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Tribal Council Rules

Specific Rules/Recommendations for posting on The Tribal Council

This board is for discussion of FSU Sports Only. It is not the place talk about pro (non FSU) football, video games or Fantasy Football. We have the "Pro Sports and General Sports Forum" for those topics. Also, if you wish to discuss recruiting, please take it to the recruiting message board.

We have several message boards covering a variety of topics. Keep in mind that FSU fans don't come to the Tribal Council to read about TV shows, fantasy football, politics, or video games. They come to read and discuss FSU sports. If you start a thread that is off topic on the Tribal Council and it disappears, odds are that it was moved to the appropriate forum.

Here are some of the other message boards on Warchant.com you may want to check out if you wish to discuss something other than FSU sports:

Tribal Council - Club Level - The Club Level board is reserved for more positive discussions regarding FSU sports. That doesn't mean you can't be critical of a player or coach, but the real hard negative comments should be made on the Football or regular Tribal Council board. This message board is accessible only to ultimate ticket subscribers that are Warchant.com gold members (subscribed at least 12 months or an annual subscriber). We created this board to reward our most loyal subscribers with a message board of their own. There should also be fewer rival moles on this board since you must be a gold member to read and post, and since people under the 7-day free trial period will not have access.

The Locker Room - News, movies, TV, global warming and everything under the sun not involving sports is discussed here. It's a very active community.

The Raucous Caucus - This is the ONLY Warchant board where you can discuss politics. It's a very active community.

Pro & General Sports Forum - NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, etc. Every non-FSU sport can and is discussed here as well as fantasy football and sports video games.

Tickets & Trades - Looking for a game ticket for sports memorabilia, or have them for sale? This is your one-stop shop.

Premium Football Recruiting Board - 100 percent football recruiting talk. This is probably our second most active message board on the site so there's no reason to start recruiting posts on the Tribal Council. Recruiting Talk is not allowed on any free board.

Warchant Technical Center - Need help with your signature or avatar, or posting a photo? Or have any other technical issue with the message boards or the site you can post here.

Other boards to check out: Florida State Academics * Smack Board

General Rules for all forums

1. No profanity, racist or sexist comments. This includes using abbreviations (WTF, WTH, STFU, GTFO and any other like these) or changing a letter of a swear word such that the word(s) are still interpreted by most as profane. That also includes using the word "Gaytor" to poke fun at UF. Don't do it. This rule includes "linking to" sites that contain profanity, racist or sexist material. If the site might offend somebody because it contains swear words or is racially of sexually insensitive, then don't link there.

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. Please click here for Signature & Avatar Rules.

3. No attacking or insulting other posters. If you feel the need to harass another poster, don't do it. The basic rule of thumb is if you would not say it to their face or if you would and it would then start trouble, expect to be banned. What is considered attacking/insulting other posters?

o Bringing up their name in posts that they did not start or were not involved in, just to get a reaction from them.

o Consistently responding to their posts and responding with no merit other than to belittle them. (You don't have to respond to a post you disagree with or a topic you dislike.)

o Referring to them as a "moron", "retard", "idiot", etc. Calling a poster's post "idiotic" is the same thing. Don't do it.

o In short, making a poster a target.

4. Do not post unsubstantiated negative rumors about players, coaches, etc. If you have a link to a news story or a source you can name, it's fine to discuss it on the boards. But if you have heard something 'from a friend of a friend,' and do not name your source then this is not the website to post negative innuendo and rumor. Those posts will be removed and you will be banned.

5. No linking or citing fan blogs. Links or citing fan blogs is not permitted. These home grown blogs are not accountable to anyone since they are generally not credentialed. As a result, some spread rumors that are often unfounded or have no foundation in fact. Some of these fans blogs pull information from legitimate media outlets and co-opt the content as their own and do not properly attribute the original source. This rule does not include blogs associated with legitimate news outlets, web sites or newspapers that are credentialed. Links to those blogs are permitted. Warchant has the ultimate say on what is considered a legitimate media outlet that can be linked or referred to as a news source on the boards.

6. Same rule extends to social media. Links or citing to Twitter or Facebook entries of people that that hold themselves out media, or work for a premium FSU website, are also not permitted (basically the same rule we have for fan blogs and competing premium websites). This rule does not include Tweets or Facebook entries of people associated with legitimate news outlets (Tallahassee Democrat, ESPN, WCTV, etc.). If you see a Tweet or Facebook entry from a fan, fan blog or another premium FSU website you feel needs to be addressed on Warchant.com, please bring it to our attention via email. Links to student athlete Tweets or Facebook entries are permitted as long as they are sports related (no links to a player tweeting about his date last night). Warchant has the ultimate say on what is considered a legitimate media outlet that can be linked or referred to as a news source on the boards.

7. 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 cannot 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.

8. No flaming. If a poster come onto the board with the intent only to flame (stir up trouble), 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 monitor's discretion.

9. No attacks on players or coaches. Criticism is allowed, and encouraged as long as it is done in respectful way. But that does NOT mean you have free rein to bash or alienate a player or coach with your comments. If you disagree with how they played or the effort they put forward, please voice your opinion and state why you hold that opinion. If it's something you would not say to their faces, then don't post it. Please remember players, coaches and their families read this site so be respectful.

