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General discussion / More Active/Stricter Moderation - Yes/No
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:11:34 PM »
Genuinely interested in the response to this. In the past the moderation has been seen as too 'heavy handed', now the board is struggling with threads descending into slagging matches, many provocative posts and a significant number of WUMs, Trolls and shit stirrers. Do people on the board want mods to take a much harsher line on posters? Should there be much more frequent bans handed out for those who appear to be just causing angst for the craic?

3
GAA Discussion / Mark McGovern Fund
« on: July 20, 2011, 06:22:30 PM »
I received this today, and I know some people were asking about this. I hope people won't be annoyed if we make it a sticky for a month or so...

************************
Mark McGovern is a 22 year old Fermanagh GAA player from the Belcoo O’Rahilly’s club. On Monday 20th June Mark arrived in San Francisco to spend the summer playing football for the Ulster Club in San Francisco. In his first game on Saturday 25th June Mark suffered a serious head injury; he remains in a coma in a critical but stable condition in San Francisco General Hospital. Mark’s family arrived in San Francisco on Monday 27th June and they remain at his bedside.

Mark’s Family, the Ulster Club in San Francisco and his home club of Belcoo O’Rahilly’s wish to express their appreciation for the support shown by so many over the past few weeks. We ask that you continue to keep Mark and his family in your thoughts and prayers over the coming months.

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/markmcgovernsupportfund

Thanks
 
 

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GAA Discussion / Pulled Threads
« on: August 25, 2010, 02:13:39 PM »
Hi All,

You may have noticed a few threads related to a company being moved today, apologies for the delay there. Please see this rule..

7. Spamming
   Links to viruses, spam posts or marketing will not be allowed and bans will result.
   
   Occasionally a board member may request, from gaaboard (admin) or the moderators, permission to post information/advice about their own business or club, and these
   will be accomodated where possible. This rule is designed to stop touts, or spammers abusing the site.
   


We have, and I'm sure will have, no problem with clubs or established board members occasionally requesting to put up notes about fundraisers, or something that is helpful to the clubs or of interest to board members. As long as this is not abused, and is okayed, there is no problem there, see the Cooley Kickhams and Ardee tournament/draws for example.

This is obviously a different flavour of post, and to post it 5 times in different sections of the board is taking it too far, so they have been removed.

Thanks

5
General discussion / Antrim Shooting thread.
« on: March 09, 2009, 04:54:38 PM »
I have removed that thread having had a look through it today. Some of the comments on there were brutal, and some of the comments aimed at Donagh in particular are out of order.

I don't think anyone has 'defended' the murders, thank God, but some of the comments were out of order. If you can't disagree without getting out of hand, all of these political threads will be pulled.

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General discussion / MOVED: BLOODY SUNDAY VICTIMS REMEMBERED
« on: November 21, 2008, 12:39:06 PM »

8
GAA Discussion / Unfounded Allegations
« on: August 05, 2008, 10:14:33 AM »
Hi Everyone,

As you might be aware, in the past week or so, Moderators have been forced to edit and/or delete various comments relating to a couple of teams, namely around stupid topics like 'steroids'. Please be aware that this is a very serious comment to make with regard to any GAA team, without any evidence to support the allegation. The legal implications of a post like that are fairly obvious.

Therefore, please take this post as fair warning that if anyone posts a comment to the effect that a GAA person or team is taking steroids, they will be banned immediately, for a period to be determined by the moderators.

I will sticky this topic for the rest of the week to give everyone fair warning.

Cheers

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GAA Discussion / MOVED: Kevin McGourty axed by Gormley
« on: February 12, 2008, 11:04:08 AM »

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General discussion / PintsofGuinness and 5iveTimes - Rule 9
« on: February 11, 2008, 09:01:46 AM »
Hi All,

I was on holidays over the weekend, and away from a PC. Obviously a spat has reignited between 5iveTimes and pintsofguinness, which got out of hand again very quickly. Gaaboardmod1 was around, and took the decision to lock and remove the thread which was the scene of battle, and that decision was correct in my view.

Just so everyone knows the story, in case something happens fairly soon that looks random, both pints and 5iveTimes are now subject to a Rule 9 warning. This means that

1. You do NOT mention the other poster in any post, regardless of content or context.
2. You do NOT direct a remark at the other poster, regardless of content or context.
3. You do NOT direct a question to the other poster, or answer a question posted by the other poster, regardless of content or context.

