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Noon 12-03-2002 01:32 PM

Unwritten rules of the board
I've been reading and posting on the board for around five months now and during that time I've come across some consistent habits that I think need to be pointed out so that newcomers can be aware of some of the unwritten rules and policies we keep on this board.

Feel free to add any you would like, or to berate me to your heart's content.

Rule #1
If you disagree with someone's opinion, it is important not to respect that opinion. Instead, you must find as many statistics and as much evidence as you possibly can, trying to shoot as many holes into the opinion as you can.

Rule #1a
It is also important to insult the person while proving him (or her) wrong.

Rule #2
When coming across a juvenile poster, one whom is not as sophisticated or intelligent as you, it is vital that you must make him (or her) look like an idiot. When said juvenile poster responds with angry comments, it is necessary to continue responding until said juvenile poster is either in tears or has fled the board.

Rule #3
You must always have the last word during an argument. No matter how futile or unimportant the argument may appear to everyone else in the entire world. There is nothing worse than being shown up on a message board.

Rule #4
Never insult Canada, ever.

Rule #5
Unless you can be considered an "expert" in the sport, its usually best not to respond to questions or make any bold statements in the four major sports. If you go in without knowing all the facts, be prepared to reap the consequences.

Rule #6
If you have a favorite team in any sport, and you feel like you might have some inside or expert knowledge on them, try not to ever speak about that team. As soon as people realize you're a fan, any credibility you have will be shot to hell.

Rule #7
If you feel as if you're losing an argument or you can't find the last word, challenge the other person to a fight. Because if there's anything in this world worth coming to blows over, its a disagreement on a message board with someone you've never really met.

Rule #8
If you've been proven wrong, by everyone, and you have no other real argument to present for your case, just start spouting off insults and buzz words to anyone and everyone who has responded to a thread you started.

Rule #9
If you have started a thread asking a question, and you don't like the answers you are getting, you must...MUST...berate those answers. You should never start a thread expecting people's opinions, you should be starting them expecting them to agree with you.

Rule #10
If you find someone on the board you think is an easy target, the best thing to do is to find every thread they've posted in and make fun of them in each thread. This way, you're proving to everyone what an idiot the other person is.

That's all I can think of right now. But if there are any more rules, please keep posting. I'd hate to think I missed any of them.

lmanchur. 12-03-2002 02:02 PM

Hahahahahahahha :lol: ...allow me to comment on a few of your "ruels" :)

#1 -- This only pertains who people who are "experts" in that sport and can give opinions to back up their stats. Who cares what Barry Bonds' batting average is in the last month? GIVE SOME CREDIBILITY TO WHAT YOU EASILY FOUND OFF OF MLB.COM and give me some interpretation! These people won't go anywhere in University or college or jobs or whatever they do in life. Professors or banks don't care about the facts -- they've read them all and seen them all, already!!:: they want to know what are those facts significance for your argument? Same applies here.

#3 -- I always have the last word in my arguments because I only enter ones in which I am right. Eventually the other side doesn't care or doesn't respond. If that is the case, I keep brining it up and up and up again until that person finally responds and admits to him being an idiot for even starting to account for that side in the first place.

#5 -- This isn't the case. Some idiots (you know who you are) post about sports they have no clue what they are talking about but want to contribute something to that forum. In these cases, they post a news article with a link and no other comments pertaining to it. It's like, "Yes, I know -- I can read this off of or So What????" This annoys the hell out of me.

#10 -- implemented by me a lot... I only do it with just cause, though.

Heathen 12-03-2002 02:47 PM

Woah Noon.... did someone upset you this morining.

This board is in no way any different from other boards on the internet.

Trolls are everywhere.... fact of life I'm afraid.

I do agree that things get petty here, but it's no different from anywhere else or infact in real life.

#47 12-03-2002 02:48 PM

I'm actually very happy I have abided by some of these rules.

YankeesChick 12-03-2002 02:49 PM

so basically rule #ABC Lee is God

Heathen 12-03-2002 03:05 PM


Originally posted by YankeesChick
Lee is God
WHAT!!! Have you two got a thing going or what!?!?!;)

lmanchur. 12-03-2002 03:57 PM

Hahha... maybe something I am unaware of... I've never talked to her except for on the SCMB :nod:

YankeesChick 12-03-2002 04:06 PM

just cause i say someone is god, all of a sudden we have a thing??


Krazy 12-03-2002 04:11 PM

Rule #11 - Lee always LOSES arguements

Rule #12 - Try to mention cheese as much as possible

Noon 12-03-2002 06:29 PM

Dammit. I forgot about the cheese rule.

That's the most important one.

air_canada 12-03-2002 07:31 PM

Rule 4, Annex 1.
Never ever insult the US, because it's the most powerful country in the world, is the best place to live, is home to the best people, doesn't need anyone else, and has prevented the world from imploding :rolleyes:

Richard the Lionheart 12-03-2002 08:29 PM

All true, Sam. I'm glad your catching on.

Marc 12-03-2002 08:59 PM

Interesting thread...

Let me just say that I think Ryan makes some worthwhile points even with a touch of sarcasm and exaggeration. Too often have I found (new) members being shot down by some of the regulars. I think the community's atmosphere and attractiveness to outsiders is gravely being damaged by some attitudes of people around here. I've said it time and time again, heated arguments don't have to result to personal insults or flames, but some of our members continue to lower themselves to these standards.

All in all, I think some people need to lighten up around here and take a deep breath. Sam, your post about my country is insulting, but I will not respond to it because I don't want another U.S. vs. Canada thread. Sure, there are some egotistical people who think their country is the best, blah, blah, blah, but think about what you are posting before you post it. And this goes to all of you.

That's my words of wisdom.

air_canada 12-04-2002 10:31 AM

So wise... though my post is insulting, you can say what you want about Canada and it won't be insulting... because according to most Americans we are lesser people... anyhow, I don't care.

Brandon 12-04-2002 01:17 PM


Originally posted by air_canada
So wise... though my post is insulting, you can say what you want about Canada and it won't be insulting... because according to most Americans we are lesser people... anyhow, I don't care.
Oh wow, I'm not going to say anything else other than that is a broad and generalized assumption that has no merit.

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