The Kings hit a rough spot earlier than expected, so the annual reminder of site rules is coming earlier than expected as well. We’re hitting this about two months earlier than last season. Congratulations on your behavior being bad enough to warrant this already! For the most part, we try to moderate without a heavy hand. We have rules in place to make sure that the comments remain a highlight of Sactown Royalty rather than a cesspool. Our comments section should be a place where everyone feels welcome to participate and discuss the Kings. With that in mind, here are our rules.
You are not a moderator
One of the benefits of participating in our comments is that you are not burdened with the task of being a moderator. This means it is not your job to tell people how to be a fan. It is not your place to tell someone when they’re breaking a rule. It is not your place to discuss your agreements or disagreements with the site rules.
If you see something you feel is inappropriate, flag it and move on. Flagging comments make it much easier for us to see issues, especially in big threads, and we will handle the comments as warranted.
If you receive a warning, don’t get mad. Complaining about a warning in the comments is a quick way to get another warning or to get banned. My email can be found in the masthead. Reach out to me if you have a complaint.
Trolling, simply put, is commenting to create arguments. That is different than commenting to create discussion. Trolling is also when you post the same complaint over and over in each thread regardless of what that thread is about. For example, if you comment in every thread about how the Kings should have drafted Player X instead of Player Y, even when the threads are about Player B, you’re just trolling.
No personal attacks
If you disagree with someone, that’s fine. Disagreements are healthy and a big reason why discussing sports are fun. But if you resort to name calling or insulting people, that violates site rules.
This community has proven time and time again that we are incapable of discussing politics without the conversation going off the rails. Certain stories naturally involved some level of politics, such as when games were shut down due to political protests last year. In those threads we do our best to allow the natural conversation, but those are one-off circumstances. In general, no politics are allowed in the comments.
We are not as strict as some SB Nation sites. We do allowed swearing in threads. Especially in game threads we know emotions run high. That said, there are certain things that simply aren’t allowed when it comes to language. Anything excessively vulgar isn’t allowed. Any hate language is specifically forbidden, no language targeting any individual or group based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
Be respectful. Site moderation isn’t easy and we do make mistakes sometimes, but we always err on the side of caution and try to make the comments a respectful and inclusive community. Violate these rules and you’ll receive warnings, timeouts, or be banned. Remember that we’re all Kings fans and while we may disagree on the path to get there, we all want the result.