Basically you simply refuse to acknowledge the other person's existance for a period of not less than 1 month.

Ignoring this request will incur various bans, as per the specification in Rule 9.

I am currently reviewing the thread in the Moderators' forum, and if other sanctions need to be handed out, we will do so.

Please note, this is simply informational, and has been commiunicated to the two lads themselves as well. I am posting this here to provide clarification to other posters.

Regards
Mod3

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GAA Discussion / GAA Board Forum Rules - Please Read
« on: January 31, 2008, 09:17:21 AM »
GAA Board Rules, Regulations and Penalties

Hi All,

In a bid to clarify the rules and procedures in place on this board, the following is a list of offences and relevant penalties which will apply in each case. There will be no exceptions, and no excuse for breaking these rules as they are now clearly available.

We reserve the right to amend these rules if an unforeseen circumstance arises. We also reserve the right to take any action up to and including permanent ban for any issue not covered by the rules, or if the offence is deemed to be serious enough.

In future, any warnings or bans issued will include a reference to the rule broken.

If you are reporting a post or a poster, please indicate which rule you feel is being broken, in order for us to answer your report more efficiently.

All Warnings issued have a lifetime of 3 months. If you do not commit the same offence within that 3 month period, the warning will expire. This is similar to the penalty points system with regard to road traffic offences.


By continuing to post on this site after these rules have been formally adopted, you are agreeing to abide by the rules, and accept the penalties should you breach one or more of the rules.

1. Personal abuse.
    Personal abuse is one of the most common problems on internet boards. Known sometimes as 'playing the man', whether foul language is used or not, this behaviour is
    not allowed.
    e.g. Calling someone a fat fool is the same as calling someone something more vulgar. This rule applies even in situations where another user has breached this, or
    another rule. Retaliation is still a breach of the rule.
   
    Penalties- 1st Offence - Warning,  Second Offence - 2 Day Ban, Third Offence - 10 Day Ban, Fourth Offence - Permanent Ban
   
2. Libellous/insulting posts about a real person
   In this day and age, many more people are becoming aware of the existance of boards such as this. While this is generally a good thing, it also means that the posts are
   more likely to be read by a casual visitor to the site. In these circumstances, the board must protect itself against allegations of libel, or defamation and so any posts
   which make derogatory remarks about a named, or clearly implied, individual, are a serious breach of the rules, and dangerous to the board itself. This particularly applies
   to individuals' private lives, finances, legal issues etc etc. This also applies to unwarranted abuse of GAA players and officials.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence  - 5 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
3. Revealing a posters personal identity.
   An inherent part of most discussion boards is that members may choose to adopt an alias, if they wish, as their board username. This choice of anonymity must be
  respected and any move to identify the real life identity of a poster on this board, where they have not done so themselves, is a breach of board rules.

 
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day Ban, Second Offence - Permanent Ban

4. Inappropriate posts, incitement or racist posting.
   This is a very broad topic, and can be the most subjective in the way the moderators view things. In general, it would be the 'good manners' rule. Specific examples of
    inappropriate posts would be the following. (This list is by no means conclusive)
      - Abusive posts between fans of soccer teams, clearly not part of good humoured banter. Mentions of Hillsborough, Munich, Heysel or alluding to these incidents in a
        way designed to incite other posters to break forum rules.
      - Sectarian posts, or posts advocating violence against any community or person. Some of the topics under discussion from the different cultures on this island have
        come close to this. That will not be allowed or accomodated.
      - Racist posts, including posts propogating racist views about any race or community.
      - inappropriate posts such as the Maddie McCann jokes etc.
     
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence - 10 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
5. Creating facetious or duplicate topics
   It is very easy to post a duplicate thread topic, and is very understandable. People should, wherever possible, keep similar threads together, but this is sometimes not
   possible, or the other threads not seen. Again, perfectly understandable. This rule is in place to stop people deliberately and constantly posting spurious or similar threads,
   and blatantly disregarding the wishes of the GAA board community to keep these threads together.
   
   Penalties. If a pattern of posting these threads emerges from an individual, a Warning will be given.
       Further offences will incur a 2 Day Ban, followed by a 5 Day Ban. Subsequent offences will incur repeated 5 Day Bans.
   
