- General Information
- Member Signup and Profile Basics
- Fighter, Bout and Event Information
- Missing, Incorrect, or Disputed Information
- Claiming My Page on Tapology
- Directly Posting Fighter, Event and Gym Info
- Fight Predictions
- Following or Blocking Users
- Belt Progress
- The Tapology Forums
- Account Issues
- Other Resources
What is Tapology?
Tapology is a free online resource for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Boxing, and other combat sports. Fans of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and other organizations come here to find event schedules, results, view fighter rankings, play Pick 'Em and Fantasy games, and discuss all things combat sports in our forum.
Tapology is custom built by and for combat sports fans. We document MMA's entire history, from the glory days of Pride to the latest UFC, and remember the legendary fighters of years past alongside today's best.
Is Tapology owned by or affiliated with any other media/news organization, MMA fight promotion, or sanctioning body?
Tapology is independently owned and maintained. Any views expressed on this site are the views of either Tapology or its various site members, and are not the views of any sanctioning body or fight promotion, or any other person or entity. The predictions, rankings, announcements and other features you see here are not influenced or altered by any sanctioning body or fight promotion.
Member Signup and Profile Basics
Do I need to register to use Tapology?
While you can still browse most of the site without registering, if you aren't signed in you are missing out on almost all the stuff that makes visiting Tapology worthwhile. You won't be able to see how you did on fight predictions . . . or follow other members . . . or post to the forums . . . or a whole bunch of other stuff. Most importantly, all your activity as a signed in user increases your belt ranking, which gains you respect and followers and generally makes your views carry more weight with our audience.
Signup is free and instantaneous, and needless to say we highly recommend it.
Is my e-mail address viewable or otherwise accessible by other Tapology visitors?
No, your account e-mail address is not public. You can optionally add a separate, public e-mail address to be displayed on your personal profile if that is of interest to you.
Can I control or turn off e-mail messages from Tapology?
Yes, just go to your preferences page to edit when and how Tapology gets in touch with you. You can also access your email settings via links you can find at the bottom of any email message sent from Tapology to you.
Are there any rules for the username, profile photo and user information I post on my personal profile?
I lost my Tapology username and/or password, help!
If you've lost or forgotten your username or password you can login by requesting a recovery e-mail be sent to the account you used to register. It will allow you to login and reset your password. If you are not sure of the email you used to register with the site, please contact us.
How do I change my e-mail address, username and/or password?
You can edit your personal account information through your preferences page. If you change your email address you will be required to re-verify it in order to continue making predictions, forum posts, or use certain other features. Your username cannot be directly changed on your own. In certain circumstances we may allow you to have your username changed via contacting us, however we only offer this customization in a limited number of cases.
Fighter, Bout and Event Information
What information does Tapology contain about MMA fighters, bout and events?
Tapology hosts a powerful database of MMA fighters, bouts and events. Tapology's MMA database is closely intertwined with all of the features of the site, so you can jump to fighter, bout and event pages quickly while you are doing other site activities. If you are looking for a specific piece of information, the database can be searched via the search bar in the upper left corner of every page, through tapology.com/search, or by entering our FightCenter.
Tapology is popular among fighters, promoters, managers, and other people in the industry. This means we are constantly being alerted to news and information regarding MMA events being organized around the world, helping us to ensure our database is up to date.
What about combat sports other than MMA?
As Tapology's team of editors and contributors has grown, and as our database systems have become more sophisticated, we have been able to expand our efforts beyond mixed martial arts. While MMA remains our specialty, Tapology now has extensive data being collected for boxing, kickboxing, grappling, and other combat sports. However, it may take many years before Tapology is comprehensively and fully documenting each and every one of these sports on a worldwide level.
I can't find the fighter, bout, or event I'm looking for. What's up with that?
While we add the results for dozens of events around the world every week, not every fighter, bout and event has made it into our database yet. Many smaller events in various parts of the world do not have press coverage or social media pages, making it difficult to find information in some circumstances. But rest assured, if it's a big event with your favorite fighters competing, Tapology will have you covered with up to date information and near real-time results!
