By registering with the forum, you will be able to edit your member profile and preferences. You will get the most out of your time here if you change your profile and preferences to suit your individual tastes. There are many options in your profile to make your experience here more enjoyable, so please take a few moments to try the various settings. Also, only users that are registered and logged in can take advantage of the "New Posts" feature upon each visit. Once you've registered and logged in, click "Edit Profile" or "Edit Preference" in the Forum Navigation island to edit your settings.
The Email Address field is used for email notifications, Watch Lists and to email your password. The Public Email Address field is what other users see when they view your profile. We realize that you may not want everyone to know your real email address, but we need to know it in case you want to watch certain content or if you want to have replies emailed to you. For this reason you can give us your real email address in the Email Address field and only the Administrators of the board will see it. You can provide a different email address for the general public using the Public Email Address. Some people like to put in something like email@example.com. This way people can still figure out what your real email address is, but spamming agents can't just parse through the page and obtain your email address to spam you.
Yes. Cookies are used to remember your login information as well as what posts you have read during your current session. Without accepting cookies some functions won't work properly.
If you have registered with these forums, you must log in to take advantage of the personalization of settings. To log in, look in the upper right-hand corner of your screen for the "Log In" link. This link will take you to a page where you can enter your Username (email address) and Password. Keep in mind that the password is always case-sensitive. This means that the software considers "S" and "s" to be different characters.
Once you have entered your Username (email address) and Password, you'll be brought to your Starting View. (You can change the page used for your Default Starting View by clicking "Edit Preferences" in the Forum Navigation island.) If you have any Private Messages waiting for you, you'll see a flashing envelope on the My Messages island. (Note that this only applies if the Private Messaging feature has been enabled by the Administrators of the board.)
This checklist may help you successfully log in:
1) Make sure you are entering your password correctly. Passwords are case-sensitive.
2) Ensure that your browser supports cookies; if so, check the security level you are using. High levels of security restriction in certain browsers will automatically reject cookies. In order to use the key features of these forums, you'll need to accept cookies. The maker of your browser can help you with additional problems you may have with your cookie settings.
3) Completely log out by hitting the Log Out link in the upper right-hand corner of the page, and then log back in again.
4) After logging in, you may have to hit the Reload or Refresh button on your browser to expedite the authentication.
5) If these steps don't work you can try purging your cookies for this site using the My Cookies
6) If you continue to have problems, go to the Log In page and click "Have you forgotten your login information?". Enter your real email address into the Email Address field and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address used for the account setup.
It's a system-generated User Title to give ranking to your postcount. You will progress through the various levels according to the cumulative number of posts you have made.
Everyone has a title within the forum. You will notice the title below the Display Name in each post. Some titles are automatically assigned based on the number of posts a user has made, and some titles are assigned by the forum owner to denote official representatives of the company or other VIPs in the forums.
100 Practice Squad
250 2nd String
350 1st String
500 All Pro
1000 Dawg Talker
3000 Hall of Famer
If you have forgotten your password, don't worry! You can very easily have a temporary password emailed to you. Go to the Log In page and click "Have you forgotten your login information?". Enter your real email address into the Email Address field and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address used for the account setup.
This process is safe because the password is only emailed to the original owner of the account. There is no way to steal the password by using this feature.
You may change your password any time. On the Forum Navigation island, click "Edit Profile". Edit the Password and Verify Password fields and then click "Submit" to save the information. (Keep in mind that passwords are case-sensitive.)
In order to add an image to your message or your signature, you must have the image already available on a web server and reachable by a URL. This can be an image on your own personal web page, for example. To place an image within a message, simply use the following Markup Tag:
For example, if you have an image called cateye.gif and its available from your own website at http://www.mywebsite.com/pics, then you would use the following image markup:
You can do the same for your signature. Click the My Home option found on any page. Then, under the Main Configuration heading, click on "Personal Information, email, password...". Look for the Signature box, and enter your desired information, including any images/markup as above.
Note: To keep the forums loading quickly for everyone, it is recommended that you do not exceed 35k for your image size.
We ask that you keep your images relatively small. As a rule, please do not exceed 600 x 125 pixels and/or 35k for a signature image. This will ensure that the forums load quickly for all users.
Rules of the Pound / Newbie Primer
SECTION I: THE BASICS
There are currently 4 regular forums in which posters can post their thoughts in for discussion by the board members.