6. Posting unsuitable links or pictures
   This board is not a pornography resource and pornography will not be tolerated on this site. Many of our users access the board from work, and anyone posting pictures
   on this board need to bear that in mind. Obviously some pictures fall short of pornography, and can be posted in the proper threads, such as the 'Would
   you/wouldn't you' thread, but even these need to be marked NSFW. In any case, any pornographic images will be deleted and bans handed out. This rule also applies to
   personal avatars displayed beside your username when you post.

   Penalties - 1st Offence  5 Day Ban, 2rd Offence - Permanent Ban

   
7. Spamming
   Links to viruses, spam posts or marketing will not be allowed and bans will result.
   
   Occasionally a board member may request, from gaaboard (admin) or the moderators, permission to post information/advice about their own business or club, and these
   will be accomodated where possible. This rule is designed to stop touts, or spammers abusing the site.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 2 Day Ban, 2nd Offence - 10 Day Ban, 3rd Offence - Permanent Ban

8. Joining up to cause trouble, or to annoy people.
   Occasionally, some people join the board simply to post something abusive, or to 'flame' the board. These people are generally easy to spot (see the F365 invasion last
   year) and have no real interest in the GAA Board. Also some people, who have been banned permanently, rejoin under different usernames and continue with the
   behaviour that led to the ban. By tracking IPs, behaviour and other items, we can sometimes tell this fairly easily, and these users will be banned again.
   
   Penalty - Immediate Permanent Ban


9. 'Feuds'.
    On occasion, two or more posters become fixated with annoying each other, without necessarily descending into personal abuse per se. However this behaviour is very
   disruptive to whatever thread it breaks out it, and causes threads to be taken over by tit for tat insults. In a case such as this, a moderator may post a public and private
   warning for both posters to completely ignore the other, refraining from referring to, directing comments at, or answering the other poster. Disregarding this warning will
   result in a ban.

   Penalties - 1st offence after warning - 2 Days, 2nd Offence - 10 Days, Subsequent Offences - Recurring 15 Day bans.

10. Personal threats.
   Occasionally, some posters go beyond verbal abuse, (rule 1), and actually threaten, or imply physical violence against another poster. If moderators deem this threat to
   be serious, or made seriously, this behaviour is completely out of order, and will result in a ban immediately. A further offence will result in a permanent ban.

   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day ban. 2nd Offence - Permanent Ban

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Hurling Discussion / GAA Board Forum Rules - Please Read
« on: January 31, 2008, 09:16:59 AM »
GAA Board Rules, Regulations and Penalties

Hi All,

In a bid to clarify the rules and procedures in place on this board, the following is a list of offences and relevant penalties which will apply in each case. There will be no exceptions, and no excuse for breaking these rules as they are now clearly available.

We reserve the right to amend these rules if an unforeseen circumstance arises, but due reason will be communicated for such a change. We also reserve the right to take any action up to and including permanent ban for any issue not covered by the rules, if such an unforseen event is deemed to be serious enough.

In future, any warnings or bans issued will include a reference to the rule broken.

If you are reporting a post or a poster, please indicate which rule you feel is being broken, in order for us to answer your report more efficiently.

All Warnings issued have a lifetime of 3 months. If you do not commit the same offence within that 3 month period, the warning will expire. This is similar to the penalty points system with regard to road traffic offences.


By continuing to post on this site after these rules have been formally adopted, you are agreeing to abide by the rules, and accept the penalties should you breach one or more of the rules.

1. Personal abuse.
    Personal abuse is one of the most common problems on internet boards. Known sometimes as 'playing the man', whether foul language is used or not, this behaviour is
    not allowed.
    e.g. Calling someone a fat fool is the same as calling someone something more vulgar. This rule applies even in situations where another user has breached this, or
    another rule. Retaliation is still a breach of the rule.
   
