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Since people often wonder what is and isn't acceptable to post on this site, here are some guidelines. These do NOT mean there will be a big difference in the way the board is moderated but are actually "unwritten" rules that have been used in the past already. There is really nothing very new here and many are just common sense.
1) Post as if your family is in the other computer. For the most part, we're all Spartans here people. Most of us share a love of MSU. Please remember that and act accordingly.
2) If you are a visiting GUEST from another school, act like you're a guest. Please be respectful that you are a GUEST here. This is an MSU themed board. You should not be surprised if it has takes an MSU-biased opinion on most issues. Flaming will not be tolerated.
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If you're posting a rumor, you should at least have and post a legitimate news source to back it up such as sports radio, a newspaper, TV broadcast, etc. If it turns out that you made up the rumor, you could be banned. Rumors can be VERY damaging to MSU and its programs. Please be careful.
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What makes a repetitve post? Here is where the line will be drawn. If you come on here and consistently say the exact same thing about the exact same topic day in and day out, that is being repetitive. If you are a one-trick pony, your trick will wear out its welcome.
What about repetitive MSU bashing? The same applies here. If all you ever do is post after an MSU loss or post the same negative flames about MSU over and over just to incite people, you will be considered a flamer and treated appropriately.
10) If you repost a post that was deleted, that is grounds for banning.
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13) No recruit bashing. 99% of you have never seen most of our recruits play. It is not acceptable to attack a recruit simply based on their rankings. This site is visited by recruits and their families. These kids just became Spartans or are considering it, treat them like it. If you are unhappy with the overall recruiting class or trend, start a separate thread to discuss it. There is no reason to ruin what is possibly the happiest day of many of these kid's lives.
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