How many fighters are in your database?
Here are our latest stats:
- Number of Fighters: 349,121 (excludes partial entries without a dedicated page)
- Number of Events: 66,577 (excludes partial entries without a dedicated page)
- Number of Bouts: 800,294
- Number of Gyms: 11,848
Missing, Incorrect, or Disputed Information
What if Tapology is missing information?
Send it to us using the Contact Tapology page. However, we must see acceptable evidence before we can add it to the site. Please include links to your videos or other sources, otherwise you'll slow down the process when we simply email you back asking for it.
Depending on the volume of requests we are dealing with at the time, we may not be able to fully review what you've sent. Low quality media of an event from fifteen years ago can be time-consuming if not impossible to properly evaluate. We do our best, though, and we appreciate everything you send to us.
What if I see an error on the website?
Given the volume of data we are entering by hand and the large variety of sources we get this data from, we do inevitably have errors in our FightCenter database. Getting your help to spot and fix these issues is extremely useful. To point out an error, Contact Tapology and explain what you've found. Tapology's staff will review the information and let you know what course of action we've taken.
Can I dispute the result of a fight?
Yes, you can, as outlined below.
Especially for local and regional events around the globe, there may be different standards applied by the overseeing athletic commission or sanctioning body that has supervised the bout. In other cases the person or group promoting and hosting the event may be the same entity as the one documenting the official results, without independent supervision. These and other circumstances can lead to controversy and disputes regarding the outcome of a fight, or the fairness of how the process was managed.
As a general guideline, Tapology relies first on any results provided by an independent sanctioning body, second on results provided by the promoter hosting the event, third on any independent news outlet or social media reports, and fourth on any individual fighter or team accounts of the event. Therefore, even if something controversial has occurred in a bout, we are not likely to change the result listed in the Tapology database if it contradicts a higher-up source of information.
While we may not change the data as recorded in our database, Tapology does allow you to submit disputes to the results of bouts. As long as the dispute is presented in a reasonable manner it will be posted to the website and referenced next to the official result.
To submit a dispute you must have a Tapology user account. Once logged in, navigate to the dedicated page for the specific bout in question. On this page, click the link in the website's right-hand column with the label 'Dispute Fight Result.' Here you will be prompted to type your name (or who you represent) and the reason for your dispute. After submitting your dispute it will not initially be visible. Our staff will review and either approve or reject your dispute, typically within 24 hours.
Directly Posting Fighter and Event Info
Can I edit the fighter or event info in Tapology's database?
MMA fighters, gym owners, and promoters can claim their page and directly manage their information on Tapology. Visit the Info Management page for more information.
I claimed my page, how come I can't enter fight results?
While we allow you to make a variety of edits to certain information once you've claimed your page, we unfortunately can't allow the community at large to post fight results (wins and losses). To help ensure that the Tapology FightCenter is reliable, fair and accurate, we require fight results to be entered by our own staff.
How do Tapology's fight predictions work?
Entering predictions for upcoming fights is simple. Just navigate to one of the prediction builder pages for an upcoming event, and pick the winner, the method of victory (either KO/TKO, submission, or decision) and the finishing round for the fights you're interested in. Save your predictions and you will be alerted to how you've done once the event concludes. Other site visitors can view your predictions for past events and for upcoming events, or you can e-mail or embed them on other sites. You can pick as many or as few winners as you want - there are no requirements as to number of predictions. You can also add commentary and analysis to any or all of your fight predictions.
Can I play in fantasy MMA leagues here?
Yep. Tapology has the most comprehensive fantasy MMA offering on the internet, bar none! Join or create your own public or private leagues, pick which events (UFC or others) should be included, set up the scoring rules and gameplay mode, and then KO your competition. Join games at the fantasy homepage or read the fantasy FAQ.
Who can see my predictions? Who can see my prediction commentary?
