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Our board is growing. And that is a good thing. But now might be a good time to re-emphasize some of the reasons for that growth. I've not been here since the beginning, but I've been around long enough to know how things go here. Here is a stab at it:
The content of the site is an obvious draw. The staff at 247 are second to none and I have nothing but laudatory things to say about them. The original content deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the site's growth.
Aside from that, it is that this message board is different from TOS.
We don't attack each other. Doesn't mean we always agree. We don't. Just means that we disagree respectfully. This is a more reasonable portion of the fanbase whose conversations are driven more by facts and logic than by passion. Keep the name-calling and insinuations off of this board.
We welcome new members and guests, so long as they adhere to the tenor of this board. This isn't necessarily a 247 thing. It is a TENNESSEE 247 thing. There are other team boards that are just like TOS. This isn't one of them. We welcome other posters' input. If they get out of line, we set them straight - respectfully and coherently. If that doesn't fix it, we appeal to the mods. They have been very quick to protect the mojo of this board. Hanky panky won't be tolerated for long - even from paying customers. I've seen it multiple times. Trust the mods. They will handle it. Vigilante justice is not needed. You won't win an argument with a troll. Ever.
A healthy vocabulary is appreciated here. Profanity is the exception, not the rule. You will see it used very sparingly - and then almost always in jest. Never in anger. Use your words. Demonstrate enough intelligence to communicate your point without profanity and belligerence. This is a board for grown ups. Act like one.
This is a family. It is a phrase that has been so overused that it has almost lost its meaning, but it really has been the case on this board. The atmosphere here is more what I would expect from a like-minded spiritual community, not from a sports board. But the truth is, this board does community better than even most spiritual groups. Mess with that vibe and you will quickly find yourself ostracized. But, like a family, we are quick to let you back in when you are ready to abide by the cultural norms and social mores (pronounced "morays" - if you don't know, look it up) that define who we are.
If what you have just read doesn't make you breathe a sigh of relief, this might not be the site for you. If you will miss the hyperbolic rants and inflammatory rhetoric of other boards, you might be better off staying there. Otherwise, welcome aboard. You will find this is a sports board unlike any other. And we have been diligent to keep it that way. Count on that continuing.
Those who have been around longer than I have - feel free to correct me if I have misrepresented the nature and character of the board. Just thought it might be a helpful reminder for some of our newer friends. :-)
Those who are new - post often and post well. But don't water down what has been built here. This is genuinely something special!
Most of the problem is that all the new posters are so used to the flaming on the other sites, they tend to do it here out of habit.
People, just debate the topic (not the poster) like adults, it's really that simple.
It's inevitable that we'll have a few more problems pop up here and there as we continue to grow — and that's always going to happen, because all we've done from Day One is grow — but the best thing we do is continue to police things ourselves. That won't eliminate problems, but it will minimize them.
We sweep away most trolls as soon as they step foot in here, but we can't get them all. We have to sleep, run errands, do things with our friends and families and other stuff. The best thing y'all can do is something I consistently struggle with — don't feed the trolls. If you don't feed them, they die.
It will never be awful around here, though. We can promise you that. We know that's what separates us from the rest.
Senior Writer, govols247
The only thing I would add is the red "Ignore" symbol. If someone is neg all the time and you don't want to read it hit the "Ignore" symbol and you don't have to read it anymore. I only have two users "Ignored" here and it is because they are always neg. If I was still on TOS I couldn't read most post if they had an Ignore button.
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Thanks for the protection...tos wants drama..i want a TN friendly board ....for that i am grateful
Again I apologize for the drama on the board. I am guessing this would have been one of those posts where Dooley would have made me read it in front of the rest of the team......
Good job all, glad to see us showing some class and keeping the board a great place. Proud to be on with guys and gals like ya'll and couldn't be happier to be part of the community
I'm just glad to be here! This is a huge reason why! Go Vols!
I'm a younger member here. I feel completely at home here with everyone, not that we know each others ages, but I can give a point of my own on here without someone shooting me down because "They've been a vol since 1960 and they know it all." It doesn't happen. I mean I know a lot about the Vols, old and present, mostly because my dad bathed me in orange kool-aid everyday growing up, but I have learned so much on this board. It's good to know there is always more to be learned, and I do here everyday. This place is like a family. I love it. The mods are awesome here. I can always get a laugh from a good "Wes' Beard" joke or poking fun at other SEC/Conference schools. It's great. Rhetoric is a dying thing guys. The beauty of Rhetoric is being able to argue your point skillfully and precisely without flying off the handle. That's what we have here (most of the time). Much love to my 24/7 family and the mod's (who are also family but deserve a little extra credit). Class A act on this site.
I just switched from Rivals about two days ago. I couldn't take that crap on VQ anymore. Good to be here.
That's one more refugee from TOS!!
I migrated here from the free forum govolsxtra, got to the point i couldnt stand to read some articles(j.adams) let alone comments. Much love to everyone here, no where else can you have adult conversations about a subject we are all passionate about. The anything goes mentality of other sites is non existent here.
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