NFL Picks FAQ

Version 3.00.00 (Date Released: 04/03/19)

Thank you for your interest in the NFL Picks! This FAQ is sent from time to time to the NFL Picks Discussion List. In addition, you can view this at anytime by going to https://www.nflpicks.org and select FAQ.

Table of Contents

I. What is NFL Picks?
II. What is the NFL Picks Discussion List?
III. What is the Pandora Project?
IV. Proper Netiquette/Restrictions
V. Members Area
VI. Picks, Rankings and Weekly Leaders
VII. Career Stats
VIII. Errors, Bugs and Suggestions
IX. Playing Online with my Friends
X. Change Password/Email Address
XI. Lost Password
XII. Delete Saved Email/Password

--- NFL Picks FAQ ---

I. What is NFL Picks?

NFL Picks is a picking group that picks all the games of the regular season. Before 1999, we only had a small handful of people who got together and picked. In 1999, NFL Picks was organized and brought to the internet as a free service. After all, it was about pride. NFL Picks has never charged to participate and doesn't take picker's money. The site brought together friends with an official standings and stats. With this said, if you desire to give a donation, contact Bobby and he will help you do so.

Since 1999, NFL Picks has been owned and operated by Bobby Russ. After 2006, we moved to our domain from a shared domain (https://www.secfenia.org ). After the 2009 season, the NFL Picks site suffered a total data loss. As such, the 2010 season was spent rebuilding the site and updating it for the next wave of NFL Picks. After the 2016 season, there was thoughts of closing down the site as it did not make money and was in desparate need of TLC. After recieving a number of messages asking for him to reconsider, the website was added to the Pandora Project umbrella for a rebuild. Numerous changes to the site itself and then way the group runs should help extend the life of the project as well as make it more enjoyable for pickers. One change is only picking the regular season itself as well as adding weekly leaders.

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II. What is NFL Picks Discussion List?

The NFL Picks List is a discussion group for the NFL and for the NFL Picks Team members. It also included updates from the "NFL Picks Quick Hits", a feature added in 2004 and later removed after the 2007 season. Also, any major updates on the website are also sent out to the list. It is moderated by the NFL Picks Organizer. Please note that by default new members are set to moderated until the Organizer changes it. This is to prevent spam and vet new pickers.

Historically, the NFL Picks Discussion List was on Topica from Septermber 16, 1999 until the end of 2004. However, as the ads grew and several servers started to block Topica as they assumed that too many spammers are on there, we decided to move to Google Groups. We officially deleted the old NFL Picks list on Topica in May 2005.

You can join the Discussion list by going to https://groups.google.com and registering through Google Groups. You'll be able to choose whether you desire a digest mode or not.

If you want to send a new message or reply to one you already got, you can either log into Google Groups and post a message from there or you can also send an email to NFL-Picks@googlegroups.com Please note that any and all posts may be moderated to help prevent unwanted language and emails.

You can tell which ones are from the list if take a microscope and you will notice the little spots of queso on all of the emails. Mmmmm... queso.... *drools* Seriously, all emails from nfl picks will have [NFL Picks] as the start of the subject. You can use email filters to move it to a different folder if you wanted and help organize your inbox more.

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III. What is the Pandora Project?

Pandora Project is the umbrella for the websites owned and operated by Bobby Russ. The websites include:

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IV. Proper Netiquette/Restrictions

The only restrictions we have is that all pickers are expected to remember that the site and list are slated for those 13 and older. This means please keep the profanity to a minimal level. In addition, the subject should stay towards football and more specifically towards the NFL. Officially, this site does not actively support gambling, but we also respect that pickers may place side bets between each other.

Having been on the net for quite a long time, there are also some Netiquette items that come up from time to time. Please do NOT:

If you do recieve an inappropriate mail in the system or via the list, please let Bobby know and he will investigate into it.

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V. Members Area

Joining the team must be done via https://www.nflpicks.org and selecting the Register option. It is only a couple of steps and then you in.

Once registere, you will be able to view/make picks, rankings, weekly leaders, etc. You will Be able to also adjust your privacy settings and upload an avatar. You will also gain access to the ability to message Team Members as well.

What if you want to leave the member's area? Never! It's not allowed! ;-) Just kidding... First things first... Do NOT ever send an email to the list saying "unsubscribe me". It doesn't work and you might find out what the other list members think of your inability to read. To unsubscribe from the list, send an email to NFL-Picks-unsubscribe@googlegroups.com or login to https://groups.google.com and select unsubscribe from this list. To resign from the team, select the resign option under the Settings Menu.

