Blogging The Boys was started in 2005 and was always meant to be a community meeting place. That community consisted of online Cowboys fans; people who wanted to seriously discuss football and have some fun along the way. It was never intended to be a free-speech platform for any topic and from its inception it has followed a code of civil interaction between its members. We can argue over topics and disagree, but we always keep it above board and don’t tolerate divisive or demeaning commentary. While it’s impossible for personalities not to emerge, and just like in real-life sometimes personalities clash; we won’t tolerate a small percentage of people who feel that belittling the other guy is the best they can do in a discussion.
I try to keep a light hand on my general tendency to be heavy-handed, but I’m a firm believer in the concept of ‘nipping it in the bud’ and will quickly try to curb abusive our un-welcomed behavior. I will delete comments that violate the guidelines and will eventually warn members or even ban them for repeated violations.
Blogging The Boys Guidelines:
1. No excessive profanity, especially the hard stuff. Occasionally using damn, hell, or similar is OK, outside of that, don’t do it.
2. Stay away from religion, politics and other hot-button issues. If they intrude into the Cowboys world somehow, of course we can discuss it, but tread lightly. This blog is not here for discussion of those topics in general.
3. Personal attacks are verboten. Name-calling, stalking people only to belittle them, overly harsh criticisms, and similar actions are not tolerated. The rule should always be – argue the message, not the messenger. If you argue the content of someone’s post, you’re giving us all a contrary view-point, perhaps dropping knowledge on us along the way. If you argue the messenger, then you’re just trying to make yourself feel better by belittling your target or trying to get cheap laughs at their expense. It’s counter-productive, self-indulgent and pathetic. Don’t do it.
a. Related – If you want to have a long conversation with another poster in a thread about a subject you two disagree on, go ahead. But the minute that thread starts turning personal and the participants are just trying to make the other look stupid, that ceases to be interesting to 98% of the blog. Most likely, it will get deleted.
b. Related – If you’re going to make a joke at someone’s expense, try to make it so funny that not even the victim would take it negatively. It’s one thing to dog on your friends, people you’ve known for a long time and have a history of back-and-forth. On the Net though, with people you don’t know personally, with no voice cues or body-language cues to depend on, things can get misinterpreted. Now if you want to make jokes about other things, feel free. If you bomb on stage, you’ll still be entertaining in that train-wreck American Idol audition kind of way.
4. Plagiarism is no-no. If you quote someone else’s work in any significant way, you need to note it and provide a link back to the source if possible. Use the blockquote to set off text from another source. It’s the “ icon. This is not only an ethical issue, it could be a legal issue for the blog. It will lead to a banning faster than almost anything.
a. Related – Do not post full articles from other places without permission. Unless the article is a one or two-paragraph blurb, just select passages to quote and link back to the rest.
FanPosts are generally for anybody to write up a post about the Cowboys or something Cowboys-related. They can include quotes from other sources as the basis of the information but it is good form to add some of your own commentary. If it’s an original piece, it should be at least 100 words or so in length. And please, resist the temptation to just put anything up there, please think it out for a little while because when you add a FanPost, someone else’s gets knocked off the list. The other use of FanPosts is for breaking news situations. If someone has been cut, signed, arrested, hurt or whatever that is timely news, you can use FanPosts for that purpose. It helps me out too by keeping the blog up-to-date on news when I or one of the other front-pagers is not at the computer.
FanShots are for anything that doesn’t fit above. Off-topic things, meaning other NFL or sports related stuff that might be of interest to Cowboys fans. Or short blurbs, links, videos, quotes, and similar stuff about the Cowboys. The complaint is that FanShots don’t get as much attention as FanPosts, but that’s kind of the point. FanPosts are designed to generate conversation and provoke commentary. FanShots are short, fun, oh-by-the-way things, they won’t generate the kind of comments that well thought-out FanPosts will, but are just another fun way of posting more news on the blog.