Itís official: as of today, I can no longer pretend that Iím in my mid-20s. Had I lived a few thousand years ago, I would at this age be well into my twilight and possibly completely decrepit. As it is, I am feeling the burden of the years, and I feel as though I must impart the wisdom Iíve accumulated over my long life and many, many Tailgate posts.
Here are ten things that I believe make for great posting over here at Tailgate.
1. Write in complete sentences and make sure your post reflects some sort of logical thought process. Unless youíre James Joyce.
2. Donít say anything on Tailgate that you wouldnít say to someoneís face among a group of friends. To act otherwise is disrespectful or cowardly, if not both.
3. When in an argument, donít jump on any tiny error you may perceive in your rivalís post. Instead, try to comprehend the whole of the post and try to figure out what reasons they may have in writing what they did. Then attack, if appropriate.
4. Vary your game. If people can peg what youíre going to say about something before youíve said anything, youíre probably a pretty boring poster.
5. Do your homework. If youíre responding to a posted article, make sure you read all of it (and check out the link, if possible) before writing a reply Ė especially a derogatory or inflammatory one. If youíre posting an article, do everything possible to verify its veracity before putting it up for discussion.
6. Remember that the best posters entertain people and/or inform them. How often do you do that?
7. Donít say bad things about peopleís significant others, family members, pets or operating systems. Itís just not kosher.
8. If you think youíre smarter than everyone else on a board, ask yourself how you are benefiting by being on the board.
9. If you are going to piss off a mod, do it in a spectacular way that will have people talking for weeks.
10. In the end, winning the Internet is kind of a hollow victory. But making friends on the Internet sends positive repercussions through the rest of your life.
Whatís your list?