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Message Board Rules

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. When a post is removed, users will receive a notification as to why, unless it contains any of the actions listed above. 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.

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.

Decorum
It is recommended/suggested that users post with tact. The Wrestling Nation 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)

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.


Things that will get you banned
Several notes in case you're wondering what might get you banned/kicked from the board without the normal three strikes policy: These are reasons several people have been tossed since the new boards went live on February 1. People are wanting transparency, so here's the forum transparency.

1. Trash talking high school kids and lower. If you're an adult, and you're taking pot shots at high school kids on a national message board, you really don't need to be posting.

2. Abusing the reporting system. If you find a post as a possible violation of rules, hit the report button. However, if you hit the report button 21 times on 21 different posts because you can't follow the forum rules and use the forum for retaliatory purposes, against another poster or the site itself, you're gonna have a short-lived tenure on the boards. If you try to make our lives miserable and take time away from our jobs by being a child on the boards, there's a quick way we solve that problem.

3. Consistent foul language. Sure, you might speak like that every day, but I don't speak like that every day on a board visited by kids and their parents. People have been given the normal three-strikes policy on this.

4. Advertising/posting inappropriate material (standard to what could be considered inappropriate, very liberal honestly) on the boards. Creating an account solely to do this.

5. Creating accounts solely to trash talk our athletes. If you come on here with the sole intention of posting negative material, it'll only be a matter of time before you're gone. Constructive criticism is absolutely fine, but when 8 out of 10 of your first posts use the word "suck," really, what was your motive for even signing up? Flame baiting with a new account is a sure way to have a short tenure on the boards.

6. Promoting an event is fine on the tournament information board. Promoting that event and using USA Wrestling (this is the USAW board) as a target for allegations, attacks and libelous claims with the same post/thread will get looked at. Groundless accusations to trash the organization on the organization's message board, not gonna happen. Again, constructive criticism, absolutely fine. Flame-baiting and nameless, faceless unfounded accusations and brazenly false lies are posted about this organization ON this organization's message board won't be allowed.

7. When responding to a warning and telling the moderator to "Go BLANK yourself." You don't get a second warning there. You can think it all you want, but when you say it and click send, that's a different story.