By default, your predictions and commentary are public. Any site visitor (registered or unregistered) can view them at any time, before or after a fight. Certain pages that display detailed pick history are only available to registered site members.
Can I hide my predictions if I want to?
Yes, on your preferences page there is a master setting which you can use to hide all of your upcoming predictions for all fight cards. If you don't want to hide your predictions universally, you can also check a box to hide them on an event-by-event basis when filling out your predictions. Hiding your predictions will not permanently keep them invisible; once the prediction deadline for an event has passed and the fights begin, your hidden predictions will automatically become visible.
What happens if my predictions are hidden on Tapology but then I embed them on another site?
If you opt to place an embeddable image of your predictions onto another site, it will show your predictions regardless of your hide-settings. If you don't want your predictions to be seen, don't embed an image of them!
There's a bout I know is rumored to occur, but I don't see available to make predictions on. Why are some rumored bouts in there and others aren't?
Deciding when a rumored bout is "rumored enough" to deserve inclusion on the website is more of an art than a science. We don't want to have you filling out picks for fights that are almost certain to get cancelled or, worse yet, are on-again-off-again. It wastes your time and ours. When we think the rumors are credible enough that a fight will take place as scheduled, we include it.
If I picked a fighter to win via 2nd round KO/TKO and he wins via 2nd round submission, do I get credit for picking the right round, even though I picked the wrong method of victory?
Yes. And the other way around, too. You don't need to get the round correct in order to be correct on the method of victory.
If I picked the wrong winner can I still get the method of victory or the round correct?
No. Plus you're lame for asking.
What is a "Perfect Bonus" or a "Decision Bonus"?
You receive a Perfect Bonus when you pick the winning fighter, finishing method, and finishing round all correctly. You receive a Decision Bonus when you correctly pick the winning fighter to win by decision. A Decision Bonus is impressive but not nearly as cool as correctly calling a stoppage, so they get listed separately when we display prediction performance.
Are there bonuses for picking the fighter plus the method or round, but not a full perfect?
As of July 1st, 2013, Tapology awards point bonuses for correctly choosing the method of victory or the round of victory, so long as the correct winner was also chosen. Bouts that took place prior to this date do not have these bonuses. More information on the point bonuses can be found in the Belt Progress section below.
Can I predict that someone will win via disqualification? Can I predict a draw or a No-Contest?
Sigh... now why would you want to do any of that unless Gilbert Yvel is fighting? The answer is no, the choices available for method of victory are KO/TKO, submission or decision. DQ's, draws and No-Contests are not frequent or predictable outcomes, and therefore would simply make things confusing for our users. However, if a bout does end in a draw or No-Contest, it will NOT count as an incorrect pick on your record. If you view your pick history page, you will see that Draws and No-Contests get separated out and do not count as correct or incorrect.
I want to take it to the next level and predict a victory via Omoplata at 3:31 of round 2! Can I do that?
Naming the exact method of victory or the exact time of victory would be pretty cool if you ever got it right, but it's a little like hitting the lottery. For that reason, if you really want the world to know those details you can put them in the open-ended comments when making your predictions. The same goes for if you want to type in a specific kind of decision (split, majority, unanimous).
Wow, I got that fight totally wrong after obnoxiously spouting off my prediction to the whole planet for weeks. That's so humiliating. Can I erase or hide a past prediction?
Some of my pre-fight predictions disappeared! Where'd they go?
There are two explanations for why a prediction you entered is not visible. The first is that the fight was canceled, postponed or modified. When that happens, the prediction is removed and you'll have to reenter it once the bout is rescheduled (sorry). If a fight is canceled and re-scheduled to take place at a different event, it's technically not the same fight and it's not fair for us to assume that our users' predictions will stay the same. The second explanation is you have navigated away from the prediction builder page without registering, signing in or saving your picks.
What are the "Compare" pages that my personal fight predictions link to?
