As a community, we welcome all thoughts, whether they be supportive, dissenting, critical or otherwise. We do, however, have a shortlist of rules that you will agree to whenever you post a comment on 11W.
Avoid Politics, Religion & Hot-Button Social Issues
Sorry, we just don't want any of that stuff around here and discussing one of those topics is the quickest way to earn the banhammer.
Nobody cares about your hot takes on these issues and there are plenty of other places on the internet for you to talk about politics, religion, gun control, immigration, abortion, etc.
Don't Be a Jerk
Characteristics of comments left by jerks:
- Abusive or hateful comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.
- Ad-hominem attacks on another site member
- Extremely profane material or disgusting images
- "If you knew anything about football..." or "It's obvious you never played the game..."
Do not copy and paste entire articles from other sources. Limit your copypasta to a couple of paragraphs, if possible, and include a link to the source. Earn the love of the commentariat by using the "Quote" button.
Do not copy and paste premium content into comments. This is another quick way to earn the banhammer. What is premium content? It's something you must pay for or otherwise have a subscription to view.
Stay on Topic
All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain on the topic set by the original story, user blog post, or forum topic. If you can't contain yourself, a new forum topic is only a click away.
Disregard Trolling, Acquire Currency
We enjoy friendly banter with fans of other programs. Even the fans of the cesspit located 45 miles west of Detroit. Feel free to back your school with all of the pride you're accustomed to, but know your audience. Anything that even slightly resembles a trolling attempt will lead to a quick ban and the original comment being changed to "HURR DURR", "I LIKE PONIES" or any of a number of things.
Likewise, you're encouraged to avoid feeding the trolls. If the comment is that incendiary, it will be dealt with soon, so you can save your breath.
Keep Perspective & Have Fun
Things will get heated, especially after losses or stories of rigged camp raffles surface. Whenever you feel yourself overheating, take a couple of deep breaths and step away from the keyboard. This is only the internet.
Why We may Close Comments
Every now and then, we'll close comments on an article. We don't love to do that, but we will if it's necessary. For instance, if George Bush and Barack Obama show up for a two-on-two game against two Ohio State basketball players at Jesse Owens South, we kind of have to report on that, but we're in no way going to facilitate the commenting shitshow that would come out of that event (however hypothetical).
Wait, what about Helmet Stickers?
Glad you asked. Helmet Stickers are awarded (or subtracted) from your account via up and down voting on comments. If you have a great comment, expect to earn stickers. If you say something dumb, expect to lose stickers.
Need more on Helmet Stickers? Check this out.