    Penalties- 1st Offence - Warning,  Second Offence - 2 Day Ban, Third Offence - 10 Day Ban, Fourth Offence - Permanent Ban
   
2. Libellous/insulting posts about a real person
   In this day and age, many more people are becoming aware of the existance of boards such as this. While this is generally a good thing, it also means that the posts are
   more likely to be read by a casual visitor to the site. In these circumstances, the board must protect itself against allegations of libel, or defamation and so any posts
   which make derogatory remarks about a named, or clearly implied, individual, are a serious breach of the rules, and dangerous to the board itself. This particularly applies
   to individuals' private lives, finances, legal issues etc etc. This also applies to unwarranted abuse of GAA players and officials.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence  - 5 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
3. Revealing a posters personal identity.
   An inherent part of most discussion boards is that members may choose to adopt an alias, if they wish, as their board username. This choice of anonymity must be
  respected and any move to identify the real life identity of a poster on this board, where they have not done so themselves, is a breach of board rules.

 
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day Ban, Second Offence - Permanent Ban

4. Inappropriate posts, incitement or racist posting.
   This is a very broad topic, and can be the most subjective in the way the moderators view things. In general, it would be the 'good manners' rule. Specific examples of
    inappropriate posts would be the following. (This list is by no means conclusive)
      - Abusive posts between fans of soccer teams, clearly not part of good humoured banter. Mentions of Hillsborough, Munich, Heysel or alluding to these incidents in a
        way designed to incite other posters to break forum rules.
      - Sectarian posts, or posts advocating violence against any community or person. Some of the topics under discussion from the different cultures on this island have
        come close to this. That will not be allowed or accomodated.
      - Racist posts, including posts propogating racist views about any race or community.
      - inappropriate posts such as the Maddie McCann jokes etc.
     
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence - 10 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
5. Creating facetious or duplicate topics
   It is very easy to post a duplicate thread topic, and is very understandable. People should, wherever possible, keep similar threads together, but this is sometimes not
   possible, or the other threads not seen. Again, perfectly understandable. This rule is in place to stop people deliberately and constantly posting spurious or similar threads,
   and blatantly disregarding the wishes of the GAA board community to keep these threads together.
   
   Penalties. If a pattern of posting these threads emerges from an individual, a Warning will be given.
       Further offences will incur a 2 Day Ban, followed by a 5 Day Ban. Subsequent offences will incur repeated 5 Day Bans.
   
6. Posting unsuitable links or pictures
   This board is not a pornography resource and pornography will not be tolerated on this site. Many of our users access the board from work, and anyone posting pictures
   on this board need to bear that in mind. Obviously some pictures fall short of pornography, and can be posted in the proper threads, such as the 'Would
   you/wouldn't you' thread, but even these need to be marked NSFW. In any case, any pornographic images will be deleted and bans handed out. This rule also applies to
   personal avatars displayed beside your username when you post.

   Penalties - 1st Offence  5 Day Ban, 2rd Offence - Permanent Ban

   
7. Spamming
   Links to viruses, spam posts or marketing will not be allowed and bans will result.
   
   Occasionally a board member may request, from gaaboard (admin) or the moderators, permission to post information/advice about their own business or club, and these
   will be accomodated where possible. This rule is designed to stop touts, or spammers abusing the site.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 2 Day Ban, 2nd Offence - 10 Day Ban, 3rd Offence - Permanent Ban

8. Joining up to cause trouble, or to annoy people.
   Occasionally, some people join the board simply to post something abusive, or to 'flame' the board. These people are generally easy to spot (see the F365 invasion last
   year) and have no real interest in the GAA Board. Also some people, who have been banned permanently, rejoin under different usernames and continue with the
   behaviour that led to the ban. By tracking IPs, behaviour and other items, we can sometimes tell this fairly easily, and these users will be banned again.
   
   Penalty - Immediate Permanent Ban


9. 'Feuds'.
    On occasion, two or more posters become fixated with annoying each other, without necessarily descending into personal abuse per se. However this behaviour is very
   disruptive to whatever thread it breaks out it, and causes threads to be taken over by tit for tat insults. In a case such as this, a moderator may post a public and private
   warning for both posters to completely ignore the other, refraining from referring to, directing comments at, or answering the other poster. Disregarding this warning will
   result in a ban.

   Penalties - 1st offence after warning - 2 Days, 2nd Offence - 10 Days, Subsequent Offences - Recurring 15 Day bans.

10. Personal threats.
   Occasionally, some posters go beyond verbal abuse, (rule 1), and actually threaten, or imply physical violence against another poster. If moderators deem this threat to
   be serious, or made seriously, this behaviour is completely out of order, and will result in a ban immediately. A further offence will result in a permanent ban.

