IMP UPDATE ||| Sports/Cricket Rules and Guidelines|||

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Posted: 6 years ago

Hi, Everyone

Given that this forum is usually quiet much of the time, but erupts during major sports tournaments, we have decided to put together a set of rules that ought to be followed.  All of this is in addition to the IF Code of Conduct and IF rules concerning  any forum.

National & Racial sensibilities:  Unlike in the rest of the forum, since a lot of these events are based on international or inter-regional contests, there is a much higher potential for people to wear their national or regional pride on their sleeves.  Which is fine, but it is even more important to draw the line b/w that, vs sledging people on the basis of their nationalities or race.  In the case of the latter, we do have plenty of White, Black, Colored and Asian sportspeople, and it's very important not to let any race based prejudices get the better of one.

In the case of national loyalties, we plan to allow Fan Clubs, similar to the lines in the rest of the forum of ATs and FCs, of different countries and/or teams.  This will allow members to celebrate the achievements of those teams, but will have the usual restriction on not allowing bashing of other teams or opponents.

Note that fan clubs will only be allowed for nations and teams.  For starters, we'll do that only for cricketing nations and IPL teams, and can consider other teams for other sports later.  However, Fan Clubs or ATs will not be allowed for individual sportsmen, such as Dhoni, Kohli, Messi, Federer, et al

Slander of sportspeople: We understand that you are not going to be a fan of all sportspeople but that does not allow anyone to resort to name calling .We do not want anyone riling up fans of particular sportspeople and hence making the section a warzone.  Don't mock fans as it's not a crime to love a sportsperson and do not be sarcastic and pass it off as humor.  

Having said that, it's legitimate to criticize sportspeople for both on the field and off the field activities.  However, recognize the differences b/w a constructive debate on any subject, vs dragging it on w/ weighing in just one's opinions

Criticism :  We repeat this time and again that we allow Criticism . You are free to show displeasure, contradict, disagree and criticize sportspeople and officials. However there is a fine line between these actions and bashing. Direct hurls or targeting people/show with the intention to humiliate and disgrace is what is not allowed. 

Attacks against Fellow Member(s):  Any thread/ post that targets fellow members/ groups of members will be trashed without further question and the respective members who are involved in such activity will be subjected to immediate raise in warning level. Everyone is entitled to their opinion as long as it is done in a constructive manner but that by no means grants anyone the permission to attack others for sharing a different view.  Any member who is seen to hurl curses / ridicules / threatens / wishing unfortunate events for other members or their family members will be dealt with severity!  Any offensive personal remarks concerning a fellow member will lead to an immediate raise in their warning level. If members continue to break rules despite repeated warnings then they will face a temporary or permanent ban, which will be dependent on the severity of the incident.  

Explicit Content:  India Forums is a family friendly forum and we do not allow any explicit content and abusive / offensive slang. Discussions can be had in a civil manner without stooping down to cheap levels and cuss words. Any post found to be abusive / vulgur will simply be deleted. Members using crass and vulgarity in their topics will be warned or banned as per the situation. 

Moral Policing:  Moral policing by members in any forum will NOT be tolerated. It only leads to unnecessary instigation/arguments.  The section Dev Team Members will do the needful when a situation arises.  Members are to simply abide by the rules and not preach others. If you should come across an abusive topic please contact the development team, rather than taking matters in your own hands. You can contact the Development team by either reporting the post in question and filling out what the issue is, or by sending a PM with a link to the thread containing a few sentences of what the issue.  When reporting the issues make sure you use the hierarchy. Viewbies are to be contacted first and then then up the ladder to Global Moderator and the Admin.

Spamming to Increase Posts: Lately, we have come across way too many game threads that simply promote spamming with an intention of raising member's number of posts.  All such threads will be trashed without notice. There is a specific forum dedicated to games:  Forum Games.  Similarly posting one liner comments in multiple posts to spam & increase the posts or posting just TFS or just emoticons are not allowed.

Multiple IDs: MIDs are strictly prohibited and anyone who engages in making MIDs will receive a raise in warning level, even if no posts were made ever with the MID. 

Personal and Morphed Pictures: Posting morphed pictures of any sportsman or member is not allowed on and will NOT BE TOLERATED. If members are seen to leak private/ personal details/ photos of fellow members they may face an immediate ban, as everyone's privacy is to be respected! 

