Wednesday, April 2, 2008


NEWS FLASH: TAH has been “blacklisted” from Devils Illustrated and its message boards.

We typically throw up a post on various message boards to alert fans of the teams in question about important info that can be found on TAH.

Evidently, Devils Illustrated (the Duke site) doesn’t have a very good sense of humor.
Here’s what they said:

The userid currently logged in has been blacklisted from this message board due to a violation of the board's basic rules. Please note that repeated violations of this board's rules have resulted in this blacklisting.

Examples of the rules are:

1. No profanity, racist or sexist comments. This includes using abbreviations or changing one letter of a swear word such that the word(s) are still interpreted by most as profane. (Now, the posts don’t include any profanity, but occasionally a TAH article might…that’s a reach DI, you gotta do better.)

2. No pornographic or obscene material of any kind. Any user posting pornographic pictures, or links to such material will be blacklisted. This includes materials within a signature file or avatar. (Not guilty, we don't even know what an avatar is.)

3. No attacking other posters. Examples of such attacks: Bringing up their name in posts that they did not start or were not involved in, just to get a reaction from them. Consistently responding to their posts and responding with no merit other than to belittle them. (Not guilty.)

4. Do not post unsubstantiated rumors about players, coaches, etc. (Oops…OK, we do this ALL the time, but it’s satire…don’t’ they get it? Evidently, not.)

5. No repetitive negative posting. (To borrow from one of our favorite rapscallions, Bill Clinton, it depends of what the definition of 'repetitive' is [all the time? Guilty.] and 'negative' is [again, see above: satire.] Didn't they think the DUKE “UNOFFICIAL OFFICIAL” INJURY REPORT was funny? Who didn't think that was funny? OK, maybe Chainsaw and Grande Vino didn’t, but everybody else did including about 1,500 folks from UNC site…who, by the way, haven’t blacklisted TAH.)

6. No flaming: If a poster come onto the board with the intent only to flame, and continues to post nothing but flames or engages in no substantive discussion, the poster's posts will be deleted and the poster will be banned at the monitor's discretion. (TAH, flame? RIDICULOUS…What is wrong with these people? Didn’t they read the DUKE “UNOFFICIAL OFFICIAL” INJURY REPORT

7. No attacks on players or coaches. Personal attacks and insults, as opposed to criticism of gameplay will not be tolerated. (We don’t think poking fun at coaches and players qualifies as “attacks.” If Devils Illustrated does then they are both thin skinned and 100% wrong. There, that ought to get us tossed permanently.)

8. No attacking recruits: Just because a player may choose another school does not give you the right to blast them, in any circumstance. There will be zero tolerance on this issue. (One word: STUPID. Hey recruits, try avoiding this one word: ARRESTED. See below.)

9. No posting of commercial offers, competing websites or spamming of the board will be permitted. (We like to call it building readership…tomato, tomahto…)

10. No posting or distribution any material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any law. Post will be deleted and member can be banned at the monitors discretion. This means no posting of premium information from other web sites. (Well at least they think our stuff is “premium,” so all is not lost.)

Duke Illustrated, you complete us.

Thanks so much.

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