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  1. Nadine
    <p>We've opened up the prize closet for 2 We are Coltstrong! Winners</p><p>We're sending both of them a red super bowl xli lanyard, a colts helmet key chain, a chuckstrong poster, and a coltstrong writstband</p><p>If you have photos or artwork that show us what Coltstrong looks like, be sure to post them to the <a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/category/2-we-are-coltstrong/" onclick="s_objectID='http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/category/2-we-are-coltstrong/_1';return this.s_oc?this.s_oc(e):true">We Are Coltstrong gallery</a>. We'll be giving colts stuff away all season!</p><p><a href='http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/image/1197-blood-donation/'><img'>http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/image/1197-blood-donation/'><img src='http://forums.colts.com/uploads/gallery/category_2/gallery_2153_2_32115.jpg' alt='Blood Donation' width="400" hspace="5" vspace="5" border="0" align="left" /></a><a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/user/2153-joshua-ford/">Joshua Ford</a> for <a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/image/1197-blood-donation/">Blood Donation: This one's for the coach. CHUCKSTRONG</a></p><p>And</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href='http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/image/1174-peyton-and-i-post-game/'><img'>http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/image/1174-peyton-and-i-post-game/'><img src='http://forums.colts.com/uploads/gallery/category_2/gallery_830_2_66232.jpg' alt='Peyton and I post game' width="400" hspace="5" vspace="5" border="0" align="left" /></a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/user/830-crazycalicoltfan/">CrazyCaliColtFan</a> for <a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/gallery/image/1174-peyton-and-i-post-game/">Peyton and I post game: The Colts vs Green Bay game wore us out!</a></p><p> </p>
  2. Nadine
    From time to time.......we will have among us a troll.
    These are internet personas who exist to inflame, irritate, mock and generally call attention to themselves in a way that disrupts the boards.
    There are many many different types of trolls and certainly some are better than others . They will often stay just inside the rules and they may also post (at times) in a credible manner.
    In an internet environment, it can be difficult to distinguish real people from trolls.
    When you've dealt with trolls in the past, it's easy to get paranoid and see trolls where there may just be............your average, every day, argumentative type guy. (as if we have any of those here! )
    It's also easy to get angry and frustrated (which is exactly what most trolls want).
    When we have trolls here, our membership is awesome at flagging them and and staying out of the troll game.
    It can take some time for moderation to be certain that someone is in fact trolling the boards and we appreciate your patience and assistance when we have a suspected troll in our midst.
    In case you are interested, there are tons of good reads out on the web about trolls.
    Here are a few
    What Is an Internet 'Troll'?
    How to Handle a Troll (and beat them at their own game)
    Beware the Troll (A practical guide)
    Recognizing and Dealing with Trolls
  3. Nadine
    I get asked this question from time to time, as do the other moderators..........and always by someone who has been issued a warning for violating site rules.
    So I thought I'd just answer here. The answer is no. None of us enjoys issuing warnings to members. We would all far prefer that everybody post in a civil way all the time with no need for anything from moderation.
    Why aren't we nicer about asking people to comply with the rules? This is another question we get asked. (Usually this is asked in a combative way so it seems ironic.)
    We have a system here that may give the impression that we are not nice. However, it is our system and it's not going away. It's the way the site works. These are our tools, they are what we have to work with to keep the site up to the standards that our members expect.
    Warnings are issued using this system. When you receive a warning, you must acknowledge it before you can post.
    Warnings have a point value with most site violations having a 1 point value but others have a higher point value (such as anything about illegal streaming. We do mean to give the impression that we are absolutely serious about keeping these discussions off the site)
    Over time, your points will disappear.
    However, if within any 30 day period, you start to accumulate points, you should know that you will experience automatic consequences by way of restrictions to your posting privs here.
    Honestly, when someone asks me why I am not much nicer in asking them to stop violating our sites rules, I wonder why they are not nicer by RESPECTING the community and the rules we have here.
    Everyone agrees to abide by the rules when they join. And while we understand that from time to time people make errors in judgement............there are some who find it extremely difficult to remain civil most of the time.
    We expect everyone to be responsible for what they read and what they post. It's pretty simple.
    If you have questions about a rule or want to debate it with a moderator, that's fine. BUT do not send abusive, insulting, and otherwise combative notes to moderators. If you do, you will be issued a warning
    Do not post about moderation anywhere here (that includes blogs, forums, status update pages, or anywhere.)
    Discussing moderation in public is also against site rules and you will be issued a warning for this.
    We do not discuss your moderation warnings in public or with anyone outside of moderation. We do not conduct public arguments about moderation. If you see someone posting about moderation, be assured you are seeing a fraction of the truth.
    Board Rules Here
    Being a moderator is not easy. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes a commitment to these forums and our standards. There are no moderators here who enjoy the power. Their time is a voluntary contribution to the community and they should be thanked for that.
    Will we make mistakes and errors in judgement along the way? Sure. Will you? Probably.
    But you should know that if someone is a fan.........we do and have gone to great lengths to allow them to keep posting here. And the few times we have had to ban a Colts fan........it is because, in spite of our efforts, they just could not abide or respect our community.
    We have a great crew of volunteers here who are very thoughtful in moderating the boards. We have great fans here who have no trouble with our standards.
    Thanks to everyone who posts here in a civil, thoughtful, and entertaining way. We have some of the wittiest posters on the web I think. And we mean to keep it that way.
  4. Nadine
    A friend sent me this video and I just wanted to share it with all of you.
