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.