Community Guidelines

General Guidelines

1. The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. Remember that this is all for fun and we all share a common interest in Maryland Athletics.

2. Avoid personal attacks including but not limited to name-calling, belittling, mean-spirited sarcasm, or comments that denigrate someone’s age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

3. No baiting, trolling, or spamming.

4. Attempt to use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting whenever possible.

5. Excessive criticism of players is off-limits. Reasonable critique of on-field performance is acceptable, relentless or profane bashing is not. If you wouldn’t say it to the face of the player’s parents, don’t post it here.

6. Stay on topic. Off-topic discussions, especially those that are meant to provoke or inflame, will be removed if an administrator feels they are a distraction. However, contentious issues will sometimes emerge as legitimate tangents to posted stories – this is acceptable, and conversations will be moderated according to the posted guidelines.

7. All rules that apply to site users also apply to managers, authors, and moderators. If you feel a site administrator is out of line, flag his or her comments for review with a detailed explanation of why the comments are inappropriate.

Maryland Minute

8. The Maryland Minute is our community’s open thread. If you would like to share something that doesn’t belong in a FanPost, a FanShot, or any of the current stories on the front page, post it to the Maryland Minute. While the rest of the rules above still apply, there is no such thing as “off topic” in the Maryland Minute.

FanPosts

9. FanPosts are intended for thoughtful and extended commentary on issues related to Maryland Athletics. They should provide unique insights that facilitate conversations on the issues.

10. Refrain from using filler text (e.g. GoTerpGoTerpsGoTerp). If you are unable to reach the minimum word count, consider posting your item as a FanShot, a comment in the Maryland Minute, or a comment on an existing thread that relates to your topic.

11. Avoid topic duplication. If there already exists another FanPost or front page story on a topic, consider adding your insights to that existing thread as a comment.

12. Breaking news stories are acceptable as long as they meet the normal standards for FanPosts. Any “link + filler” posts will be removed.

FanShots

13. FanShots are for posting quick snippets of information. These could include videos, pictures, quotes, articles, or other media. If you don’t have time to write a full FanPost and you don’t want your comment to get lost in the Maryland Minute, creating a FanShot is your best alternative.

Game Threads

14. Moderation rules will be relaxed but not suspended. Site administrators retain the right to moderate comments that are deemed inappropriate.

15. No links to illegal streams, please.

Questions, Comments, and Concerns

16. If you have any questions, comments or concerns that you do not want aired publicly on the site, please direct them to testudotimes.mods@gmail.com. We will do our best to monitor this email and respond to issues as they arise.

To quote the godfather of Testudo Times: “And with that, you know all the rules. Have fun, be safe, and go Terps.”

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