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An update of Liberty Ballers' Community Guidelines

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As the site has grown, a need for clearer practices and policies has become necessary.

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings all. You may (or may not) have noticed, but I personally have been making more of an effort to be involved in the comment section as of late. I spend so much time on Twitter / social media that it feels overwhelming to be active all the time, but with increased responsibilities around here I've been trying to keep up with the ever-increasing commentariat.

With that comes an update I feel we've been needing to our community policies. We've been using the following rules for a decent amount of time now:

  1. Trust the process.
  2. Don't be too reactionary.
  3. Andre Iguodala was fantastic.
  4. The Bynum Trade was good.
  5. Be nice.
The spirit of those rules is great and correct, but the bigger this community gets, the more I feel we need to have clearly established rules so that old and new friends alike can talk hoops and feel welcome. As we move forward, we will be operating under this update to our community guidelines:

1. Be respectful
One of the biggest problems we've run into here is increased hostility toward other people's opinions, whether the topic is Prokafor/Nokafor or a debate on The Process generally. You are free to debate other members of the community -- and we encourage it! -- but there will be no tolerance for degrading opinions and/or people in poor taste. This includes but is not limited to: Name-calling, ad-hominem attacks, cursing at other members, etc. Say what you have to say without disrespecting other people.

If this is a problem for you, you will be put on notice. If it becomes a problem where multiple staffers have to tell you to chill out, you will be banned. Sexism, racism or other prejudice-based attacks will result in a ban without warning.

2. No low-effort comments or trolling

This is building off Rule 1. Disagree with someone's opinion, writer or commenter? Great! The comment section is your avenue for expressing why you disagree. It is not a place to call people idiots, tell someone they're wrong or troll incessantly if you're not prepared to explain your own opinion. This place is fun when people from all different backgrounds -- we have fans around the globe at this point -- share (in detail) where they're coming from.

3. The Process

As with the Sixers team-building approach, this is more philosophy than dogma. You do not have to agree with the approach long or short term, but as has been clearly established over the years, this is a place where a legion of fans who do believe in it tend to hang out. We welcome all people interested in the Sixers, but ask that you enter with an understanding that this is a thing many people here stand behind.

On the flipside, for those who believe in The Process -- please be respectful of people who do not, so long as they adhere to the rest of the rules. There are fans of all ages and types that do or don't believe in this plan, and not all of them are Howard Eskin.

4. Stay on topic, within reason

We cover an assortment of Sixers-related things at this point -- college prospects, D-League, individual development, coaching and so on -- so there is never a shortage of things to talk about. Arguing about a topic like Jahlil Okafor vs. Kristaps Porzingis incessantly and dragging it into every conversation is not necessary. Plenty of room for tangents within discussion, and you're all smart enough to recognize the time and place for everything.

5. Have fun

This is hokey and sounds like a "rule" for fourth graders, but remember at the end of the day we're just here talking hoops with other people who care about them a lot. Appreciate the opportunity you have to connect with people from all different walks of life that share a passion with you.

6. Andre Iguodala is and was the best

This rule will last forever. Long live Iggy.

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That's it. This community helped me discover people who care about this frequently crappy team as much as I do, and I am eternally grateful for that. The stakes for the rebuild feel massive at times and I know there's an urge to shout others down, but we're all in this together. Seacrest out.