||09-18-2008 08:55 AM
Please Read: Bruins - Canadiens Threads
A few of you have made it eminently clear that you have no ability to carry on civilized discussion. As a refresher for some of you:
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Do not plead the first amendment and cite your right to free speech. It does not apply to the private sector. This is a privately owned website. Dancing around the rules, purposely skirting them just to see us twitch will not help you out much, either....
...If a moderator gives you specific instructions in a warning, and you blatantly disregard it, you are subject to being banned.
You agreed to these rules when you signed up to participate on this forum. Since it has become increasingly obvious that some of you are not holding these rules in mind when posting, continued flaunting of this in the Bruins and Canadiens threads will put your participation on the NHL Forum and the site will be in jeopardy. Consider yourselves warned.
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