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Must Read For New Posters: Posting Etiquette

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Smooth, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Smooth

    Smooth Vatreni

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    In an effort to clean up the site and improve the quality of this site, please read this post before you decide to post:

    Posting

    We here at RCF encourage everyone to share their views, opinions, and any news that they have... The more people the better and we love the many different viewpoints and diversity that we have here...

    But at the same time, the better the quality the better the post...

    Please try to elaborate on things when you post... Try to stay away from just posting "I agree", "He stinks" or short, useless posts.. Elaborate on why you have that viewpoint... We want to hear what you have to say here.. Why do you feel that way? What does a player do that you don't like? Why wouldn't a such and such matchup be a bad one? Etc....

    Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't ever post one-line, one-sentence posts, but just pick your spots... Sometimes it's needed, sometimes it isn't...

    I'm also not saying that the longer the post the better, as we look for the quality of the post at RCF... Some shorter posts may be better than some longer posts... It's just a matter of getting your point across...

    The bottom line is that as long as you put some thought, effort and reality in your posts, you should be fine here...

    There is a reason why have something called "rep points" at RCF... It's basically a reward system for quality posts... The better your post is the more likely you will earn rep points and the more likely you'll be a respected poster here... It's pretty simple...

    Also... Everyone has their own, unique style of posting... But please try to make it at least literate... If you don't, people will just skip over whatever you posted... No one is going to waste their time trying to read something they can't...

    Topics

    The most important rule to remember before starting a new topic, is look around and see if there is somewhere you can post whatever you want to post that relates to your topic.. Whether it be an article, idea, thought, etc., try to keep related things in one thread... We don't need 5 different threads about LeBron James going to NY/NYJ or 3 different threads discussing Baron Davis... One thread is plenty enough...

    I know you want people to see your post or what you have to say but if it is a well thought out post, you'll more than likely get noticed.. Believe me.

    Usage of the Different Forums

    Please use all forums here... We've set up different forums for different usages...

    We don't need trade ideas and fantasy trades in Cavs talk... There is the Trade Idea forum and Fantasy Sports forum for that stuff...

    We don't need to hear about the Lakers front office problems (example) in Cavs talk... That's what the Around the NBA forum is for...

    You guys are smart enough to figure it out; this isn't rocket science... Just try to keep things in their appropriate forums...

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    Now don't take this as criticism or the RCF staff looking down on newer members or those that have made a mistake... The whole RCF staff worked our way up from being a ball boy to where we are right now... We encourage everyone to contribute, you just want to make sure this is one of the best Cavalier message boards on the net... Which is why we want to unclutter things and which is why we want quality over quantity...

    The more you guys hang around there the more used to things you'll get...

    If you guys have any questions, criticisms, complaints, etc., feel free to contact myself, anyone one of the moderators or anyone else on the RCF Staff... We'd be more than happy to help/assist you in whatever it is...

    - Smooth



    In addition:

    At Real Cavs Fans, we stand proud in building and keeping a fun loving comminuty where intelligent Cavalier topics can be discussed between members from all sorts of backgrounds.

    Whether your from Cleveland or not, you will always be welcomed as a Cavs fan. These Rules and Regulations indicates what we feel is appropriate to keep this board to the highest quailty for all of our members.
    GENERAL RULES
    We expect that all members of RCF will behave in a way that’s conductive to the diversity, intelligence and respectfulness of the community. Each of these three general principles is fundamental to the quality of our site.

    ● Diversity – RCF is a comminuty with different people with different backgrounds. Respect where they are from. They are rooting for your team, so whats the problem?

    ● Intelligence – We’re a community with quality standards and we expect our members to make a sincere effort to contribute their thoughts on interesting subjects in a meaningful and respectful manner. Posting messages and otherwise interacting on RCF is completely optional; many members often prefer to just read what others have to say. But if you do post, we expect that you’ll be respectful of the time of others by posting meaningfully.

    ● Respect – We require our members to show respect for others. Respecting their person, their time and their opinions – even if you disagree with them. Respect also includes respecting the right of the RCF administrators and moderators to make judgements and enforce these rules. After all, they are the ones that keep this place clean for you and easier to read.
    BASIC GUIDELINES
    The following list of online conduct is completely unacceptable at Real Cavs Fans and a violation of our Rules and Regulations. Conducting in any of these behaviors could result in a warning, a suspension or even a complete banning from RCF.

    ● Harassment- Harassment is a repetitive display of ignorance towards a member. if you dislike a member, ignore them. Please do not follow him/her around the entire forum and disagree with everything that person has to say.
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    GRAMMAR AND ETIQUETTE
    ● Topic Titles

    Try to keep the titles short and concise, not only does it look better but a good thread title should be a prelude to what your about to read. Also try to capitalize important words.

    Bad Example: reggie evans is in cleveland to discuss a potential contract

    Good Example: Reggie Evans Visits; Contract Offered?

    ● Grammar

    We're a pretty loose group of people, and we all like to speak comfortably but try to refrain from overuse of slang.

    Things like "dat, wuz, b, cuz and etc" Using some occasionaly is fine but when it disrupts the flow of the post to where your trying to decipher through the slang to find the message then thats gone too far.

    We're not sticklers for punctuation but we do encourage the use of capitalization and the occasional period to seperate sentences so we aren't reading one giant run-on.

    ●Swearing

    The main swear words are censored out automatically but please save the extreme foul language for OT EAYOR. We encourage you to find substitute words so that the mods can spend their time reading posting and watching the games instead of monitoring the language.

