We are getting a LOT of visitors. Some think that the Admins are actually fictional characters (we’re not). Some are confused by the various uses of acronyms. So, we tapped the services of SouthSideSlim to come up with some generic rules. And, below, I will post some definitions. Hopefully this will get people more involved.
There’s only one rule here at Jay The Joke and it can be summed up in three words: Respect each other. The membership is as diverse as Chicago itself. Everyone has an opinion and a right to express it.
One of the most difficult things in expressing an opinion over the Internet is to let everyone know whether or not you are being serious or just joking. We strongly urge the membership to make use of the emoticons (smileys) to express this.
If one of the administrators senses that an exchange is getting too personal, they’ll make a public post to that effect. This is done only to remind not only the two posters, but the rest of the membership as well, of the code of conduct. If you think that an exchange is getting too personal, contact one or more of the administrators via private message prior to responding. However, what’s even better than this is to contact the other person via private message or email. If, however, the parties cannot agree to disagree, make use of the ignore feature. Members will be banned only as a last resort.
If you want to make a serious point then, write as if it were to be published in a magazine or newspaper. Your point will not be made stronger by the use of expletives. Use of such will only serve to weaken it.
Finally, we want your experience here to be pleasant and enjoyable. Your insights are important to us and we’ve had a number of well thought out discussions. We like to have fun as well, so don’t be afraid of having some yourself.
* - The obligatory asterisk. In 2001 Jay waxed emotionally about how poor Barry Bonds and his wonderful family were being unfairly harassed by the media and how he was a wonderfully clean specimen of masculinity. After Game of Shadows came out Jay demanded that all of Bonds’ records be noted with an asterisk, ala Roger Maris. Had it not been for the Billy Crystal movie, we doubt that Jay would have known about this option. We use it whenever we use a pronoun referring to Jay, since we find them questionable as well.
ARF - Accute Rampant F***tard.ism.
Blow Up Dolls - Jay has shown an odd fascination with various forms of inflatable dates.
BPLP - Back Page Little Person - Yet another name for Jay.
C&PQ - Cut and Paste Queen. Yet another name for Jay. It is in honor of his* writing* style.
Diva of Despair - Yet another name for Jay.
Eddie Munster - the name given Jay by his* media colleagues. I should note that I have met Butch Patrick and he is a nice guy and doesn’t deserve to be compared to Jay. But, that genie is too far out of the bottle to recall.
Flip/Flop - not the footwear, just the way that Jay presents each option he* has. He* disagrees with himself* so often that there are psychiatrists who worry about him*.
FTF - Fire the F***tard - site slogan.
F***tard - The name chosen for Jay Mariotti when this blog first started. It is also the only word censored on this site since so many people use it and it kept appearing on the main page.
Garden gnome - Refers to both Jay’s height and lack of athletic talent.
MDF - Malignant Dwarf F***tard. Another name for Jay. Pretty self explanatory.
MDQ - Mississippi Drama Queen. Another name for Brett Farve.
NSFW - Not Safe For Work. Could be due to nudity, profanity or just icky thoughts. No matter what, if you post a link to something that people might have a problem with, we ask that you tag it with this.
Paco - Jay’s imaginary pool boy.
Tinky - Yet another name for Jay.
Windsock - an accurate description of which way his* opinion will blow.
You should be able to figure out the rest now. So, go, post and have fun!