I guess we ought to give this a go and see if it’s worthwhile. A few days ago I posted a thread to gauge if folks were interested in an off-season rumors thread. My sense was that, on the one hand, the tolerance of mere rumor on the DC United board is really fairly low. Indeed, the spreading of mere rumor often meets with ridicule. On the other hand, I suspect there’s a contingent on this board that has an interest in rumors and gossip. Perhaps it’s just entertaining to read the buzz. Maybe they take it seriously. Who knows? A rumor thread seemed like a good, easily ignorable, compromise. Such a thread would have less restrictive standards than those generally agreed upon on this board. As such, it would enable posters who wanted to post something unsourced or badly sourced the opportunity to do that while, at the same time, not infringing upon the usual news standards in other threads. There was some debate but the consensus seemed to be that it was worth giving it a shot. For added ignoring ease I'll even make it a sticky. (Who reads those things anyway!) So here goes … Some Guidelines … (to be updated if need be) Not every rumor needs its own thread. (A few probably do.) Those that really don’t need their own thread should go here. Use your judgment to figure out which is which. If in doubt consult a mod. Generally if it's an article from the Post, the Times or one of the other reputable soccer news websites then it's hard news – not rumor – and should have its own thread. This thread is basically just a blog for rumor and gossip with a bit of light banter added in. If you’re interested in a rumor and want to have an in-depth discussion about it then, by all means, start a new thread. Hopefully, if this threads works out it’ll help to generate some interesting off-season discussions in other threads. Attention Steven Goff, John Haydon, Ken Wright and all you other DC United reporters: Two words - sock puppet. If there’s any chance a rumor is embarrassing to the team, a player, the coach or anyone else please run it by a moderator before posting. We’ve had some problems along these lines in the past and we’d like to avoid them in the future. On that note … Keep things focused on the team situation. We don’t need to delve into personal lives unless there’s a clear and direct team implication. Again, consult a mod if there’s any question. Near beer ain't really beer. Near news ain't really news. Anonymous posts: PM me if you want to post something but don’t want your name or username attached to it. Let’s keep things in proportion. Don’t take what you read here too seriously. Once it appears in the established press, that’s when to take it seriously. Everything on this thread should be presumed false until proven true.