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SportsBoards.com FAQs

Q. Is SB free to join?
A. Yes! No fee whatsoever.

Q. Are the message boards moderated?
A. Yes. Besides periodically reading new posts, we have several secutiry features in place. An extensive profanilty filter blocks any post from becoming live that contains words that are blocked. We also have a “self-policing” feature called the Board Nanny where people can report abuse to our admins who will take care of the situation asap.

Q. How do I report abuse, profanity, etc. that I find on SportsBoards?
A. You can report abuse by either emailing abuse@sportsboards.com or filling out an abuse ticket by clicking the abuse icon located on every post.

Q. How do I report problems, errors, etc. I find on SportsBoards?
A. You can report problems, errors, etc by emailing support@sportsboards.com.

Q. Do I have to be a member to reply or create new posts?
A. Yes. For security purposes we require you to be a registered member before creating new posts or replying to current posts.

Q. How do I “rate” a post?
A There are two are two arrows at the end of the Post Title line. One goes up, one goes down. You are allowed to rate each post only once, so don’t try to cheat.

Q. What is a “Viewing Threshhold?”
A. You can set your preferences to show or hide any post with a certain rating. (see above FAQ)

Q. How do I get a blog?
A. If you are a registered member, you already have one! Just go to your

Q. There is something on SportsBoards about me that I don't like. What should I do?
A. This has been and always will be a problem with any online forum. You have few options. First is to post a reply defending yourself. (Make sure you don’t do what you are accusing others of doing though…) Second you can email us at support@sportsboards.com with your complaint. If we feel the comment is out of line or libelous we will act appropriately. From past experience we have found that fanning the flames just makes things worse. Memories on SB are very short. Things tend to blow over very quickly when left alone. Keep a level head.

Q. I lost my password. Help!
A. Go to the register page and you will see a password retrieval form. Use it.

Q. Why do I need to register?
A. If you want to participate as a member by posting comments or creating comments you need to register. This not only helps us moderate the boards, but is a safeguard against the occasional dimwit who thinks it is cool to post stupid stuff over and over with different usernames.

Q. Can I Be Sued for Something I Put on the Internet?
A. Yes. The laws regarding defamation apply to Internet as they do to more traditional media. However, federal law protects Internet service providers (ISPs) and other interactive computer services (like SportsBoards.com) from lawsuits.

Q. I am mad! I want to sue the ever-loving pants off of SportsBoards.com for something that someone wrote on the message boards!! How can I sue you?
A. The answer is that you really can’t. Under Section 230 of the Communications Act all lawsuits filed against service providers are barred. Here is a better explanation taken, in part, from www.nixonpeabody.com. Before doing anything, make sure what you are reading is truly libelous by law and not just by your own definitions. Definition of libel

What Is Section 230 Immunity?
In 1996, as part of the Communications Decency Act, Congress immunized computer service providers from liability for information that originates with third parties. Section 230 contains three important subparts. Together, the three subparts have established almost universal immunization for information service providers that are sued for content created by a third party. Under Section 230(c)(1), “[n]o provider or speaker of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” Section 230(c)(2), commonly referred to as the “Good Samaritan” provision, provides protection for interactive computer services that take steps to control content, like Prodigy in the Stratton case: “[n]o provider . . . of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of [] any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider . . . considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.” Finally, Section 230(c)(3) broadly preempts inconsistent state law: “[n]othing in this section shall be construed to prevent any State from enforcing any State law that is consistent with this section. No cause of action may be brought and no liability may be imposed under any State or local law that is inconsistent with this section.”

Basically, you can’t sue us for what someone else wrote. That would be like suing you local barber for comments made by the guy getting a haircut. You can, however, obtain an subpoena that will legally ask us to turn over any identifiable information about the poster who wrote the comments you don’t like. Upon receiving said subpoena, we will notify the accused and notify them of what is going on. This will give them a chance to obtain legal representation so everyone is playing on an even field. At that point, their attorney will file an appeal against the subpoena. The case will then be scheduled to be heard in court months later costing both parties lots of money. We will not act on the subpoena until the appeal has been ruled on, which will most likely be month after the fact. Additionally, instead of the issue only being read by a few people on SportsBoards.com, your complaint will now be seen on a much broader scale as media outlets pick up the story and the comments made about you are re-published in all the newspapers. Follow this rule of thumb – If you read something that you consider to be libelous let us know about it. If we read it and find it to be libelous, we will take it down. End of story. Don’t waste your time, our time or the courts time by getting upset about comments like, “He’s just mad because both he and his son suck at sports.” That isn’t libelous. It is rude, but not illegal.