AVOID ATTACKING OTHERS PERSONALLY
Namecalling is strongly discouraged. You can disagree
with another without calling them a jerk or worse.
Violent outbursts will be reason enough for immediate
banishment. Do not start a new thread in order to "call
out" a poster. Do not post private information about
anyone, even if that information is publicly available.
Do not post private communications (boardmails or emails) from
another user. Do not speculate whether a user has other
aliases on CougarBoard or any other board. Do not post
speculation that a poster is a member of the BYU staff,
a player, or a family member, even in jest.
THE INDIVIDUAL VS. THEIR OPINION
Anytime you attack an individual as opposed to disagreeing
with their opinion, you are risking a personal attack. Some
definite no-nos in this area:
- Addressing an individual by a profane or rude name
- Addressing an individual by making a play on words
on their username (especially profane)
- Insulting a user directly
Attacking a group of people is considered the same as attacking an individual. For example, mocking people who belong to a
political party, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other similar group would be against the rules.
One notable exception deals with fans of opposing teams. There is (of course) some mocking to be expected. However, it is
expected that it will be kept tasteful.
BUT HE STARTED IT
That is an argument indicating the maturity level of a
five-year-old and the response is the same as what your
kindergarten teacher said to you many years ago. I don't
care. "He started it" is no excuse.
BUT SOMEBODY ELSE GOT AWAY WITH WORSE
If you see something against the guidelines, call it to our
attention with the Report Abuse link.
BUT THE MODERATORS PLAY FAVORITES
The moderators and myself do our best to enforce the
guidelines fairly and consistently. With over so many posts
per day, this is not an easy task. If you feel you are being
treated unfairly, please bring
it to my attention
YOU ARE NOT A COACH
You are not a coach, player, journalist, guru, etc. Neither
are 99.99% of all posters on CougarBoard. That does not make
their opinion any less valid. If a person's opinion/observation
is flawed, address the flaw and state why it is flawed. Don't
tear down the person because you can't tear down the argument.
BUT I AM A COACH/FORMER PLAYER/GURU
Congratulations. Your insight will be appreciated. However,
that does not grant you any greater license to violate these
guidelines nor does it lend your opinions any greater credibility
than is warranted.