Welcome to the TCB Community: A refresher on our posting guidelines

It's been a while, so let's remind everyone about the do's and don't's of being a commenter on TCB.

Hi everyone. My name is David Coleman. You may remember me from such educational films as "Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun" and "Firecrackers: The Silent Killer".

I'm here to talk to you about our TCB community. Many of you are new to the site. Many of you have been here longer than me. In the past few years, our site's comment section has grown. We're regularly getting dozens, if not hundreds, of comments on posts each day.

With that comes problems from time to time. Our growth can sometimes create friction between people in the comments section. What we try to do at TCB is be civil above all else. We want this place to be inclusive and respectful, so this feels like a good time to revisit our community rules.

There's been one slight change here, as we have added something more specific about respecting other commenters' opinions and to clarify what kinds of comments will get hidden. If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to contact me about it.

On that note, I'd also invite any of our commenters who are interested in being a moderator to let me know. Going through all those comments isn't easy, but I know some of you stay in there quite a bit. If you'd like to help keep things running smoothly, email me at m.david.colemanATgmail.com and we'll discuss it more.

Again, here's the updated community rules. If you see anyone breaking these (commenter, writer, whoever), please let me know and we'll handle the situation as best we can.

The Crawfish Boxes is a community for Astros fans to interact and share in our collective joys and pains. It is a community that prizes thoughtful analysis, a good Cubs or Cardinals jibe, and respect for others thoughts and views. Here are the basics:

1) Before you hit post, think to yourself: would I say this around the water cooler at work? If you can't answer that question in the affirmative, think of a better way to express want you want to express (i.e. drop the excessive expletives and name calling) and then click post.

a) WRITING YOUR OPINION IN CAPS generally negatively correlates to the strength of the argument.

b) 1a does not apply to shouting during game threads for celebratory purposes or lamenting mindblowing-ly frustrating Astros baseball moments...like our penchant for not getting the guy on third with one or no outs home.

2) Our comments section allow for unlimited character usage, therefore text-speak is unnecessary-it just gets hard to read after while. Also, the more you respect the conventions of grammar, the more we'll be able to engage with and respect your opinion.

a) Please point out the Front Page authors typos and grammatical errors-we need the feed back. Please avoid making the comments sections a grammar lesson: if it's egregious and repetitive, point it out; if not, let it go.

b)BTW, LOL, and the well known abbreviations are fine, but: cuz, 4, 2, etc. are just grating.

3) Have an opinion, disagree with others opinions, but be civil in both endeavors. There's nothing wrong with being wrong, and in most instances wrong is a subjectivity issue; just have a dialogue about viewpoints on the blog.

4) Game Threads are a time to let our passions run wild and live in the moment of the game, every so often a four letter word might be the appropriate means of expressing how we feel, but excessive swearing is unnecessary. We're not puritanical, just aware that the comments in Game Threads will appear on Yahoo! now, so please be respectful of the prurient interests of those outside our community.

5) Racial slurs, jibes at sexual orientation, and any other comment that would be construed as "hate based" will not be accepted...EVER.

6) A Fan Post is 75+ words that form a cogent thought. Also, try and use descriptive titles for your fan post, it increases the likelihood that others will click the link and read your work.

7) Our comments are threaded. This means you can and should reply directly to the comment of someone by clicking "reply" if you want to respond to something they said. This way we can easily follow the logical progression of the conversation and better engage each other. It takes a time or two to pick up on, so no worries if you forget the first few times (I know I did).

8) Follow Wheaton's Law. This works not just for how you treat others. It also means we expect people not to bait each other, to make arguments just to upset others or generally stir the pot unnecessarily. Unless you're calling out a Rangers, Cubs or Cardinals fan. Then, all's fair.

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