2014 Playoffs here we come!! URGENT — PLEASE READ!! (Update April 15, 2014)
Your New York Rangers have qualified for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs!
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 exciting opportunity 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 the playoffs are a very passionate time, and 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.
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 from other areas of the site which are posted with the sole purpose of creating a dispute or getting a rise out of our users will not be tolerated.
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.
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.
Redundant threads are also considered spam. Please make an effort to find a related thread listed on the first few pages of the board before creating a new thread.
Topics must be a jumping off point for a discussion and not a random thought or rant.
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 circumvention 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 “retarded” is considered offensive and is not permitted.
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.
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.
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 are normally started by Machinehead. If he is unavailable to provide the post game talk thread, another user may open one.
Post game poll options must clearly indicate players only. Joke polls 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. 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 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.
FORMER PLAYERS/COACHES - Please do not devote entire 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 rules.
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.
Now that the playoffs are about to begin, please take a few minutes to read the above post again, and keep the following update to the trolling and spam rules in mind:
Moderators reserve the right to delete any posts that direct users to posts or threads in the Stanley Cup Playoffs forum or on another team's board with the sole purpose of bringing a dispute back to HFNYR. Cross-posting is also against the spamming rule. Linking to or paraphrasing content from boards not intended for Rangers fans can derail our discussions and make content less enjoyable for everyone.
If you believe any post or thread constitutes trolling or spam, please report it to us, but do not respond.