MGoBoard FAQ

Submitted by Brian on July 23rd, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Why can't I start threads?

New users are not entrusted with that capability until they reach 100 points. (Updated 11/29/2010)

How do I get points?

Every time you post a comment or reply in a thread you get a point.

Wait… then why do I have negative 60?

You can't see this yet—you won't until you get to 100 points, naturally—but all posts/comments come with the ability to vote up or down on them. If you post things that are displeasing to the general populace, you will lose points as people downvote you. You get two points per upvote and minus one per downvote.

How can I avoid downvotes?

Don't be redundant. Don't use stupid nicknames like O$U. Spell things correctly. Don't post useless replies like "I agree" and whatnot.

What happens when I get huge numbers of negative points?

I get dinged and I check your profile out to see if you're pure troll or not, and ban appropriately.

What should I title my threads?

Please make your thread titles as informative as possible: "Justin Feagin" is bad. "Justin Feagin leaving the team?" is good.

How can I bold stuff, insert images, embed videos, etc?

ShockFX provided a helpful primer on basic HTML if you'd like to add some visual pop to your posts.

Why did my post get deleted/edited?

Getting personal on college athletes usually results in a deletion, and virtually always when it's a Michigan player in question. Threads that invite flaming also get deleted. Threads with misleading titles designed to scare the crap out of readers before they click will either be deleted or edited so that their titles reflect their contents.

Can I repeat premium information?

To a limited extent. More details are here. Briefly: don't hit CTRL+C, and don't repeat every last detail.

What's the offtopic policy?

In the offseason, offtopic posts are tolerated. During football season they are discouraged and may be subject to removal depending on how alert the moderators are. What counts as on- and off- topic?


  • Anything Michigan sports related
  • Anything related to other Big Ten teams or upcoming opponents
  • Stuff about the blog itself
  • University of Michigan topics that don't relate to sports


  • College sports in general
  • Ann Arbor


  • Politics
  • Drew Sharp, Ace Williams, Mike Valenti. Saying stupid and/or false things about Michigan in order to get Michigan fans upset is a tried and true way to phish for clicks. Let's not feed the trolls.


  • Pro sports of any variety
  • Everything else

We will let pro sports topics slide even during football season but "everything else" posts are likely to get the axe.

I have another question.

Email me about it.



July 23rd, 2009 at 10:29 PM ^

One can I start a diary with 0 points, but needs 20 points to start a thread on the MGoBoard; shouldn't it be the other way around?

PS - in the spirit of FAQ, I think more people would like to know the answer. Thus, the comment instead of a private email. Thanks for understanding.


July 29th, 2009 at 7:32 PM ^

Maybe I'm just blind, but I don't see where you can vote or downvote posts that you read. I occasionally see people write "+1" in their actual posts, but I assume that doesn't actually translate into gaining points


July 30th, 2009 at 2:09 PM ^

Regarding the symbols next to the thread title, would it be possible to implement one that shows which threads I've posted in?


July 30th, 2009 at 2:16 PM ^

It seems like you're referring to MGoBoard using the link along the top banner. I don't know how to answer your question as it pertains to that link.

However, there is still a way to view just the threads you've posted in. Towards the top, left-hand side you'll see a link entitled "Recent Posts". This will initially display all recent posts on MGoBoard and in the Diaries. At the top of this list, there is a tab entitled "My Recent Posts". This will show you all the threads you've commented in.

P.S. - please don't let the kitty punch me.


July 31st, 2009 at 4:58 PM ^

I've been on MGoBlog for a while, but haven't commented at all. But now I need some information on Fan Day. So in lieu of a board entry (since I'm way short of 20 points), where can I find the information? I'd love to hear about others' experiences so I know what to expect.


August 2nd, 2009 at 12:33 AM ^

Linebacker Quintin Tucker (6-2, 235) from San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch is a player to watch this coming fall. He didn't get a chance to play a full season as a junior due to CIF transfer rules, but he was impressive. One of the strongest players in the country. Has a max bench press of over 405lbs. Played with Tate last season.


September 4th, 2009 at 12:19 PM ^

Gerg makes reference to an ongoing EDSBS joke. Orson mistyped it, but found his failing to spell his name as bad as his job at Syracuse, if I read it correctly.

In addition to finding sudden joy in mistyping Gerg Robinson’s name, since “Gerg” seems like such a better nickname than any other we can make up, the long, painful, fat-man-tumbling-downhill decline of Syracuse is made all the more interesting for us as teams now seemingly out of league are now licking their chops at the prospect of playing the Orangemen.

As for Michigan being Gerg'd, read this.