   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day ban. 2nd Offence - Permanent Ban

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Local GAA Discussion / GAA Board Forum Rules - Please Read
« on: January 31, 2008, 09:16:33 AM »
GAA Board Rules, Regulations and Penalties

Hi All,

In a bid to clarify the rules and procedures in place on this board, the following is a list of offences and relevant penalties which will apply in each case. There will be no exceptions, and no excuse for breaking these rules as they are now clearly available.

We reserve the right to amend these rules if an unforeseen circumstance arises, but due reason will be communicated for such a change. We also reserve the right to take any action up to and including permanent ban for any issue not covered by the rules, if such an unforseen event is deemed to be serious enough.

In future, any warnings or bans issued will include a reference to the rule broken.

If you are reporting a post or a poster, please indicate which rule you feel is being broken, in order for us to answer your report more efficiently.

All Warnings issued have a lifetime of 3 months. If you do not commit the same offence within that 3 month period, the warning will expire. This is similar to the penalty points system with regard to road traffic offences.


By continuing to post on this site after these rules have been formally adopted, you are agreeing to abide by the rules, and accept the penalties should you breach one or more of the rules.

1. Personal abuse.
    Personal abuse is one of the most common problems on internet boards. Known sometimes as 'playing the man', whether foul language is used or not, this behaviour is
    not allowed.
    e.g. Calling someone a fat fool is the same as calling someone something more vulgar. This rule applies even in situations where another user has breached this, or
    another rule. Retaliation is still a breach of the rule.
   
    Penalties- 1st Offence - Warning,  Second Offence - 2 Day Ban, Third Offence - 10 Day Ban, Fourth Offence - Permanent Ban
   
2. Libellous/insulting posts about a real person
   In this day and age, many more people are becoming aware of the existance of boards such as this. While this is generally a good thing, it also means that the posts are
   more likely to be read by a casual visitor to the site. In these circumstances, the board must protect itself against allegations of libel, or defamation and so any posts
   which make derogatory remarks about a named, or clearly implied, individual, are a serious breach of the rules, and dangerous to the board itself. This particularly applies
   to individuals' private lives, finances, legal issues etc etc. This also applies to unwarranted abuse of GAA players and officials.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence  - 5 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
3. Revealing a posters personal identity.
   An inherent part of most discussion boards is that members may choose to adopt an alias, if they wish, as their board username. This choice of anonymity must be
  respected and any move to identify the real life identity of a poster on this board, where they have not done so themselves, is a breach of board rules.

 
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day Ban, Second Offence - Permanent Ban

4. Inappropriate posts, incitement or racist posting.
   This is a very broad topic, and can be the most subjective in the way the moderators view things. In general, it would be the 'good manners' rule. Specific examples of
    inappropriate posts would be the following. (This list is by no means conclusive)
      - Abusive posts between fans of soccer teams, clearly not part of good humoured banter. Mentions of Hillsborough, Munich, Heysel or alluding to these incidents in a
        way designed to incite other posters to break forum rules.
      - Sectarian posts, or posts advocating violence against any community or person. Some of the topics under discussion from the different cultures on this island have
        come close to this. That will not be allowed or accomodated.
      - Racist posts, including posts propogating racist views about any race or community.
      - inappropriate posts such as the Maddie McCann jokes etc.
     
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence - 10 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
5. Creating facetious or duplicate topics
   It is very easy to post a duplicate thread topic, and is very understandable. People should, wherever possible, keep similar threads together, but this is sometimes not
   possible, or the other threads not seen. Again, perfectly understandable. This rule is in place to stop people deliberately and constantly posting spurious or similar threads,
   and blatantly disregarding the wishes of the GAA board community to keep these threads together.
   
   Penalties. If a pattern of posting these threads emerges from an individual, a Warning will be given.
       Further offences will incur a 2 Day Ban, followed by a 5 Day Ban. Subsequent offences will incur repeated 5 Day Bans.
   