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VI. Picks, Rankings and Weekly Leaders

Picks are submitted via the Interact menu under Picking booth. The deadline for each game is posted there. Picks must be turned in by the individual game deadline as stated in the NFL Picks system. Picks turned in after the game's deadline may be used only at the sole discretion of the NFL Picks Organizer mailed to him with the reason. Picks and Stats are done for the whole regular season. Each game picked correctly will count as a "Win". Each incorrect pick will count as a "Loss". In the event of a tied game, it will count as a "Win" for anyone who picked. Ranking is done by the most wins. There is also a weekly leader as well.

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VII. Career Stats

Career Stats are kept for all of our pickers which indicate not only how many years they have picked with us, but also their individual record for each particular season. You can view this by going to Our Team > Our Career Stats.

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VIII. Errors, Bugs and Suggestions

If you see a problem like an incorrect winner, please feel free to contact Bobby to get it fixed. He also takes suggestions for improvements for the website or even for polls for our team members to take. Contact him either via email or via PM in the member's area.

Found a problem with the NFL Picks site? Please enter it into our Bug Tracker. You can click on the Mantis icon at the top of the website to get there.

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IX. Playing Online with my Friends

We have been asked often in the past if they can pick with their friends on the site. Absolutely! We encourage you to get as many friends (and football rivals) on board. While we don't hold any bets for you, it's a good way to track stats and have fun doing so. Besides, we know Jets fans love buying me lunch. The only thing that we ask is that you let them join on their own and not sign them up. Some people can get really upset being signed up for something.

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X. Change Password/Email Address

These instructions are only for the NFL Picks members area. If you need to update your password or email for google groups, you must login to Google Groups to make any changes.

To update your password, please first log in. Then go to the Settings Menu and select Change Password. You will then need to type in your current password and then your new password into the fields provided. Click on the button "Change Password" to save your change. This will change your NFL PICKS password.

To update your email, please first log in. Then go to the Settings menu and select Change Email. You will need to enter in the new email address and select "Change Email". The old address will recieve notification of the change.

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XI. Lost Password

Select Forgot Your Password on the main page. It will ask for your email. Click on proceed to next step. You will then be emailed a passcode. You will have to enter the passcode and then you can select a new password.

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XII. Delete Saved Email/Password

You may sometimes be logged in or have your login information displayed automatically because your email and password are stored in your browser's cache or settings. If you entered it incorrectly when it was saved or have changed your password, then you will need to delete the saved version from your browser or turn off autocomplete.

Solution 1: Delete the saved email and password for just this site

Firefox (and other non-IE Browsers)

  1. Click on the form field with the saved value you wish to remove
  2. Press Delete (or Shift-Delete for older Versions) on your keyboard and the highlighted stored value will be removed

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the form field with the saved value you wish to remove
  2. Press the down arrow on your keyboard until the value you wish to delete is highlighted
  3. Press the Delete key on your keyboard
  4. If you are removing a stored email and Internet Explorer has stored a password for the user you will get a prompt asking if you want to remove the user and the stored password. Click 'Yes' to remove the saved email/password

Both Firefox and IE have options to delete all your saved form data as well but most users opt to only delete entries on a form by form basis so they do not remove saved values that may be important to them. To remove all the saved form data in Internet Explorer 7 go to 'Tools' on the menu and then to 'Delete Browsing History...' which pops up a window showing different things you can delete. Click on 'Delete forms...' to clear all saved form data. To do it in Firefox go to 'Tools' and then 'Clear Private Data...' check the checkbox next to 'Saved Form and Search History' and be sure to uncheck any items you do not wish to delete and then click 'Clear Private Data Now'.

Solution 2: Turn off Autocomplete

If you don't want 'AutoComplete' to automatically save your information, please follow these steps:

For Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Click the Tools menu at the top of your browser, and select Internet Options.
  2. Open the Content tab at the top of the dialogue box.
  3. Click AutoComplete, then Settings button, and uncheck the User names and passwords on forms and Prompt me to save passwords boxes.
  4. Click OK.

For Firefox:

  1. Click the Preferences menu at the top of your browser
  2. Select the Security tab.
  3. Uncheck the option Remember passwords for sites.
  4. Press OK.