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Three weeks ago, we posted a Cream Sukajan Dragon Bomber Soda Velvet Jacket Japanese Giesha Souvenir Reversible Quilted Embroidery Pink Japanese Tiger Dragon Vintage ATqZUZ for you to express how you felt things were going. After reading through both repeatedly, this is the general direction we felt people wanted to see this sub guided in going forward.
Reddit has gone through quite a few changes over the years. From defaults, to political epicenters, to redesigns, to mere tone, the entire website has grown vastly in size and function. One thing that always seems inherent is that unless moderating is guided, subreddits eventually decline into purely about memes or politics. Now, there is nothing wrong with either of those two things, but it becomes the major clashes of how users want subreddits to be managed and how participation is wanted from the users. There is no secret that the biggest concerns are whether we have too many or too few shitposts, and whether we allow too much or not enough politics. These are the conflicts that we weigh in our decisions on how to carry this sub forward. Among a million others.
Therefore, we won't and don't approach these subjects lightly. We want /r/NFL to be a place where you can come and enjoy your time here no matter who you root for in the league. We don't want to be an epicenter of culture wars, and we don't want to cast out anyone who wants to discuss the league at any level, be it high effort or low. The ends to which that are achieved are and likely always will be a work in progress, however. Let's go to specifics.
Our current politics rules seem to work very well:
The question of what is and isn't an acceptable shitpost has hounded us forever and is the most wide-ranging opinion on this sub, likely. Some want us to hardline even more, some want us to become more like /r/NBA, and everywhere in between. One thing we found in the fireside is that people want the season to be kept pretty well managed to keep discussion about the sport in general. We will work harder to contain under/overrated [player/team/game/play] posts from happening daily, along with other questions that are repetitive of that nature.
We will also be having a discussion over the season on what we want to off season to look like, where there was more hope for opening the doors to discussion when things get slowest. We got carried through it this season by political hullabaloo (yay?), but this sub can get slower during the long off season and we are tentatively going to explore how to alter things over that period beyond our usual scheduled series. Nothing is in stone yet, but feel to make suggestions and we'll approach it again during the season.
After a preseason of allowing all highlights, we're going to be returning to the system we ran last year. The highlight thread will be where highlights belong outside of the major plays. All highlights need to be tagged with [highlight] if they're outside the highlight thread. When reddit integrates its sorting by subject system that is in the works, we'll be adjusting this (and much more, likely) to allow for the sorting system. The system we ran with last season had the most appreciation in the fireside chat and gives a good balance between allowing major plays and calls to have their own threads while not crowding the front page from news and game threads.
This only applies when there are multiple games on at the same time. Thursday, Sunday, and Monday Night Football will all be allowed as individual posts in the sub without the hub.
A new rule this year, as determined by the fireside, is that you want the game in the highlight tag. Therefore, if you want to post a highlight outside the highlight thread, it needs to be have [highlight] and also [TeamvTeam] in some manner. We won't currently have conventions for how you title the teams as long as they're actual teams and not super long (ie don't do full city plus team name).
Additionally, twitter highlights are not allowed, as they often don't work for people and create needs to secondary sources, anyway. These can be reported and will be removed.
Starting now, all tweets need to be tagged with [Author] at the start. This gives people the ability to know who is saying what more easily. Then copy the body of the tweet for the rest of the title. This opens up readability for users, especially those who have twitter blocked at work.
From here, weigh in on whatever you wish. How are we screwing everything up? How are we succeeding? Should we ban everyone who suggests ranch with wings? The floor is open and we want your feedback.
In 14 games last season J-train only scored 1 rushing touchdown. Last night he had two!
Frankly, I think it's distracting, useless and not nearly as seamless as the ALREADY EXISTING YELLOW LINE. Can someone please clarify as to why we need another graphic on the screen? Apologies if this has already been debated to death.
This is including playoffs. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Falcons have averaged 28.9 PPG and 393.4 YPG when playing any team other than Philadelphia. When playing the Eagles, that drops to 294.3 YPG and 12.3 PPG.
There is a reason I did not expect us to win last night: The Eagles defense matches up very well against the Falcons offense. I'll be interested to see how things go for Atlanta going forward, but I do not think you can honestly say what we saw out of Atlanta last night is what we can expect this season.