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Refreshing the community guidelines

Like a 72 degree night under the dome in July.

Patrick Smith

At this point, you should all click the "refresh" button on your browsers. I'm fairly certain that you've had the DRaysBay Community Guidelines open for the last six months so that you can constantly reference them (and if you didn't then shame on you, open up that page now), so if I weren't telling you to hit refresh, you'd miss the changes I've just made. Let's step through the two major highlights of what you'll find:

  1. There's a lot less capitalization than there used to be. I'm not sure who wrote the original draft, but he and I have different ideas about what should be capitalized. Now that I'm site manager, I have the power to make arbitrary decisions, so "warning" is going to be lower case from here on out.
  2. I've added a sixth guideline: No trolling. I want to make something very clear. This is not intended, and will not be used, to target any specific members of the DRaysBay community. I do not believe that we have a problem with trolls, and I take very seriously a responsibility to protect minority voices, even when they're wrong about baseball. Rather, I want to tweak how we interact with fans of other teams. When they come on this site, make them welcome. And if their intention turns out just to be to poke at you, don't react by insulting them, their mother, or their city. Let a mod handle it, or tweet at me (@dog_whelk) any time. Seriously, my problem, not yours.

That's it. The rest of the guidelines are the same, and are common sense: No personal attacks, no slurs of any kind, keep it safe for work, and use headlines. This is going to be a trying season for all of us, as the Rays will need to scrape to win 50 games, but there's no one else I'd rather spend it with.