As we head into what will surely be an emotion-filled finish to the season, the editors thought it would be useful to restate and clarify the guidelines for participation here. Our hope in refining and republishing this statement is to provide specific guidance and a notion of the spirit with which these rules have been formed — with the goal of reducing or eliminating our need to edit, delete or ban. Here goes:
Redleg Nation is a blog dedicated to enthusiastic, smart and civil discourse concerning our favorite baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds.
We view this space as an intellectual community. Part of a commitment to this kind of community is making an effort to be interesting. Repetition is not interesting. Neither is blind optimism or bleak pessimism. However, insightful and novel is interesting. Bringing in new and relevant perspectives and facts to support your claims is interesting. Sharing your personal Reds-related experiences is interesting.
Another aspect of the commitment to be part of this community is being constructive. Contrarianism for its own sake, or intentionally sowing discord with inflammatory statements (trolling) is destructive, not constructive.
No inappropriate language. This includes profanity and related censor bypass attempts like substitutes for letters, lewdness, insults, and crude terms for body parts, bodily functions and physical acts. In general – we don’t want any language that a parent would not want their kid to see.
No personal attacks. This covers other commenters, the post author, players, agents, coaches, journalists and front office personnel. This includes renaming people in a derogatory manner. In general – comment on the Reds, not other commenters. Treat people with respect.
Feel free to disagree, even strongly, just keep it civil. While emotions are inevitable when it comes to being a sports fan, we nonetheless believe it is possible to discuss the team in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
Of course, we reserve the right to edit or remove anything we deem inconsistent with the purpose of the blog, including as a last resort, banning a participant. We aren’t looking to stifle argument or criticism of the opinions expressed in our posts or in other comments. But this is not a public street corner. Your right to self-expression does not require us to provide the resources to publish your opinion.
Bottom line: If you keep the comments thoughtful, respectful and focused on the Reds you shouldn’t have any trouble.