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Message Board Rules
The most important thing to keep in mind when posting on RSS is a reiteration of the Golden Rule: Those folks on the other side of the aisle are also Husker fans. That means they're part of your dysfunctional NU family and should be treated as such. They want what you want, but disagree with you on how best to move forward. So what?
HOL/RSS Board Rules explained:
IMPORTANT: Do not start a post asking why a thread was locked or deleted. It is difficult for moderators to do their jobs if they are subjected to public debates and moratoriums on the things that they decide. Please e-mail email@example.com if you have a question regarding anything that has taken place on the boards. Again, we also encourage you to email us when you see an objectionable thread or post, or have a concern with something that we may have moderated. Again, moderators do not read nearly every thread and we need your assistance in finding things that could be objectionable to you and other posters.PENALTIESINITIAL WARNING: If a post is deleted or edited based on content, you may receive a warning from HOL staff after such post is deleted. Whether you do or do not receive such a warning, you should be extremely careful with future posts. Your future posts will be closely monitored and any of these future posts which are deemed inappropriate, then more severe penalties may be leveled against you.BLACKLISTING: Blacklisting (banned from posting) may occur at any time with or without warning. You may be blacklisted, even if you have not had any previous violations, if it is determined that your conduct is so egregious that blacklisting is appropriate. We are instituting a "Three strikes and you are out" policy as it pertains to blacklisting. It is as follows:1st offense - 1 month suspension of posting privileges.2nd offense - 6 month suspension of posting privileges.3rd offense (3 strikes and you're out) - permanent suspension of posting privileges and also reading rights.*Please be mindful that this policy as with all other policies is subject to change on a case by case basis without prior notice.What do I do if I get blacklisted?First, you must recognize and admit there was a problem with something you posted. Then, if you want to get your handle cleared from the blacklist, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell Mike your side of the story. It might be as simple as: "the 12-ouncers won", "I had just failed a test and was not in the best mood", or, complex like: "my uncle was visiting from out of town and he used my computer to post those nasty messages". Either way, if you email Mike about the situation, you may be let back in if the staff feels you are genuine in your apology and will not make the same mistake again. If you do not want to contact Mike and instead choose to go underground and register for a new account, have at it, but our staff and moderators know who you are, and you will be monitored with increased scrutiny.WHY ARE POLITICAL & RELIGIOUS POSTS/THREADS NOT ALLOWED?When it is during the football off-season months, RSS will typically have more Off Topic posts. We have been asked to clarify what is allowed and not allowed as OT posts on RSS which we have spelled out below.What is not allowed:Any and all overt partisan political posts or polls are forbidden. If you desire to debate the relative merits or failings of the Bush or Obama administrations, or any other politician or party, do it elsewhere. If you have a political ax of any persuasion to grind, again, do it some place else, please.Also, all religious and theological debates are off limits. The one exception, due to long standing custom, is prayer requests for the board. The reason politics and religion are not allowed is due to past experiences of how these two topics quickly devolve into heated and repeated personal attacks. This policy will not change in the future.What is allowed:Posts and threads pertaining to current economic, financial and investing events and developments will be allowed as long as they remain topical and substantive. We understand these are difficult and challenging times for our members individually and our nation as a whole. It is only natural to want to discuss these issues, especially during the off-season.However, the very second the leeway we allow with these topics takes a partisan or nasty political turn, the offending replies or posts will be deleted. If they continue, the thread in question will be locked. And the member(s) going beyond the general guidelines and spirit of the board rules will be given a vacation from posting for a time determined by our monitors. The duration of the penalty will be contingent upon the frequency and severity of the infractions.All other OT posts of an informational or entertainment nature are allowed. We appreciate your cooperation and self restraint in these matters.A FINAL NOTE FROM THE STAFFWe have continued to try and provide an environment that fosters useful dialogue and allows Husker fans to be as informed as possible. As a result of dramatic membership increases and certain factions of rouge members, that goal has become virtually impossible to attain without severe and adverse effects on members, monitors, staff, and their families. When someone has their personal life compromised due to the actions of certain members, then the proverbial line has been crossed. Due to these circumstances, the HOL.com staff has determined it had no choice but to implement the strictest of policies regarding posting and penalties. It is our desire to serve you, the customer, in the best possible way, but paying a monthly fee does not allow you denigrate the site, staff, or its members as you see fit. If you have issue with these terms or find them to be unacceptable, then you may cancel your membership. If conduct yourself with the civility and decorum that is generally accepted in society today, then you will not have a problem on this site. We thank all of you for your continued business and contributions to Husker Online. It is our sincere hope that these policies will not only increase the value of the content and information you receive, but also help provide an enjoyable forum in which to obtain such content.PLEASE ENJOY!THE STAFF OF HUSKER ONLINE