Forum Rules, New Board FAQ (How do I?), and Moderator Contact Information

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  1. Rivals.com Staff

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    Welcome to the new Rivals.com message boards. We hope you enjoy your time here, and have a great time with our fun and ever growing community of posters. We ask that you follow our rules listed below and respect other posters:

    Forum Rules
    1. No profanity, racist or sexist comments. This includes using abbreviations or changing one letter of a swear word such that the word(s) are still interpreted by most as profane.
    2. No pornographic or obscene material of any kind. Any user posting pornographic pictures, or links to such material will be blacklisted. This includes materials within a signature file or avatar.
    3. No attacking other posters. If you feel the need to harass another poster, don't do it. What is considered attacking other posters?
      • Bringing up their name in posts that they did not start or were not involved in, just to get a reaction from them.
      • Consistently responding to their posts and responding with no merit other than to belittle them.
      • In short, making a poster a target.
    4. Do not post unsubstantiated rumors about players, coaches, etc. If you have a link to a news story, that is one thing. But if you have heard something 'from a friend of a friend,' this is not the website to post innuendo and rumor. Those posts will be removed.
    5. No repetitive negative posting. What makes a repetitive post? If you come to the forum and consistently say the exact same thing about the exact same topic day in and day out, that is being repetitive. Be sure to understand that no one is saying that you can not be critical. But this site will not be overrun by the same people coming on the site day after day saying the same negative things.
    6. No flaming: If a poster come onto the board with the intent only to flame, and continues to post nothing but flames or engages in no substantive discussion, the poster's posts will be deleted and the poster will be banned at the monitor's discretion.
    7. No attacks on players or coaches. Criticism is allowed, and encouraged if the shoe fits. But that does NOT mean you have free range to bash or alienate a player or coach with your comments. If you disagree with how they played or the effort they put forward, please voice your opinion and state why you hold that opinion. If it's something you would not say to their faces, then don't post it.
    8. No attacking recruits: Just because a player may choose another school does not give you the right to blast them, in any circumstance. There will be zero tolerance on this issue.
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    12. No fishing. Do not attempt to trick fellow posters into posting their email address by promising the inside scoop on a situation. These poor attempts at humor are very disruptive to the board.
    13. No dominating the conversation. Do not dominate the conversation, whether it is a single thread, or the overall conversation on the board for the day. A successful message board community involves give and take. If one poster contributes too much, to the point of disrupting the community, he or she may be banned.
    14. Terms of service. By subscribing, registering or using the sites, you agree that Rivals and or the publisher(s) and board moderators of the sites have the right, in addition to other rights, to delete your posts or blacklist you or any other user at any time, if they believe that action is in the best interest of the sites, for whatever reason, and the reason need not be disclosed. For more information, you can read the Terms of Service for subscribers HERE.
    15. Reporting. Any time you feel a rule is being broken by a fellow poster or you feel someone has crossed the line. You are welcome to use the 'Report' Button. you will find it below every post. When you press this, it will ask you why you are reporting the post. And when you submit it, it will be available for all board moderators to view, and execute a response to. We do ask that you do not 'abuse' the Report function. The reporting system is not to offer commentary on posts. If you report posts for arbitrary reasons, or to simply offer commentary, you will be subject to a ban. Please do not use the report button to just contact a moderator. You can email a specific Moderator at the following:
    Board Moderators and their Direct Email Addresses: Updated: 12/9/18.

    Autzen_Rocks - rivals.mod@gmail.com
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    The golden rule is a good one to follow: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

    To the vast majority of fans who read this site and already function within this rule set, thank you very much for your adult candor and responsible posting.

    So that you can get up and running quickly, we have provided a list of Help links that will show you how to use the new boards and make changes to your preferences.

    Simply click HERE for the Help Section and you’ll find a list of "How To" topics (titles starting with the word HELP in each one.)

    If you have a question that you don’t see an answer for, please email subscriptions@rivals.com and one of the Rivals.com team members will get back to you quickly to resolve any problems.
     
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    Here's some of the new features...

    • Better media embedding so you can share pictures, videos, tweets, vines, Instagram, Youtube videos, etc.
    • Private messaging for both users and the staff to contact you when you've been bad. This is a premium only option.
    • Mobile experience is nearly identical to the desktop version so links and media will be much easier to share and you can use other features like "ignore" and private messaging.
    • User profiles are easy to create and view.
    • Email notifications when people respond to your posts or when there are new posts to any thread you choose to "watch".
    • Copying and pasting most web pages will now appear correctly in your messages.
    • Polls can be posted on the top or sides of the board.
    • Archives of past messages could go back years.
    • Ability to share posts or threads via social media.
    • A "like" feature so you people can let you know what they think of your posts without the former star rankings, which people abused.
    • You can use the @ symbol before a person's username and they will receive an alert that you're trying to talk with them.
    • Preview posts before posting them live.
    • "Warn" button so you can alert mods to abusive posts or simply to cause problems for people that have different views from your own.
    • When you reply to a message it will automatically quote the text from the message your responding to. This will help eliminate the problem of people struggling to follow a conversation.
    • Multi-quotes so you can respond to multiple messages at once.
    • Spoiler option so you can hide certain texts if you don't want to give away the final score of a game or ending to show or movie.
    • More smilies and emjois.
    • You can exit the board before submitting a new post and when you return you can continue the message where you left off.
    • You can search individual threads, the current forum you're using or all forums on the site. You can also search for users, search by date and more.
    • When you open a thread that you've previously read it will auto-scroll to the new messages you haven't seen.
    • Better avatars and you will see them on the front page of the forum for who started the thread and if you responded it will also show you your pic so you can easily pick out your threads.
    • You earn points for likes, quality posts, etc.
    • You can drag pictures from anywhere on the Internet and drop them into your posts. You can also copy and paste images from the internet.
    • Use permalink (small icon on each message at the bottom right hand side) to link directly to a post on a thread. By clicking the icon you can also choose to share the direct link to one of your social media accounts.
    • To Edit a thread title, click on the thread and above the first post there is a small black wrench with a drop down arrow to it's right. Click on this, the first option is 'Edit Thread'. This will allow you to change the thread title.
     
