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HFNYR Rules - PLEASE READ (Latest update: November 30th)

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to the HFBoards home of the New York Rangers!

The Rangers have great fans, and we believe HFNYR is the best place in the world to share information, passion, and laughs about the team that unites us.

The HFNYR moderator team wanted to take this opportunity as we head into the season to remind you about the rules of the site and of our board in particular. Please don’t hesitate to contact any one of us by private message if you have any questions or concerns about rules, policy, or moderator actions.

Our mantra as members of this community is that we should treat others the way we ourselves would wish to be treated. This applies to all posters and readers of our board. All rules that apply elsewhere on the site also apply in their entirety to HFNYR. The HFBoards site rules can be found at the bottom of this post and at the bottom of every page on the site. Please be sure you understand and embrace the rules as they are what makes HFBoards attractive to new and veteran posters alike. We will not accept any claims of unfamiliarity with the site rules.

There are some points in the main site rules that are frequent occurrences on HFNYR, and we’d like to highlight them here to ensure there’s no confusion going forward. (Please be aware that this list is not exhaustive; all site rules are always still in force.)

FLAMING - We believe this rule is largely self-explanatory, but emotions can get the best of anyone.
  • Please resist the urge to make your posts personal in any way. This includes blanket statements to the tune of “anyone who agrees with (idea X) is an idiot.”
  • Sarcastic or passive-aggressive remarks toward or about other posters constitute flaming.
  • Remarks about or attacks on a poster based on age or on whether he or she has played hockey before will usually be considered flaming.
  • Even something you think is a joke or a remark between friends may be misunderstood. Our recommendation is to take a few extra seconds to decide if your post may be considered flaming before clicking submit.
  • Please report any post or thread you believe to constitute flaming, but do not reply.

TROLLING - Posts, threads, or content improperly copied or referenced from other areas of the site with the sole purpose of creating a dispute, demeaning other fans, or getting a rise out of our users will not be tolerated. Zinging people, stirring **** up, and “coming in peace” (but not really) are NOT allowed.
  • This rule applies to Rangers fans as much as it applies to fans of other teams.
  • As a special feature of our board, the term “Rags” or any variation to describe the Rangers will not be accepted.
  • You are allowed to view and post on other teams’ boards provided you are not there to cause trouble. Do NOT expect any support from us if you go to another team’s forum, start trouble, and receive a warning, infraction, thread ban, or more.
  • By extension, visitors who cheer for other teams are always welcome at HFNYR with the understanding that they will also obey the rules while they are here.
  • It is very important to note that a visiting fan’s mere presence on the board does not constitute trolling.
  • If you only come to the site to post negative messages, you are trolling, even if you are a Rangers fan. Please find more varied and more positive ways to contribute to the discussion.
  • Please report any post or thread you believe to constitute trolling, but do not reply.

SPAMMING - A reasonable amount of wiggle room will be afforded to users who post in pre-game, game-day, and post-game threads as game events occur in real time, but elsewhere on the board, please avoid posts that do not add to the discussion.
  • This includes posts with just smileys in them, just an image in them, one-word agreement posts, scroll bombs, and thread bumps.
  • Users are permitted to reply to partial or highlighted quotes, but please do not alter or edit quotes by other posters to change their original meaning. These are known as “fixed” or “FTFY” posts.
  • Moderators will not allow particularly controversial topics, such as goaltending and advanced statistics, to throw off the discussion in more general threads (Pre-game talk, GDTs, PGTs, etc.). Please make sure those topics remain in their specifically designated threads.
  • Creating redundant threads is also considered spamming. Please make an effort to find a related topic listed on the first few pages of the board before creating a new thread. Do NOT start a new thread just because you think something deserves its own thread. Only moderators may determine when topics should be separated into different threads.
  • Topics must be a jumping off point for a discussion and not a random thought or rant.
  • Advertising or solicitation of any kind is prohibited without prior administrative approval.
  • Moderators reserve the right to manage threads and posts as deemed appropriate without notice or explanation.
  • Please make every effort to title new threads as clearly and succinctly as possible to help us stop the flow of duplicate posts and threads.