Reporting an Issue: Please do not report the same post more than once. Member reporting the same post multiple times will receive PM warning and if it continues there will be raise in Warning Level too. This rule certainly does not intend to discourage the members from reporting but often same post is reported multiple times from the same member. Please do understand that DT needs at least 24 hrs to work on the reported post and simply pressing the report button multiple times will only delay the process. Some  situations demand the time and consultation of people and hence take time to get back.

Social Media Fights : Please do not bring in fights that happen outside India-forums into INDIA-FORUMS. There is nothing we can do with those issues and its best to report those issues through the external website's reporting mechanism.

Signature wars: Ideally, your signature is something personal which you have the full freedom to have as you like.  However, please avoid the temptation to make signatures mocking another team/nation/players.  If we see that, we'll be at liberty to take it down, and raise your warning level

Discussing the Dev Team: We realize that it's because you are not sure how things are handled or upset at the way things are handled. You may disagree with the way the issue was taken care and that's fair. However we want you to not create such topics that question or criticize the DT in the forum.  The feeling arises that we want to keep things under cover. However that is not the case. We do want to hear your complaint but we also want to be fair to the people in question. All sides need to be heard objectively and bringing this in the forum just adds more fuel to the fire. By the time the whole story is heard in the forum the atmosphere becomes ugly and negative and we want to avoid that. If you have a complaint PM the DT person and if you are not satisfied follow the hierarchy and PM the next in command. When you are contacting us with your concern be civil and explain your point in detail so we completely understand your standpoint. 

Warning Levels (WL) and User Restrictions:

Any member who are found to be in violation of our Forum Rules and Code Of Conduct may be given a Warning Level increase as accessed by the Dev Team. Please note with each Warning Levels increase it will also restrict/limit the access to the forum features as given below:

  • 20% - First warning, so members are given a chance, without any other restrictions
  • 40% - Only 15 posts (replies in topics) can be made in a day
  • 60% - No new topics can be created in addition to restrictions of 40% warning level
  • 80% - Restricted PM access whereby PMs can ONLY be sent to Dev Team to resolve issues, in addition to restrictions of 60% warning level
  • 100% - Automatically bans the member

Warning levels can only be reduced after 3 months if the member has been active with no new warning increase and has not violated any of our forum rules. Its not an automated feature and requires the member to send a request PM to lower the Warning Level to the Dev Team member who raised their warning level and in the event the PM goes unanswered for more then a week please contact the Global Moderator.


When posting please remember to respect and tolerate different thoughts and do not turn any post against your opinion into a unnecessary flame-wars. Try to be composed and collective when posting as this will stop feeding the instigators.There is going to be a Zero tolerance policy for those who just come to the forum to disrupt the activities and discussions . We don't enjoy raising warning levels or giving out bans but we do want this place to be fun for all

Try to remember this simple mantra to make your time at India-Forums enjoyable


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Edited by .Vrish. - 6 years ago
Posted: 6 years ago
Okay, following the controversy in the India vs Bangladesh match, there has been a plethora of comments in this forum, much reflecting the trends elsewhere in social media.  And in the midst of all that, the top 3 rules listed above have been all but forgotten.

Regardless of where one stands on the results of that match, it's no justification to indulge in mud-slinging at each other's countries.  Yet, that's precisely what's happened over the last few days.  Recognize that people from different countries are gonna support their home teams, and mocking them is not the appropriate response.  And to make things worse, things have even gone personal b/w posters.

From this point on, no more discussions about that match - that's done & dusted!  Focus on the remaining matches in question.   Also, we've left past threads  open following your requests, but from now on, after a match is over and a thread is unglued, it'll be locked as well.  For the finals, a separate celebratory thread  will be made where one  can congratulate the eventual winners.

Some other more minor points - a lot of you still indulge in excessive nesting.  For people viewing over mobile connections, it slows down pages.  Also, a new chat club ||| Sports/Cricket Chat Club||| has been opened, so please DO NOT chat in mainstream threads, like match threads & so on.

If any of you have any concerns regarding this, feel free to PM me: I'll be happy to address them.


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Edited by .Vrish. - 6 years ago

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