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The Sports Date Is: Wednesday, September 20, 2017





"The Boards" is a feature that was introduced to our viewers in the fall of 2000. Since then it has grown to be the biggest and most popular prep message board in Idaho with just over 3,400 registered users.

"The Boards" are meant to be a place where students and adults alike can get togther and discuss their opinions on various topics relating to sports in Idaho. We encourage free thinking and spirited discussions.

We have two, very conflicting, problems that arise from time to time. The first is that although we encourage people to express their opinions, we require them to use common sense and basic human decency, some posters feel it is necessary to use profanity, slander, or even threaten the safety of others. WE DO NOT CONDONE THESE ACTIONS! The second problem we face is periodic pressure from administrators, and others, to shut The Boards down due to the above mentioned actions by a few select individuals. I have written letters, made phone calls, etc. just to defend the rights of our registered members to have a forum to speak their minds.

Although we have a very good relationship with the IHSAA, they are in no way affiliated with IdahoSports.com or The Boards. They have no control over what goes on here. They receive periodic complaints from upset people wanting them to do something about a certain topic that is on The Boards. If you have a problem with something you read while visiting, please don't hesitate to email me at the address below.

Here is a short disclaimer list:
  • Do not blame the IHSAA for what goes on in The Boards sometimes. They have absolutely nothing to do with it.
  • If you see something that goes against the rules of conduct, located at the top of The Boards, please contact us so that we are aware. As you all know, IdahoSports.com, including monitoring The Boards, is an after regular work hours project. We check when we can, but we can't review every post that comes on every day. We need your help.
  • While we do not condone inappropriate behavior, we do support the rights of our viewers to have conflicting opinions and also support the right for them to express those opinions.


Our plea here is that the need to add profanity to posts end now. Stop acting tougher than you really are just because you aren't face to face in person. Use The Boards for what they were intended; sharing ideas and opinions.

If you feel the need to threaten IdahoSports.com in regards to anything posted on The Boards, please review the following before getting too worked up.

Kenneth M. Zeran v. America Online, Inc.; U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia, 958 F.Supp. (1997); U.S Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, CA-96-1564-A, 129 F.2d 327 (1997); U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Pet. 97-1488, denied.
Issues - The case presents the issue of whether an online service, website, or other interactive computer service, can be held liable for defamation made by third parties, where the defamed party has been injured by defamatory speech made by persons who post in an interactive computer service. The case presents the issue of whether 47 U.S.C. 230 immunizes interactive computer services from such claims.
Holding - Both the District Court and the Court of Appeals ruled that 47 U.S.C. 230, which provides that "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as a publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider" immunizes AOL and any interactive computer service from claims based on information posted by a third party. Court lawsuits seeking to hold a service provider liable for its exercise of a publisher's traditional editorial functions -- such as deciding whether to publish, withdraw, postpone or alter content -- are barred. The Supreme Court denied certiorari on June 18, 1998.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments,

Paul Kingsbury
Managing Editor
editor@idahosports.com

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