There's been an increase in the amount of strident discussion here at the site as of late. I'm more than cool with people disagreeing, and I'm always impressed at your ability to work things out without me having to bash your darling little heads together. Still, I feel a need to summon up the ol' Falcoholic charter so you guys can get a refresher.
Don't be a jerk. This is pretty self-explanatory. It means no name-calling, no being stupid for the sake of being stupid, and no demeaning other people and their beliefs. A certain amount of friction is natural in any blog community, but I've been on the razor's edge of enforcing for the past few weeks. I'm going to start warning people who are crossing the line, and we'll go from there.
Don't like the Saints, Bucs or Panthers. Unless you're a visiting fan from one of those teams. Otherwise, it just ain't cool.
Don't use caps lock all the time. BECAUSE YOUR POINT ISN'T THAT IMPORTANT!
Keep the cussin' to a dull roar. Inventing words is a lot more fun. Everybody gets a couple in the game threads, when necessary.
Don't pimp your blog. Ask politely for a link. This applies only to those who come on here to start trouble or link themselves. I'm fine with linking to any Falcons site that wants me to, but there's a right and a wrong way to go about it.
Do comment often. That means you, lurkers. I know there's many who simply read here and some will never comment. I understand that. The rest of you should come join the discussion, because we have some great threads going here at all times.
It's really a pretty short list, and 99% of the time everyone's adhering to it. The Falcoholic is a better community than I ever dared to hope, and I'm hoping that we'll keep growing at our slow but steady rate. I'd love more traffic, but I wouldn't trade in the level of discourse here for 100,000 page views a day. I just want to continue to improve the site, and I can't do that if everyone spends their days squabbling.
Leave your thoughts in the comments.