Mod. Notice Setting the tone for season 2019

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catempire

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With the season proper nearly upon us the Geelong mod group have decided to make a statement about the tone of discussion and debate on the board for season 2019.

A lot of our time - too much in fact - is taken up dealing with posters who spend almost their entire time on the board niggling and trolling others on the board. In short, they make the place less fun and enjoyable for others.

In the past we have had initiatives like the Clean Slate to encourage people to lift their own tone of posting in the hope of driving a better quality of discussion. Unfortunately that relies on widespread buy-in and when only those willing to do the right thing are the ones buying in the system inevitably breaks down.

This season we will have zero tolerance for posting that is designed to make other posters time here less pleasant. This can include any kind of abuse/denigration of a fellow poster (even if in retaliation), undermining mods in doing their jobs, bullying, doxxing and disruptive posting. The mods are the arbiters here; if you have a concern report a post or send a PM to the mods. Retaliation will not be tolerated.

If your post is deemed by a mod to conflict with the above guidance it will be dealt with through the infraction system. If it continues you will be relieved of your posting rights on the Geelong Board for season 2019.

A note about "negativity"/"positivity" on the board which has been a source of some controversy in recent years. There is nothing at all wrong with being critical of the club, the team, the coaching staff the playing group and/or individual players. The inverse also applies: you are fully entitled to heap praise too. This freedom needs to be understood to apply within the following context:

1. Your right to express an opinion in a public forum such as this comes with the equal right of anyone else to criticise that opinion. If you are offended or confronted by having your views questioned consider whether posting in a forum is a good way to spend your time.

2. Relentless or belligerent negativity OR positivity, especially where this is done to annoy other posters will not be tolerated. In assessing this issue mods will ask the question "is this poster genuinely interested in discussing or debating the issue?" If the answer is no, expect the mods to take some action.

The guiding principle with all of the above is that the mods' job is to make the BigFooty experience as enjoyable as possible for as many as possible.

catempire, David the Cat, dazbroncos and winty
 

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catempire

Moderator
Mar 20, 2004
32,038
57,388
Melbourne
AFL Club
Geelong
A note about "negativity"/"positivity" on the board which has been a source of some controversy in recent years. There is nothing at all wrong with being critical of the club, the team, the coaching staff the playing group and/or individual players. The inverse also applies: you are fully entitled to heap praise too. This freedom needs to be understood to apply within the following context:

1. Your right to express an opinion in a public forum such as this comes with the equal right of anyone else to criticise that opinion. If you are offended or confronted by having your views questioned consider whether posting in a forum is a good way to spend your time.

2. Relentless or belligerent negativity OR positivity, especially where this is done to annoy other posters will not be tolerated. In assessing this issue mods will ask the question "is this poster genuinely interested in discussing or debating the issue?" If the answer is no, expect the mods to take some action.
A further note about this. When someone questions, disputes or responds to your post, the likes of the following is not a legitimate response and adds nothing to discussion:

"yeah well, you only post [negative/positive] things"

Engage with the point or stay silent.
 
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