If you enjoy seeing how your predictions stack up against other site members, you can jump to pages which compare your predictions for each event against the members you are following. If you want to see how more people did on their predictions, just follow more members. The points totals displayed for each member represent the sum of that member's correct fight predictions, plus bonus points awarded for correctly calling a winner via decision, or perfectly calling the method and round of victory. The available point awards are summarized later in this FAQ under the Belt Progress section.
What is the Oddsbot?
Tapology's Oddsbot sometimes predicts the professional oddsmakers' betting favorites to win every scheduled MMA fight via decision, and sometimes makes snarky comments in the forums.
Oddsbot identifies the favorite in each given fight based on publicly available information. If the oddsmakers do not clearly identify a pre-fight favorite, the Oddsbot robo-chickens out and won't make a prediction in that fight. Oddsbot exists simply to provide a baseline - to give you a basis of comparison for viewing your prediction performance against the so-called professionals. You may find it interesting to see how often you out-pick Oddsbot. Oddsbot has a Rickson Gracie tattoo and shows no mercy.
I'm having trouble entering predictions on the builder pages.
Prediction Builder pages will lock your predictions (and lock you out of further changes) at a predetermined time in advance of each event. If you missed the cutoff, you cannot make any more predictions or edits, and any unsaved information on the page cannot be entered. Finally, if you are wearing a helmet with a blast-shield, raise it before attempting to enter predictions. With the blast-shield down you can't even see.
Where can I view the results of my predictions after I have made them?
You can view your own or anyone else's fight predictions by navigating to a user profile page and clicking on the red 'Picks' link in the upper right hand area of the profile. You can also view your own predictions through the FightCenter and various other locations throughout the site.
Once an event has concluded, you can review the results of your predictions in the same locations as before the event concluded. The winners, methods and rounds will display as right or wrong depending on the outcomes of the fights.
Why does it say "pending" next to some of my predictions? Where are my points?
As soon as Tapology is able to find results reported for an MMA event we will load them into the site. This way members can begin to have their results tallied up as quickly as possible. Especially for regional and local cards, however, the results are often not verified as accurate for hours, days, or in rare cases for even longer. Any event that is not yet verified will be listed as "pending" on your predictions history page.
Points for an event are not officially distributed until verified results are found. While pending, events can still have their results changed which could impact your score for that event as well as your position in any associated leaderboards, competitions or contests. Once an event's results are verified, everything becomes final and points and awards will be distributed.
Following and Blocking Users
What kind of relationships can I set up with other users?
If you register for a Tapology account, by default you are allowed to post in the forums, send comments/messages to other users, and join fantasy games with other players. However, you may additionally customize the "relationship" you have with other users. You can choose to Follow other users, Block other users, and Hide other users. There are some limitations to these settings, as outlined below.
What is the Following system? How do I follow someone on Tapology?
Following someone on Tapology is easy. As a registered member, just navigate to the profile of the user you'd like to follow and look for the gear icon next to their profile name. This allows you to edit your relationship settings with the user and choose to Follow them.
Following another site member does not disclose additional activity about that member to you. The purpose of following someone is simply to keep track of people you're interested in. You can review who you are following, and who is following you, at any time by navigating to your profile page and pressing the red 'followers' and 'following' links in the upper right section of your profile. When you make fight predictions on Tapology and are also following other users, you'll see links on your prediction pages to easily compare your picks against those you are following. You cannot control who elects to follow you on Tapology.
If you follow another user they will receive an email notification about getting a new follower, unless they have turned off these email notifications in their settings. If another user follows you, you will receive a notification about getting a new follower. A notification will only be sent the first time a user is followed (flipping the setting won't create more notifications). You may turn off notifications by visiting your account preferences page. Unfollowing a user is a "silent" action and does not create any email notifications.
What is Blocking someone? How do I do it?
Blocking another user prevents them from commenting/messaging you on your profile page. We understand that not everyone gets along, and this feature can prevent another user from annoying you with further direct messages. As a registered member, just navigate to the profile of the user you'd like to block and look for the gear icon next to their profile name. Blocking another user ONLY applies to your own profile page and receiving messages. It does not prevent a user from replying to you in the forums, in fantasy games (public or private), or in private pick-em groups.
