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With the Steelers’ season upon us, time to review the Community Guidelines

The Steelers start the regular season this week, and it is time to take a look at the Community Guidelines so everyone can play nice in the comment section this season.

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With the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers season less than a week away, the return of dormant members (wake up sleepy heads) and the occasional “long time reader first time poster”, we here at BTSC felt iwas necessary to take a look at those pesky guidelines which myself, along with fellow moderators Mike Frazier, Nick Martin, 58Steel, PaVaSteeler and last but certainly not least SNW, will try and uphold.

Thanks to the community for not making this a bad gig. I appreciate the effort some have made in the approach they take when commenting. I’m sure we all will be tested by the fine members of this great site as the season progresses, and I may need a tap to the melon from time to time myself, depending on the amount of missed tackles that take place during the year, but let’s be respectful, considerate and remember to proof read before hitting send.


R.C. Iddings
Community Manager


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