Some of you are well versed in participating in forums and some of you are first timers. I have taken this from the Seattle Sounders' forum and adjusted it to fit our new team's forum. Here are a few tips about our forum and how to get the most enjoyment out of it:
Don’t take yourself or anyone else too seriously - have fun.
We will try to avoid having several threads about the same subject. Take a quick look to see if there is already a thread about what you wish to discuss. Looking at the first page of threads is usually good enough but if you have an issue that seems like it may have come up before, please use the search box.
Disagreeing with someone else’s opinion is a fundamental part of the forums. Ideally it will be a “respectful” exchange of opinions with each party explaining his or her position, going back and forth, others chiming in etc. Joking and tweaking happens all the time, just don’t descend down into name calling or personal attacks. If you find yourself always getting worked up over another person’s posts, use the ignore button and you won’t see his/her posts anymore. You can always un-ignore later if you want. We are all fans of the Atlanta MLS team and all support the team in different ways.
Explaining and backing up your opinion is way more effective than repeating your opinion.
It’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to apologize. It’s okay to edit or delete your post if you went overboard. Have a thick skin, let things go.
Threads are conversations and don’t have to have winners and losers. Threads are easy to get off topic and come back on topic... some of the best wander far off-topic.
Yes this is America and we can say whatever we want but the Atlanta MLS team put this forum up for our enjoyment (most MLS clubs only have a forum on the MLS site) so we need to fit with their vision. You can criticize the team, ownership, coach (which we don't have yet, but we can speculate!), Terminus Legion, the stadium, and anything else as much as you want. However, the Atlanta MLS team want all of their fans to feel comfortable here and they believe that less profanity is better in this regard. For some, this can be a challenge, but please give it a try - We want this to be a great forum and you will find that the effort is worth it.
When you open a forum category, the last thread to have a comment on it will be on the top of the list, preceded only by threads that are "pinned" to the top of the list. The poster who started the thread will be identified, along with the number of posts and the last person to post will also be identified. In front of the thread title will be a black star, if you have not read all of the posts in that thread. Clicking on the star will take you to the last post in that thread that you have not read. The star is grey if you have read all of the posts. This makes it very easy to go right to where you left off, rather than clicking on the thread title and having to work your way through and find where you were.
I am excited to be working on the forums and helping to keep the forums up and running smoothly. If you see anything that needs to be taken care of, please report it and I will be able to take care of it quickly now. Those previous threads that were already reported, those I knew about previously and those that were reported that I didn't know about, have already been cleared up. Thanks for joining the forums! Have fun and lets keep the forum going!