OFFENSIVE CONTENT - This rule is also self-explanatory. Our users come from all walks of life and from all around the world. What may not be offensive to one user may be quite offensive to another.
  • Of note with the offensive content rule is the requirement that users not circumvent the profanity filter. Just type the bad word you intend to type, and permit the filter to work as intended. Claims that circumventions of the profanity filter are just typos will not be accepted because users have the ability to edit posts after submitting.
  • Although a word may not be filtered, that doesn’t mean you can use it without proper consideration.
  • Please advise a moderator if you believe a word should be added to or removed from the filter.
  • Referring to something or someone as “gay” or “********” is considered offensive and is not permitted. Please also don’t use any form of the expression “going full (x)” as we feel this is just as bad as calling someone “********” or using the original phrase “going full ******.”
  • Wishing death or injury on anyone, including public figures, is offensive and is subject to increasing levels of moderator action up to and including a permanent ban from the site in extreme cases.
  • HF's vCash is the only gambling content that can be discussed on the site.
  • All photos and videos you post must also be free of offensive content of any kind.

STREAMS OF GAME CONTENT - Links to illegal streams may not be posted. The forums may not be used to solicit links to streams.

MODERATOR ABUSE AND PLAYING THE ROLE OF MODERATOR - The HFNYR moderator team is made up of volunteers whose mission is to make this an inclusive, informative, and user-friendly place to talk about hockey and the Rangers with your fellow fans. A large part of this objective involves enforcing site and forum-specific rules and removing users who are unwilling or unable to comply with the guidelines agreed to by everyone. With that said…
  • You are not a moderator, so don’t act like one in your posts.
  • If you believe a thread or post violates the site rules, your first and only action should be to click the report button and provide a detailed explanation of why you believe the item you’re reporting is inappropriate. Reporting a post may result in actions on the board by moderators from other areas of the site. All decisions made by global moderators, moderator supervisors, or site administrators are to be respected in the same fashion as if they had been made by HFNYR moderators.
  • Editorial commentary on the value of threads or posts constitutes spam and will be removed.
  • If you don’t like a thread or post but it does not otherwise violate the rules, your best course of action is simply not to reply to it. You have the ability to ignore threads and posters, but discussing ignore functions in public posts is not permitted.
  • If you disagree with any action taken by a moderator, please let us know POLITELY in a private message or by email only. Referencing moderator action in a public post is considered moderator abuse.
  • Attacking or flaming a moderator in private messages or email is subject to citations for moderator abuse. Please be respectful and considerate. Profanity and abusive conduct of any kind toward moderators is not tolerated.
  • If your thread or post was moved, closed, edited, or removed, there was a good reason for it, and moderators are not required to provide a public explanation. Do not re-post the content that was moderated.

FORUM-SPECIFIC RULES - The following rules are specific to HFNYR and should be respected by fans of all teams that visit our board.

GAME THREADS - Each Rangers game may feature threads labelled “Pre-Game Talk,” “GDT” (Game-Day Thread), and “Post Game Talk.”
  • Only one of each type of thread will be required per game.
  • Pre-game talk threads may be started by any user, but they will be closed once the GDT is posted.
  • GDTs are normally started by Loffen. If he is unavailable to provide the GDT, another user may start it or the Pre-Game Talk thread may be converted to a GDT.
  • At the conclusion of a game, the GDT will be closed and discussion will move into the post game talk thread.
  • Post game talk threads can be started by anyone but have in the past been started by a moderator. If they are unavailable to provide the post game talk thread, another user may open one. The thread that is opened first is the one that will be used, but please don’t open post game talk threads before the conclusion of the game itself.
  • Post game poll options must clearly indicate players only. Joke polls and polls appearing after losses will be removed at moderators’ discretion.

STICKIES - Several of our most important threads are “stuck” to the top of the thread listing for more prominence on the first page of the board. We may not exceed nine stickied threads at any one time. If you would like a thread stuck or unstuck from this section, please send a private message to a member of the moderator team.

THREAD PREFIXES - Please make sure you use the appropriate thread prefix when starting a new thread. This helps us to keep the board organized and makes it easier to find older threads. Clicking on a thread’s prefix will display all threads with that prefix. If you would like a prefix added to or removed from the list, please contact the moderator team.

