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Rules of conduct in General Messages Forum

Welcome to this part of the board which represents the busiest forum on tennisforum.

Please understand that this is deliberately a General Messages Forum and therefore permits a wide breadth of topics of general interest to be discussed.

This is something that has not always been appreciated by posters in the past and hence is being reiterated.

As with all forums, there are some rules that we expect to be followed. They are outlined below.

1. Do not start threads with the sole intention of bashing a player or a fellow poster, or provoking fights between fans.

Such threads are likely to be closed or deleted and posters that repeatedly post such threads or indeed partake in them are liable to further sanctions.

A degree of freedom to talk about players and express negative opinions about them is obviously permitted on a discussion board but there is absolutely no doubt that posters can engage in such discussion without resorting (for example) to petty name calling. Having said that, there is also no doubt that other posters could be less sensitive to some of the more minor remarks as well.

If you are unhappy with a comment or a thread in this forum, then kindly bring it to a moderator's attention using the report post function. It is up to the forum moderators (sometimes after discussion with one another) to decide whether or not to uphold complaints and what action to take (if any.)

Please understand that reporting a post does not mean it will be deleted or edited. Though obviously, if you make a compelling case with your reason, it is beneficial for everyone to appreciate your point of view.

2. All Getty images posted or attached on this board will be deleted.

Please see here for further details:

3. Before posting a thread, please make sure it is in the appropriate section of the board to generate the optimal response.
  • Blog entries from a particular player should be posted in the relevant player forum.
  • Threads posted from members of one fan base to the same fan base should be posted in the relevant player forum.
  • Video / Graphics threads should be posted in the media forum.
  • Photo threads from tournaments should be posted in the relevant tournament forum.
  • Report threads from tournaments should be posted in the relevant tournament forum.
  • Tournament draws should be posted in the relevant tournament forum - no exceptions, regardless of the size of the tournament.
  • Discussions about a particular player's draw can be posted in GM as can discussions about segments of a particular draw (eg. discussion about who will reach quarter finals in a particular draw quarter.)
  • Livescores/discussion when a match is in process are to be posted in the tournament section. See point number 5 below.
  • Result threads from matches can be posted in General Messages Forum - if there are multiple result threads, they will be merged.

Current tournaments section:

Previous tournaments section:

Upcoming tournaments section:

4. Threads about men's tennis are not permitted anywhere on this board. If you wish to discuss it, go to

5. Any thread that contains livescore posts / discussion that is discovered or brought to a moderator's attention via reported post will be closed without warning and not re-opened.

If you do not want threads on other topics to be closed, do not post livescores or discuss the match whilst it is in progress. This includes cheering or commenting on a way a player is playing during a match. Use the relevant tournament forums for these purposes.

Please note that this rule is now being enforced retrospectively:

  • If evidence of live scoring is discovered even after matches are completed, posters will still be liable to further action in the form of an infraction at the first offence.
  • This will be followed with a one day suspension from the forum (or more) for repeat offenders.

6. Threads on similar topics will be merged at the moderator's discretion.

It is your responsibility to check if any thread you post does not already have a similar, recent counterpart.

7. In some instances, 'official discussion threads' may be created. You are expected to use them for discussions related to that topic.

A good example of this is the topic of WTA ranking complaints that comes up in this forum repeatedly. Other threads of a similar vein will be created as and when the need arises. Any threads that are posted on the same topic as an existing 'official thread' will be combined with it.

8. If you have a question regarding one of your posts or threads being removed or deleted, the correct course of action is to contact a General Messages forum moderator via private message.

Do not start threads in the Bugs/Errors Reporting forum as they will be closed. The general messages forum moderators' remit is to manage this forum and they are the most qualified posters to answer your query or to direct you to someone that can.

So do not message every administrator / moderator on this site because you cannot be patient enough to wait for an answer. However, if your query is left unacknowledged (read: unacknowledged, not unanswered) for more than 24 hours, it is reasonable to ask another General Messages moderator to answer it as the person you have contacted may not be around for whatever reason.

A list of forum moderators can be found here:

9. Please acquaint yourself with the FAQ forum and the site rules forum.

The FAQ forum covers topics like how to deal with harrassment, poster banning questions and other issues that are repeatedly asked about on this forum.

The site rules forum covers some of the official rules on multiple accounts and some other important points that posters should be aware of.

10. No Spamming.

Please read our policy on what is considered spamming below:

11. Moderators exercise their discretion where appropriate.

All moderators on this forum give up their free time to try and make this place run a bit more smoothly. Please understand this fact before engaging them even if it makes no difference to you. It is not a plea for sympathy, simply a statement of fact.

I mention this because, although there is a degree of acceptance from all moderators that they will have to deal with disgruntled posters, there is no reason why said posters can't approach moderators without being threatening or abusive.

None of us are above criticism or feedback (which can sometimes be difficult to stomach and / or unconstructive) but that doesn't translate to a complete forfeit of the right to be addressed with a degree of civility.

With that in mind, the administrators will no longer tolerate perpetual harrassment or repeated abuse of forum moderators by any individual or groups of posters.

By regularly reading the reported posts and discussion in the moderator forum, the general messages moderators are more likely to be aware of the mechanics of several posters' issues, interactions, behaviour, conflict, prior conduct etc. They will also appreciate the finer points of the general messages dynamic as they are looking at it from a different perspective.

As a result of this, they do have some experience and knowledge that registered users don't have and may use it to influence decisions that they make.

It is appreciated that posters may not agree with or understand some of those decisions. That is your right and there is no doubt that mistakes are made by all of us at times.

You are welcome to appeal a decision via private message to the a general messages forum moderator as outline above. When this happens, the moderator will usually seek a second opinion in the moderator forum and, if necessary, reverse a decision after discussion.

However, what should be clear to you all is that unpopular decisions need to be made at times. Though none of the moderators are interested in antagonising anyone, there will always be occasions when posters, though they are entitled to ask questions, do not get the answer they wanted.

This is a reality of posting on an internet message board that is best accepted as it will not change.

Thank you for your attention.

Last edited by Kart; Aug 29th, 2009 at 01:17 AM.
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