Well you found your favorite fantasy football sites and have probably been on there digesting all the information that they put out as fast as you can. You’ve brought the term “Lurker” to new heights by now. You’ve devoured all the strategy articles, and read all the latest news updates. You can rattle off all the latest rankings and projections without even thinking about it. Now what? Is that what your thinking? Now you are ready for some productive interaction in the forums or message board areas. It’s time to stick your toe in the water, so to speak.
Now before you get too excited, let’s take a step back and put on some sunscreen, I mean Sharkscreen. The first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already, is read the forum rules. These are guidelines, put out by the site, on how communication and interaction in the forums or message boards should be handled. Since you started lurking around you have seen that there are specific forums for different things. Some examples would be; The Main Forum, or Main Tank‑ where general fantasy football stuff, and the majority of the talk goes on. The IDP Forum ‑ where individual defensive players are the stars. The Trade/Waiver Forum-where all the questions about trading and picking up players is discussed. Last but not least, the two most famous forums, The Who Do I Start, and Rank My Team Forums. There are also several more forums/message boards on Fantasy Sharks, if it involves fantasy football or the website, they have a message board for it. No doubt, in your short time as a “Lurker”, you’ve seen a wide variety of posts in the forum sections of your sites. You’ve read so many opinions on draft strategy, players, coaches, rankings, your mind is probably mush at this point. You’ve seen breaking news about the NFL, players in trouble, and maybe even whom a certain player is dating. Message boards are a wealth of information, some good, some not so good, but most of it at least interesting. You’ve also probably seen some pretty ugly arguments and down right mean behavior. Don’t let that scare you off. I’m going to give you some tips that will hopefully save you from being on the receiving end of a Shark bite.
First, lets look at a few terms or words that people in the forums use to describe other owners/people. The word “Shark” is probably the most used word that you’ll find in any fantasy football forum or message board area. What is a “Shark”, besides the actual sea creature? For the most part, a Shark is someone who is very knowledgeable about the whole aspect of fantasy football. They may be someone that has been playing for many years. They may be someone (an owner) that has proven themselves with a lot of success in different leagues. There is no real straight answer. If you ask ten people what a “Shark” is, you’ll probably get ten different answers. But the common thread will be that Sharks have a great deal of knowledge about playing fantasy football, NFL players, and Pro Football in general. That being said, the term “Shark” is probably thrown around way too much in most forums. It doesn’t matter if you think you are a “Shark”, it matters what the other people, owners, writers, and posters in the fantasy football world think. A lot of people are just “Sharks” in their own minds, they really haven’t earned being called that by what they write, say or do! The next terms are really several different words all meaning the same thing. Noob, Newbie, Noobie. Shouldn’t be too hard to figure out what they all mean. Look in the mirror, now you know what it means. At the core, it means a relatively new person to the obsession of fantasy football. It is also used to describe a newly registered person to a fantasy football website, especially when you just start posting in the forums. As you’ll see, in some forums, when you post (write something), it gives you a rank underneath your name or I.D. This is usually associated with how many times you’ve posted a message in the forum. The more you post, the higher your rank, or the more stars you have, etc. It may even show the amount of times you have actually posted a message. It usually also shows the date when you became a member of the site or forum. If you haven’t been a member long, some will call you a Newbie. I’m a Newbie in the Fantasy Sharks forums. Now, don’t take Newbie to mean someone that doesn’t know fantasy football. In fact, the poster might be someone who is very knowledgeable or even a Shark. A Shark, in Newbie clothing, so to speak.
Ok, back on track. So you think you are ready to post your first message on the message board? Fine, but if you don’t remember anything else from this article, remember this, post your message in the right forum. That simple thing is one of the most important ways to avoid rude, mean, or otherwise unacceptable behavior being used on you.
Yet, it is one the biggest problems in every forum or message board. It will only take you posting, “ Who should I start this week?’ in the Main forum/message board once, and you’ll see what Chum really feels like. The wrath of some message board members can be pretty nasty. Now that you are positive what forum to post your message in, make sure the message that you post is well thought out. If you have an opinion about something, fine, just be able to reasonably tell why you think that way.
If you want to post some breaking news, make sure and give a link to where you found it.
If you ask other members their opinions on things, understand that you might not get the answer you were hoping for.
You are going to have disagreements, and that is what makes message boards great. Just don’t let them get out of hand. Stay on topic with the original posters comments, question, or message as much as possible. As a Newbie, your going to take some razzing, just know most of it is all in fun. Remember these boards are a reflection of the society we live in today. Like in life, a few are going to be rude, or smart mouthed, no matter what you say. The forum Moderators, (The Head Honcho of the sites boards), do a good job taking care of any real problems.
It won’t take you long to figure out who is reliable, helpful, and insightful.
The forums or message board areas of your favorite sites will be your main line of communication with the fantasy football world. Used correctly, and with some common sense, the message boards can prove to be very valuable to any owner. The Fantasy Shark forums have some of the most knowledgeable people in fantasy football floating around in them every day. For the most part, many are eager to help out, give opinions, on anything, not just fantasy football. Remember the Golden Rule, treat people like you want to be treated, and you will not have any problems.