Blocking or unblocking a user is a "silent" action. The blocked or unblocked user will not be notified. However, if the user visits your page and scrolls to the comment/message section, it will explain they have been blocked from commenting.
What is Hiding someone? How do I do it?
Hiding another user prevents their forum posts from displaying when you are reading forum threads. We understand that certain other users have a style of discussing things in the forum in a way that can drive you mad! Rather than having to read their posts or see them try to start an argument with you, you can simply hide their posts. As a registered member, navigate to the profile of the user you'd like to hide and look for the gear icon next to their profile name. Hiding another user ONLY applies to the Tapology forums. It does not hide the user's messages on your profile page, on the main website activity feed, in fantasy games, or remove their name from prediction leaderboard lists.
Hiding or unhiding another user is a "silent" action. Other than the user possibly becoming curious about why you are ignoring them, they will have no indication or notification about being hidden.
What do the belt colors next to member profiles mean?
Tapology is an interactive community. The way to judge a fellow site member's seniority and standing in the community is through his or her belt level. The more you pick fights correctly, post to the forums, receive new followers, build rankings and the like, the higher your belt level goes. In fact, most of the regular activities you perform on Tapology count towards increasing your belt level.
Because most of Tapology's core site activities also increase your MMA knowledge, a person's belt level can sometimes be a pretty good approximation of how well he or she knows MMA. But we know there are plenty of exceptions to that, so it's often better to think of a member's belt level as a sign of his or her seriousness and devotion to the sport, and willingness to advance it through intelligent dialogue (or meaningless banter).
Tapology's belt levels proceed in a similar but not identical fashion to the ranking system used by academies for martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our belt levels, moving from lowest to highest, are: White, Orange, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each of the belt levels also have four or more belt stripes (or "degrees"), which are intermediate steps on the way to your next belt. If you make it to Black belt, a continuing number of unique belts can continue to be earned.
You can see a member's belt level represented as a graphic beside his or her site activity feeds and forum posts, and on his or her profile page. The percentage bar on your belt (shown in the upper right portion of the page body on most site pages) reflects how far you have progressed towards the next belt level or stripe. If you are registered and signed in, you can also review the history of your belt progress by going to your profile page and clicking on your 'history' link.
So what actions increase my belt level?
Ok - the important part. The following activities are components of your belt progress.
- Correctly predicting the winner of a bout (50 points)
- Correctly predicting the winner of a bout by decision (a "Decision Bonus") (25 additional points, 75 total)
- Perfectly predicting the winner, method and round of a bout (a "Perfect Bonus") (50 additional points, 100 total)
- Correctly predicting the winner and method of a bout, but not the round (15 additional points, 65 total)*
- Correctly predicting the winner and round of a bout, but not the method (15 additional points, 65 total)*
- Coming in first place in an event (1 point for every user who made picks on this event)**
- Unlock a new award (100 points)
- Adding a comment to a page (3 points)
- Making a post in the forums (3 points)
- Giving out a thumbs-up or thumbs-down in the forums (1/5th point)
- Receiving 3 thumbs-ups on a forum post you made (3 points)
- Receiving 10, 25, 50, or 100 thumbs-up on a forum post you made (an additional 10, 25, 50, and 100 points, respectively)
- Making a Current Ranking List (100 points for creating it, 30 points a week every week you update it)
- Making an All-Time Ranking List (200 points for creating it, 15 points a week every week you update it)
- Making a Yearly/Annual Ranking List (200 points for creating it, 15 points a week every week you update it)
- Designing a new ranking from scratch (10 points)
- Making a new Ranking List based on a member design (10 points)
- Another makes a new Ranking List based on your design (20 points)
- Following another member (1 point)
- Getting a new follower (10 points)
- Inviting a new member to Tapology (100 points)
- Adding an image to your profile (500 points)
- Adding a personal quote to your profile (250 points)
- Adding a location to your profile (250 points)
- Adding an 'about you' description to your profile (250 points)
- Remaining an active member (25 points each week you login)
*These points became available on July 1st, 2013. Prior events did not receive these bonuses.
