We used to not have rules. Then, a lot of morons started flooding our comments threads and making the site generally unbearable to be a part of. We banned them and deleted their drivel. If you'd like to be treated with respect and become an actual part of the RCR community, then obey the following:
1.) First and foremost, don't come off like a moron. Use proper punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling. A typo is fine on occasion because people make mistakes (that's why there are erasers on pencils, y'all), but if you cannot help but sound like an absolute dolt when you type, then this isn't the place for you. Call us "grammar Nazis" or "nerds" or whatever. We'll just call you an "idiot" and toss you. We don't think it's crazy or unorthodox to judge someone based on their grasp of and care for the English language and, if you do think such, then you're likely someone towards whom this particular "rule" applies. [And don't you dare drag out the "omfg dood this is a SPOARTS site!1" crap that people love to wag in the face of sports forum and blog moderators. That attitude readily associates "sports fan" with "moron." Just because we're discussing brutish games does not excuse your oafish nonsense. One can be an intelligent, well-written sports fan and we'll be damned if we allow anyone around here to readily perpetuate the countering stereotype.]
2.) Don't be annoying. Saying the same shit over, and over, and over, and over again, especially if we've already grown tired of you, will have you banned and your comments deleted.
3.) Actually contribute to discussion. Drive-by commenting, ad hominem attacks, and other general acts of lameassery are discouraged. Disagreement, civil or otherwise, so long as there is sound reasoning behind your disagreement, is beyond welcomed - it's encouraged. People are going to read some of these rules and think that we're looking to stifle dissent. That's false. We're trying to keep this site from devolving into The Clarion Ledger, TigerDroppings, or Hogville. This isn't a place for any old asshole with a keyboard to hop on and drop the latest trite and terribly unclever smack talk they read off of the back of a t-shirt. This is, ideally, a place for people to reasonably and intelligently discuss Ole Miss and college athletics in general. We're not asking people to be nice to each other; we're just asking people to be clever, articulate their points, and actually bring something to the table. If you're an Ole Miss fan and meet the above, then that's great. If you're a State, Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, or any other type of fan and meet all of the above, that's even better. We are welcoming of original discussion from original people and have been from our onset.
4.) We said "we're not asking people to be nice to each other," and that's true. Disagree, cuss, insult, deride, et cetera, but don't go over the top with it. There's a fine line between "spirited argument" and "shouting match." Stay in the former, refrain from the latter. There are long-time Rebel commenters on this site whose opinions and ideas bug the shit out of us. But they articulate their points well and are, on occasion, pretty dang clever. That's how good disagreement works.
5.) This has never been aproblem around here, but y'all know that bigotry gets banned and deleted immediately without exception. Don't even try it, not even to be funny.
6.) Don't be a Chinese spam robot.
7.) Remember that our decisions will likely be just like those of the NCAA: arbitrary and capricious. There will be obvious folks who will need to be tossed, just as there will be folks whose merits to the Cup will be somewhat debatable. We're going to do what we can to be "fair", "balanced", and all of those other things that Fox News claims to be, but we're not going to pretend to be perfect. We do believe, though, that we're going to make far more good decisions than bad.
8.) The blog's administrators are allowed to break any rule here because we wrote them and aren't afraid to wield a double-standard. Deal with it.