First, let me explain why these boards exist. The FinHeaven & Co Forums were created to bring a place for fans to sit back, relax, and talk about Dolphins football. In the first year of existence, this really wasn't a problem as there was under 1,000 members. However, the boards are obviously growing, and this is seemingly becoming more difficult. Instead of members being able to relax, some members have to be on guard for personal attacks or veiled insults.
As time has been going on, the moderation has been someone lenient. However, due to events that have recently passed, we are forced to tighten up and make these forums enjoyable, once again for all members.
So, please keep the following in mind:
* We honestly don't care about what happened on other message boards. If you don't like another member from a different forum, and that member were to post here, and you were to insult that member FIRST on these forums, then you are held responsible and will be warned, and possibly banned. Once again, private wars will NOT take place on FinHeaven. We do not care who started what on another board, nor do we care what happens off this board, who is banned where, or who moderates what. Our primary concern is FinHeaven & Co. These are not the forums to be talking about the past, and bringing up past arguments that happened on other boards.
* Any personal attacks will be taken seriously, unless the member being attacked takes it lightly and jokingly.
* There will be no "message board war." We realize that there is some "rough terrain" between Dolphins Digest, the Palm Beach Post, Dolfan Talk, or anybody else. However, as the name implies, this is the Finheaven & Co Forums.
For those that need a reminder, here are the warnings:
First offense will be a warning.
Second offense will be a week ban.
Third offense will be a permanent ban.
Listen people, we are taking this seriously. We aren't going to allow personal insults fly, these boards were created for Dolphin fans to talk about Dolphins football, not about somebody else's mother.
If you don't like these rules, tough. If you have someone that you simply can not ignore and must insult them, use emails or simply use the ignore feature on these message boards... or try growing up.
Finally, I just wanted to let ALL the members know that I personally back ALL of the staff members. Each and every one of them has gained my respect and trust. However they choose to handle a situation is up to them, and I respect whatever they choose. If a staff member has decided to ban a member, I will not go around their backs and unban that member unless he or she can prove that they are worth being unbanned, and, in addition, it will be brought to a staff vote.
Lastly, just remember... attack the post, not the poster.
If you have any questions, please let any of us know.
FinHeaven & Co Staff