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Community Guidelines For The 2019 Season

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Let’s get this out of the way. Football begins today.

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The 2019 NFL season begins tonight with the Bears hosting the Packers. The Texans get going on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints. From now until, May, I don’t know, we are going to be hanging around and talking to each other a lot, and there are ways we should go about it. As a reminder, these are the guidelines for interacting with each other on BRB:

Be respectful in your interactions with contributors and fellow fans.

Don’t be a jerk, and don’t call other people jerks. We’ll remove anything we see that jeopardizes our communities.

You can help with that. If you see something that doesn’t align with our guidelines, let us know. Flag any comments, FanPosts, or usernames that violate our guidelines so our community managers can review them.

We do not allow any of the following:

Personal attacks: This includes name-calling, insults, threats, hurtful comments about someone’s appearance, voice, or style, and all other forms of attacks. We want our communities to be welcoming and fun. Personal attacks are the opposite of that.

Discriminatory or derogatory language: This includes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or other forms of discrimination.

Harassment: This includes, but is not limited to, intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography; inappropriate physical contact; use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Illegal activity: Don’t promote, encourage, or make light of any kind of illegal activity, including DUIs, domestic violence, or sexual assault.

NSFW images and comments: Keep it PG-13, or you will be removed. This includes language and images that are sexual, violent, or generally offensive in nature.

Excessive profanity: Fans get worked up on game days, and we’re fans, too. We understand that. As a general rule, keep profanity to a minimum. Some communities prohibit profanity, so be sure to review guidelines for the individual communities you participate in.

Multiple accounts and throwaway emails: These are a signal that you’re not interested in being a productive member of our communities, and we do not allow it.

Trolling: We know it when we see it, and we’ll remove it. Don’t go to a rival team’s community for the sole purpose of riling up their fans, either. Moreover, you should never publish any private or personally identifiable information. Doxxing is strictly prohibited.

The “first post” rule: If you break any of these guidelines with your very first post or interaction, it signals to our community managers you’re just here to be disruptive. Violators may be banned, blocked, or removed.

Spam: We have a zero-tolerance policy on spam, which includes sharing links to illegal game streams or downloads. Spam will be deleted and spammers may be banned, blocked, or removed.

Anyone who doesn’t follow these rules when engaging in our communities will at best be removed from the conversation, and at worst will end up banned from that community. These decisions will be made at the discretion of our community managers and other SB Nation personnel.

Additionally, we can’t read every comment that’s published on the site. It’s impossible. There are just too many. If you feel someone is violating anything please notify me or TIM at battleredblog AT gmail DOT com and we will do what we need to resolve the situation.

Please make sure to follow these guidelines for the 2019 season. Most of all, don’t be mad online and hostile here at BRB. There have been arguments that have gone past civil this summer, and we just want to make sure we are all on the same page before the season gets going.

Enjoy the 2019 season, everyone.