Nothing too strict guys, but something that is definitely necessary and not hard to follow:
THE QUICK VERSION:
The HoopLife forums are for intelligent, friendly basketball talk. Be cool. Be relaxed. Don't fight. Report posts that 'damage' our board. Put thought into your posts. Respect other people. Don't post/link anything that little kids or people surfing from a corporate office shouldn't see. Enjoy talking basketball. Help others. Have fun.
THE LONGER VERSION:
Free speech is chic. HoopLife is a place for robust debate and interaction among community users, especially through discussions about stories, multimedia and other content.
No hate speech or hate symbols, which includes but is not limited to content that is degrading to someone's race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and sexual orientation. Please avoid using obscene, profane or vulgar language. No sharing or uploading content of like nature. Please contact a moderator to report offensive content for consideration and possible removal. Outside of those guidelines, the best solution to "unwanted" speech is counter-speech. If you don't agree with somebody's opinion, consider adding your voice. Be cool, nice and friendly to other fans. If a fan doesn't know something, help him and educate him.
Treat other participants politely.
We encourage the building of friendships and social networks through our virtual venues. Please respect other community members. We also encourage users to stay on topic. Please use common sense for taste and decency because your mother, grandmother, kids or boss may be reading.
Don't exploit people; don't exploit the medium.
HoopLife is not a place for porn, blatant promotion, mindless abuse, mining, pushing one's own agenda or anything else considered spam. No harassment, stalking, threats or intimidation, trolling, flame wars or exposing other users' personal information. We strongly encourage users with disputes to "take it outside" and away from our discussion venues. We reserve the right to ban repeat offenders temporarily or permanently.
Do respect copyright laws.
We like people who post original content. Otherwise, play on the safe side and credit the source, or consider linking to it instead.
If you start a topic, please take a minute to put some thought into it, so it's worth discussing. And check previous pages for recent interesting conversations worth keeping alive, if they aren't out of date yet.
We encourage people to poke around and get sucked into our site.
If you find something you like and want to share it with your friends and family, don't hesitate to bookmark it, embed it or email the URL to spread the good word about the good fight.
The HoopLife forums are for intelligent, friendly basketball discussion.
Be sure to post in other forums. If you see a good college game, post about it in our college forum. If you want to talk National Team, post about it. Explore our entire message board and post in lots of places.
Enjoy the HoopLife forums. Have fun. Hang out here. You have lots of internet bball friends here just waiting to talk hoops with you.
(taken from InsideHoops and GUBoards forums)