Our hope in publishing 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 contribute. 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.

Regarding profanity: If you have any doubt about whether to use a word or phrase, don’t. If you still don’t know what that means, don’t post. Profanity is not necessary to make a point, add emphasis, or convey a message. There are plenty of other places on the ‘net to be vulgar and base, but Redleg Nation will not be one of them.

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.

Comments will be deleted for the same reasons etc. as we’d ban someone. Posts may be deleted but the poster not banned, and a poster might get banned while the comment that provoked it remains up. In some cases, we may edit a post that contains one particularly egregious violation within a larger post that is good enough that we don’t to delete it entirely. This is a judgment call, and we’re going to be inconsistent about it.

Bottom line: If you keep the comments thoughtful, respectful and focused on the Reds you shouldn’t have any trouble.

This policy will not affect 99.9% of you; you may have noticed that we let most comments go, including (perhaps especially) ones that disagree with our viewpoint, whatever that may be. These posting rules are intended to benefit everyone, by promoting civility even in disagreement. I encourage disagreement here, but I want to have a forum where we can discuss the issues of the day, as they relate to baseball or the Cincinnati Reds, in a civilized manner. The proprietor of this site is the sole and final judge and enforcer of this policy.

On identification

Fake names are fine. Offensive names and assuming the names of public figures is not, and will get your posts and account deleted. If you’re famous and want to use your real name, email us, and we can work something out. In particular, pretending you’re a current Red player/coach/front office member is not cool.

Having said all of that stuff about random acts of deletion/banning, I would bet that in almost all circumstances where we have a valid email for your account (which does not show up on the site, please note) and I can drop you a quick note that says “please watch tone” or something, you’re much more likely to get off the hook.

Seriously, if you’re using a fake address in the email field, one of us spends the time to send you a warning note on (say) your tone, and it bounces, it’s very likely that we’re going to be aggressive about deleting/whatever the comments we intended to warn nicely about. That’s going to result in inconsistent enforcement, but without a means to contact people, that’s how it will have to be.

“Why don’t my posts show up?”

There are a couple of reasons. If it’s your first-ever comment, it has to be moderated before you can post freely. Most likely — especially if you’re a member of a large ISP like AOL or AT&T Worldnet — your comment is sitting in a moderation queue because of a recent spam attack. Or it may be something to do particularly with you: given a couple of deleted posts, for instance, you may be tossed into the moderation queue. There may also be particular one-time characteristics about your post that made the system suspicious.

Either way, a Redleg Nation author has to come by, see that you have a comment in the queue, and wave it on into production. Obviously, this is unlikely to happen quickly.

Join the conversation! 10 Comments

  1. Great work on the new site…looking forward to another good ten years.

  2. great!

  3. Re: Site redesign
    Do wish there would be more text for each entry on the home page. I don’t like having to click the “continue reading” link in order to finish reading a sentence started for an entry or even to find out what an entry is actually about, nor in order to quickly scan/skim a bunch on entries. It really is very cumbersome.
    I read this blog on a laptop, not a phone. There are many out there who do this. No need to optimize this site design for phone use.

  4. Looks like Joey Votto is just about done with his annual 8-week Summer Vacation (e.g., mental illness, sore knee, sore calf) and should return soon, assuming that Doc Hollywood has no ONCE AGAIN totally misdiagnosed another leg or arm problem. Latos and Marshall appear to be done for the season, and maybe for good. Instead of worrying about new front office, managers, coaches,and players, why not look for a new medical expert who can actually correctly diagnose injuries. Constantly diagnosing tears and other leg and arm issues requiring major surgery as strains or soreness is ruining this team.

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  7. The Reds in 2015 and beyond, with the present lineup, will surely be contesting for last place in the division. It is time to trade Joey Votto for prospects before his next season-ending injury or emotional issue, and before most recognize that his power is gone. Jay Bruce is an aspiring Adam Dunn, but with far less power and no ability to wait for walks. His strikeout ratio and proven inability to hit when it matters suggests that he should be immediately traded for prospects or waived to clear salary. Marlon Byrd, even at 37, was an excellent acquisition, and should provide a decent #2 hitter and left fielder for a couple of years. Brandon Phillips, with eroding offensive skills and little trade value, is nevertheless an enthusiatsic player, great defensive asset, and fan favorite and should be retained, Cozart, Frazier, Mesoroco, Hamilton, and Pena are the future of the franchise, even when playing on a hapless 2015 squad. The remainder of the likely 25-man field roster are nothing but dispensible role players and journeymen. Cueto, Leake, Diaz and Chapman are the future of the ptching staff. Bailey has proven ability, but injuries and head trips suggest that he will never reach his physical potential. The rest of the starters and bullpen are human batting tees. Bryan Price is a very weak manager, but a great pitching coach and should be offered a return to that capacity. Joe Morgan, one of the best minds on baseball, should be moved from the front office to the position of manager. Hard to say if Don Long is an adequate hitting coach, as the team is virtually without any offensive stars. Hard to imagine how the 2015 Reds can best the Cards, Pirates, Brewers and/or Cubs, so why not conduct the firesale now to secure whatever quality prospects can be acquired.

  8. I don’t know if this has been discussed, but who da thought 16 would be the leading hitter among the regular position players at the break?

  9. I am not a new Reds fan. I grew up as a Reds fan in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I caught the tail end of the Big Red Machine. Tom Seaver, George Foster and Dave Concepcion were my favorite players. I am excited because I coached one of the current Reds attempting to snag a roster spot after some injuries the last couple years.

  10. Where can i check the thread daily>?
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