PURE FOOTBALLExactly what the name indicates. This is where posts should be made to discuss the game of professional football. Please note that posts about NFL players getting arrested, fantasy football, and strictly rah-rah posts should NOT be in this forum. This forum is strictly for the discussion of the game of football. This forum is the most strictly moderated of all the forums; if a moderator feels that a post does not belong here, it will be moved/deleted. The Pure Football forum is not the "TV GUIDE" or satellite channel locator, nor is it for congratulatory posts from other team's fans or to other team's fans. It is not the "Welcome Committee" forum either; introducing yourself to other members of the board is better served in the "Lighter Side" forum. Football posts only, please.
THE TAILGATE LOTThis is the place to discuss less serious things outside of the grind of pro football. Feel free to discuss other sports such as MLB/NBA/NHL, NCAA sports, NASCAR, events in your life you wish to share with fellow board members, politics, religion, etc. Threads that are deemed to be "woof-woof rah-rah" posts will more than likely be moved here by the moderators if they are posted in the "Pure Football" forum.
SMACK SHACKThis forum is for the tossing back and forth of "smack" between Browns fans and fans of opposing teams. Feel free to put the smack down on anyone that dares tread in these waters. Keep it "above the belt", no personal attacks or name-calling.
REF'S CORNER/FAN FEEDBACKHave a question on how the board operates? Not sure about something concerning the overall site? Ask your questions here. Keep in mind this relates mainly to the message board portion of the website itself. Although you may ask other questions here, if they are not related to the message board, they may go unanswered by the moderators.
ARCHIVESThese are "classic" threads that are deemed by the moderators to have further value after they have lived their regular "life" on the message board; threads that users may want to look back upon at a later date.
THE NFL DRAFTForum for discussion on NFL draft. Discuss team needs, players to look at that may be able to be selected to fill these needs, as well as most other aspects of the draft. This forum is “seasonal” and is only available from the time the current NFL season ends until around the time of the first spring rookie camp.
GAMEDAY/LOOKING BACKDuring the season, there is a "GAMEDAY" forum that appears weekly on the message board. This forum is devoted to discussion on that particular week's opponent during the season. A couple of days after the game, a new gameday forum is opened for the upcoming opponent and the previous week's "Gameday" forum is turned into a "Looking Back" forum for further discussion on the last game.
INFORMATIONThis forum is a "work in progress", with posts being added to it as often as is deemed necessary. As the name indicates, it's an informational forum. There, fans will find info on the salary cap, FA rules, Practice Squad rules, etc. Topics that normally come up as periodic questions in the regular forum.
OTHER "SPECIALTY" FORUMSOther forums can and will be added as needed. For example, we had a special college forum for the Bowl games for the first time during the 2002 bowl season. If a life-altering event occurs, more than likely a forum will be created temporarily for discussion during the duration of the event. For example, a special forum was created after 9/11 for discussion of that catastrophe.
SECTION II: POSTING ETIQUETTE
HEATED DISCUSSIONSFirst and foremost, respect your fellow board members. Always try and keep in mind that opinions are being presented, opinions that you may or may not necessarily agree with. If you don't agree with someone, you generally have 2 options. One, of course, is to just ignore it and move on. The other would be to say that you disagree, and provide a point/counterpoint to the discussion at hand. Be prepared to back up your viewpoint with stats and/or links. PLEASE do not resort to name-calling, as this does nothing to back up the validity of your point. It's not necessary and is totally out of line for you to call another poster an "idiot" or a "moron", just because they have a different opinion than yours. If it is noted by the board moderators that someone is calling other posters names, and berating others verbally, that person will be "booted" from the message boards and lose their posting privileges indefinitely. Warnings may or may not be given prior to a suspension being handed down.
RUMORSIf you cannot cite a source when posting information to the board, please do not post it at all. Saying that you saw something on television or heard it on the radio is not sufficient as a valid source. Rumors do not lend to valid discussion and will be removed when seen by a moderator.
ALL CAPSOftentimes, people new to the board will type their posts in all capital letters. This is considered "shouting" on the 'net, and is strongly discouraged. Posts made in "all caps" are hard to read, and several people simply bypass them entirely without reading. You are taking the time to present your opinion in a post, and others enjoy taking the time to read these posts about the Browns/football; so please do so in a format that can be read and enjoyed by all.
DUPLICATE THREADSThere are thousands of registered users on our message boards, and a great deal of information is shared here. Newspaper articles, photographs, links to sites, etc. Prior to posting a news item, or starting a new discussion thread, PLEASE take the time to scan the current topics on the board to see if the news item has already been posted; or, if it's a discussion you wish to have on a certain subject, look and see if there isn't already a thread that you can post your thoughts on the related subject. We are only given so much space on the server, and duplicate threads use up space, causing us to "purge" the boards more often then we like to. Posts that are deemed to be duplicative in nature by the moderators WILL be deleted upon discovery.