NICKNAMES - Since this is a board specifically intended for the use and enjoyment of fans of the New York Rangers, some reasonable editorial license will be granted for the use of nicknames for Rangers players/coaches or members of the opposition that might otherwise be considered mildly disparaging.
  • At no time can these nicknames become offensive or circumvent the profanity filter, and the moderator team reserves the right to prohibit the use of any nickname if it becomes too much of a problem.
  • Posts or poll options that do nothing other than call a player/coach by a disparaging nickname are considered spam and should be avoided.
  • The only nickname that won’t be accepted under any circumstances is “Rags” or any variations.

A WORD ABOUT “RAGS” - This nickname for the Rangers can be considered derogatory and/or sexist, and it is prohibited on our board at all times. However, many users consider it an acceptable abbreviation for "Rangers" in much the same way "Pens," "Caps," or "Sens" might be used. Please only report occurrences of “Rags” from other boards if you consider them to be trolling or flaming. Simply using the word on any board other than this one is not necessarily grounds for moderator action.

BUYING AND SELLING TICKETS - We give users the opportunity to buy tickets from and sell tickets to other HF Rangers fans in a sticky thread at the top of our first page. We think it's a great way to meet people, and it's always nice when we fill Madison Square Garden with those we know will really appreciate attending a game! Please keep the following guidelines in mind when posting individual game tickets for sale:
  • Be sure to list the section, row, and seat numbers of the tickets you're selling. You may also wish to include other information like "more leg room!" or "Rangers shoot twice!"
  • List your asking price and any shipping costs or seller fees if applicable. Site administration has recently reminded us that selling tickets for more than face value is not permitted by law in many jurisdictions, so it cannot be allowed here. However, you can always sell below face if you so desire or list tickets at face value and include reasonable charges (such as PayPal fees) that would otherwise come out of your pocket. You MUST list a price. Posts with no prices or that say "PM me for prices" will be deleted and violators subject to moderator action.
  • Making the sale of tickets or making the price of tickets contingent on the purchase of pre-season tickets or other items is strictly prohibited.
  • Remember to mark your post as SOLD once the tickets are sold.
  • Please don't over-post your tickets; we want to give everyone a chance to post tickets if they have them.
  • Anyone posting games for sale at face value or lower and then raising the prices to market value when prospective purchasers make contact via PM will be banned from the ticket resale thread.

FORMER PLAYERS/COACHES - Please do not devote space in our player discussion thread or in standalone threads to players/coaches who are still in the NHL but no longer with the Rangers. These discussions should take place exclusively in the “Around the NHL” thread.

OFF-TOPIC POSTING - We have a number of recurring and important topics for you to be aware of on our board (see Stickies section above), and one of these is the off-topic (OT) thread, which is a place for users to engage in friendly non-hockey conversation that is still within the site rules.
  • Everyone is welcome to post in the OT thread.
  • All posts in the OT thread, as everywhere else on the site, must be in English. You don’t have to worry too much about less than perfect typing, but posts that are entirely gibberish will be edited or deleted as spam. We have to be able to tell what your post is saying.
  • If the moderator team determines that too much off-topic conversation is creeping into other areas of the board, we will close the OT thread and consider reopening it at a later date.
  • HFBoards is primarily a place to talk about hockey, and too much other chatter can distract from our primary content.

THREAD LENGTH - Threads should not exceed 1000 posts in order to permit the site to run smoothly. Moderators will make every attempt to create new threads when the 1000-post threshold is reached, but if you notice a thread has gone beyond this mark, please report it to us.

SUGGESTIONS - The HFNYR moderator team is always open to feedback from any member of our community about how to make the experience on our board better. If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or concerns, please let any one of us know in a private message.

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Do not post from non-legitimate sources. Do not post information from sources you claim to have unless you go through our vetting process.

If you have questions about becoming vetted PM a mod and they will be happy to help you.

Anyone breaking these rules will be infracted and/or banned from the thread.

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The OT thread was created for members here to get to know one another and socialize outside of the topic of hockey. Talk about whatever you like, but keep it within the rules of this forum.

It is not a place to be spamming, posting cracks against other members, or generally talking in languages that everyone may not understand. Anyone who violates these rules will be subject to infractions and/or threadbans from now on.

We want everyone to have fun and get along, but if the OT thread is going to turn into a place where not everyone wants to go, or be use as an outlet to post content that is against the rules, you are gravely mistaken and the thread will be eliminated altogether.