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    When posting an article please do not post more then 2 paragraphs of the article. Quote it using the quote tags, and please supply a link to provide validity.
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    Please keep in mind that these are rules to keep this place the most comfortable and most easy going Cavalier's source on the net. If these rules are followed as written, everything will just be alright.

    Go Cavs.
     
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  2. CBBI

    CBBI Made Man

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    I agree.

    :thumbup:
     
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  3. David

    David Time to Kill is now.

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    me 2
    :D

    Not thread "quality"

    It's thread "integrity"

    jeez....:tongue:
     
  4. PIP

    PIP Orange and Blue Staff Member

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    Touche' Pussycat...

    One thing to add, please quit all of this junk while we're at it: "y r u going to give him the $ when he hasn't done n e thing in the league ?"

    Terrible, just terrible..
     
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  5. James

    James Gold Star Member

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    Re: Posting Etiquette


    :chuckles:
     
  6. bomber

    bomber Abrasive

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    Smooth stinks.

    Normally, I would say you guys are being Nazi's but it has gotten far out of control around here for awhile. I don't even view 3/4 of the threads.

    I would be kind of concerned with the current direction this board is taking.
     
  7. DCunleaded

    DCunleaded In the Rotation

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    Hey guys, first post here.

    I have been lurking for about 3-4 weeks now, and I can attest to the downward spiral for the quality of posts. I stumbled on to this site from the scout.com Cavs board via MYoung23, and I was immediately hooked. Then from I'd say a couple days before the draft on, the post quality started to tumble. From threads in wrong places, just plain weak/unresearched threads, to multiple threads about the same subject all over the place, and the Baron Davis trade/Kenny Roda debacle (not anyone's fault, outisde of Roda's, but I got really excited really fast:mad:).

    I would think that the forum just gets that way during draft time, because the OBR forums are the same way. Hopefully, this forum will get a little more clear & concise now that the draft is over....or it might get worse due to Free Agency.
     
  8. tedginnjr

    tedginnjr What's your Damage?

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    As much as I agree with this thread...

    It's almost useless to sticky. The bad posters aren't gonna take the time to look at it, and definitely aren't gonna do what it says.
     
  9. Splitz

    Splitz RIM PROTECTOR Staff Member

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    There is a lot of cavs.com type stuff going on here but I am not sure how you handle it. Every website wants to grow but then if you become Stalin and start dictating who comes and goes, it becomes difficult. I had the same problem with my old site.. battleboards.com. I had a lot of great members but would get so many immature a-holes that it made running the damn thing a painful experience. Just kind of comes with the territory I guess.
     
  10. MYoung23

    MYoung23 12 Reasons to Post

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    "Your success took a shot at you. What are you gonna do now? Are you gonna kill it?" - American Gangster
     
  11. Ron Mexic

    Ron Mexic Sixth Man

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    My posts are what is called "high quality". ::chuckles:
     
  12. kevolution

    kevolution The Salty General

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    Yeah maybe I'll stop by here again...who knows.
     
  13. James

    James Gold Star Member

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    please come back, i for one miss you.
     
  14. Man Called X

    Man Called X Not a **** was given

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    I'll stop posting, I promise.
     
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  15. LBJHeath

    LBJHeath Banned

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    I guess you'd be talking about my past trade-threads when you speak of "quality-posts?"

    :chuckles:
     
  16. Glen Infante

    Glen Infante Founder Staff Member

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    Re: Posting Etiquette

    The quality is going down yes, but on a positive note, the forum has never been this active during this time of year. It's kinda refreshing from an owner's standpoint.

    People come, people go, it's a good thing we have a welcoming community where people just feel at ease to even post a new thread. A couple years ago we were dying for this kind of activity. Now that we have it, it looks like we are having a tough time dealing with it.

    My suggestion? Just continue to do what we do best. Provide great conversation, and let the new people in on it too. If someone creates a new thread in the wrong forum, move it, if someone's quality isn't up to standards PM him/her and let them know what's up.

    Pretty simple.
     
  17. Jon

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    Hmm... didn't there use to be a terms of service or rules of conduct page?

    I remember when I joined one of the more appealing things about the board was a requirement to actually post in semi-grammatical English and some of the other things mentioned in this thread.

    Growth can be a pain. IMO the most important job of moderation is to build and sustain community. Gaining new posters at the expense of old posters is NOT a good thing.

    For instance, now that "WeinerSoBig" actually makes posts on the board don't feel bad about asking him to accept another board name (on a strict board they would just perma-ban him). That name reflects not just badly on him, but also on the board as a whole. Protect what you've got and don't be shy about it.
     
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  18. Rick Astley

    Rick Astley Life sucks ATM.....

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    Meh, I'm with xsabre here. I really did nothing to contribute to this glorious site. I think I'll just browse, give thanks and never to venture through the quick reply box again. What I have to say might have been already said by another poster.


    If there are some cases like "YAY BRAND IS A CAV!" or some "misguided" Sucks fan, I'll do my duties as a Real Cavs Fan. :thumbup:
     
  19. Karma

    Karma Retire the #11

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    Please keep NBA signings in the NBA section.
     
  20. MYoung23

    MYoung23 12 Reasons to Post

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    I will say this and maybe it is just a personal dislike but I hate misleading thread titles ending with a question mark.

    Like....

    Monta?

    It is pretty childish to do stuff to get people to read your thread. Be a grown up and have the true gist of the article in the title.

    And for godsakes understand context and realize when a sportswriter is speculating.
     
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