6. Posting unsuitable links or pictures
   This board is not a pornography resource and pornography will not be tolerated on this site. Many of our users access the board from work, and anyone posting pictures
   on this board need to bear that in mind. Obviously some pictures fall short of pornography, and can be posted in the proper threads, such as the 'Would
   you/wouldn't you' thread, but even these need to be marked NSFW. In any case, any pornographic images will be deleted and bans handed out. This rule also applies to
   personal avatars displayed beside your username when you post.

   Penalties - 1st Offence  5 Day Ban, 2rd Offence - Permanent Ban

   
7. Spamming
   Links to viruses, spam posts or marketing will not be allowed and bans will result.
   
   Occasionally a board member may request, from gaaboard (admin) or the moderators, permission to post information/advice about their own business or club, and these
   will be accomodated where possible. This rule is designed to stop touts, or spammers abusing the site.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 2 Day Ban, 2nd Offence - 10 Day Ban, 3rd Offence - Permanent Ban

8. Joining up to cause trouble, or to annoy people.
   Occasionally, some people join the board simply to post something abusive, or to 'flame' the board. These people are generally easy to spot (see the F365 invasion last
   year) and have no real interest in the GAA Board. Also some people, who have been banned permanently, rejoin under different usernames and continue with the
   behaviour that led to the ban. By tracking IPs, behaviour and other items, we can sometimes tell this fairly easily, and these users will be banned again.
   
   Penalty - Immediate Permanent Ban


9. 'Feuds'.
    On occasion, two or more posters become fixated with annoying each other, without necessarily descending into personal abuse per se. However this behaviour is very
   disruptive to whatever thread it breaks out it, and causes threads to be taken over by tit for tat insults. In a case such as this, a moderator may post a public and private
   warning for both posters to completely ignore the other, refraining from referring to, directing comments at, or answering the other poster. Disregarding this warning will
   result in a ban.

   Penalties - 1st offence after warning - 2 Days, 2nd Offence - 10 Days, Subsequent Offences - Recurring 15 Day bans.

10. Personal threats.
   Occasionally, some posters go beyond verbal abuse, (rule 1), and actually threaten, or imply physical violence against another poster. If moderators deem this threat to
   be serious, or made seriously, this behaviour is completely out of order, and will result in a ban immediately. A further offence will result in a permanent ban.

   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day ban. 2nd Offence - Permanent Ban

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General discussion / GAA Board Forum Rules - Please Read
« on: January 31, 2008, 09:05:35 AM »
GAA Board Rules, Regulations and Penalties

Hi All,

In a bid to clarify the rules and procedures in place on this board, the following is a list of offences and relevant penalties which will apply in each case. There will be no exceptions, and no excuse for breaking these rules as they are now clearly available.

We reserve the right to amend these rules if an unforeseen circumstance arises. We also reserve the right to take any action up to and including permanent ban for any issue not covered by the rules, or if such an event is deemed to be serious enough.

In future, any warnings or bans issued will include a reference to the rule broken.

If you are reporting a post or a poster, please indicate which rule you feel is being broken, in order for us to answer your report more efficiently.

All Warnings issued have a lifetime of 3 months. If you do not commit the same offence within that 3 month period, the warning will expire. This is similar to the penalty points system with regard to road traffic offences.


By continuing to post on this site after these rules have been formally adopted, you are agreeing to abide by the rules, and accept the penalties should you breach one or more of the rules.

1. Personal abuse.
    Personal abuse is one of the most common problems on internet boards. Known sometimes as 'playing the man', whether foul language is used or not, this behaviour is
    not allowed.
    e.g. Calling someone a fat fool is the same as calling someone something more vulgar. This rule applies even in situations where another user has breached this, or
    another rule. Retaliation is still a breach of the rule.
   
    Penalties- 1st Offence - Warning,  Second Offence - 2 Day Ban, Third Offence - 10 Day Ban, Fourth Offence - Permanent Ban
   
2. Libellous/insulting posts about a real person
   In this day and age, many more people are becoming aware of the existance of boards such as this. While this is generally a good thing, it also means that the posts are
   more likely to be read by a casual visitor to the site. In these circumstances, the board must protect itself against allegations of libel, or defamation and so any posts
   which make derogatory remarks about a named, or clearly implied, individual, are a serious breach of the rules, and dangerous to the board itself. This particularly applies
   to individuals' private lives, finances, legal issues etc etc. This also applies to unwarranted abuse of GAA players and officials.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence  - 5 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
3. Revealing a posters personal identity.
   An inherent part of most discussion boards is that members may choose to adopt an alias, if they wish, as their board username. This choice of anonymity must be
  respected and any move to identify the real life identity of a poster on this board, where they have not done so themselves, is a breach of board rules.

