View Full Version : PSD/NBA Forum Rules - Zero tolerance in force in NBA forums

05-07-2009, 11:09 PM
NBA fandom can be an emotional thing. Sometimes tempers flare, people get angry and bitter, and posters start bearing their claws and fangs. And some attack, and snipe, and jab, and taunt.

But you gotta understand that all of that crap is against the rules, and none of it will be tolerated here.

You can disagree with other posters, but you must disagree respectfully and with civility. You can criticize players or teams, but you must have a point and not just needlessly flame. You can debate all you want, but everything you post must remain within the boundaries of the PSD site rules and these...

Guidelines for the NBA Forum:

-Please follow the PSD site rules
HERE ARE THE SITE RULES (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=256816). Read them, take them to heart, and follow them. They WILL be enforced strictly in the NBA Forums (all of them).

-Please report problematic posts
If you see a post that seems problematic because you think it's breaking the rules or crossing the line, DO NOT RESPOND TO IT! Please use the "!" button in the upper right hand corner of the post to report the post to the mods, and let us take care of it, so that the situation won't escalate, and so that you won't get yourself into trouble.

-No baiting.
Don't post anything which is just trying to push someone's buttons and piss them off and goad them into a fight with you.

-No insults of individual posters, and additionally no blanket insults of a team's or player's entire fan base.
These could (and usually will) be taken as personal insults by other posters. (This means you can't post things like, "Nuggets fans are such *****es", or "Melo fans are so ****ing lame" - just to use a couple examples based on my own team).

-No pointless flaming of teams or players (or other posters).
Criticism of their play and/or behavior on the court is fine, but stuff like "_________ is such a *****", without any meaningful or constructive point to make, is off limits.

-No trolling.
You are welcome to post in other teams' forums so long as you do so respectfully, but do NOT go in there and talk smack about how much better your teams/players are, or how lame theirs are.

-No false news, no false rumors, no outlandish speculation about impossible "what ifs".
I think this one pretty much speaks for itself, but basically all news/rumor threads must first of all state outright if it's only a rumor and not hard news, and secondly have a legitimate, linked source for the story. Also, don't post any general wild speculation about fantasy scenarios that could never happen.

-New threads must be posted in the right forum, and topics must be new thread worthy
Please take a moment to think before posting a new thread about whether it really merits having its own thread. Often, threads would be better posted in a team forum, the NBA Comparisons (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=179) forum, the NBA Trade Ideas (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=42) forum, or the Classic NBA (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=435) forum. Just as often, something could just be posted in an existing thread. This is especially true for videos. 9 out of 10 times, youtube videos should be posted in The PSD NBA Forum Youtube Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318384), so please use it.

-All threads posted must be on topic.
This is the NBA Forum, and the most important part of that is the "B" - for basketball. Threads about players' looks, which rappers are backing them, etc., should really be posted in the general discussion forum if anyplace. And threads in the NBA Forum should be about basketball games, basketball players' games, basketball teams, transactions between basketball teams, basketball coaches, basketball strategies and systems, or just about anything else as long as it's about basketball, and specifically NBA basketball.

-All posting in game threads must stay on topic, and not spin off into "player vs. player" debates.
Sometimes game threads can turn into big Kobe vs. LeBron/
Wade vs. Kobe/LeBron vs. Wade/etc. debates instead of being a discussion about the actual game itself. But that is not what game threads are for. PSD posters are expected to stay on topic within threads. And so it should go without saying, but game threads are there for talking about the game. Not for spinning off into side debates about who's better than who.
So please, for example, if someone posts something like this in a game thread:
"See? This is why __ (PLAYER A )__ is the best player in the NBA!"
And you disagree because you think __ (PLAYER B )__ is the best player, then grab that poster's attention and invite them to take your dispute to the NBA Comparisons Forum (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=179), which is the right place to debate just exactly who is better than who.


So please, when emotions are running hot (and they obviously will be sometimes) please just take a deep breath, take a step back, collect yourself and check yourself before you wreck yourself. I know this probably sounds very heavy handed to some of you, but ultimately the result will be better conversations about BASKETBALL here in the NBA Forum that are not derailed by flame wars and off topic posts that have no place here, and it will be a higher quality, more enjoyable place to post and hang out.

Thank you for understanding. :cool: :cheers:


06-25-2009, 02:29 AM
Everybody is excited about big trades, and everybody enjoys posting breaking news.

Cool, fair enough. That's what the offseason is all about.

But we really need everyone to be careful about how you post "news" vs. "rumors"/"reports"/etc. About the difference between legitimate, confirmed done deals, and as-yet-unconfirmed reports that are floating out of the rumor mills, but have yet to be verified.