PROFANITYPlease refrain from using profanity in your posts, there are people of all ages that peruse these boards, and that type of language is not necessary. A word filter is used for some words, and these words when typed will be replaced with "[censored]". Masking of the words is discouraged as well, i.e. "pi$$ed off". Profanity of any kind that is included in a topic title will cause the thread to be deleted. Posts of a sexual nature are also deemed as not allowable. Keep in mind that fans of all ages peruse this site; jokes or posts of a sexual nature are not appropriate for any forum on this message board.
VULGARITY AND/OR OFFENSIVE LANGUAGEAt no time will vulgarity or offensive language be permitted. Any use of such, even conversationally, will result in an extensive suspension of board privileges. What is and is not in this category will be at the sole discretion of the Site Administrators & Moderators. Common examples would include (but are not limited to) racial epithets or slurs, and words or phrases of a discriminatory or demeaning nature.
CUT AND PASTED ARTICLESIf you cut and paste an article from a news source or another site, be sure to include proper credit as to the source of the article. If you didn't write the piece yourself, provide credit as to who did write it. A link is the preferred method, but including the author and the source where the piece was retrieved from is sufficient in most cases. Posts in violation of this will be deleted when observed by the moderators. Additionally, posts from other message boards are not to be re-posted on this forum. Posting articles/info from premium sites that are obtained by subscription (i.e.: ESPN Insider, Bernie’s Insider’s, etc...) is not allowed.
SITE PIMPING/ADVERTISINGPlease note that it is not appropriate to make posts solely for the purpose of advertising your own site or any other site. These are considered to be posts of solicitation, and are not allowed for any reason unless permission is explicitly given by a moderator to the contrary. This includes both within posts as well as within signatures.
IMAGES IN POSTSImages in posts may not exceed 70KB or 200,000 pixels in size. Images of a pornographic, violent, blatantly offensive or otherwise disruptive nature are not permitted. It is understood that this standard is subjective, but it is subjective only to the interpretations of the moderators. Please bear in mind that the viewing audience may be of any age.
FILE UPLOADSFiles may be uploaded with your posts if you so choose to do so. You can do this as a means of hosting a picture on the web or just to share a photo with the other members/viewers. File uploads may not exceed 70KB and MUST be of the .JPG, .GIF or .PNG variety. No other file types are permitted.
AVATARSThe use of avatars is permitted, but only the ‘stock’ avatars. There is a fairly sizable selection of NFL, NBA, MLB & NCAA team logo avatars to choose from. You may select yours by editing your profile’s personal information in the ‘My Home’ area. Remotely hosted or uploaded avatars are not permitted at this time and it is not anticipated that they will be.
SIGNATURESSmack images are not allowed within signatures. Please refer to the FAQ for signature image size limitations. Signatures deemed to be inappropriate or excessively sized will be removed at the moderator’s discretion. If a user persistently uses excessively sized images or inappropriate text in a signature, a suspension will be issued to that user.
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION STYLE POSTSIf you desire information on a topic or a player, please do not start a thread solely for the purpose of asking "Does anybody know anything about this guy?" You’re on the internet, utilize the tools available to you to research and then discuss a topic.
SECTION III: PLEASE ALSO NOTE
BOARD MODERATORSAll of the board moderators are volunteers. Long-time users of the message boards that have volunteered to act as moderators in their spare time to help keep the message boards running smoothly, and allow for good, sound football discussion. Keep this in mind if you see a problem that isn't taken care of right away, they aren't on "24/7". Feel free to ask a question in the "Ref's Corner" or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may contact the supervisor of the moderators by using the "CONTACT US" link that is available at the bottom of any forum page. You may also contact any moderator by utilizing the "Private Message" option. Keep in mind that moderators have the authority to remove or modify any posted message at any time.
FAQ SECTIONPLEASE take the time to read the FAQ section. Most questions that are commonly asked in the Ref's Corner and e-mail can be readily answered in the FAQ section.
