Everything below is cited as a collective vehicle to a functional and meaningful web experience. The central core is respect.

Please keep this message board University of Michigan related or the opponents that Michigan competes with. On occasion off topic threads may be used, but refer to "OT" when used as the headline.

Before we begin, in order to better serve you on GBMWolverine Message Board, we ask that users do not pass on shared message board information to sites that are not part of GBMWolverine Message Board.

Monday Night Chat (8:00pm):

We will once again have our chats on Monday nights which we have a regular chat at 8:00pm Eastern time. We would like to invite every member of GBMWolverine Message Board to come experience our chat.

One rule for the chats is typical and necessary for sites such as this sharing information: what is said in chat, stays in chat. We would ask you to keep this information off the GBMWolverine board, or any other site. We will most likely be able to share more information to our posters if we can secure a trust from all of our posters in chat. Also please do not ask for recaps or what was missed on the message board.

With the above done, but still necessary policies and statements.

Mission Statement:

The overriding mission is to create a fun and comfortable environment of the highest quality for Michigan fans to discuss topics regarding University of Michigan athletics. We mostly cover Michigan football, but will dive into basketball, hockey, softball, baseball, recruiting and any other sport at the University of Michigan. Keep in mind GBMWolverine Message Board is a small community composing this message board as a hobby, and we all strive to willingly share information with other readers that enjoy the same passion we do — Michigan.

PROCEDURES:

All rules should be treated with equal importance:

Please take the small amount of time needed to read over each and every rule, and take them seriously. All rules mentioned in this message will be enforced by the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff.

We want everybody to enjoy their visits at GBMWolverine Message Board, and we seek a Holy Grail of message board: to put into place a web environment where people respect each other while posting as part of the GBMWolverine Message Board community, making the site a ”better place.” We have every right as the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff to edit, delete, or make changes as GBMWolverine Message Board Staff sees fit to any post/thread that is on our board. Yes, it is a fine line between “institutional control” and attempting to avoid a chaotic mess where inmates run the asylum.

The GBMWolverine Message Board staff will not tolerate being attacked by any poster. We will give leeway a little bit, but if we feel a line has been crossed you will be warned or likely given some time off the board.

RULES OF COMMON SENSE FOR GBMWOLVERINE POSTERS:

A. Think before you post:

Some of the most problematic posts on sites are made without taking a “time out” to think about it first, that is raw, pure emotion instantly rules. If you are upset or frustrated about a game, a recruit, or something else, posting in this state of mind will not yield the best results.

B. Treat posting as a conversation:

Chances are, if what one is posting is not something that would be stated when having a conversation in person, then a reader is better off not posting at that particular moment. If a reader is posting simply because things can be stated as an anonymous person behind a keyboard, it is likely to be a post that stands a chance of being upsetting.

C. Treat fellow members as you would like to be treated:

The “Golden Rule” might (or might not) be overused or overstated, but this cliche is still valid. If everyone is respectful of all reasonable opinions, regardless of individual agreement, the forum will be a much more welcoming, “civilized” place to visit. If there is a problem with a poster’s comments that is truly (warranted) upsetting and a reader believes a comment should not be allowed, please e-mail GBMWolverine and explain why you believe this post/thread should be deleted, locked or edited.

D. No finger pointing, direct insulting, or personal attacks:

Avoid calling out an individual poster, or posters, with insults or name-calling. Points and counter-points can be friendly and respectful. Do not make any comments that are derogatory in nature about another poster or GBMWolverine. If we feel this is done to another poster or a staff member you will be having a timeout. We do not anticipate and cannot accept lengthy squabbles or disagreements from members. This board seeks to be different, to be better. This is fun stuff and never should be made personal.

E. Opposition is fine; stereotyping can be bad:

One product of a good message board is expanded opinion — well at least here at GBMWolverine Message Board.

F. Supporting your position with facts and plausible thought is useful:

This is one reason we wanted to start a message board to get more people involved talking Michigan. We can handle everyone not totally agreeing on everything and actually prefer different opinions because if everybody was saying the same thing it would make this board not as interesting. Also we value every posters opinion no matter if they have 1 post or 10,000 posts.

G. If you don’t like it, don’t read it, this may be better for all:

While forums have rules, a simple form of moderation is self-moderation, filter what you read and any response. We do this as a hobby and might not be around 24/7. We believe we have some of the best posters around.

H. Everyone loves quality, but do not sell yourself or others short:

Consider that while you might not think a certain comment or question is insightful, or of value, someone else might.

I. If you are responding to another poster, please state their name or quote their response:

This practice provides clarity and avoids confusion.

