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23 September 2008 @ 10:25 pm
why your membership may have been rejected  
Current members please ignore this post as it does not apply to you.

If you have been rejected membership from gunnergirls, there may be several reasons as to why. Here are a few major ones we'd like to point out to avoid confusion and hassling of moderators at their personal journals.

1. Arsenal must be your number one team. Many of our members support other teams as well as Arsenal but Arsenal must first and foremost be your favourite team above all others. If you've got two favourite teams and Arsenal's one then that's fine as long as you understand that this is an Arsenal community where members are allowed to be as biased as they want and as offensive to any other team as they wish. If your profile is predominantly Manchester United icons and states multiple times that Manchester United is your #1 team while you have a minor interest in Arsenal, your request will be rejected.

2. You must have made entries in your own journal and have updated it within the last couple of months at least. We do not want inactive members and we will not approve requests of journals which are empty or have not been updated in a long time as they indicate a non-active user and we are looking to form a community of active members participating in community activities and commenting regularly on posts.

3. You must have a friends list consisting of more than just communities. You have to have mutual friends in order to be accepted into the community for similar reasons as above. We want members who actively interact with other lj members. Also, having a friends list indicates to us that yours isn't a blank journal that has been created by a non-Arsenal fan joining simply to cause trouble or see what they're missing out on.

4. You must have indicated somewhere that you are an Arsenal fan. We know that obviously not all Arsenal fans on livejournal have it explicitly stated or displayed on their profile but just a simple addition of the interest "arsenal" or "arsenal fc" etc. to your profile will notify the mods immediately that you are indeed a fan (so long as you don't have indicators of having a major interest in any other teams).

If your request to join the community has been rejected, do not do the following.
  • Do not contact a mod at their personal journal. All problems should be brought up and addressed in this post and harassing a mod at their personal journal is going to make us even less inclined to approve your request.

  • Do not continue to request to join the community without first addressing the problem by commenting in this post. Sending multiple requests after your first has been rejected only spams our inboxes and agitates us to the point of not wanting to approve your request.

    What the mod team of this community is trying to put out there is simply that we are not trying to be elitist in any way and that we are simply rejecting blank journals and journals with no indication of being an Arsenal fan because we want to limit the amount of drama either starting or resulting from this community.
    If you would like to plead your case for membership or feel you have been wrongly rejected membership then please comment to this post and not any other public posts in the community.
    Rose: Arsenal: Samir/Robin_meandthemajor on September 24th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
    I think you hit all of the points. Nice job with this :)
    _unashamed on November 7th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
    My request was declined, but I'd really love to join. I haven't been an Arsenal fan for long, which is why I don't have any icons yet. I do support Liverpool FC. But I've come to love Arsenal as well, so if there's a way to join the community, I'd really love to.
    _unashamed on November 16th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
    Hm. So are comments being posted in here ignored?
    abida42abid on August 2nd, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
    I'm an Arsenal fan and I've been active on the Arsenal community here on LJ but do not update my blog. I check LJ regularly though so I hope I can join...I'm also a boy so hopefully that shouldn't be too much of an issue :S
    the politics of the sublime: y so srs?penguinparity on June 12th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
    I was curious as to why my request to join was rejected. As I easily meet all the other issues listed here, my best guess as to why it was rejected was because I have both Arsenal and Barcelona listed in my interests and icons. Both are my favorite teams (so the CL quarterfinal this year just about killed me, it was an interesting performance in schizophrenia).

    But I'm not going to start drama as a Barcelona fan, this is a community specifically for Arsenal which is what I came here hoping to join. Heck, I don't even start drama when people insult my teams in open footie forums.
    openexit: Arsene Wegner: Cellie~openexit on July 25th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
    Hey, I requested to join here the other day and I was rejected.
    I'm a little confused as to why, seeing as I had multiple Arsenal related interests listed and my journal is active.

    The only reason I can think of as to why I was rejected is that I had a Torres icon defaulted. Which was because I find it hilarious and it makes me laugh. I am not, by any means, a L'pool fan... nor am I a big Torres fan. It's just that, as I stated before, the picture made me laugh. :S
    theycalledmeboots: dw; 11 - tardismetrickkk on July 26th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
    Hi sorry, I'm not sure why your request was rejected! I'm the one who originally made this post and I'm no longer a maintainer who can approve membership so I'm not able to help you!

    Please personal either aliice or _meandthemajor about membership and they should be able to help you out there! Sorry again!
    theycalledmeboots: fb; arsenal - vicconcremetrickkk on July 26th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
    *I meant to say, please personally message one of those two maintainers or any of the others to help you out with membership! :)