**These points became available on May 1st, 2014. Prior events did not receive these bonuses.
What are the point levels for belt promotions?
The higher you proceed in belt level the more difficult it becomes for you to attain your next rank. The following chart represents the levels needed to attain belts and stripes.
- White Belt: 0
- White 1 Degree: 1,000
- White 2 Degree: 2,000
- White 3 Degree: 3,000
- White 4 Degree: 4,000
- Orange Belt: 5,000
- Orange 1 Degree: 7,000
- Orange 2 Degree: 9,000
- Orange 3 Degree: 11,000
- Orange 4 Degree: 13,000
- Blue Belt: 15,000
- Blue 1 Degree: 18,000
- Blue 2 Degree: 21,000
- Blue 3 Degree: 24,000
- Blue 4 Degree: 27,000
- Purple Belt: 30,000
- Purple 1 Degree: 34,000
- Purple 2 Degree: 38,000
- Purple 3 Degree: 42,000
- Purple 4 Degree: 46,000
- Brown Belt: 50,000
- Brown 1 Degree: 56,000
- Brown 2 Degree: 62,000
- Brown 3 Degree: 68,000
- Brown 4 Degree: 74,000
- Black Belt: 80,000
- Black 1 Degree: 90,000
- Black 2 Degree: 105,000
- Black 3 Degree: 125,000
- Black 4 Degree: 150,000
- Black 5 Degree: 200,000
- Black 6 Degree: 250,000
- Black 7 Degree: 300,000
- Black 8 Degree: 350,000
- Coral Belt: 400,000
- Red Belt: 850,000
- Spider Belt: 1,200,000
- Beyond: Known only to spider belts.
Do I lose points toward my next belt level for things like poor fight predictions, or people removing me from being followed, or giving me negative ratings on my forum posts?
No. Your belt progress only moves in one direction - forward.
What are Tapology's awards?
On Tapology you can unlock a variety of awards for your predictions, rankings, forum, and other site activity. Unlocking awards will showcase you as someone who is knowledgeable about MMA as well influential within the Tapology community. You can view your own awards and the awards of every other site member on the member profile pages.
What awards are available?
To see a complete list of all possible awards with descriptions of how to unlock them, you can visit the awards main page.
Can I hide or remove my awards?
No . . . why would you want to do that?
How do I use the sharing controls located under the 'share' buttons on the 'my fight predictions' and 'my rankings' pages?
Tapology includes easy-to-use tools for sharing and distributing your predictions and rankings elsewhere on the web. You can choose the approach that is most convenient for you.
By copying and pasting an 'image' string into your browser or other locations, a dynamic image of your prediction is rendered showing your (or someone else's) predictions for a particular fight. At the conclusion of the fight, the image will update to show the results of the prediction. By copying and pasting the 'embed' string, predictions and rankings can easily be embedded in your posts on other MMA forums and blogs. By copying and pasting the 'url' string at the bottom of the page, you can link directly to the page displaying a user's predictions and rankings. Finally, the 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' controls allow you to easily distribute your predictions and rankings via your accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
Note that if you have elected to set your predictions as 'hidden,' the embeddable image will over-ride your setting and display your predictions. Do not embed the image if you want your predictions to remain private.
The Tapology Forums
What makes the Tapology Forums different from other forums?
The Tapology Forums are custom built to handle one thing and one thing only - Combat Sports! The most important improvement we've made over traditional forums is to integrate ours with the rest of the site, so you'll see forum posts for a particular fighter, bout, event or ranking showing up on the fighter, bout and ranking pages. That makes it far easier to keep up with all the latest discussion, and find previous topics of interest to you. Not only do forum discussions show up throughout the site, the rest of the site shows up in the forum discussions. Your predictions and rankings autopopulate in threads, so if you're discussing the upcoming UFC title fight, everyone can know each other's predictions for the fight without having to retype them every time. That should help keep the trolls honest (at least a little bit).