TICKET/PSL SALESIf you wish to sell tickets or PSL's on the message board, this can be done, but ONLY at face value or less. Please state the face value of the tickets when making a post about selling tickets. All posts that do not conform to this will be deleted from the message board. Browns tickets are the only tickets that can be offered for sale on the message board.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I BREAK THE RULES?In most cases, a single violation of the rules is not cause for alarm. However, if it is seen by the moderators that a poster is continually violating the terms of service, that poster will lose their posting privileges. We DO NOT send out warning e-mails, as the rules are clearly defined. Everything is looked at on a case-by-case basis. If you find that your posting privileges have been revoked, feel free to send an e-mail and ask why if you are unsure as to why you have been suspended from posting.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY POST?The most commonly asked question in the ref's corner is the preceding one. If you have made a post, and you return to the message board and find that it is gone, there are but a few things that could have happened to it. It either violated the rules, was duplicative in nature, or was blatantly posted in an improper forum. If the post was simply moved to another forum, you will receive a private message in reference to that from the board Referee that moved the post.
FEEDBACKConstant efforts are made in an attempt to keep the message board experience enjoyable for all fans. Please feel free to provide feedback to us in the Ref's Corner and/or e-mail if you ever have a question on anything. You WILL get an answer.
CHAT ROOMThe Chat Room is freely available to all members age 17+. You must be logged in to access the Chat Room. The Chat Room is a non-moderated zone in that there are no language filters in use and the only rules that really apply are to be respectful of your fellow board members, even if they happen to be fans of another team.
Yes, you'll be missing a trick if you fail to take advantage of the versatility offered. There are many aspects of how the Forums are displayed that may be customized. On the Forum Navigation island, click "Edit Preferences".
You can choose the stylesheet in which you wish to view the forums, how many posts are displayed on each page, whether or not you want to view users' pictures alongside their posts, and much more. Once saved, these become your default settings. You may edit these preferences again at anytime.
The first post of a given topic establishes the subject by which all subsequent replies will be known. Once there's been a reply, the topic subject cannot be subsequently changed. It's therefore important to get the subject right from the outset. Make it as descriptive and as specific as possible. For example, "LCD burn-in questions", is much better than something completely generic, such as "Newbie needs help!". Not only is it more likely to elicit a response, but it'll also make it much easier for all posts in the topic to be subsequently located.
One of the key benefits of the discussion board format is that it enables commonly asked questions to be answered once, for the benefit of all. Before posting your question, it is always worth checking to see if it has already been asked - and answered! You can do this via the Search island. Using the Search island, you can perform a quick keyword search, or click on the "Advanced" button to search by more specific criteria. Various options are available, both for how the search term is specified and for controlling how many forums you want to search. This is where the specificity of topic subjects is important, making it much easier to locate precisely what it is you're after from a list of search results.
It means that you have unread Private Messages. When you hover over this image it should display how many unread Private Messages that you have.
On the "New Private Topic" screen, you can type in a new user then press "add" or you can select them from the "My Buddies" dropdown. You can add up to the forum maximum of users (this limit will show on the "New Private Topic" screen) to the Private Topic.
If the tags are showing up in your text or you're getting a link, but it's to "http:///", you're including some unwanted spaces in the syntax. Avoid any intervening spaces, and everything will work fine.
Users can edit their own posts up to minutes after they are made. Where the change is substantial, it is courteous mark the post as edited so as to alert readers to the changed content. For cosmetic changes, it's better not to do so.
Let the forum Administrator or Moderator know - he/she will be able to move it for you.
There are 2 ways that this can be configured on a per-forum basis. If HTML is On then you will see HTML is On and you can use normal HTML in your posts. If UBBCode is on you will see UBBCode is On.
The following tags are available for your use if UBBCode is enabled:
= Makes the given text bold.
= Makes the given text italic.
= Underlines the given text.
= Will post your text with a line through it (strike through).
= Makes the given text red.
= Makes the given text green.
= Will change the size of the text to whatever size value you specify.
[font:Comic Sans MS]
= Will post your text with the specified font.
= Makes the given email address clickable.
= Makes the given email address clickable.
= Makes the given url into a link.
= Makes the given title into a hyperlink pointing to link.
= Embeds an image.
Code Tags & Highlighting
= Surrounds the given text with pre format tags.
= Passes the text through the PHP Syntax Highlighter
= Will highlight your text.
= Will wrap your text in a spoiler container. Users must click a button in order to see this text, thus giving them the ability to specify if they want to read the item.
= Will wrap your text in a spoiler container and allow you to specify the warning message displayed. Users must click a button in order to see this text, thus giving them the ability to specify if they want to read the item.
Text and Image Alignment
= Will align the text in the direction defined.
= Will allow you to allow text to wrap on the specified side of your image.
