of-living-allowance-cola-discussion.978731/. There are other boards on Big Footy – Use Them. The AFL board is not for the general umpire and rules discussion. That is what the umpires board is for. Posts related to the Media and its many different outlets and personalities are to be posted on the Footy Fourth Estate board. This includes complaints about the AFL site. Don't make Dream Team, Supercoach etc comments on the AFL board. Such threads should be posted to the Supercoach/Dreamteam board. Off field conversation - finances, annual reports, crowds, memberships and tv ratings are generally discussed on The Industry Board. Matters pertaining to football History - be it AFL, or state or other australian footy history can be discussed on the new Footy History board. Scandals and Rumours should be properly posted to the Scandals and Rumours board, Got an idea on how to do things better than AD and AA? Go here Mods will sometimes let one of these threads run on the main board: ask before posting. 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If a thread has been particularly heated and has been cleaned up often, we might apply a 'play nice' prefix. Please take note because we will have reduced tolerance. Any questions, get in touch with one of us. Board Moderators If you have issues or concerns, you can always PM a Moderator or Super Moderator. AFL Board Moderators include Chief Ant_ Doss iDon Malifice Mike__ The_Wookie It is natural that sometimes you might have an issue with an element of moderation, or a decision a moderator has made. In that instance, you are to either respectfully contact the moderator in question and discuss your issue, or if you don't feel comfortable doing that, contact any of the following Super Moderators and Admins to discuss your grievance: Ant_ Starburns_ Doss Messenger jim boy Chief Going the public route is not okay, however, and even more so, doing so in the sanctity of a team board is especially not okay. We're always happy to hear people out, and if there is a mod that you'd like to include in a convo with admins or supers, please include them when you start the convo.