Civility is REQUIRED at FishDuck.com (FAQ of Posting Rules)

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Posting Rules at FishDuck.com by Charles R. Fischer

 

My Objective for the “Our Beloved Ducks Board”: I want everyone to share their thoughts on a topic and to present their facts researched, or their opinions and/or rationale laid out. I want all opinions safely expressed regardless of where you are on the wide spectrum of ideas as everyone is protected at this site from the Trolls and the nastiness that prevails on web. The more views shared along with the facts and reasoning, then the more subsequent discussions that ensue with that more learning for all readers. The end result is that we all become more informed, reasoned and better Oregon fans. Decorum that is required and enforced encourages more posting by more people, and thus we all benefit!

If you are the kind of person that likes to “shake things up” by attacking and denigrating people, then this is not the site for you. If you are a reasoned individual who wants to discuss topics concerning Oregon Sports in a respectful, friendly and protected environment from the Trolls, then this is the perfect website for you. Our mission is making FishDuck.com a premium website for the discerning, devoted Duck fan.

Want to know more about the site and our history? Go to the About page and learn more about the people that make FishDuck.com unique!

(We attach a number to many of the paragraphs below to make it easy for referencing our discussions between moderators, readers and Mr. FishDuck.)

No. 1: Posting Rules: “If you violate any of our rules that diminish current discussion on a topic and/or inhibit others from posting in the future, then you will find your post deleted. Do it twice and you are blacklisted from ever posting on a FishDuck.com article or in the forum again. We are the only Oregon site that insists upon civilized discussion; state your case as we welcome all opinions and discussions and want to learn from each other, but we must be polite to fellow Oregon fans.”

If your post was deleted…ask yourself if …you are being judgmental of, or in an overt or even an oblique manner seeking to disparage those who have a different view than you? Or does your post seek to inhibit others from posting in the future who disagree with you? If so—this site may not be a good fit for you.

No. 2: Charles…what do you mean by my post “inhibiting” the posting of views by others? There are overt techniques for discouraging others from posting on a topic, such as obvious belittling, insulting or taunting. There are also very subtle or oblique ways to also inhibit others from posting their views on a topic now and in the future such as shaming, sarcasm and the “straw-man” strategy. All of these methods are trying to prevent others from posting a view different than yours and we will delete the posts that fall into these categories, as we want all opinions freely expressed.

No. 3: If, in a new post you attempt to debate about your prior post being deleted or warned about, then your current post will be automatically deleted and you may get Blacklisted if you continue to try to argue your point in a public post. Since these rules have been working so well over a couple of years and through so many thousands of comments, I am not sympathetic if your post was deleted or you were warned about it, and we are not having a public debate about it. Email me charles@fishduck.com and we can discuss it in private, but I am not going to parse words or get into “definition-game” or debate with you. Our rules are clear, and the judgment resides with the moderators of FishDuck.com and with Mr. FishDuck.

FishDuck.com; anything else would be uncivilized!   Chris Andres

Kevin Cline

BRAVE Greybeard-age Ducks among Huskies in Seattle…

More Posting Rules and Notes:

No. 4: No authority pretension assertions such as, “you cannot comment on this because you don’t know as much football as I do, or as much as Coach Smith does who agrees with me.”  Baloney, as everyone can offer their opinion on every topic on this site!

No 5: No insults or epithets, no threatening, intimidating, libeling or defaming of any individual. We do not allow anyone to call articles or posts “silly, nonsense, dumb, worthless”or any insulting term or label .  How would you like to spend a ton of time creating an article or post and have someone insult it? (Think “Golden Rule”)

No. 6: No denigration, disparagement or even minor belittling of another poster or writer on the site; there is no need for it. State your case and let the information or the strength of your argument win the day—but trying to denigrate a fellow Duck fan for a difference of opinion is not allowed.

No. 7: No Ad hominem or personal attacks where the focus of the response is directed at the person, rather than the position.

No. 8: Also forbidden is name-calling of anyone posting or those who are subjects of the articles. Calling anyone an “idiot” or “stupid,” or “dumb” or any pejorative label will result in the comment being removed.

No. 9: Posts with back-handed compliments are deleted. It is a form of belittling and is unnecessary on this site.

