A YFSF Code of Ethics

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know that July was a banner month for YFSF. We think you’ll agree that the blog has never read better; we’ve added a terrific new voice to the masthead; and we’ve even had a certain celebrity visitor. Traffic is way up. Everyone in the YFSF community—and we hope all of our readers and commenter consider themselves a part of it— should take a moment for a little self-congratulation, for the success of this site is most certainly a communal accomplishment. So we thank you.

The site’s continued growth and the ever-increasing number of new commenters (not to mention a few recent incidents), got those of us here at YFSF HQ to thinking that this would be a good time to set down a basic code of ethics for the site. It follows, presented with the understanding that one of the things we’re most proud of about YFSF is that it’s essentially self-policing. That said, it’s useful to have some ground rules. Here’s what we came up with:

-Have respect for the YFSF community. If you disagree with an argument, by all means respond. But no matter how much you disagree, there’s no reason to insult your interlocutor as a person.

-Understand that the players and team personnel we write about are human beings, and some of them even read this site. Criticism of their play and public behavior is clearly acceptable, but needlessly disparaging remarks are not. We aim for a higher level of discourse here. The bar isn’t that high, but it should be higher than that.

-Use profanity judiciously. We want to be read in libraries.

-Sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and racist language is off limits. Obviously.

-The use of HTML code in comments is strongly discouraged. Stick to the use of caps or quotations whenever possible. No one likes seeing the blog turn all italic for 3 hours, and the process of resolving the problem can be a serious pain.

-Remember, this site was created by two friends who root for historic rivals. We believe that the discussions herein should reflect the essential character of that relationship, and our shared love of the game.

12 comments… add one
  • “-Use profanity judiciously. We want to be read in libraries.”
    Are these libraries in China? Because last I checked, most good libraries contain plenty of libraries with books that contain profanity.
    Not that I support tons of cussing here, but I’d be less supportive of a Puritanical/repressed attitude.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 5:36 pm
  • [Sorry about typo, omit “libraries with”]

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 5:37 pm
  • Hudson, there are businesses (not sure about libraries) that have fire walls that restrict access to sites with curses on them. It’s not a puritanical thing. It’s practical.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 5:39 pm
  • Yeah, but the post said “libraries,” not businesses.
    And personally I’ve got no use for businesses which try to pretend words we all know (and almost everyone uses) don’t exist.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 5:41 pm
  • That’s it exactly, Nick. Put up a few too many F-bombs and all of a sudden your site is banned at the NYPL. As it is, I believe we are already disallowed by the NYC Board of Education. Anyway, we’re not censoring anyone, or requesting any change in what has been standard practice here regarding cussin’. Use those words judiciously. They are not banned outright. Of course, the more often they used, the less power (and fun) they can be when deployed.

    YF August 1, 2006, 5:44 pm
  • This is just my opinion and in no way am I trying to speak for anyone else or the site. When an expletive is used to describe a phenomenal or atrocious play, such as “No F-ING WAY! PAPI 3 Run WALKOFF!!” it’s fun stuff and adds fire and feeling to the text describing the emotional flashpoints of a game. When it’s “Gerbil, you G D P O S, shut your mouth you ignorant S O A B,” as technically accurate as that sentence may be, such invectives do nothing that is in any way positive and are best left unsaid.

    attackgerbil August 1, 2006, 5:46 pm
  • I’m with you there, Gerb. Language is contextual.

    YF August 1, 2006, 5:51 pm
  • “We believe that the discussions herein should reflect the essential character of that relationship, and our shared love of the game.”
    YF/SF: that nugget right there is what drew me here in the first place, and what has consumed so many of my waking hours since. Congratulations and thanks for everyone’s contributions that make this such an entertaining place to learn and engage in dialog. Except for the new guy on the mast. What a maroon.

    attackgerbil August 1, 2006, 5:57 pm
  • There are so few times that you can find a number of Red Sox and Yankee fans who can have a discussion or debate about the game and not get rude with each other.
    Here at least we have a number of people who can have an adult/young adult conversation without completely offending people with a number of different names/comments.
    We have young teens who get on this Blog and type. Not necessarily the model we want to show them. Especially if you have kids.
    Granted not everyone feels that way, which is okay. Just try to keep it somewhat clean and breath for a few seconds before you type.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • Has YFSF jumped the shark?

    Wells August 1, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • I probably knew more swear-words when I was a “young teen” than at any other time of my life.
    If you think you’re protecting them from bad language by not posting it on this site, then you must have gone through junior high school in a corset.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • I think it’s proebably easier to speak in expletives in junior-high and high-school…now, we’re trying to figure out a way to talk that doesn’t employ big bombs.

    walein August 2, 2006, 12:00 am

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