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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 10:19 am    Post subject: The Rulebook Reply with quote

When posting on the forums please take the following into consideration.

1. Check for duplicates. Try to add your comments to an existing topic if possible. While everyone here is interested in the draft and free agency, we have already had many discussions on who to cut, who we should resign, and who we should draft. While we all like to try and comment on as many subjects as possible, it can get boring to keep replying to the same topics. Furthermore, it makes it very difficult when the same subject (for example, Culpepper), comes up in 12 different threads. So please look on the first page to see if we already have a topic similar to the one you wanted to start, and add your ideas/comments to that. Also, if someone posts a link to an existing thread about the same topic, please post your comments in that thread.

2. Please keep the posts on topic. This is the Miami Dolphins forum. Unless your posts are related to the Dolphins in some way, please don't post it in here. The best example of this is Free Agency. For instance, say you want to know how we would feel about trading for Kellen Winslow II. Instead of just making a topic asking "Do you like him?", try to make it involved with the Dolphins, perhaps by asking "We know Miami needs a legitimate TE. Do you think Winslow would be a good fit for us? He seems to have worn out his welcome a bit and I think we could offer CLE a player and a draft pick for him. What do you guys think?" See the difference there. One is ambigous and hard to really discuss. The other is clear to understand, original, and sparks good discussion. The latter is what members are interested in discussing and help make Football's Future the best draft site around.

3. Strive for quality. Avoid starting a topic just to ask a question or something that can be looked up on Google or Yahoo or Wikipedia in 30 seconds. This is an important one if we want this site to be the best on the web. No one here knows everything so don't feel embarassed about that. But rather than asking questions like "Who did Miami pick in the 2003 draft?" or "How old is Ricky Williams?", take some time to research it on the web and find your answer. Then, your post will be more insightful rather than asking questions which could be answered yourself.

4. Proof read your post. Everyone makes typos and misspell words. But take a minute to proof read and make sure your post makes sense. One of the most annoying things is reading a topic with grammar such as "yo i heer dat we gonna cut zack tomas wut up wit dat" The more effort you put in your posts, the more effort others will take to reply and the more they will respect you. It's hard to make a valid point when we can't understand what you write, so please do your best to have correct spelling and grammar.

Also, if you're a lousy speller, here's a helpful hint: download and use the FireFox 2.0 browser. It has a built in spell checker and will really help you cut down on the misspellings. (Although, you're still on your own for grammar.)

5. Give your topic a descriptive subject which lets members know what they can expect in the post. Most people only read and post on topics that interest them. If you post a topic that says "What should we do?" or "OLBs", it's very vague and will not likely capture any attention. This is the case especially to non-Dolphins fans who start a topic in here. A topic that just says "Dante" will get less looks and responses than one that says "Are the Dolphins going to cut Culpepper?" Be specific with what you are asking or discussing, it also helps to rid of duplicate threads as well.

Finally, a few extra pieces of advice:

Arrow We're all here to have fun and talk Miami Dolphins football. The Dolphins forum has been here longer than you have and its primary goal is a place where people can exchange news and thoughts about the Dolphins in a friendly environment. Also understand that this forum has developed its own protocol and etiquette in regards to how posts are made here. You are welcome to disagree with other posters' views -- everyone is allowed their opinion -- but be respectful of your fellow posters and the community that's been developed here. Do not take disagreements to a personal level.

Arrow Don't be defensive If you receive negative feedback on your idea, your posting style, or if someone just plain disagrees with you in general, don't get defensive. Take it as the person is trying to offer you some constructive criticism designed to help you better understand football, the Dolphins, this forum, or a combination of the three.

Arrow Never hesitate to talk to a moderator or an MVP if you have questions. All of the moderators on the site have a responsibility to keep the forum clean of problems. While they aren't obligated, the MVPs are very interested in having the site's content kept at a high level. If you have a problem, question, or issue with ANYTHING going on here, please PM one of them (and the Dolphins forum has a lot) and we will help you. We all want everyone to enjoy themselves here, and will do our best to ensure that your experience here is a happy one.

If you don't yet have PM priviligaes and have an issue, don't worry about it. These forums are read very frequently and someone will see any issues if things start to get out of hand.

Arrow Realize that the "dirty work" needs to get done. Duplicate threads will be locked. So will threads which break the rules. Inappropriate threads and posts will be deleted. Posters who break the rules will get warnings. Posters who break the rules repeatedly will be banned. Those are the rules. If you don't like the rules, then don't post here. There are hundreds of other football related message boards out there. But know that those of us who've been posting here for a while actually happen to like the rules because we think that they make this site the best sports-related discussion site on the internet.

Arrow Please read and understand the rules

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