No. 10: No mocking, where you laugh at, ridicule or tease in a scornful or contemptuous manner.

No. 11: No shaming of others for disagreeing with your views no matter how broad the topic or no matter how subtle the shaming appears.

No. 12: No Politics and Religion:  I do not allow even a hint of politics or subtopics pertaining to politics; no names, no terms, not even a word or any references pertaining to anything political. Any of the aforementioned could initiate a political discussion, and veering in that direction at all will cause a site meltdown in today’s acrimonious climate. We do not allow anything negative directed at any religion, toward anyone in the LGBT community, or toward any race, gender or ethnic group. All of us in the categories above are fellow Ducks, and we want to hear all viewpoints.

No. 13: Trying to Sidestep the Rules with Sarcasm? Sarcasm is a form of belittling, of making fun of an individual or a group for their view on a topic. It inhibits people from posting their opinion in the future, and thus is forbidden on FishDuck.com; we do not want any form of belittling or put-downs on FishDuck.com because of differences of opinion.

No. 14: Straw-Man arguments are NOT allowed on FishDuck.com… An example was when readers were posting their thoughts about improving the offense, and a different reader posted that, “you must not like winning 12 games.” He set up the “straw-man” of the season win-total to knock over, because he did not want to engage in the offensive production discussion. Another example was when a poster was being critical of the offense and was then being accused by another reader/poster as being a “disloyal” Duck fan or a “hater” of the head coach.

The topic was the under-performing offense, but the offenders were trying to make others defend themselves on other completely different topics, or in other words, the “straw-man.”  This tactic inhibits others from posting later out of fear of being mocked, accused of being disloyal etc. We will not allow “straw-man” arguments on this site as we want all opinions expressed freely.

No. 15: Taunting Discourages Future Posting of Comments…Taunting other readers or writers inhibits them from posting their opinion in the future because they think they’re going to be denigrated later if they’re wrong on a topic. We all are wrong at one time or another, so why would any of us post our thoughts on something if we’re going to get beat up for it later by an online bully? Thus taunting is not allowed, because the key is that we want everyone to post comments without having any downside to it, as that can create great educational discussions.

No. 16: Writing denigrating statements about the site or Mr. FishDuck?  You will be deleted in a heartbeat because after all the thousands of hours and dollars put into creating the site over the last eight years … who needs that?

No. 17: No Profanity: Particularly obscene or pornographic language (including attempts at disguising profanity with dashes or other symbols) and the four letter “s” word is profanity. This site will be “family-clean,” with the defining question … “can young grandchildren safely read it?”

No. 18: A comment where it appears the poster is masquerading as another person is disallowed.

No. 19: Posting under several handles is not permitted.

No. 20: Hate speech: Language that degrades others, (including public figures) on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical characteristics or disability.

No. 22: Private information: Material that can be considered an invasion of privacy. This includes phone numbers, e-mail addresses, URLs or other specific personal information.

No. 23: Advertising, solicitations or spam, including a comment that is posted repeatedly within one thread or across a number of different threads.

No. 24: Copyright violations: No content from FishDuck.com or any other source can be reproduced in its entirety. Instead, use a small and relevant excerpt and then provide a link to the full version.

No. 25: Commenting about the Players or Coaches? We let that happen as that is what message boards and forums are all about. Second-guessing coaches and judging player performance is what everyone does, but we must not get personal or nasty toward them. Questioning a play-call or whether a tackle should have been made (Performance-related) or not is fine, and give your thoughts as to why in one direction or the other.

Whether a coach should be retained or a player replaced is also fair-game because they know they are in the public sphere and that goes with the territory. Let’s discuss, but Ad Hominem attacks on them are forbidden.

No. 26: Anything else not previously covered that we feel is an attempt to harm someone or suppress opposing viewpoints now or in the future is disallowed on FishDuck.com!

No. 27: THIS IS NOT AN EXPERIMENT:  While other sites are removing comments below their articles, we are encouraging avid discussion at FishDuck.com and have been since the summer of 2017 when the firm rules of this site began. Over 99.80% of the thousands of posts written on this site have been polite and respectful while having great debates and disagreements, thus we know it can be done. The problem is not with all of our rules; the problem is your behaviors if your post was deleted.