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  3. Texas_Longhorns_FI6HT

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    I counted only 12...

    I like how we can highlight text and quote what is highlighted. Nice.
     
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    Gee, thanks Vern.
     
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  5. Vernon

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    Each site can add as many as they like. As soon as things are in the clear here we'll be able to add more features.
     
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    Is it possible to increase the number of posts on a page per thread? For instance the old board had it set to 50 and this new one is set to like 15. I couldn't find it in my preferences.
     
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  8. Vernon

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    There is but that would be up to Rivals to change for each board. They may not want to do so because of the excess load it would put on the servers...although I can't imagine that it would be a lot.
     
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    Im liking the new boards---know what I mean Vern?
     
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  10. Vernon

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    Haven't heard that one in a while!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Don't know about everyone else but I paid the extra bucks & now 50 threads are showing up on page one for me. Worth every penny.
     
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    Make sure they give you your Platinum badge.
     
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    We don't need no stinking badges. SmokinSmile
     
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    I like the improvements.
     
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    Since when do you think we care what you think?

    I want my winkie smiley back. :cool:
     
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    Please be kind to me. I'm a delicate flower.:p
     
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    Here you go, dear. I have you your first "like". Hope it was good for you. :rolleyes:


    HEY...still no winkie smiley!
     
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    I see we are easing back to normalcy :)
     
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    Just out of morbid curiosity, Vern, are we going to end up with those sad "save a pet" pictures on the side again? Or will advertising be limited to the bottom & top. I don't think I can go another year looking at those pix.
     
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
     
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    "You have insufficient priviledges to post here"

    Gee, do you know how insecure that made me feel?

    Couldn't you just say the thread is locked w/o hurting our feelings? Now I need a hug. :(
     
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    Just wanted to see what showed up when I posted
     
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    Much more responsive and better feature set than before. Will you guys be adding any more text fonts with the smiley's, and perhaps bring back animated avatars?
     
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    Exactly what the doctored ordered. Once people get used to it the will enjoy the experience much more.

    Past due..........
     
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    Is the "drag and drop a picture" function working for anybody? I was able to use it for the avatar, but it doesn't appear to be available when you try to insert a pic in a thread...
     
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    Works perfectly for me. What happens when you try it?

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    After clicking on the little "photo" icon, I only get the "insert URL" option. On the Avatar page, it gave a drag/drop option.
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    Either one gets the same result. I only get the "URL" option when trying to add a pic to a thread.

    Does "drag and drop" really just mean "drag a copied URL and drop it in the window"? If so, that's some sales-pitch jargon, IMO.
     
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    You don't need to open the image box when you're dragging or copying a pictures. You just drag the picture right into the text box that you type your message into.
     
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    Well, that would explain it. Thx
     
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    Vernon any chance you guys can make a funny icon indicating when someone has been banned for entertainment purposes?
     
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    @Bamagrad75 I've seen a few people mention that slow down but I haven't noticed it personally. It definitely sounds like something that would happen due to the graphics and videos everyone using. Also I haven't seen the issues with the 1000 limit but you don't really need their pic in your reply so just click on it and remove it when necessary. I'll check with the Rivals techs and see if there is a need and ability to limit those large pics.
     
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    You know actually I think the system has something like that. It does allow us to indicate that someone got the ban hammer. I don't think we would do it but yes it would be hilarious.
     
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    No problem, glad to help. There's a little bit of a learning curve but once you guys get it all down I think you'll love the new boards. I've had a great time testing them over the last few months.
     
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    What about a feature to display more threads/posts than what it shows now without having to change text size in windows?
     
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    You mean the number you can see on the screen at any given time or the number of threads/posts on each page? I assume you mean what you can see on the screen and I don't think you'll see that change...but again I'm just a site(s) owner and I can't speak for Rivals. The idea is to give the user a lot more info on each thread and post and to do away with that would eliminate much of the reason for having this software produced.

    But Rivals is definitely interested in the feedback.
     
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    Thanks for responding Vernon. I really like the new changes and the site. Not trying to nit pick but maybe page layouts where different backdrops can be used will be a thing of the future. But this is a very clean and tidy look too. Well done guys.
     
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