VULGARITY & OBSCENE MATERIAL:

A. Absolutely no profanity, vulgarity, or obscenity is allowed on the forums by members of the message board:

For intelligent adults this is self-evident as to what constitutes offensive material and why it cannot be allowed.

B. No obscene or pornographic material is permitted in a post or signature:

Additionally, no links to pornographic or hardcore websites are allowed in a post or signature. Posts of graphic sexual content are also not permitted. In our current society such disclaimers are a must.

SIGNATURE PICTURES:

A. Pictures in a signature of reasonable size are permitted (not large enough to interfere with the forum.

The GBMWolverine Message Board Staff will have the final say on whether your picture is acceptable or not. Do not get upset if you are asked to remove it or change it. This is a Michigan board so keep the pictures relative to what we are talking about.

FLAMING:

A. Flaming:

Posting with the intention of causing trouble will not be tolerated and given a very short leash, including baiting others, intentionally upsetting others, name-calling, etc. Frankly, with the posters GBMWolverine has on board, we anticipate minimal problems, simply practice respect. GBMWolverine Message Board Staff will have the final say!

B. Please do not denigrate other teams, any coach or player:

Do not tear down the opposition in order to build Michigan up. Dignity and sportsmanship still matter at GBMWolverine Message Board.

Excessive verbal abuse of coaches or players will not be tolerated. We prefer to keep personal problems and lives of players and coaches in line with common decency and respect for privacy. There is such a thing as common knowledge (reported as legitimate and truth), but this is different from rumor. The two should be differentiated between. The performance of players is a frequent topic of discussion. It is one thing to say that so and so gets to the flat a little late, but another to say that a player cost Michigan the game and should never play again. Players need reasonable support, at the very least.

C. Discussion of coaches should be directly related to the state of the program:

Please be compassionate about the pressure coaches are under and the decisions coaches make. Disagreeing with a decision and being a Monday armchair quarterback are common practices. Lobbying for dismissal or public ridicule of professional staff is not part of the message board mission.

COMPLAINTS OR CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM:

A. Legitimate questions about GBMWolverine Message Board or general knowledge concerns are reasonable and are seriously considered:

And will be responded to accordingly, in which case we ask readers to e-mail GBMWolverine and not “stir up” the membership. Private inquiry works best.

SOLICITATION:

A. SPAM or soliciting for another website or service:

Especially for personal gain, is not permitted.

BANNING PROCEDURE:

It is up to the GBMWolverine administrator and the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff to determine how far a poster is allowed to go. The poster may or may not be formally informed if they have received a "timeout" as determined by administrators, but we would like for all posters to help each other, and therefore the site, in a calm, fair, and reasonable self-policing mode that seems to have worked very well at GBMWolverine Message Board over the years.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff will have the final say!

Some have claimed our administrators and the site management to be more than fair and tolerant in providing extra leeway not granted to other similar board environments. We clearly have a very good message board, one which is almost universally across the board made better by very respectful, knowledgeable, and mature good posters who have strongly contributed to make this site what it has become. Simply we do not want enhanced tolerance of a very, very few who push the envelope and take into account the need for others to be comfortable on this site to result in frustration, bearing the brunt of unneeded verbiage, or even leaving the site.

We, as a result, have taken the step of adding a banning procedure. We believe we are a fair board and want people to voice their opinion, but, again, there are obvious and reasonable expectations for being constructive and not destructive.

Before going on, understand that 99 percent of readers hit home runs and the mere hint at a strike is for the self-selected few. In short, all of us need to understand the procedure, but few (WE HOPE NO ONE) will ever in any way be affected.

We can ban people through IP Address, so keep that in mind, just changing the name is not what we wish to happen.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff will have the final say!

BANNED USERS:

We expect, with the conditions put in place, few if any problems. Anyone whose actions result in a temporary, or permanent ban should not attempt to circumvent the suspension by posting under a different identity, from a different computer, or by any other means. Violators may be subject to permanent bans by IP Address.

Please let us never get to this point where anyone is banned, that is not the intent of the GBMWolverine Message Board. It will be up to the site administrator as to any action taken, and hopefully the30, 60, 90, 120, yearly ban, or permanent ban policy will not have to be enforced.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff will have the final say!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

A. Follow the rules and everything will be fine.

B. None of the above conditions are meant to be ominous, but many of you have visited sites that frequently must go into meltdown/lock-down mode. The purpose here is to proactively set up a preventative environment and not an environment that flames controversy or anger. Michigan athletics are to be enjoyed and followed with pride.

Thanks for visiting GBMWolverine Message Board and hope to see you again here for your daily Michigan reading.