All these rules are ridiculous? Well they do not bother the massive majority in the least as they write thousands of comments that don’t offend anyone! It is not hard to be nice, polite and respectful and these good people want the rules and want the Trolls kept out. Hence why I serve them, and why these rules have been thought out over several years and through hundreds of hours of experience.

Again … with all the time and money spent moderating posts and keeping it safe for reasonable Oregon football followers … our mission is about making FishDuck.com a premium website for the discerning, devoted Duck fan!

Kevin Cline

We want you to stand up and shout your views!

C’mon Charles…are you turning this into “Snowflake Central?”

I would rather think of it as becoming “Civilized Central” for Oregon fans. I have been on Oregon Football message boards for 23 years, and while all these other sites mean well and say they will clean things up–it never holds up.  Since summer of 2017 there is an established a track record of removing all Trolls, and deleting the comments that violate our rules. I have blacklisted more Oregon fans than fans of our rivals!

As all views are allowed to be written and discussed, and you ponder the ones you vehemently disagree with–you may gradually have your views changed, or at minimum … become more measured and reasonable with your conclusions. I know I have had my views changed by pondering the thoughts of others on this site.

A Green Paradise for Readers! How frustrating is it to sift through the posts on other sites when there is a bunch of infantile back-and-forth arguing? You have to spend too much time sorting through the posts to see where the good content is, but not at FishDuck.com! How refreshing it is to not have to sort through any of it!

No. 28: I have learned the hard way that if I do not act on an improper post immediately, then it will embolden others to engage in the same violation of rules. So if it appears that I’m overzealous or appearing to stomp on a post immediately-it is because I don’t have any choice. If I let even one slide, then it snowballs in a negative way against all of us. And that is what the community wants me to preserve; a peaceful, civil, friendly and learning atmosphere with entertaining discourse about Our Beloved Ducks!

This means reading every comment and making a judgment about the behaviors behind the comment. Since I’ve been through the wars online–I have developed a good sense for it. It can be a time-consuming, labor-intensive hassle, but it is my promise to everyone to keep this site safe on every discussion.

No. 29: You don’t understand, FishDuck…I AM RIGHT! Yep, we all have (in the past) sought to show that our view is superior and then lord it over others later when events prove our theory or strategy correct. But the objective on this site is not to be right, but to have all ideas, theories and opinions freely offered by everyone. We are all going to be wrong on occasion, so again the objective is to see all viewpoints, debate them fiercely, yet in a respectful way and ultimately become wiser fans as a result.

No. 30: FishDuck … this is really hard! Yes, it is as I have sat down a number of times and was about to tell someone how dumb their opinion was on a topic, and had to pull away from the keyboard. It can be extremely hard to follow our rules at times and some cannot, but the rewards to everyone are massive when we do. Do not temper your passion, as we want spirited discussion because only through debate can we see which ideas stand up best to logic and rational thinking. We simply have to do it in a civil way where we attack someone’s ideas, but not him or her on a personal level.

No. 31: There are more critical articles on this site than other places-why? We are going to be critical of the coaches, and we will praise the coaches when deserved, but do so from a balanced perspective. Sometimes to get good interviews and “inside information,” the other Oregon sites will often give the current coaches a bit of a pass, as these other sites have to be nice to their sources. The result is that you rarely will get any kind of critical analysis in both directions of what is going on with the football program and other sports at Oregon, other than at FishDuck.comWe have true diversity of opinion and independent thinkers here unlike other websites.

We are all Oregon fans, and we will call it the way we believe and that is not always pleasant. There are many definitions to what being an Oregon fan and loyalty is, and we ponder it all here, and wish to have this site open to all definitions to participate.

No. 32: FishDuck … you simply can’t handle my opinions: Baloney. I want all opinions here as it enables us see the full spectrum of ideas and helps us modify our own views as a result. In fact, this is the only Duck website where you can safely share your full-spectrum views on Oregon Sports. If there is a problem … it is with your behaviors, and not your opinion, even if unpopular. Be polite and courteous to others and you will be reciprocated, and thus you’ll have a tremendous experience on FishDuck.com.