We've spent a lot of time on other MMA forums. The discussions can be great, but there is also a lot of duplicate content, because topics are hard to locate and revisit. Sometimes the best stuff gets buried as a result. We hope we've improved things for the better, but you tell us.
Where can I find the rules for posting on the forums?
How are the forums organized?
A forum is automatically generated for every fighter, bout, event and ranking on the site, so you can easily categorize your discussions around a given topic. If your conversation doesn't fall into one of these topics, you can also post to threads in the 'open' (uncategorized) forum, but these threads won't populate on fighter, bout, event and ranking pages, so fewer visitors will see them.
If I want to quickly see threads only about a certain topic, what's the best way to do that?
The 'search' link in the forums allows you to quickly search for the fighters, bouts, events and rankings forums of interest to you. You can also quickly navigate to a fighter, bout, event or ranking forum by entering the fighter, bout, event or ranking page and clicking on the corresponding forum link. Each forum then lists all the threads available in it, which you can sort to find discussions, or create your own.
Is there any way to get a list of my own forum activity?
Yes. If you are a registered user and logged in, just click on the red 'Forum Posts' link in the right column of almost any page on the website (if logged in). It will show you all your forum activity in a sortable format. You can also find a similar link on any other member's profile to see his or her forum activity. If you are already in the forums, you'll also notice shortcuts to 'My Posts' on the top of most pages.
There was an epic thread a few days ago, but now the newest ones are all on top. Is there an easy way to find it again?
It's easy to search for the most active discussions, and the most popular posts. Threads can be sorted either chronologically (the default view), or by the most active threads of the day, week, month or all time, as measured by the number of replies. The top posts can also be sorted by time period, as measured by the number of 'thumbs up' and 'thumbs down' they receive from other members. This type of sorting can be done for the entire forum, as well as for any individual forum topic.
Can I create new threads, and how do I do it?
New threads are easy to build, provided you are a registered member and logged in. Just enter the Tapology Forums and click on 'New Thread' from any forum page to create a thread. Clicking 'create new' will prompt you to select the forum to create your new thread in.
Unregistered site visitors cannot post to the forums, but they can navigate and view the discussions.
What is the point of the up and down buttons that are on the left of every post?
These buttons allow you to quickly rate the quality of the posts you are reading. The best and worst posts are then listed in the forums for you to check out later on. By awarding thumbs up ratings to good posts, you encourage good content from other site members, and you will also be helping them receive points towards their next belt level.
Using this feature is anonymous - no one can identify the specific posts you have rated 'up' or 'down' or which rating you have given a particular post. You can rate as many posts as you want. There are no number or frequency allotments, so don't be shy.
What is Post Score?
You can hover over the profile image of any forum post and "Post Score" will be listed on the panel of information that slides out. Post Score is a measure of the quality of that member's posts as determined by the number of up votes and down votes they have received across all of their forum activity. Post Score is calculated as follows:
Total number of thumbs up received minus the total number of thumbs down received, divided by total forum posts made. The resulting number is then multiplied by 100 to calculate a member's "Post Score." Confused yet? An example: Take a member who has made 10 forum posts, received 3 thumbs up and 1 thumbs down. This results in net votes of +2 (calculated: 3 - 1 = 2). This results in a Post Score of 20 (calculated: 2 / 10 * 100 = 20).
How do I get an image to appear next to each of my posts?
You can add an image by going to your user preferences page and adding an image to your profile. It will then show up beside all your forum posts. This is also known as an avatar, sometimes shortened to 'AV' by members talking in the forums.
How do I get a quote or signature to appear on the bottom of each of my posts?
You can add a quote by going to your user preferences page. Put something cool in the "Quote" field and we'll take care of the rest.
I've got a serious beef going with another site member. This dude needs to get banned. Can you do it for me?
