For the Benefit of All
The rules for the site are basic: be kind to everyone, and please don’t swear. We are not prudes, but we do not have a moderator other than me – Joe McNally, and I don’t want to spend a lot of time monitoring the site. If you see something you want to report, you can do so confidentially using the Contact page. Play the man and not the ball, by which I mean you can castigate heavily someone’s point of view, but do not castigate the poster personally.
On our old site we had a one strike and you're out punishment for breaking site rules. With this new site I will allow one yellow card before expulsion. If you stick to the following guidelines, you will probably never need to be moderated:
Play the man and not the ball, by which I mean you can castigate heavily someone’s point of view, but do not castigate the poster personally.
For example: Here are two ways to respond to a post you disagree with:
1 You are obviously a fool who talks nonsense ...
2 I find the points you make on this issue nonsensical, even foolish.
I gets you moderated because it is a personal attack
2 does not get you moderated because you are attacking particular points made, and not the individual - you are playing the ball, not the man.
There are some hardened and skilled tipsters here and each has their good and bad runs. When one starts a good run, it can seem to the less experienced that all prayers have been answered, and a holy grail of winners has been found. But please never make that assumption. It’s not the way things work in betting, for anyone. Sharks flogging baited tips would have you believe that this holy grail does exist. Well, there is a collective punting experience on this site numbering, I’d say, close to 500 years. Not a single tipster here will tell you that reliable profits can be made from betting racehorses.
So, this is not a mild and dutiful problem betting disclaimer. I’ve been in the business since 1971 and have seen any amount of misery caused by betting beyond means. Punting is a brilliant pastime, but a horrible compulsion, a fantastic servant, but a dreadful master. Never bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile … and there’s plenty of big smiles in small stakes.