No. 33: This is bunk, FishDuck, as you don’t even have the NEWS! That is true, as I decided a long time ago what we are and are not; we are not a Sports News site, as we let all the other sites report the Oregon sports events of the day, and we bring in all those links (via the Daily FishWrap) and provide the only safe place to discuss all these events.

Our own daily articles focus on Analysis and Opinion-Editorial pieces (Op-Eds) which create more pondering and great discussion among this community. We are focused upon bringing the topics and news to you while providing the only Guaranteed Troll-Free Forum, the Our Beloved Ducks Board.

Kevin Cline

So many different views, but a shared love of Our Beloved Ducks!

Guaranteed Troll-Free Posts and the “Our Beloved Ducks Board”

No. 34: I cannot guarantee that there won’t be any offending comments posted from Trolls, but I can promise that we will act immediately as soon as we are aware of the violation to remove the post that breaks our rules and to Blacklist the Troll at the second offense. (I don’t need a third example to take action)

No. 35: We all mess-up once in a while and get carried away, and when that happens with one of the “regulars,” I warn the offender and explain why we do not do that on this site. These good people usually quickly acknowledge their mistake, pledge to not do it again (and they don’t) and life goes on. Everyone sees the interaction and knows how I will not jeopardize the majority for anyone who rejects being civil with fellow Duck fans, but good people always get a second chance.

Nobody can skirt the rules, and not even my closest of friends, as the community and culture built is more important than any one person posting, no matter who they are.

The web has become a horrible place in some quarters, and I know it well as I was a Troll myself at times in my younger days. I have also been the recipient of noxious bile hurled by people on all three of the major subscription Oregon sites. I hope nobody will have to deal with a couple-dozen insults in a thread (multiple times over the years!) as I have, hence my sensitivity on behalf of others is fine-tuned. We are the refuge from the real-world … where we can drift into a fun world of discussing Our Beloved Ducks, and leave the nastiness of the web behind. It is our Safe Green Sanctuary

We had a stretch where we had nearly 3,000 posts and I did not have to delete a single one, and that never happens on the web. We had over 150 comments/posts to an article recently, and everyone was courteous and respectful of one another, yet we had vigorous debate on a controversial subject. It was fun, it was great reading and it was an example of this unique community of Oregon fans at FishDuck.com.

No. 36: You have a minority view? Good, and you are quite welcome here as we need and want those views posted for everyone, because I strongly believe in the importance of a balance of views being presented. I do not want this site to become what other websites have often descended to, where “GroupThink” prevails and you are ostracized if you do not partake in the majority view. (The GroupThink link has a fascinating article about the phenomenon, along with lively and informative discussion in the comments.)

I want vigorous and civil debate, and only through such intense, but reasoned discourse do we see if an idea, or concept holds up. I have witnessed on those other sites where the majority will intimidate and bully those who disagree with them. Not here. I want all opinions, especially those that disagree with mine as I have had my mind changed by the sage participants of this site!

As one friend told me as he watches me managing posts on the site … “Charles, you’re like that entertaining juggler who starts with the balls, then goes to juggling knives, and then he turns the knives on fire, and, well, it is all fun for me to watch, but that’s not a position I would want to be in!”

It is a unique site that requires a unique commitment, so let’s welcome all opinions and invite everyone to join the fun. Let’s learn from each other!

Charles Fischer   (FishDuck)

Kevin Cline

She is not afraid to share her passion for Our Beloved Ducks!

Additional Posting Policies for FishDuck.com (FAQ)


Q: I had a post deleted and when I went to post again, I could not. What is going on?

A: The first time you write an objectionable post, we delete it.  The second time we Blacklist your IP address so that you cannot post again from that computer. If your first post is especially objectionable to the staff—we will Blacklist or ban you immediately. To appeal or explain, email: charles@fishduck.com

Q: What is to prevent me from going to tons of computers and posting and over-running you?

A: We enjoy playing “Bop-a-Mole” and can delete and blacklist within 30 seconds of a comment being posted. If you want to play those games—no sweat, as it takes us a lot less effort than it will you. If you are a classy and nice person—you won’t have any problems on this site as 99% do not and want the rules and the enforcement to protect them from the Trolls.

Q: Who reviews the reported comments?
A: The FishDuck.com Staff and Charles Fischer.

