USBGF Community Policy

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Short Version

Respect the Game and Respect the Community

In providing this space, the U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) strives to build a stronger, healthier backgammon community. We welcome members to participate, provided they follow our rules. In short, if you act in a kind and courteous manner and show respect to all community members, you will not violate any of the rules. If you have any doubt about what constitutes kind, courteous, or respectful behavior, well, you should probably read the long version.

Long Version

What’s my game plan?

The USBGF’s Mission Statement is:

A not-for-profit organization devoted to advancing the awareness, participation,
education and enjoyment of the skill-based game of backgammon.

Our objective is to grow the game in all demographics, including youths. As such, this forum should be considered family-friendly. If it’s not something you would want your 12-year-old son or daughter to read, you probably shouldn’t post it. We want all members of the backgammon community to feel comfortable coming to this forum. The best way to ensure that is by treating everyone with respect — as you would like them to treat you.

Can I make a point?

This forum is primarily for backgammon-related topics. There are plenty of social platforms available for other topics. Off-topic posts are discouraged but not prohibited. There are some specific exceptions:

  1. Posts of a religious nature will be taken down.
  2. Purely political posts will be taken down. Posts with political references, allusions, or implications will typically be taken down.
  3. Posts of a sexual nature, or containing clearly sexual innuendo, will typically be taken down.
  4. Posts advertising backgammon items or services are allowed, provided they are not excessive. Any other advertising will be taken down.
  5. Any post deemed to be Spam will be taken down.
  6. Members who make excessive off-topic posts may be asked to stick to backgammon.

Can I attack?

Personal attacks will not be tolerated. It is OK to disagree with someone’s positions, opinions, or actions, provided the disagreement is respectful. But it is NOT OK to attack an individual or group of individuals at a personal level.

Discrimination of any sort will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Race
  2. Religion
  3. National Origin
  4. Gender or Gender identity
  5. Sexual orientation
  6. Body size
  7. ANY reason!

If you have a personal dispute with a specific individual, this forum is not the place to air it. Please take such discussions offline!

Trolling, rants, and hijacking posts are strongly discouraged. Offenders may be warned, and repeat offenders may be sanctioned.

Can I play purely?

Always be respectful. Think before you post. If you wouldn’t want to see someone post something about YOU, then you probably should not post it about them.

Please keep your language clean. We recognize that there is a wide range of what different people find acceptable. Still, we do want the site to be family-friendly. The USBGF rules do not explicitly prohibit foul language. However, posts or comments with vulgar, offensive or profane language are subject to edit or removal. Content will definitely be taken down if the foul language is:

  1. Directed AT an individual or group of individuals
  2. Excessive or gratuitous
  3. Clearly meant only to provoke a reaction

Illegal plays

Posts that promote, support, or exhibit any harmful or illegal activity will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Drugs
  2. Pornography
  3. Scams
  4. Terrorist activity
  5. Human trafficking
  6. Hate crimes
  7. Bullying
  8. Self-harm/suicide
  9. Basically, anything that is against the law!

How can I keep from dancing?

As long as you follow the rules and treat everyone with respect, you are welcome to participate. Violations of the rules could result in the suspension of posting rights. Repeated violations would typically result in harsher sanctions, up to an outright ban from the site, or even revocation of USBGF membership.

We want this to be an open and welcoming space. Following the rules outlined above while being kind and respectful will help us build a larger and stronger backgammon community. The USBGF thanks you for your cooperation and support.