Tapology has rules for user conduct - you can read them here - violations of which may result in user bans or suspensions. The rules apply everywhere on the site, however, we know the most likely place for problems to arise is on the forums, since people have strong opinions about MMA and the internet is kind of a crazy place.
If you believe that violations of Tapology's rules for user conduct have occurred, there are two things to do. The first is to identify offending posts you find throughout the forums by pressing the 'Report' button located on every post. That will alert us to take a look at the post. The second thing is to contact us with any issues or complaints - this is for issues that may not be apparent in a single post, like a course of conduct across multiple posts or other user behaviors that warrant further explanation.
With all of this being said, banning or suspending site members is the last thing we want to do, and we try to encourage users with disagreements that have boiled over to settle down and resolve them amicably (or at least stop talking to one another). We know you don't want to be babysat. We are also not in the business of getting involved - in let alone settling - disputes of fact or opinion on any matter. Therefore, please be judicious in bringing arguments to the site's attention.
How quickly will I get suspended or banned if I break the user conduct rules?
We don't want to ban anyone from the site. If you have a history of predictions, rankings, and other stuff, we don't want you to lose that because of one mistake. Instead, a moderator is far more likely to suspend your forum-posting privileges. Your privileges could be suspended for an hour, a day, a week, or maybe even longer, while you still keep the ability to use other parts of the website. Banning is preferred as a last resort. For more information on permissible forum behavior, read the rules for user conduct here.
Can I block or hide another user in the forums?
Yes, as outlined in the Following or Blocking Users section of this FAQ.
I've been unfairly suspended or banned from Tapology - what can I do to get my account back?
We try to be fair about these circumstances and only use banning as a last resort. Unless you are causing a serious problem, you are far more likely to have certain site privileges suspended rather than be banned. In those situations you can contact Tapology if you want to have your situation reviewed. Overly aggressive, unwarranted, or threatening complaints made to our moderators through this contact form or any other means may result in further suspension of privileges. A banned account is final, with no recourse to have it reinstated.
I want to remove my account from Tapology.
If you wish to permanently remove your Tapology user account you can do so by visiting the preferences page for your account. You must be logged into your account in order to perform this action.
Please note that while a removed account's profile page, rankings, predictions, and other related pages will be removed, forum posts are permanent record and will still be a part of their respective threads.
I am a copyright holder and I have a copyright issue based on content posted on Tapology.
Tapology prohibits intentional copyright infringement by its users. It is Tapology's policy to comply with applicable provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, including Section 512 of the Act.
If you are the exclusive holder of a copyright that you believe has been infringed by a user and wish to seek removal of any Site content, please alert Tapology. Tapology's designated agent for handling claims of infringement can be reached by using the contact form. Include in your message the following information: identification of the web page url, including where applicable the forum, thread and post location, timestamp and author; the content which you believe is subject to copyright or a related right; and substantiation for your claim that you are the copyright or related right holder of record for the content in question, including information reasonably sufficient to allow Tapology to contact you. You must also indicate your good faith belief that use of the material in question is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. You may also contact Tapology's designated agent for claims of infringement via e-mail at email@example.com or in writing at the address available through the United States Copyright Office's online directory of Digital Millenium Copyright Act designated agents, found at http://www.copyright.gov/onlinesp/.
Tapology will review any such messages and take appropriate action, including, where necessary, responding expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of the infringing activity. Tapology reserves the right to terminate (with or without notice) any Member's access to the Site if that Member is determined by Tapology to be a "repeat infringer." A "repeat infringer" is a Member who has been notified by Tapology of infringing activity more than once or who has had User Generated Content removed from the Site more than once.
Note that certain embedded images and videos that you see displayed on the forums and elsewhere throughout Tapology may not be stored on Tapology's servers or delivered to an end-user's client machine from Tapology. The material in these cases resides on the external servers of the source from which it was embedded. To ensure the proper and full removal of any copyrighted content you will need to contact and work with this external provider, as Tapology cannot control the distribution of such content.