Q: Why are you censoring opinions of others?
A: FishDuck.com reserves the right to allow or disallow any kind of content that doesn’t meet its standards as outlined in this FAQ. The site is under no obligation to publish every comment or post it receives.

Q: What about my right to free speech?

A: The right to free speech described in the First Amendment concerns the relationship between the U.S. government and its citizens. Any private business can require certain standards of conduct. You will find that a post is removed not because of the idea it expresses, but because of the behavior associated with it. On this site you not only have the right to express your opinion, but we want all opinions as long as you do not overtly seek to denigrate anyone or, by implication try to inhibit others from posting their views.

Q: Why don’t you pre-screen all of the posts?
A: Our policy is to allow posts and comments to be published, as we don’t want to delay responses to superb conversations taking place on the site, but we will act quickly to delete offending posts.

Hints for Posting on FishDuck.com


37. Disagreement is ENCOURAGED, so Post Your Thoughts!

I love a good argument; a great debate flushes out the good ideas and by default calls attention to the poor ones. We don’t learn from GroupThink where everyone agrees, thus we want disagreement on FishDuck.com! I’ve been on Oregon football message boards since 1997 and I’ve watched a ton of disagreements; heck I’ve been the cause of some disagreements and learned (finally) to discuss the ideas, but don’t make it personal.

Disagreement that comes from the great minds in this community presenting viewpoints and perspectives I had not considered have changed my mind, and I am grateful for the friends and fellow Duck fans who presented their point of view in such a graceful way. So jump in and discuss it as the Duck Water is fine!

Kevin Cline

Oregon fans cheer on their beloved Ducks

38.  For Greybeards … the EYES Have it!  (Use a Paragraph!)

Want to know a secret about web behavior? Readers don’t like long stretches of sentences in comments or posts without any breaks, and most readers don’t even like long paragraphs.

Break it up! After every third sentence in your post … hit “enter” or “return” twice on your keyboard. This creates natural breaks between scads of sentences, and so many of us thank you for making it easier on our “Greybeard-age” eyes! Create paragraphs and make it easier for us older fans to read, and thus you may change some minds.

You may think it’s cool to not capitalize or punctuate, but readers will just ignore you.

39.  Be Unique…

They are unique!

Kevin Cline

They are unique!

People check out quickly if you are writing the same thing they’ve read a hundred times, thus they aren’t going to spend ten seconds reading yours again. Add something new to the discussion! Some of the readers/posters bring in stats to prove their point, and do it in an intelligent way which goes a long way toward changing minds. We want all opinions, but if you do some online research–you may make your point that much more compelling.

40.  Negative “only” does not work…

You can be negative and yet teach others as football, like life, is negative at times. We can’t ignore it, but we can learn from it and use those events to shape our goals and dreams for the Men of Oregon. We want the all your Duck-thoughts, but not negative exclusively.

Don’t dwell or obviously enjoy the negative quite so much. If you are presenting the negative joyfully–you aren’t trying very hard.

41.  Honor the Community of Devoted Oregon fans!

The readers of this site are special, so let’s operate on the Golden Rule with everyone and relish the time spent together. Articles on this site are read so frequently that this site last year was again the Top 1% in the World for pages read per month, and our instructional videos have passed the 1.8 MILLION VIEW mark. These are coaches, players, and fans who want to learn a little and have a fun read in the process. Let’s make it better with great posts as well!

Charles Fischer     (FishDuck)
Publisher, FishDuck.com
Eugene, Oregon                                                                                                                           Top Photo by Kevin Cline

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FishDuck Salutes this Oregon Community…

I continue to be amazed at the quality of writing and the thought given to the posts/comments below the articles.  I am very grateful that everyone has embraced the posting/commenting rules of this community as it has made my job a ton easier.

We have had as many as 3,000 posts a number of times before I ever have to delete one, and that just doesn’t happen on the web these days. My percentage of deletions to comments/posts is between one to two tenths of 1%, of which is stunning.

The new forum is delayed due to tech issues and my own life issues, but this Oregon Sports Community is going to be very special with the same rules and decorum that we presently see every day.

I salute you all for your thoughtfulness and respect toward fellow Duck fans. The Best is Yet to Be!