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VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE:

We've just been notified that links to illegal streams may not be posted. The forums may not be used to solicit links to streams. We will transition to issuing warnings and infractions next week. Please send any feedback about this change to complaints@hfboards.com.

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Please be sure to direct all questions about mod actions or policies to us via private message or email only.

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REMINDER: Stop posting "I heard from a guy" information without actual backup.

13) Libel: Any posts libeling players, prospects, or hockey personnel. It's not acceptable to post that you heard Player X has a drinking/drug/sex/personal problem from a "good" source. Do not post information that can be considered defamatory without a link to a credible media source. Other forums, personal websites, hearsay, and personal testimonials are not considered credible.

14) Claiming to be a public figure: If you are one and wish to post as such, please contact an administrator for verification.

15) Outlandish claims of inside information: This is subjective and will be at the discretion of administrators, after consulting with other posters, moderators, and relevant sources. Deference will be given to veteran members who have established credibility. If you're an insider, contact us with proof BEFORE you post.

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We have seen an increase in duplicate/redundant threads popping up.

While we know it's nice to be the OP on a thread, please be sure to check the first few pages of the board to see if the topic you want to talk about is being discussed elsewhere. For good order's sake, we will merge or delete any threads that are already being discussed, and repeat offenders may face additional moderator action.

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We have been having a real problem with mindless posting that has little to no content, and it's beginning to make threads unreadable.

Please make sure your posts have actual content that initiates or continues discussion.

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Originally Posted by Megustaelhockey View Post
REMINDER: Stop posting "I heard from a guy" information without actual backup.
I would also like to reiterate this point. There are going to be a lot of rumors out there as we near the draft and free agency, especially from bogus sources. If you have an inside source and would like to be vetted, please PM one of us mods. Otherwise, do not post information that does not come from a reliable source (McKenzie, Dreger, Brooks, etc.). If you have a question on what is or isn't a reliable source, please PM one of the moderators and we would be happy to assist you!

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Regarding fan-to-fan ticket sales... making the sale of tickets or making the price of tickets contingent on the purchase of pre-season tickets or other items is strictly prohibited.

We risk losing our ticket sales thread at admin discretion if this continues.


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Alright. We have really lenient on this for a while but it is getting ridiculous. If you have an inside source, you must be vetted before posting any information. PM anyone from the moderator crew if you have any questions or are unsure about what being vetted entails.

Posting information without being vetted will result in an infraction. Those who have already been vetted can ignore this message.

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Vetted HFNYR Users:

Below is a list of posters on HFNYR who have gone through the vetting process and can post rumors from their sources.

Bobbop

BBKers


If you have sources and wish to go through the vetting process, PM one of the mods and we will pass you along to Fugu or Buffaloed to begin the process for approval.

If you have sources and do not wish to be vetted, you cannot post rumors here and are subject to warnings/infractions if you do. Rules are rules.

Vetted posters will be monitored and are asked to only share legitimate rumors from the sources they've provided during the vetting process. This list will be updated if/when there are any changes.

If you have any questions please PM myself or another HFNYR moderator and we will be glad to help.


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STOP posting about politics.

Political discussion is not allowed on our board.

It is very disappointing that I'm having to post this reminder.

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Read the following very carefully.

Moderators will NOT allow this board to turn into the abused dartboard of thoughtless negativity it is quickly becoming.

The tone of the board, and especially of GDTs, is already causing many users (including very long tenured users) to no longer participate. And this is regardless of the performance of the team on the ice.

If you only post negativity, even if you claim to be a Rangers fan, you are TROLLING and will be dealt with accordingly.

Contribute to the board in more varied ways, or you risk permanent removal.

Permanent means forever.


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Too many rules bumps lately, folks. The regular season has started.

No threads for ex-Rangers that are still playing in the league. Please use Around the NHL.

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Alrighty. Tuesday is election day. We know everyone is passionate about their beliefs. Remember, this is NOT the place. Keep that stuff on your facebook, twitter, etc. There will be ZERO leniency for people who bring up any thing political on Tuesday. Consider this your first, second, and final warning.


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Every thread is getting hijacked by scathing complaining about positivity/negativity rather talking about the actual game or relevant discussion pertaining to the team.

People are allowed to have differing opinions. Posters are allowed to be upset with something just as others are allowed to find light in other aspects.

Stop treating each other like absolute ****.

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