As a community, we welcome all thoughts, whether they be supportive, dissenting, critical or otherwise. We do, however, have a shortlist of rules that you will agree to whenever you post a comment on RLR. They essentially boil down to "help us keep the site on point."
AVOID POLITICS, RELIGION & HOT-BUTTON SOCIAL ISSUES
Sorry, we just don't want any of that stuff around here and discussing one of those topics is the quickest way to earn the banhammer.
Nobody cares about your hot takes on these issues and there are plenty of other places on the internet for you to talk about politics, religion, gun control, immigration, abortion, etc.
THE SCANDAL: THIS ISN'T THE PLACE
If you discuss the scandal it absolutely needs to be related to how it affects the current or future teams. Comments and threads about ongoing legal proceedings, the running battle between the University and the Paterno family, the statue, and any similar topics will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be banned. There are plenty of other places you can go to discuss these topics.
DON'T BE A JERK
Characteristics of comments left by jerks:
- Abusive or hateful comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.
- Ad-hominem attacks on another site member
- Extremely profane material or disgusting images
- "If you knew anything about football..." or "It's obvious you never played the game..."
Do not copy and paste entire articles from other sources. Limit your copy/paste to a couple of paragraphs, if possible, and include a link to the source. Earn the love of your fellow commenters by using the "Quote" button.
Do not copy and paste premium content into comments. This is another quick way to earn the banhammer. What is premium content? It's something you must pay for or otherwise have a subscription to view.
STAY ON TOPIC
All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain on the topic set by the original story, user blog post, or forum topic. If you can't contain yourself, a new forum topic is only a click away.
DISREGARD TROLLING, ACQUIRE CURRENCY
We enjoy friendly banter with fans of other programs. Feel free to back your school with all of the pride you're accustomed to, but know your audience. Anything that even slightly resembles a trolling attempt will lead to a quick ban and the original comment being changed to "JOE WOULD OF HATED IT" or something similarly weird and/or dumb.
Likewise, you're encouraged to avoid feeding the trolls. If the comment is that incendiary, it will be dealt with soon, so you can save your breath.
KEEP PERSPECTIVE & HAVE FUN
Things will get heated, especially after losses or stories of apartment fights surface. Whenever you feel yourself overheating, take a couple of deep breaths and step away from the keyboard. This is only the internet.
WAIT, WHAT ABOUT PAW PRINTS?
Glad you asked. Paw Prints are awarded (or subtracted) from your account via up and down voting on comments. If you have a great comment, expect to earn prints. If you say something dumb, expect to lose prints.
Need more on Paw Prints? Check this out.