Posted on: April 15, 2008 1:20 am

PLEASE! Enough with the pornographic avatars!

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.

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!
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