View Full Version : *Old/Dead*Things Every WSI Poster Should Know

10-11-2007, 10:42 AM
First familiarize yourself with the following information:

Most of these rules are covered in the Code of Conduct (http://www.flyingsock.com/MainPages/ConductCode.htm) at the bottom of every forums page. Other links you may find helpful include the WSI Dictionary (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/../glossary/) where you can read up on slang terms, nicknames and other useful information. There is also an extensive list of FAQ's (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/faq.php?faq=vb_faq#faq_vb_user_maintain) that will answer most of the technical questions you have. We also highly recommend that you check out the Home Page (http://www.flyingsock.com/) where regular weekly articles and recaps of all games are posted. There are many fine features on that home page including a photo gallery (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/../4images/) where you can post your own Sox related photos if you desire and many wonderful historical articles and pictures.

Here are some expanded rules not covered above but which you need to know:

1) Do not attempt to evade the language filters. Keep the language acceptable to younger fans. Posts that attempt to use mis-spelled profanity in an attempt to circumvent the filter process will be deleted and the poster will be banned. This includes typing things like F*** and S***. Type the words you want exactly as it is properly spelled and let the filter do it's job. People who attempt to self censor are the ones who end up getting in trouble. If the censor takes your word out, you are not in trouble. If the censor does not take your word out, you are not in trouble. If you screw up while attmpting to censor yourself, you are in trouble.

2) Monitor your own signatures or risk having your privileges revoked. Here are the current rules:

a) You are allowed pictures up to 15KB and roughly 5 square inches in size - so long as they all fit on one line. You are also allowed up to 2 lines of text no greater than font size 4 on the font size drop down menu. You are not allowed excesive carriage returns, so even if you don't have text, you cannot have more than two blank lines below your signature. It's simply two lines, NOT two lines with 3 empty lines before, between and after. You CAN have text on the same line as your image before or after. This does not count toward the two line rule previously stated.

b) Posters who opt for an all text signature will be up to allowed 5 lines of size 4 text or 8 lines of size 2 (default size) text.

3) The only item you are allowed to sell at WSI are tickets. You can do so in the Ticket Exchange forum but ONLY at face value.

4) Certain topics are taboo at WSI. Discussing them will earn you at least a temporary ban. These topics include:

a) Attendance - no one wants to hear about it. We all go to as many games as time and finances afford. Making broad sweeping generalizations about Sox fan loyalty is trolling. We don't allow trolling.

b) Politics: Once again, the staff is really getting tired of babysitting miscreants. From now on all political thread hijacks will receive a one week to three month banning, left to the discretion of the unfortunate staff member left to clean up the trash.

c) Bumping old threads that drew little or no interest by posting the word "bump" or bringing back really old threads to post something meaningless or simply typing "I agree".

d) In addition, if you don’t want to read about a certain topic at WSI, then simply ignore the thread that talks about it. Opening a thread to simply say, “I hate this topic” or “Why are we talking about this at WSI?” is considered trolling. Yes, that includes Fenway’s Red Sox threads provided they are in the appropriate forum. If you feel a thread violates the rules, feel free to report it, but just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s a violation.

e) Finally, the only threads guaranteed to be left open on these forums are Sox related threads. All other topics of discussion are at the discretion of the moderators and administrators. Off-topic threads which add little to the discussion and gain large numbers of replies by posters trying to bulk their post count won’t last long and posters who start them or post in them regularly won’t either.

5) Be careful with how you use copyrighted material around these parts. Violating copyright laws is a fast way to get this website in a lot of legal trouble and violators will be dealt with harshly. These violations include - but are not limited to:

a) Selling, trading or otherwise distributing pirated copies of copyrighted material. That includes all games the White Sox played in that were taped by a member of these forums. Please do not ask if anyone can send you a copy nor offer to distribute copies you have made.

b) Quoting copyrighted material is covered by the "fair use clause". There are limits to what can be considered fair use for quoting articles, poetry, books, or any other copyrighted material. For most prose, such as newspaper articles, once more than about 10% of the article is quoted, you are stretching the boundaries of "fair use." The best advice is to simply give a brief synopsis of the article and post a link. If you feel you must quote, keep it very brief. Just because it is on the web doesn't make it public domain.

c) In particular, the Tribune has formally requested that WSI not allow links to their images, so please do not do so.

6) As the board gets bigger, threads are getting longer. This tends to put a strain on the server when threads get above 500 posts - especially if it is a popular thread which a lot of people are loading and reloading regularly. From now on, any thread that breaks 500 posts will be closed and a second thread started with a link to the original thread in the first post of the new "Thread II: Return of The Thread" thread.

7) Sometimes before a situation gets out of hand, a mod or admin will attempt to contact a poster who is in danger of getting banned. Those messages will come via Private Message or E-Mail. It is your job as a poster to learn how to retrieve these messages. If you ignore the attempts by the WSI Staff to ask you to tone it down, you will still be punished. Ignorance of the warnings is no excuse to be allowed back into the forums. Keep your profile e-mail address up to date. Bad addresses cause the admins to get rejected mail notifications. You will be banned if we get notified of your bad e-mail address.

8) Please treat the Mods and Admins at WSI with respect. All of us do this not only for free, but actually pay for the privilege of running this site out of sheer love for the White Sox and because we enjoy having a community where everyone feels welcome to talk Sox baseball and many other topics. If a Mod or Admin asks you to stop doing something, please just do it. None of us look forward to banning people - especially long time posters, but none of us are afraid to do it if the situation calls for it.

Thank you.

-WSI Staff

11-18-2007, 10:58 AM
An Addendum:

If you are going to make claims that decisions about Sox player personnel or the playing time they receive is based on bias be that racial or otherwise, be prepared to back it up with some kind of evidence other than your opinion. Otherwise expect to see your post/thread get stuffed in the Roadhouse and closed. You may also receive a rip if you refuse to let it go or fail to provide proof when confronted.

11-30-2007, 06:43 PM
One more addendum: Images---our policy is if you have one picture you wish to share in a thread, go ahead and post it. Otherwise, post links to your images instead. Not everyone surfs WSI on a monster broadband connection and multiple images can be a ***** to load.

12-06-2007, 02:03 PM
Since it's becoming a problem again a reminder:

Insulting a Sox player, ex-Sox player or really anyone else by calling them a female name won't be tolerated. It belittles women by implying they are inherently inferior to men and we don't allow it.