10. No attacking recruits. Just because a recruit chooses another school does not give you the right to blast them, in any circumstance. There will be zero tolerance on this issue.

11. 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 monitor. If you wish to advertise on Warchant please email us. If you have a charitable event or cause, or an FSU related event to promote, and wish to post please contact us before posting. We need to verity the legitimacy of the charity/event and we have to limit the number of non-sports posts on our main message board. We typically get several requests to promote a charity each month and we want to do our part but there has to be a limit.

12. No posting or distribution any material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any law. Please do not copy content from other websites and then post them on this message board. Whether it's premium content or not, copying content from another website without the author's permission violates copyright laws. If you continue to do this after being warned you will be banned. If it's a free story just provide a link. If it's a premium story do not link to at all since most of our users will not be able to read it. Also, do not link to an premium story through a "back door" where it can be seen for free. Post will be deleted and member can be banned at the monitor's discretion. This means no posting of premium information from other web sites.

13. Do not give out your personal information on the message board or chat room. Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information (such as your email, phone number etc.) online --- for example, via message boards or chat --- that information can be collected and used by people you don't know. You give out your personal information at your own risk. We are not responsible for any actions that occur if you give out your personal information. This also means you cannot give others people personal information. This includes any information you can access on public sources.

14. Your Username and Password. You are entirely responsible for your account. If you are banned as a result of somebody else using your account it's on you. You have control over your password but if you give it out to a friend or relative, or leave a computer without logging out, you will be 100% responsible for any post another person makes on our message boards under your account. You can easily change your password by going to the Member Services link on the front page (top right in gray area).

15. No fishing. Do not attempt to trick fellow posters into posting their email address by promising the inside scoop on a situation. These poor attempts at humor are very disruptive to the board.

16. No dominating the conversation. Do not dominate the conversation, whether it is a single thread, or the overall conversation on the board for the day. A successful message board community involves give and take. If one poster contributes too much, to the point of disrupting the community, he or she may be banned.

17. Terms of service. By subscribing, registering or using the sites, you agree that Rivals and or the publisher(s) and board moderators of the sites have the right, in addition to other rights, to delete your posts or blacklist you or any other user at any time, if they believe that action is in the best interest of the sites, for whatever reason, and the reason need not be disclosed. For more information, you can read the Terms of Service HERE.

The golden rule is a good one to follow: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

Cumulative offenses or complaints will be taken into account. When considering a banning, the moderators will not only take into account the severity of the rule broken but the prior offenses of the poster. If you are a multiple offender you won't be given the benefit of the doubt and your banning will probably be longer. In extreme cases a permanent ban is possible. If you are constantly on the radar of the moderators, even if you may be technically sliding by the rules, your posting privileges could be removed. If you are warned or banned once, realize that your leash will be much shorter.

Merging of threads. When a hot issue or news item breaks it's common for several people to start threads covering the same topic and these threads often overwhelm the Tribal Council. Moderators have the ability to merge threads. So if you start a thread on a topic already being discussed and don't see it, chances are that it was merged with another thread.

Complaints and suggestions must be made via email. Some people like to post complaints about the site, a story, our rules, a typo or error in a story, moderation of the boards, etc. on our message boards. We are perfectly willing to accept criticism and discuss ways we can improve the site but to express your dissatisfaction in an open forum isn't the way to go. Any complaints or suggestions should be emailed to us - support@warchant.com. Please keep in mind you are a guest in our house. If you enter a restaurant and yell out a complaint for the other customers to hear you will be kicked out - same rule applies here. If you do have a legitimate complaint or suggestion we will take it much more seriously if you take the time to email it to us. Warchant.com contact us page.

Contacting the moderators. Contacting the moderators is as easy as emailing moderators@warchant.com. If you see someone breaking the rules, or another poster is hassling you on the message boards, email the moderators to take care of it. Do not take matters into our own hands. If you are banned or have a problem with how a post or thread was dealt with by a moderator, do not take matters into your own hands and do not complain on the message boards but instead email moderators@warchant.com. When emailing the moderators please include your username, a link to the thread in question and politely explain the situation.

Please give the moderators at least 24 hours to respond. If you don't get a response within that time, you may email our lead moderator Terry at terry@warchant.com. Please keep in mind that the moderators are volunteers and have lives so please be patient. Threatening to cancel your subscription or becoming hostile will not help your case and will probably work against you.

Keep personal requests to a minimum. This isn't a rule, just a recommendation - If you have a personal or family issue (request for support or prayers) that you would like to bring to the attention of the community on Warchant.com please use the Locker Room message board not the Tribal Council or Recruiting Message Board. We don't want a sport-only board to be overrun with personal requests.

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.

The following users are admins or moderators: Dotcom, MadCow, JMGNole, FireInTheNole, Crowl, ShaolinNole, GlassCityNole, FSU_UCLA, Booker20, Brokernole, Coach Ken Locke, LAnoles, Spirt_of_Sol, Daytonanole, Singleshot, FSU2Times, NoleSoul.

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