Welcome to the Dallas Stars' official discussion forum. The following rules and guidelines have been put in place to maintain the integrity of our community and apply to both new and existing users. Please read the rules below carefully, by posting in this forum you agree to abide by these rules. While we will moderate the board, we also ask you 'the users' help maintain a high-quality and family friendly message board. Some items are subjective and are at the discretion of the Staff. We ask you to carefully read and acknowledge the board rules listed below and respect the feedback from the moderation team.
By registering and posting here you agree to the following:
MESSAGE BOARD RULES:
1. LANGUAGE AND INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT
This is a family-oriented site provided and operated by the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League. You agree not to post profanity, sexual innuendo and anything else similar in text, or as an image within the community. Any post considered to be in violation of these rules will be deleted without warning. Do not circumvent the language filter.
2. DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, GENDER, RELIGION, AND/OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION
You agree not to post discriminatory material or use any verbal slur that targets someone, or a group of people, based upon gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and cultural background. This behavior will not be tolerated....period.
3. RESPECT FELLOW USERS
When you register, you agree to become part of our community. You will be tolerant and respectful of your fellow board members and any visitors. Criticism of ideas and opinions is welcome, but you may not slander or personally attack other members in any way or your stay here will be a short one. If you deem yourself more savvy than another user, please respond constructively. If you find you can't get along with another user, feel free to use the ignore feature.
4. RESPECT PRIVACY
Please respect the personal privacy of all league players, management and their families. Discussions or photos which are personal in nature are not allowed. The staff reserves the right to remove any offensive posts, topics or photos that are personal in nature to any player or member of the Stars organization.
You agree not to post images or links containing sexually suggestive material. Posts containing such material will be deleted and your account banned.
You agree not to advertise or promote any products or services via affiliate links either on the board or through private messaging. This includes referrals/invites to join other message boards or communities or any promotion to a website with intent to siphon traffic or make a profit. Anyone registering to advertise will be banned from the Dallas Stars community.
7. RESPECT COPYRIGHT LAWS
Sharing news items is welcome but you must post a link, or give proper credit in standard news format to the author/source instead of reproducing the entire article. Advertising illegal game feeds that are not authorized by written consent of the NHL infringes copyright laws and is against the rules.
8. IMAGE RULES
You may post images you have taken at games or made yourself that are Stars related. All images that display the Dallas Stars name, image or logo, or that are already copyrighted to the Dallas Stars are the club's property. No images may be used for commercial purposes, sold or traded without the consent of the Dallas Stars and the NHL. If images stretch the page, please edit your post and post a link to the picture instead. Please be respectful to fellow members and ask permission before copying and using images that you didn't post or create. The staff reserves the right to remove any image for any reason at our discretion.
9. TROLLING/TRASH TALKING
Any topic or post viewed as trash talk by the staff may be removed without warning. This is a forum provided by the NHL for the fans of the Dallas Stars. Registering and posting on this board with the intention of demeaning, insulting and/or cheering against the Dallas Stars and their fans is considered trolling and will not be tolerated. We hope our members will return that same courtesy when visiting the other NHL team boards. "Feeding a troll" is responding to trollish posts, generally encouraging more posts by the troll. This is now a warnable offense. The proper course of action is to report the post, and immediately add the user to your ignore list.
It should be noted that while a user may be a Blackhawks fan or a Kings fan, this does not automatically make them a troll. They are members of the forum and are protected by the message board rules. They are not to be flamed for their erroneous choice of team to cheer for, as misguided as you think they may be.
Trollish posts will be deleted, along with responses to these posts. Trolls will suffer the consequence of being removed from the message board community. Feeding the trolls only encourages them--"Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." Those who respond to troll posts may suffer a similar fate. Ignoring public attacks is often the best way to contain them.
10. SPAMMING AND POST-COUNT INFLATION
Posting the same message in several forums is unnecessary and not well-respected. Replying to obvious spam will result in a warning. "Chat Style" threads, one line or word responses ( I agree,me too..) and responses posted just to gain a higher post count or stir up trouble will result in a reduction in your post count. If done repeatedly, it will be considered spam and will result in a warning. Your posts should be meaningful, well thought out and add something of substance to the discussion. Cross-posting will result in threads being locked and/or deleted at the Staff's discretion.
11. THREAD HI-JACKING
Taking a thread off-topic is offensive to the originator of the thread and the entire message board. Please keep all posts relevant to the topic at hand and take all off topic comments and conversations to PM.
12. MULTIPLE USER ACCOUNTS/IMPERSONATING OTHER USERS
You may not impersonate another board member or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Accessing or using another members account is strictly prohibited. Multiple accounts will automatically be disabled and the primary account banned. If you are found to be using more than one account (i.e. proxy accounts), you will be permanently banned. Any attempt to bypass a temporary suspension or ban will immediately result in your account being disabled permanently.
13. EXTERNAL LINKS
The Dallas Stars do not endorse and are not responsible for the content of external sites - links will open in new window. Members will be held responsible for posting links to external sites that contain offensive material. Any questionable or offensive links will be deleted.
14. SELLING TICKETS ON THIS FORUM
This message board, while it is part of the Dallas Stars official web site is not an authorized ticket agent and therefore cannot promote ticket sales. Tickets may not be sold through the boards, but you obviously might make a personal arrangement through PM with another user. Other than that, tickets may not be sold on these forums. If you buy tickets from someone on this forum you do so at your own risk.
