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Community Guidelines

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Bridge Winners is a community of bridge players. We are all passionate about the game of bridge, but sometimes our passion can overwhelm good behavior and common decency.

We appreciate your help in creating the most vibrant, informative, and civil community of bridge players on the planet. Here is what you can do to help.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.

  • Ad hominem attacks.

  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.

  • Knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. Acknowledging the bad behavior just encourages it while wasting your energy. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.

  • Respect each other. Don’t harass anyone, impersonate people, or expose others’ private information.

  • Respect our community. Don’t post spam.

  • Don’t accuse anyone of cheating without solid proof. Bridge is a game of ethics and this type of accusation is extremely detrimental. If you suspect someone of cheating there are also other means of recourse through various bridge organizations.

  • Be respectful and considerate to members of lesser skill.  Everyone was a beginner once, and sometimes an “obvious” comment isn’t so obvious.  We welcome input from bridge players of all levels, not just the experts.    

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions, and we recommend avoiding even the appearance of impropriety.  If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was directed to your boss, and featured on the front page of the New York Times.  Remember, this is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

No Politics or Religion

We want Bridge Winners to be a site about bridge, not about divisive subjects like politics and religion. In particular, any naming, or allusion to any current politician, regardless of their beliefs, is likely to face immediate removal as soon as attention is drawn to the moderators, unless there is a direct bridge-related reason (i.e., politician passes law that prevents bridge in some fashion).

No Cheating Allegations

In short, don't. For the full explanation of what is and isn't allowed, see this article.

Don't Enable Bad Actors

Certain users have been suspended from our site for continued bad behavior. Reposting anything for them will result in loss of posting privileges.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS. We also have a privacy policy.


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