Welcome to MensTennisForums.com - a message board for fans of men's tennis and ATP players.
We hope you enjoy posting on the site - here follows some generic advice and regulations that we ask you to follow to try to ensure our community continues to thrive.
This is a public forum owned by a private company. Please treat your fellow users with respect wherever possible.
Anything you post here is accessible by anyone on the internet and is your total responsibility.
If you are posting questionable facts or opinions, it is prudent to consider any potential repercussions of your actions before you post. In the event that you post something that you later wish to retract, you have the power to edit your own posts. You should also be fully aware of the rules of the site before you post, which can be found in this thread
The moderating team may need to edit or delete posts that are in violation of forum rules, particularly ones that occur in the situations mentioned below.
Racism, homophobia and other forms of discriminatory remarks or imagery
Abusive remarks or imagery toward other posters or groups of people on the basis of race and / or sexual orientation are completely unacceptable on this site as are other forms of discriminatory abuse.
Forms of abuse that will not be tolerated include, but are not limited to:
- insults or attacks based on nationality
- insults or attacks based on religious beliefs or lack thereof
Clear cut cases are grounds for an instant review and will lead to action based on the nature of the infraction and the previous history of the offender.
The context in which a post is written will be considered before any action is taken. Clear and direct abusive comments that seek to demean any of the above categories will be considered discriminatory.
The decision of the forum moderators regarding what action to take on each individual occasion is final.
Pornographic images are strictly prohibited on this site, including in jest. This includes links to pornographic websites, whether linked formally with full URLS or not.
Posting of such material will result in posts being deleted and may also result in sanctions.
Any unlawful pictures posted will result in the webmaster and relevant authorities being informed.
Please see this thread
for guidelines on what images are considered appropriate.
Spamming is not permitted on this website.
There are clear rules in this forum regarding advertising websites - see this thread
for guidelines on what is appropriate.
Do not post material that you may not have permission to use.
- copyrighted photos from sites such as getty
- other copyrighted materials
- personal information on posters / other individuals that you know they would not want shared
Every individual is allowed one account on this forum.
There are no exceptions.
If you are posting from the same place as another user - for example, the same household or other areas with shared computers (school, university, public library, workplace, etc) - then there are clearly written guidelines on how to approach this.
Please see the following thread for guidelines on what is permitted.
POLICY: Multiple Accounts Accessed from the Same Location
Do not post private messages from staff in the public forum and do not repost threads or comments that have been deleted / edited by a moderator.
Both actions are prohibited on this forum and are looked upon with grave severity, and will lead to sanction against the offender.
Attitude Toward Staff
Aside from the webmaster, all moderators and administrators on this site give up their free time to voluntarily moderate this board. It is accepted that they may be criticised by posters but they should be given the same level of respect as any other poster.
Repeated abuse / victimisation / hate campaigns against individual moderators will not be tolerated on this board.
Staff accept that posters may not agree with moderation decisions and this is your right. However, posters should understand that differences of opinion are inevitable at times and the nature of a message board forum.
You are welcome to discuss individual concerns with the forum moderator and he / she may change his decision based on your argument.
However, he / she also may not and you should be prepared for that eventuality and be able to accept it gracefully.
We may not all always agree but we can agree to disagree respectfully.
If the moderator says that the discussion on the particular point in dispute is over, then the discussion is over - harassment of moderators to try to get them to change their minds will not be accepted.
These rules and the moderating team are here to try to keep the forums a fun, positive place to socialize and share information, primarily about tennis but also about other things.
Many forums fall apart after becoming consumed by poster in-fighting or having useful information drowned in a sea of irrelevant material. We are actively trying to avoid that here at menstennisforums.com
We are ready to treat you like a mature, responsible individual, and if you behave as such, you won't have any problems here. If you are looking to behave irresponsibly, childishly, offensively and/or disruptively, you will quickly come to the moderators' attention.
The rules by which this site are governed are determined by the moderation team and endorsed by the webmaster who is responsible for the site on behalf of the site's owners.
Detailed information on the site rules, and the consequences for breaking these rules, can be found in this thread
Users are free to discuss the rules and their implementation with the moderators in the feedback section, however doing so is no guarantee that the rules or their operation will be changed. The moderation team's decision on this will be final, and attempts by users to overturn those decisions by methods such as persistent complaints, harassment or coordinating with other members will not be tolerated.
A common line of defence is the "right to free speech" or "censorship" argument. Please note that, as mentioned above, this is a public forum owned by a private company, who have appointed members to moderate the forum, and to enforce and occasionally update the rules as necessary. When users create an account on this forum, they are agreeing to abide by the rules that govern the forum. As such, the forum rules in place curtail any poster's "right to free speech", and users must accept this when they create an account and use the forum.
If a user feels they cannot, in practice, abide by the rules, for whatever reason, they are free to seek other forums where they might feel more at home. Disagreements about rules or the way forums are run are not always resolvable and occasionally the only solution is that both parties separate.
If you do not feel that you can operate within the rules that govern this site, please feel free to discuss the situation with the moderation team - they might be able to alleviate your concerns, or, failing that, will be able to arrange for your account to be made inactive.