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MLB: Spring Training-Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Note -- I have stolen the content for this post from Bluebird Banter, with permission from them. Also, Schultzy, Bradstick, goET, and myself all have moderation rights, and you may bring issues to the attention of any of us who happen to be available if there’s a problem. I may add others as well at some point.

Welcome to Lone Star Ball, our space where we chat, argue, complain and praise what is happening with our Texas Rangers. To keep it a civil community, we have rules.

Most of the rules fall under the umbrella of one idea: this blog is our living room. Act like you’d like to be invited back. We like having you, so please take off your coat and stay a while.

  • No derogatory references to race, nationality, sexual orientation or ethnicity at all, ever. Any version of the word retard is also unacceptable.
  • Don’t be sexist. I know sports blogs tend to be a men’s club, but we have female members. My wife may also look in, and If you get on her bad side, I may have to ban you. If you aren’t sure where the line is, follow some female baseball writers on Twitter. You’ll get a great lesson in sexism.
  • I’ve been lax about this in the past, but profanity should be limited here. Please try to keep George Carlin’s 7 words off the site (I’m showing my age with this reference), or at least at a minimum. Profanity brings a negative tone to posts, and members have come to appreciate the generally positive atmosphere here. There are also people who are averse to profanity, and they shouldn’t miss out on talking about baseball.
  • I’ve noticed people using one of the 7 words but putting a * in one (or more) of the letters. The implication has the same effect. Still not allowed.
  • Insulting Rangers players is allowed, within limits, but please remember this is our team. If you say something juvenile, you might get called out on it. Telling us that our player is about to strikeout doesn’t go over well. We like to cheer for our team.
  • No suggestions of violence or self-harm towards any person or group of people are allowed, ever. I’m bolding this one, because occasionally someone jokes about blowing up a stadium or suggesting that all fans of team X or certain journalists should come to some sort of rather cruel end. This is not permitted here.
  • Don’t try to annoy people or start fights
  • Don’t attack other posters. You are free to debate and disagree with their ideas but please try to stay away from calling anyone stupid, crazy, etc. It doesn’t make for a rational debate.
  • Also, as a request, it would be nice if we were a little friendlier to new folks. We were all new at one time. With that said, expect that people are going to challenge your opinions. Roll with it. Defend your position. Intelligent people can disagree.
  • On the flip of that, some of us have been friends for a while and some ribbing takes place. Take it in stride. Generally it means we like you.
  • No religion or politics please on the comments on the front page posts. There is enough of that in the world already, and we prefer to stick to baseball here. There’s more latitude on this in the various OT posts that going on in the FanPosts section, but please be civil.
  • We aren’t grammar police, so don’t worry about getting things perfect. However, if you want things read, make them readable. If you are posting something long, use periods and start sentences with capitals.
  • Don’t copy and paste an article from another site. If you see something worth sharing, post a link. In particular, don’t copy and past articles from behind paywalls, because that will get me and SBN in trouble.
  • Discussion of illegal streams is not allowed.
  • Don’t argue with the moderators about rules. If you are asked to stop something, stop it. Moderating isn’t fun, so please don’t make it worse. Starting a debate about the rules adds nothing to a thread. I especially hate this in GameThreads. I love the threads, but I mostly love watching the game. If you want to try to distract me from the game with an argument about rules, we won’t be friends. If you have a complaint, email me, and then I can deal with it at a time of my choosing.
  • Don’t use this site as a place to promote yourself or your work. SB Nation doesn’t exist to give free promotion to other sites.
  • Remember we are all fans here and are all equal. You may think you are smarter than all of us. You might even be (isn’t all that hard). If you are that smart, show us…don’t tell us.

What should you do if you feel someone has broken the rules? Under every comment there is a flag button, if you hit that, a menu will come up. The menu will ask you why you are flagging it. The ‘flag’ will mark it for the mods. We can’t see everything that happens on here, so if you flag it, we can take appropriate action. Please don’t take it upon yourself to tell people to stop saying something. We have mods for that. If you want to be a mod, send me an email.

What happens if you break a rule? Well, one of the moderators might ask you to stop. If you are asked to stop something, please do, don’t argue. If a FanPost or a comment crosses the line, it might be deleted.

We may issue a formal warning. If that happens, the next time you log into the site the warning will come up. Consider it the equivalent to a yellow card in soccer. We rarely send warnings, but it does happen. A warning isn’t personal, so don’t take it personally.

We can also ban you. If we continue with our soccer analogy, banning would be the red card. If you are banned you can still read the site, but you will no longer be allowed to post or comment. We generally don’t ban someone until they become intolerable. I have to come to the site every day, if there is a poster that is making me not want to come, then sorry, it is you or me and I’ve got the button. Running the site is a hobby for us, we aren’t willing to put up with too much aggravation. With that said, other than spammers, we’ve only banned a handful of people. Our members are generally pretty great.

If you want to send a note telling me you didn’t deserve to be banned, (we do all have bad days), try being reasonable and we will consider reinstating you. Half the time I get an email telling me how terrible the site is, and then, an hour or two later, they sign up under a new screen name thinking I’m not going to notice.

After warnings, I will often get emails complaining that “someone else did it too and you didn’t warn them”. Please note, I don’t discuss warnings with anyone other than the person being warned. I won’t talk about your warning with someone else and I won’t talk about someone else’s warning with you. Honestly, warnings are not personal. Generally a day or two after a warning I’ve forgotten about it.

With all this said, we hope you come by often and join in the discussions. This is a pretty wonderful place to be.