Broad Street Hockey is a blog, but it is also a community of Flyers fans from all over the world. As George Costanza would say, "You know, we're living in a society! We're supposed to act in a civilized way!"
Since being a Flyers fan can be an extremely emotional endeavor, we're all going to get a little over the edge at times. These guidelines are simply a means of keeping those emotions in check so we can all have a good time.
Free Speech at Broad Street Hockey
At Broad Street Hockey, we believe strongly in free speech and in having a diversity of people participating, and sharing ideas that are relevant to the community. As a BSH member you are, in general, free to express your opinion without fear of retribution. The diversity of personalities, beliefs, and styles is exactly what will make BSH the strong and vibrant community it is. BSH is free and open to everyone.
Under normal circumstances posts will not be deleted or censored in any way, shape or form unless it is a blatant violation of these guidelines. However, in such cases, Broad Street Hockey reserves the right to delete posts without notice.
Since BSH is a community, you should know that free speech does not mean the right to say what you want, when you want, and how you want without being sensitive to, and respectful towards, individuals and the community as a whole. In a community, speech is not completely free as it comes with responsibility.
The following are simply not acceptable on BSH (excepting, in some cases, for obvious humor between people with an existing rapport) and are subject to sanction as outlined below:
- Excessive profanity is not permitted. As most of us are adults, and in sports profanity can be common, it is allowed in small doses. You'll even see it in stories from time to time. Just don't go over the top with a F-bomb-laden tirade.
- Creating multiple user names for the purpose of trolling or disrupting the community is not permitted. Persons creating such user names will have those names banned and/or deleted without notice. Similarly, posts made for such purposes will also be subject to deletion without notice.
- Posts created for the sole purpose of advertising or other commercial purposes will be deleted without notice.
- Personal attacks on community members, directly or through sarcasm/belittling, e.g., "You're an idiot", "You don't know what you’re talking about, moron", "Apparently, you've never seen a hockey game, or you'd know?", "My Chihuahua knows more about hockey than you do", etc.
- Comments that are intolerant or prejudiced (sexist, racist, homophobic, etc.) in nature, e.g., "Why don't you go play with your dolls?", "The Flyers shouldn’t sign black players", "Doesn't Briere look like a fag?", etc.
- Harassing/Baiting of users, e.g., "The Flyers will never win this game" posted 10 times in 3 minutes, etc.
- Comments that bring politics into BSH (which is a non-political blog), e.g., "Obama/Bush/Clinton ruined this country by", "Check out this link about the war in Iraq," etc. That said, you may occasionally see a political advertisement on BSH. Running such ads does not imply an endorsement of the candidate or views expressed in the ad, just as any such ad on a television station or network or in a newspaper does not imply endorsement by such an entity. Editorial and advertising at BSH are separate, and we do not have control over advertising.
- The sharing of illegal game streams is not allowed. Legal streams (via NBC Sports, WatchESPN, NHL.com, etc.) can be shared freely, but links to or requests for illegal, pirated streams are not allowed. As a general rule of thumb, if you're unaware of the validity of a stream, it's probably illegal.
Consequences for Violating Broad Street Hockey's Community Guidelines
Complaints about possible violations of the Community Guidelines should be directed to the editors for review and consideration. Our email address is prominently posted on the left sidebar. We also use the flagging function embedded in our commenting system to determine possible violations.
Additionally, feel free to contact us at any time for any reason.
Broad Street Hockey will aim to balance a high tolerance for the importance of free speech and low tolerance for minor or petty complaints, with enforcement of the stated guidelines on behalf of the entire BSH community. Here is the general procedure; there may be exceptions to this, at the sole discretion of our editors and moderators:
- If you think a violation has occurred, either contact us, flag the post, or mention it in the thread. We will then contact the offending user privately, either by email or by issuing a formal warning on the site. No other action will be taken.
- If a second violation is made by the same user, we reserve the right to take more serious action, up to and including a temporary ban (i.e., asking you to stay away for a few days).
- A third violation through this process means some sort of action will definitely be taken. That might be as simple as another temporary ban -- or, it might result in you being permanently banned from BSH.
If it seems clear that your primary motive is disrupting and/or upsetting specific individuals or the community as a whole, then, as noted above, BSH reserves the right to ban you before going through this process.
Finally, please don't take any of these guidelines to mean that we are "clamping the hammer down" or any such thing. As noted above, BSH is intended to be a place for freewheeling exchange of ideas about the Flyers and hockey. Almost anything goes, if you are respectful of others.
FanPosts and FanShots
The guidelines for posting a FanPost are:
- A FanPost must be at least 75 words long or it is considered to be unsubstantial and will not be accepted by the site.
- A FanPost must in some way belong on BSH -- in other words, it must relate to the Flyers or to hockey or to BSH or to an existing thread, etc.
- If you feel you must post something off topic, prelude your post title with "OT".
- It is not permitted to use FanPosts, FanShots, or comments for advertising. Anything posted in a FanPost, FanShot, or comments that contains commercial advertising is subject to deletion without notice.
- That said, advertising your own personal site in your signature is okay. In fact, if you have a related site, it is encouraged.
Tips on writing good posts:
Some of the qualities that the most popular FanPosts often have in common are:
- They expand upon the main idea with supporting examples, or statistical data, or a link to a relevant article, or a "thinking question" for others to consider, etc. -- something beyond just the main idea itself. Don’t just post a large quote from an article and say "What do you think?" Post your own opinion, too.
- They explore a topic, idea, or question that has not been explored recently, or at all, at BSH. Please check both the FanPost and FanShot recent post lists to see if your topic is already being discussed.
Keep in mind that if your post contains only one point or idea that is not developed, expanded on, or supported with arguments or data, it is really not a FanPost -- it is a comment that should be posted in an existing thread, or posted as a FanShot. For more information on how to construct your posts, please see this post containing some suggestions and ideas on FanPosts and FanShots.