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PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

Posted on: April 15, 2008 1:20 am
 
Dear Fellow CBS Sports Community Members,

I plead with you: If your user avatar is sexually explicit in any way, PLEASE change it now!


What is the purpose of these message boards? Why did CBS Sports set up this community? It's awesome, isn't it? Personally, I think it's great. Why? Because it's fun and serves as a great break from the stress of everyday living, I can express myself and learn from others, and I can cheer for and defend my teams with and against hundreds of equally passionate fans.

What makes this type of experience possible, in my mind, is the fact that we all buy into the system. Unfortunately, many members of the community have failed to do so. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the valuable contributions of each and every individual. Nevertheless, my values and beliefs are such that I find sexually explicit material to be extremely offensive. Do I expect everyone around me to feel the same way? Of course not (although you may surprised how many people do). I do expect, however, that we all play by the rules. What rules? These:
You will not use the Web Sites to:
...Upload, post, e-mail, transmit, display, distribute, promote, or otherwise make available:...anything that adversely affects CBS business such as discouraging any person or entity from advertising with, linking to or supplying CBS, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, racist, sexually explicit, ethnically or culturally offensive, indecent, or that promotes violence, racial hatred, terrorism, or illegal acts, or is otherwise objectionable in Company's sole discretion;
...Company reserves the right to deny access to all or part of the Web Sites and to deny access to any person in its sole discretion without notice or liability of any kind.
http://www.cbsinteractive.com/info/
tou


Please abide by these rules. There are other available venues which don't have the same restrictions as the CBS Sports Community.

Additionally, I plead with the officiators and regulators of the CBS SportsLine Online Community to take appropriate disciplinary action if immediate compliance to the TOU does not occur.

Thank you to all who understand the importance of abiding by the rules of this community. Let's have fun!
Comments

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2008 11:47 am
 

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

I'm only trying to help maintain the integrity of the community by keeping the rules...


Theismancrackle
Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2008 10:43 am
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Roidsoflaren
Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2008 10:30 am
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Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 3:00 pm
 

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

It's true - sometimes it is hard to draw the line (most of the time, however, it is not).  I'm not saying this is an easy thing to do.  There are thousands of community members and I imagine not many more than a just few CBS employees monitoring the boards (I don't really have any concept of many people it takes to run these boards).  Nevertheless, whether they want to or not, they have a legal responsibility to enforce the rules of the community to the best of their abilities.  If they need help and can't afford to hire more people for the job...heck, I'll volunteer my time.



Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 2:58 pm
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Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 1:57 pm
 

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

I agree this issue needs to be addressed but it's not easy for Sportsline to police. What is sexually explicit or indecent to one person isn't to another. Where do you draw the line? Is a head shot of a pretty girl ok but not a waist-up shot? Does it depend what she's wearing from the waist up? What about a full picture? Do they draw the line at swimsuits? I think SI already opened that can of worms. It looks like they've already disallowed any avatars that show THOSE areas so I think that covers pornography.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2008 11:29 am
 

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

Good point and good blog!




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2008 2:08 am
 

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

I support your position on this. As long as this is a sports site, open to all ages I agree with you. Bump the age to 18 if CBS wants to allow this.

I find may of the avatars to be very sexy and attractive, but I have to admit that with my 8 yr old daughter living with me, I am leary to log on to CBS when she is with me. That is wrong.

These avatars have nothing to do with sports and almost never have any connection to the poster, other than he found a hot pic on the web to download.

I have always posted avatars featuring Colorado Sports, mostly skiing and snowboarding. Thus my SN.

Sometimes they have actually been pictures of me, some that I have taken, some shot by my friends and others that were just shot in Colorado.

I like my link between my avatar and my SN. Not are all able to do that.

But once again, I dont see a need for SI swimsuit pics to be used on this site for avatars.

And I know most here would disagree. Mostly because they have nothing more creative or stimulating to draw attention to themselves.

Just my 2

CSF




Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 1:48 am
 

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

Oh wow.  Now that's classy.  I love it!



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2008 1:40 am
 

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

Sorry, russ, I meant to give you 5 stars...mouse slipped a bit.

In addition to your plea, I'd like to point out the best avatar I've seen on here.  Saintsfan82's avatar is a shot of the New Orleans paper's front page from the year the Saints were added to the league. That is some good stuff.  Granted, I'm a bit biased, but you get my point, right?  It's very unique, it's very sports related, and it shows a major profound fanhood.  Good stuff.


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