 
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day Ban, Second Offence - Permanent Ban

4. Inappropriate posts, incitement or racist posting.
   This is a very broad topic, and can be the most subjective in the way the moderators view things. In general, it would be the 'good manners' rule. Specific examples of
    inappropriate posts would be the following. (This list is by no means conclusive)
      - Abusive posts between fans of soccer teams, clearly not part of good humoured banter. Mentions of Hillsborough, Munich, Heysel or alluding to these incidents in a
        way designed to incite other posters to break forum rules.
      - Sectarian posts, or posts advocating violence against any community or person. Some of the topics under discussion from the different cultures on this island have
        come close to this. That will not be allowed or accomodated.
      - Racist posts, including posts propogating racist views about any race or community.
      - inappropriate posts such as the Maddie McCann jokes etc.
     
   Penalties - 1st Offence - Warning, Second Offence - 10 Day Ban, Third Offence - Permanent Ban
   
5. Creating facetious or duplicate topics
   It is very easy to post a duplicate thread topic, and is very understandable. People should, wherever possible, keep similar threads together, but this is sometimes not
   possible, or the other threads not seen. Again, perfectly understandable. This rule is in place to stop people deliberately and constantly posting spurious or similar threads,
   and blatantly disregarding the wishes of the GAA board community to keep these threads together.
   
   Penalties. If a pattern of posting these threads emerges from an individual, a Warning will be given.
       Further offences will incur a 2 Day Ban, followed by a 5 Day Ban. Subsequent offences will incur repeated 5 Day Bans.
   
6. Posting unsuitable links or pictures
   This board is not a pornography resource and pornography will not be tolerated on this site. Many of our users access the board from work, and anyone posting pictures
   on this board need to bear that in mind. Obviously some pictures fall short of pornography, and can be posted in the proper threads, such as the 'Would
   you/wouldn't you' thread, but even these need to be marked NSFW. In any case, any pornographic images will be deleted and bans handed out. This rule also applies to
   personal avatars displayed beside your username when you post.

   Penalties - 1st Offence  5 Day Ban, 2rd Offence - Permanent Ban

   
7. Spamming
   Links to viruses, spam posts or marketing will not be allowed and bans will result.
   
   Occasionally a board member may request, from gaaboard (admin) or the moderators, permission to post information/advice about their own business or club, and these
   will be accomodated where possible. This rule is designed to stop touts, or spammers abusing the site.
   
   Penalties - 1st Offence - 2 Day Ban, 2nd Offence - 10 Day Ban, 3rd Offence - Permanent Ban

8. Joining up to cause trouble, or to annoy people.
   Occasionally, some people join the board simply to post something abusive, or to 'flame' the board. These people are generally easy to spot (see the F365 invasion last
   year) and have no real interest in the GAA Board. Also some people, who have been banned permanently, rejoin under different usernames and continue with the
   behaviour that led to the ban. By tracking IPs, behaviour and other items, we can sometimes tell this fairly easily, and these users will be banned again.
   
   Penalty - Immediate Permanent Ban


9. 'Feuds'.
    On occasion, two or more posters become fixated with annoying each other, without necessarily descending into personal abuse per se. However this behaviour is very
   disruptive to whatever thread it breaks out it, and causes threads to be taken over by tit for tat insults. In a case such as this, a moderator may post a public and private
   warning for both posters to completely ignore the other, refraining from referring to, directing comments at, or answering the other poster. Disregarding this warning will
   result in a ban.

   Penalties - 1st offence after warning - 2 Days, 2nd Offence - 10 Days, Subsequent Offences - Recurring 15 Day bans.

10. Personal threats.
   Occasionally, some posters go beyond verbal abuse, (rule 1), and actually threaten, or imply physical violence against another poster. If moderators deem this threat to
   be serious, or made seriously, this behaviour is completely out of order, and will result in a ban immediately. A further offence will result in a permanent ban.

   Penalties - 1st Offence - 15 Day ban. 2nd Offence - Permanent Ban

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