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Neither the Administrators of these forums, or the Moderators participating, are responsible for the privacy practices of any user. Remember that all information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to share any of your personal information. Any user who finds material posted by another user objectionable can use the REPORT function on the post to notify the forum administrators. You can also send a Private Message (PM) to any one of the Global Moderators to report questionable content.

By participating on these message boards, we are authorized by you to remove or modify any data submitted by you to these forums for any reason we feel constitutes a violation of our policies, whether stated, implied or not.

You are fully responsible for any information or file supplied by this user. You also agree that you will not post any copyrighted material that is not owned by yourself or the owners of these forums.

Copyrighted material includes, but is not specifically limited to, full texts of online articles, copyrighted video, etc.

In your use of these forums, you agree that you will not post any information which is considered soliciting, advertising, vulgar, racist, harassing, hateful, threatening (this includes personal attacks), abusive, invading of others privacy, sexually oriented, or violates any laws.

User Submitted Reporting

As stated above, if there is a problem topic, report it. It will then be decided upon by the forum administrators if the post warrants removal or a warning.


Topic/Post Removal

Posts, as stated above, that violate posting rules are grounds for removal. If a post does violate one of the aforementioned policies, a "warning" will be issue. Flooding the board with spam-like comments are grounds for immediate removal as are extreme instances of the prohibited scenarios listed above (ex: racist comments). Crudeness is also grounds for removal without written explanation. Topics that move away from the original intent and venture into political or non-wrestling discussions may be locked. Discussions that develop into personal attacks will be locked and/or removed. 

Warning/Action Level

First Warning: Post is removed, Warning listed.

Second Warning: Post is removed and user is unable to post for one week.

Third Warning: Post is removed and user is banned.

Users may request re-instatement after a certain time period to be determined by forum administrators.

NOTE: warnings do expire over time, so three accumulated warnings within a period of time (determined universally, not user-specific) will warrant the above actions listed.

You can check your number of warnings in your profile. One warning in January should not affect another warning in December, but remember, this forum is only as good as those who want to participate in it for the right reasons.

Locked Threads

When threads are controversial in nature, but don't violate any rules, they may eventually be locked as to prevent removal of the thread due to infantile/immature/tactless comments.


It is recommended/suggested that users post with tact. TheMat.com message boards are a highly useful tool for the wrestling community and the actions of few can reflect on our community as a whole. Parents, athletes and coaches read the boards. If you wouldn't want your parents or kids reading what you post, think before hitting the submit button.

We want an educated, topical set of message boards that serve both the wrestling community and the users who represent it. Please act responsibly.

Forum Rules Addendums

Legal Matters: Legal issues surrounding athletes either in college or high school will be removed. These include any type of matter that involves arrests or pending charges. This does not include eligibility, however, pointing out legal matters as a means to tear down others will not be tolerated. (Dec. '10)

Gambling: Friendly wagers that don't involve money (such as "sig bets" or "avatar bets") are acceptable. If you wish to wager on wrestling, find a suitable and legal means to do it, this forum isn't one of them. (Dec. '10)

Lewd Content: Posting any content that's deemed "adult" or "X-rated" will result in the account's immediate removal. (Dec. '10)

Secondary Accounts Part 1

Creating a new account to skirt a ban from another user account might get you a few free weeks of posting under that new name, but when it is discovered, not only will you be banned again, your IP addresses will be punched out as well. If you're in the "lifetime ban" category, you can always e-mail USA Wrestling a request to reinstate your access. If you try to skirt your removal (Which was YOUR own fault anyway), you'll end up being eliminated further (Feb. 11).

Secondary Accounts Part 2

If you have two accounts (or more), pick one and use it. Abuse of the back and forth between two usernames for the idea of rabble rousing and trolling could result in BOTH (or all) of your names being removed. Don't argue with yourself. (Feb. 11).

Political Debates

No use for them, don't start them, don't reply to them, don't engage in them. Only Title IX is really open game, but the moment this gets into Dems vs. GOP, etc., the thread is gone. Politics and their venomous discussions have zero place on a wrestling message board. Speak your political views somewhere else, preferably on a political message board. Topics related to current events, if tied to wrestling, will be allowed until the point they venture off course and get into political and personal attacks. These topics have been tried time and time again, only to ultimately move into the gutter. We're not censoring free speech, we're preventing the incessant pollution of threads by people who cannot follow these rules.

If you don't like these posting rules, you are free to not use the forum. 

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