1. Don't be a passive aggressive poster. We've all posted vague posts on Facebook. It's sort of like taunting a bull from behind the protective wall, but trust me, there is always someone on your team or league, or the team you just played that is going to take your passive aggressive post personally. Even if you WANT certain people to take your vague posts to heart, I guarantee that at least three other people you didn't intend to will as well. If you have a problem with someone, and you aren't brave enough to confront them directly, then just don't post it.
2. Don't make fun of another team you are going to play or have played. It's just better to focus on your own team's accomplishments. Don't even bother with enumerating their defects or how you stomped them, or whatever it is you want to write about how much you hated playing them. Remember, even though the personnel of the team may switch out, but reputations rarely do. Leagues have long and bitter memories of how they are treated, so be careful of what you post about them.
3. Don't post injury pictures. Now hold on Q, I've seen you post them. True, but most of my family is not on my Elektra Q-tion page, and it can be rather shocking for "civilians" to witness some of the spectacular bruises and other various injuries we accumulate on a regular basis. My mother still doesn't know how badly some of my bruises and injuries have been. Neither of my parents have no clue that I've broken my nose, cracked my sternum and badly sprained my ankle, and I would like to keep it that way. I'm also pretty careful about how I post on other people's pages if they have a derby injury. I never know who might be monitoring a teammate's page, so asking things like "How are you feeling, lady?" is better than saying "Oh my God! That was the craziest derby injury I've ever seen!"
4. Don't post stuff about the WFTDA that hasn't been released to the public. Hey, if you're not on a WFTDA league, then you really don't have to worry about this one, but those of us who are should remember, WE HAVE SIGNED A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT. Don't be stupid and post something about the rules changes that hasn't been announced!
5. Don't post inappropriate pictures of teammates while they're wearing the uniform. Ok. This one is tricky, but if you have those special pics of your teammates at an afterparty doing something that would be slightly or more than slightly embarrassing to the league, then DON'T POST IT! Now, you can't stop people from posting their own embarrassing pictures, but you don't have to add to the situation!
|Ok, this isn't inappropriate....it's just funny.|
6. Don't post crappy things about your teammates. Just don't. If you don't like what someone is doing, then please have a grown up conversation with them. Don't air your league's dirty laundry out on Facebook. Remember, your heartfelt drama becomes someone else's soap opera entertainment when you post about it on Facebook.
7. Don't post nasty things about volunteers. Yes, refs are volunteers. Stop being a douche and posting about how they piss you off. They aren't there to make you look awesome; they're there to keep you safe.
I could keep writing more "don'ts" in this blog, but I'm hoping that you can see the many pitfalls of bad Facebook etiquette. We're all human, and everyone is going to make a misstep every once in awhile. Just try to keep the mistakes to a minimum!