    I have no words for how this impacted me. Exactly what I needed to hear and see is the closest I can come. I've saved it along with this picture that my daughter sent me. She received it from an Italian Friend. It says
    Life is short, be happy.

  5. Nadine
    Nobody likes to be condescended to. Being on the receiving end of patronizing and belittling comments is annoying and frustrating and can be a cause of conflict between members here on the forums.
    Technically this is not against the rules but, if it is persistent and causes ongoing issues then moderation may have to step in.
    However, we think it's important that the people posting make every effort to resolve their own conflicts.
    Some things to think about.........
    (1) Am I condescending? (Do you like to sarcastically talk down to other people in an effort to make them look beneath you? Take this quiz to find out just how condescending you really are!)
    (2) Are I REALLY being condescended to? Just do a reality check. At times I find it interesting here that people do not notice the condescension doled out here on the boards when it is being done by someone they agree with and being done TO SOMEONE they disagree with. And yet, notice it readily when it comes their way
    (3) What can I do to handle condescending posts directed at me?
    There are a lot of choices that can be made here. I get my share of these sorts of comments directed at me and I have found this to be the best way to respond
    What works for you?
  6. Nadine
    Congrats to the Bears ticket winner: stjackson5523
    The drawing for 2 tickets to Bengals @ Colts is now open. Click here to enter.
    You must be logged in to enter the contests. Joining the forum is free.
  7. Nadine
    If you impersonated Colts Players/Personell for a costume party, post them as a tribute!
    It's EASY. Click Here and Drag and drop your entry from your desktop
    • Select it from one of your social media accounts like Facebook or Flickr
    • Video Entries: It's best to upload your video to your youtube account and then import it using the Youtube option on our menu
    • Tweet the photo to @nflcolts along with the #coltsfantribute hashtag
    • Email your entry to colts@olapic.me (your subject line will be used as the title of your entry)
    Check out the entries to the Colts Fan Tribute Gallery so far! http://photos.colts....ts-fan-tributes
  8. Nadine
    Colts.com has a new feature on it's blog page: http://blogs.colts.com/
    Fan Bloggers! That's right, real fan opinion right on Colts.com: http://blogs.colts.c...ry/fan-feature/
    The first Featured Fan is our very own 21issuperman. Be sure to comment on his post
    What Have You Done For Me Lately, Polian
    If you are interested in submitting a post to Colts.com please send it to me. The only thing that Colts.com is asking is the usual no profanity, no name calling etc.
    They are also asking for exclusive right to post. So, please do not submit something that is posted elsewhere on the web.
  9. Nadine
    Thanks to everyone who helped us build our virtual wall of honor to Edgerrin James.
    We've randomly selected a few of you to receive either a coltstrong writst band or an Edgerrin James seat card.
    I'll send each of you a personal message requesting your shipping information. Please respond to that message with your name and address so we can send you your prize.
    Again, thanks so much to everyone who posted!
    LuckBeWithUS Coltstrong wrist band Blackhawk4 Coltstrong wrist band pacolts56 Coltstrong wrist band Andy Coltstrong wrist band beachnurse1 Coltstrong wrist band BrentMc11 Coltstrong wrist band Kten Coltstrong wrist band David Coy Coltstrong wrist band Coltsman1788 Coltstrong wrist band shecolt Coltstrong wrist band Bryan Patrick King Coltstrong wrist band FireJimCaldwell Edgerrin James seat card trubluecoltsfan Edgerrin James seat card Dtman513 Edgerrin James seat card PatMcAfeeFan Edgerrin James seat card
  10. Nadine
    I'm excited to see some folks who want to customize their pages here. This can be done!
    To add a picture to your profile Page use the About Me box, there is a link to this on your My Settings Page: http://forums.colts....e&module=usercp
    Everyone can insert up to 4 images on their page. Details in this photo album. Sometimes pictures are much easier.

    I've given examples on my page. : http://forums.colts....user/3-maureen/
    Go ahead and try it out, let me know if you run into problems. it would be great to start seeing some pimped out profiles here. Football fans need BLING!
  11. Nadine
    Enter to win two tickets to Bengals @ Colts here!
    Remember, you must be logged in or else you will not be able to see the drawing page. Registration is free.
    Congrats to today's winners
    AWhalley won the Ravens tickets
    DJMoney won the last set of Posters, I'll look for stuff to give away so, the drawing is still open. Enter once for the season and you are automatically entered in every swag drawing this season!
  12. Nadine
    <p>We're giving away two tickets to every home game this season! You must be a member to enter, <a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?app=core&module=global&section=register">click here to join</a>.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Now Open!</strong>  Week 17 Texans @Colts Sun, 12/30 at 1:00 PM EST <a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/page/Contests/2012HomeTickets/home_game_tickets.html">Click Here to Enter!  </a></p><p> </p><p>Remember, upload a photo to the <a href="http://forums.colts.com/index.php?/page/Contests/coltstrongphoto.html">Coltstrong Gallery</a> for a chance to win some Colts stuff from our prize closet </p>
  13. Nadine
    Whoot! Training Camp starts this Sunday!
    We thought we'd kick this 2012 Season off with a contest.  check out the new contest link in the main menu bar.  
    Our first contest is posted.  
    Click the Contest linkClick "Caption This"enter your caption for the photo on that page.  
    Be creative!
    Best Caption wins the Andew Luck Autographed cap.
    Runners up receive a Colts Community Calendar!
    Go Colts!!!!!!!!!
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