[/list] = Makes a bullet list. [list=A] or [list=1] will make order/numbered lists. Other options include: circle, i, I, a, A, 1, disc, square.
= Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This UBBCode tag is used for quoting a reply.
= Surrounds the given text with blockquote and hr's. This UBBCode tag is used for quoting a reply. The username specified will be shown as quoted.
Putting a poll in your post is simple.
If polls are enabled, start by creating a new post in a forum. Below the body of your post, you will see a text box that allows you to specify how many polls you want to have in your post and the system will guide you through the rest.
You can change the number of posts displayed on each page by editing your display preferences. You can set this to anything between 1 and 99 posts per page. By default, this is set to 25 posts per page.
Quick Reply is made as a "Quick Response" block, so you can make a response to a post (or thread) before you forget or as you read them. Quick Reply is meant as a "no thrills" response box, as it's just there for a fast/non-formatted response.
Reply however brings you to a "Full Response" page that allows for heavy posting.
You can also click the "Full Reply" button from the Quick Reply box which will forward you (and all of your Quick Reply text) to the Full Reply page.
Quote will quote the users text to the Full Reply page. Quick Quote will quote the users text to the Quick Reply box below the thread.
Click the "My Profile" link from the "My Stuff" dropdown on the Forum Navigation island.
Using Gallery Forums are just like using any other forums... However, you can post images too!
After you create your post (subject and post, both required) you can click on the "Image Manager" link.
Adding images are as easy as:
1. Click "Browse" and a navigation area will appear that shows your computers files, navigate around to locate the image you'd like to upload. Once located, click on the image and select "open"; you can also choose to add a description (note that in v7.2 you do not have the option to change the description once another image is added).
2. If you wish to add another image, repeat step one; otherwise, select "done".
From here, just press submit, and your new "Gallery Posting" should appear for users to comment on your image(s).
When creating a new thread or response, you'll see a "File Manager" link on the "Full Reply" or "New Post" page. When selecting this option you'll receive a popup which will allow you to attach files to your post.
1. Click "File Manager" to bring up the "Attachment" window.
2. Click "Browse" to bring up the file browser window; this will allow you to browse your computer for any files or images you wish to upload; please note that you're bound by whatever the "allowed file type" setting is for the board.
3. Click "open" on the file you wish to upload.
4. Enter a description of what the file is (if you want to).
5. Click "add file" to add another file, or "done" to close the window and complete your posting.
Please note that you must enter some text in both the "subject" and "post" fields when responding otherwise you will receive an error; you cannot just respond with an attachment ;).
Subscribing to a Forum
Enter the Forum and Select "Add Forum to Watched Forums" from the "Forum Options" dropdown.
Subscribing to a Topic
Enter the Topic and Select "Add Topic to your Watched Topics" option from the "Topic Options" dropdown.
Managing Watch Lists
Select "My Watch Lists" from the "My Stuff" dropdown, from here you can select the type of List that you wish to edit and by clicking the "Edit Watched Topics" (or "Edit Watched Forums" or "Edit Watched Users") link you can remove them or toggle the "Email Notification" option.
Toggling EMailed Watch Lists
See the above "Managing Watch Lists" directions.
Toggling the Default "EMail Watchedlist" Options
Select "My Preferences" from the "My Stuff" dropdown. From here you can manage the "By default should anything added to your Watch Lists be emailed to you?" option.
EMailing a Post or Thread
To email a post, simply navigate to the post and select "email post" from the bottom set of buttons (near reply, quote, notify, etc).
From this "email post" screen, you can select to mail yourself:
Just this post
This post and all replies
The entire thread
EMailing a Private Topic
When viewing a Private Message, simply click the "EMail Topic" button from the bottom set of buttons (near reply, quote, etc).
RSS Feeds for Forums
For forums which have an RSS Feed configured for them, you can enter the forum and select the feed link from the "Forum Options" dropdown.
If the administration has enabled the "My Feeds" option, you can manage RSS feeds from the "Feeds" link in the "My Stuff" dropdown in the navigation area.
From the My Feeds area you can see all of the RSS Feeds available to you, including all of the forums which have individual feeds. You will also be able to retrieve the feeds for your inbox and the global feeds for recent topics. Please note that these may or may not be available based on admin preferences.
The username colors generally specify a users status. Some select users can can also have special colors signified by the Administration.
The default user status colors are:
Search Engine Robot
The numbers in parenthesise indicate how many new topics (or posts) have been made since your last visit to the forums.