The most important thing here is thread titles and links.

***If you don't have a link to a legitimate news site,
then you are not posting "NEWS"***

By legit, I'm talking ESPN, yahoo, SI (although they rarely break stuff), the L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post or any other credible local or national news organization. By legit, I do NOT mean other forum sites, hoopshype, hoopsworld, bleacher report, etc.

So, if you have a good link to a real story from a legitimate source, then you may post the thread title in a matter-of-fact way such as:

(TEAM) trades (PLAYER) to (TEAM)


If the report you're looking at cannot be verified by a legit news source, THEN YOU MUST MAKE THAT KNOWN IN THE THREAD TITLE!!!

For example:

Rumor: (TEAM) trading (PLAYER) to (TEAM)?


NBA Source: (TEAM) may trade (PLAYER) to (TEAM)


Report: (TEAM) trying to deal (PLAYER) to (TEAM)

You must make it crystal clear that at least for the time being, until it's confirmed, the report you've seen is still in the rumor stage.

Posting false news and rumors at PSD can land you with infractions, so please be careful about this. Just in case the reasons aren't clear, it's basically just so that the information on the front page will be as correct as possible, and nobody will be misinformed by false reports, and we can have the highest quality of information and discussion here possible.

Thanks, and enjoy the offseason. :cheers:

06-21-2010, 12:08 PM

The Official FA Speculation Thread (general) (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485363)

The Official LeBron James FA Speculation Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485249)
The Official LeBron James FA Speculation Thread Part II (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=486531)
LeBron's, and the Cavs', postseason performance discussion (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485471)

The Official Dwyane Wade FA Speculation Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485335)

The Official Chris Bosh FA Speculation Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=484893)

The Official Joe Johnson FA Speculation Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485632)

The Official Carlos Boozer FA Speculation Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485979)

The Official Amare Stoudemire FA Speculation Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=486168)

The Official Ray Allen FA Speculation Thread (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500405)



As I'm sure everybody has noticed, there have been a zillion and one LeBron threads being created here, and no small number of Wade and Bosh threads in addition to those.

Of course, the questions about where they'll end up are looming huge over the NBA right now, and the excitement is understandable. But just in terms of keeping the forum running smoothly, things are getting way too cluttered and too many threads which are basically the same are being made.

So we're not trying to step on anyone's thread ideas or stop people from talking about anything here, we only want to clean up the forum a little and get it more organized so it will be easier to read, navigate, and find all the threads not only about LBJ (et al) but about all the various NBA topics being discussed here.

Thanks for understanding, everyone. :cheers:

07-08-2010, 08:37 PM
Okay, everybody, here's the deal:

Until the announcement is made, pretty much ALL LeBron threads will be merged into the main thread, closed, or deleted.

So please, just don't post them.

Just go to the main thread, and post your thoughts there, where they will most likely end up anyhow if you make a new thread.

Thank you.

08-20-2010, 12:08 PM
All new Carmelo Anthony threads will be merged with the current thread, titled "Carmelo Anthony Thread-All others merged here" at this point in time. We realize that Melo is a hot topic currently, and there are too many popping up in the main forum to keep organized. Anything pertaining to Carmelo leaving or taking an extension from Denver will be moved to this thread



08-22-2010, 07:45 PM
From now until the finals of the FIBA World Cup are determined, any thread involving the current FIBA tournament will be moved to the FIBA forum. The only threads that will stay active on the main NBA forums are the gamethreads pertaining to the USA team.
Thanks everyone, and make sure to visit the FIBA forums!


10-20-2010, 08:17 PM
There has been a big problem in the NBA forums with people coming into threads just to post 'Player A (unrelated to the subject of the thread) > Player B'. Me and the rest of the NBA mods want to give an official warning that from here on out, this will be treated as disruptive behaviour and will result in infractions or, if the user's history merits it, bans.

We feel that too many threads are being derailed because of this sort of thing and we need to try to prevent it in an effort to improve the overall quality of the NBA forums.

If you see someone posting comments like these and derailing thread, and it goes un-noticed by the mods, please make a concerted effort to report them, and please don't respond to them.

We think this will improve the quality of the forums, making it easier for users to discuss a topic in a more enjoyable and more stress-free way.

Thankyou :cheers:

11-12-2010, 12:27 PM
A reminder that zero tolerance rules are in effect in the NBA forums, all of them. We want all posters to be able to post without being harassed or baited. Please enjoy the forums but when you are about to hit "submit" ask yourself if your post is going to bait, insult, disrupt, or break any other rules. That's all we ask. Enjoy the season.

01-10-2011, 04:38 PM
Zero tolerance is no longer in effect. Happy posting.