15. POLITICS AND RELIGION
Threads involving politics and religion are no longer allowed ANYWHERE on this site. Posts that include these topics will be deleted. Members are subject to warnings and suspensions or bans if they continue to post about politics and religion or post about not being able to talk about said topics. This is a place where Stars fans can talk about hockey and other common interests. Not a place for discussions and debates about inflammatory topics. Do not call out mods or admins for deleting posts as members are also subject to receiving warnings, suspensions, or bans for that as well.
MESSAGE BOARD GUIDELINES:
1. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PINNED THREADS
Threads at the top of each forum contain important message board information, read them to keep current on board news and upcoming Dallas Stars events. Pinned threads are topics that can be found at the top of the forum and will stay current regardless of posting traffic. If you want a topic pinned, PM any staff member with the request.
2. COMMENTS ON MESSAGE BOARD ISSUES
Please do not make a thread about message board issues but rather send all suggestions, complaints and compliments via a private message to one of the staff and please allow time for us to respond. Threads on board issues will be deleted and similarly, "hey mod" posts are not an effective way to comment and may result in a warning.
3. REPORT RULE VIOLATORS AND INFRACTION
Please report infractions to a moderator by using the “report” button located to the bottom left of each post. Please do not respond to obvious trolls and spammers directly and take matters into your own hands. This makes you part of the problem and makes our job of keeping the peace more difficult than it needs to be.
4. REDUNDANT/DUPLICATE THREADS
In the interest of keeping a tidy forum, you are expected to search for already existing threads on the same subject. Either page back or use the search function (located at the top right of the page). Posting duplicate threads will not endear you to your fellow users and your thread will either be locked or merged with the existing topic. While you're not expected to search exhaustively, some effort is required.
5. POST IN THE CORRECT FORUM
Please think about which board your topic belongs in before posting your message. The staff reserves the right to move topics and posts as they see fit to keep the board orderly and easy to read.
6. IMAGES, AVATARS, AND SIGNATURES
All images, including avatars and signatures, must conform to message board rules. Please keep graphics at a PG-level because this is a public forum with a +13 age limit. Avatars can be no more than 100 by 100 pixels and signatures no taller than 150 pixels, this includes both image and text. The staff reserves the right to request and/or remove any signatures we find inappropriate, regardless of its size. If you want to copy and use images that another member has created and provided, ask permission before copying their images. You would want that same courtesy if the images were your art.
7. ATTENTION ALL VISITORS
We welcome and enjoy having opposing views in our discussions but if you are a visitor here, remember that this is the home for the fans of the Dallas Stars. We welcome fans of all teams here as long they're here to talk hockey and be respectful to our members. If you came to stir up trouble, your visit will be a short one.
**Any violations of the above stated rules and guidelines may result in warnings, suspensions or permanent bans from the Dallas Stars community at the discretion of the staff, please read the section detailing the Warning and Ban system carefully.
All new accounts are registered through NHL.com. If you register multiple accounts, all but one will be disabled. Starting another account to circumvent a temporary suspension will result in permanent ban.
Warnings and Bans
- This message board has a "3 Strikes and Your Out" policy.
- If you receive three written warnings to your account, you will lose your member privileges indefinitely.
- Each written warning = potentially, up to 4 weeks suspension
- Members may request to have a warning reduced or removed when the 4 week period (per warning) has ended if there have been no further issues.
- The Staff reserves the right to keep a warning on a profile after review.
- All warnings are cumulative and remain noted on your account.
- Creating multiple accounts to gain access when an account has been suspended will result in a permanent ban.
- Infractions will be discussed with staff members in PM only.
- Arguing or complaining about warnings/board rules in a public forum will result in an additional warning.
- Moderators are not employees of the Dallas Stars and as such, moderating a message board on a volunteer basis can be a thankless job and calling out or baiting our moderators will not be tolerated.
-Abuse of the moderating team in any form will result in an immediate and permanent ban. If you disagree with actions taken the moderating team, please let us know, but do it politely and through PM or email ONLY. Complaining on the forums is not acceptable. If your thread or post was moved/closed/edited there was a good reason for it. Do not start a new one. Please note this is a privately owned website, and that your "right to free speech" does not apply to the private sector.
If a moderator gives you specific instructions in a warning, and you blatantly disregard it, you are subject to being banned.
-- We reserve the right to ban any member in violation of the rules.
**Accounts can and will be banned at the discretion of the staff based on the severity of the infraction, history of the violator or continued refusal to comply with the board rules and guidelines.
Warnings - will appear under your profile info in each post. The warn status meter is viewable whether or not you have any warnings however, a member's status bar can only be seen by that member and the staff.
Reporting an infraction
The report feature, which can be found at the bottom left of any post, allows any member to flag a post and/or member whose content, language or subject matter fails to comply within the board's rules and guidelines or is thought to be offensive to the community. The staff can not read every post so please don't expect intervention unless you personally report the problem via the report function or by PMing a staff member directly. Excessive and inappropriate use of the report function will result in a warning. If you don't like a thread and it doesn't break any rules, don't reply to it! Editorial comments on the value of a thread or post, such as "useless thread", "in before the lock", "this thread should be closed", etc., are not welcome.
*If you have any questions about the above stated rules and guidelines or need some clarification, please contact a staff member. If you disagree with any of the above stated rules and guidelines, this may not be the forum of choice for you.