Water Cooler Rules/Tips

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  1. brahmanknight

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    The Water Cooler is for ALL non sports topics that don't fit into any of the other forums.

    The Goal: To provide a positive experience for as many members as possible. Visiting The Water Cooler should be a positive and enjoyable experience.
    All comments for and complaints about the moderators and site should be handled privately (not on the forum). The board is not meant to be used as a referendum on moderator activities. It is disruptive. I can be reached at brahmanknight23@yahoo.com. Please note that the moderators no longer have access to most member email addresses. Therefore, we will not be able to issue warnings and/or explain why you were blacklisted until you contact us.
    How can moderators help? By consistently enforcing the rules, removing inappropriate posts, locking posts that have run their course, and blacklisting disruptive members.
    How can members help? We simply ask that everyone act like an adult. Don't be a jerk, don't be overly aggressive, don't be overly negative, and don't attack or harass other members. Of course, there are other basic rules that need to be followed (listed below), but we're talking about the average day-to-day discussions that take place on the forum. Just as important, members can help by starting good discussions, sharing good info, posting links to interesting articles, helping other members, alerting us to inappropriate posts, etc.

    In addition, we need your help to enforce the rules. Moderators are not employees of Rivals. We are volunteers and there is no guarantee of 24/7 moderation or that moderators will read specific posts. Like other posters on the board, we road posts that are mostly of interest to us. If you see something that breaks the rules, email the mods. Please don’t assume that we are enforcing the rules unevenly, and make a post about it.
    RULES

    1. You can not call out a mod, question a mod, or a moderating decision by starting a thread on the board or posting in another thread. The proper procedure is to email the moderators.
    2.No pornographic or obscene material of any kind. Any user posting pornographic pictures, or links to such material will be blacklisted. This includes materials within a signature file or avatar.
    3.No attacking other posters. If you feel the need to harass another poster, don't do it. If you have an issue with a poster contact a mod. Don’t take it upon yourself to put the poster in their place. What is considered attacking other posters?

    o Consistently responding to their posts and responding with no merit other than to belittle them.
    o In short, making a poster a target. 4. No repetitive negative posting. What makes a repetitive post? If you come to the forum and consistently say the exact same thing about the exact same topic day in and day out, that is being repetitive. Be sure to understand that no one is saying that you can not be critical. But this site will not be overrun by the same people coming on the site day after day saying the same negative things.
    4.No repetitive negative posting. What makes a repetitive post? If you come to the forum and consistently say the exact same thing about the exact same topic day in and day out, that is being repetitive. Be sure to understand that no one is saying that you can not be critical. But this site will not be overrun by the same people coming on the site day after day saying the same negative things.
    No flaming: If a poster come onto the board with the intent only to flame, and continues to post nothing but flames or engages in no substantive discussion, the poster's posts will be deleted and the poster will be banned at the mod’s discretion.
    5. The moderators reserve the right to remove any post and blacklist any member that they feel significantly contributes to a decline in the overall quality and/or civility of the forum.
    6. No posting of commercial offers, competing websites or spamming of the board will be permitted.: All threads will be deleted at the discretion of the board moderator.
    The golden rule is a good one to follow: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
    To the vast majority of fans who read this site and already function within this rule set, thank you very much for your adult candor and responsible posting.
    HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS

    - When a subject begins to dominate the forum (when there are dozens of threads about the same thing), the moderators may start an 'official thread' for that particular subject. Any additional posts about that subject posted outside of the official thread will be deleted. Having an official thread DOES NOT mean we want you to stop talking about a subject; it means we don't want that specific subject to dominate the forum. Please note that we CANNOT merge threads.
    FORUM TIPS

    - Err on the side of caution. While revising the rules we removed a large portion of the previous rules. Many of the rules remain the same, but we no longer attempt to list every example of breaking a rule. If you think your post might be borderline, err on the side of caution. Email the moderators to ask before making your post. The burden is on you.

    - You don't have to respond to a post you disagree with.

    - Don't post when you're angry. It's ok to turn off your computer sometimes.

    - Don't click on posts that you know will upset you. Only you have control of your mouse.

    - If you don't like what is being discussed on a particular day, please start some new discussions.

    - Heated discussions are to be expected at times, but stay away from getting personal.

    - Feel free to ask questions and start discussions, but please read the forum before posting.

    -We all have our pet peeves. When you see one of your pet peeves, just ignore it.
    My post was deleted. Why?

    There are a few possibilities. One, your post broke one of the rules or needed to be deleted for another reason. Two, your post may have been fine but you replied to a post that was deleted. The software that manages the message board automatically deletes any post that responded to a deleted post. Moderators have no control over it. If you do not mean to directly reply to a post that you think might get deleted, choose another post within the thread to reply to.

    My post was deleted but there are posts worse that mine remain. Why?

    We try to keep a close watch on the forum but missing bad posts is inevitable. Please let us know if you see an inappropriate post. We don’t read every thread and rely on posters emails to help keep things running smoothly.


    It's a free country, why can't I say whatever I want on the forums?

    Yes, it is a free country, but UCFsports.com is privately owned.

    Questions?
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  2. Knight_Light

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    Cliff Notes version please.
     
  3. brahmanknight

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    Don't be Tomstein.
     
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    No clue what you mean BK...but did you really think anyone would READ everything you wrote?
     
  5. brahmanknight

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    You don't remember the Tomstein episode?!? He would post multiple posts about the same negative topic, and would attack posters ( like ucfclay for being "too good to post on the open board." )

    Did I expect all of it to be read now? No. It's more a guide for if something goes wrong.
     
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    I remember Tommstein. He was an @sshole and I would love to meet him in person one day to give him a piece of my brain... and my foot up his @ss.
     
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    +1 the comments about UCFClay were the tipping point for me.
     
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    wanted my name in the top of the "last to post" column.
     
  9. Elsa Bannister

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    i bet you did.
     
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    Breath, you're so needy.
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  11. ucfbreath

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    that i am
     
  12. Elsa Bannister

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    i don't want you to have the sweet satisfaction of having your name in the "last posted" until i know for sure that you have communicated with chan about planning my surprise birthday party.
     
  13. YouSeeEffer

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    It's not much of a surprise if you're already planning it.
     
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    i cant really tell you if i have or havent then.
     
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    i'm not planning it, chanman and breath are.
     
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    Are you planning chan's surprise party? you can surprise each other at the same time.
     
  17. Elsa Bannister

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    Ummmm no. I'm turning 21 = special. Chan is turning... no one cares because I'm turning 21.
     
  18. ucfbreath

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    and my names back up.
     
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    not so fast
    This post was edited on 7/30 12:06 AM by DancingKnight
     
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    post after this if you are a homosexual
     
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    I win and I like vagina
     
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    No you don't.
     
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    i broke the dam.
     
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    Nope
     
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    we all win

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    This post was edited on 9/18 6:37 PM by ucfbreath
     
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    Especially her chiropractor.
     
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    Diddly Doodely Posteroonies
     
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    back on top baby.
     
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    LOSE!!!
     
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