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    Sycamore Pride was intended to provide a warm, friendly atmosphere for interactive, mature and intelligent discussion of Indiana State Sycamore basketball.

    In order to maintain order and a sense of community, all users should read and follow these conditions. By participating in the forum, users are affirming their willingness to comply with these terms. This memorandum has been created to provide you with information about what you can expect here, what is expected of you, and to answer some questions you may have in your use of The Sycamore Pride forums.

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    1) You must have an active Sycamore Pride account to post on our forums.
    This is pretty self explanitory as we do not wish to allow Guests to post on our forums for spam, accountability and other reasons.

    2) Be respectful of others at all times.
    The purpose of the forum is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. Occasionally, there will be conflicts that arise when people voice opinions. Be courteous when disagreeing with others. It is possible to disagree without being insulting.

    3) Personal attacks are prohibited.
    Commonly known as flaming, personal attacks are posts which are designed to personally berate or insult another. Text of this nature is not beneficial to the community spirit and will not be tolerated.

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    Trolling is the word used to describe a post that is deliberately designed for the purpose of angering and insulting the members of the forum community. Posts of this nature are disruptive and do not convey a friendly attitude. You can however insight debate done intelligently and in a mature fashion.

    5) Posting of personal information is NOT recommended.
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    6) Immediate banning from the forum can result from any of the following:
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    9) Try to avoid using profanity.
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    Negative feedback can be very useful, provided that it is presented in a civil, factual manner. Tell us what you don't like and why and how you feel it could be improved. Posts that are insulting and rude may be deleted, no matter how valid the ideas behind them may be.

    11) Disputes which cannot be resolved between forum users and moderators may be arbitrated by the Sycamore Pride staff and/or forum administrators.
    To discuss problems or concerns, please send an e-mail to: webmaster@sycamorepride.com.

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    Bumping these up for folks.
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    It appears we have some folks that can't follow these, so I'm going to bump them up.

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    Sorry you had to do that but even with people I know, some of this crap has gone too far. Thanks for enforcing. Not one of your favorite things to do I am sure.

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    Amen

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    Because I'm feeling a little argumentative today, I'll just ask what the exact definition of "hateful" is, or is that really just an opinion of whoever reads something? And how many people need to be offended before something is labeled as "hateful?" Damn, I'm in a bad mood...

    Of course, it's your website, Jason, so you can pretty much ban anything you want! I would like to put in a plug for banning discussions of black as a school color...:bigsmile:

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndyTreeFan View Post
    Because I'm feeling a little argumentative today, I'll just ask what the exact definition of "hateful" is, or is that really just an opinion of whoever reads something? And how many people need to be offended before something is labeled as "hateful?" Damn, I'm in a bad mood...

    Of course, it's your website, Jason, so you can pretty much ban anything you want! I would like to put in a plug for banning discussions of black as a school color...:bigsmile:
    Read rule six; the words "racially or ethnically offensive" are used after bannable offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgreenwell3 View Post
    Read rule six; the words "racially or ethnically offensive" are used after bannable offense.
    What is deemed offensive? What is offensive to me might not be offensive to you, and vice versa. So, if ONE person, and only one person, is offended, is that bannable (is that really a word?)? Like I said, it's Jason's site, he can do anything he wants, but this isn't as clear cut an argument as some of you think it is.

    I'm so waiting for someone to use the word "balding" because I'm gonna go CRAZY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgreenwell3 View Post
    Read rule six; the words "racially or ethnically offensive" are used after bannable offense.
    Oh yeah, in rule six, "hateful" and "racially or ethnically offensive" are two separate catagories...

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    OK...Specifically, what said here on the Forum of late falls under this criteria? Are you alleging that my statement last week re: the massive influx of Hispanics to the Boise, ID area...and suggestion that in "20 yrs. Boise State will be named EL BOISE State"...is racially or ethnically offensive? Explain.


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