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Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

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h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

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c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

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  • Nice haircut!!

    Has anyone seen the new do that Papelbon is sporting? Quite a beauty in my opinion. A Mohawk!!!

  • #2
    Papelbon agreed that if he pitched 10 scoreless innings to start the season, he'd shave it into a mowhawk. Just mentioned it on NESN.
    "Anything less would not have been worthy of me. Anything more would not have been possible." - Carl Yastrzemski

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    • #3
      Ha ha...man, that is one UGLY do! Only thing uglier in that ballpark is the score!
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      • #4
        Makes sense that he lost a bet, but that's probably one bet I think he was glad to lose!
        Best posts ever:
        Originally posted by nymdan
        Too... much... math... head... hurts...
        Originally posted by RuthMayBond
        I understand, I lost all my marbles years ago

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        • #5
          The funny thing is while watching YESTERDAY'S game, I mentioned to my girlfriend how ugly his hair was....can't wait til she sees it today!
          Visit my card site at Mike D's Baseball Card Page.

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          • #6
            Wow, haha. Thats great. I wonder what Youk would of had to do if he had also won the bet with Papelbon. He had to hit .350 with 5 homers. Because he has a shaven head he couldnt get a mohawk so I wonder what his punishment for sucess woulda been.
            go sox.

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            • #7
              Still better than Damon's

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              • #8
                The best part isn't the mohawk, its the Rick "wild thing" vaughn part in the back. lol.

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                • #9


                  Nice!!!
                  "There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
                  ~~Al Gallagher


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                  • #10
                    All he needs now is some gold and muscle and he'll soon be able to join the A-Team!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mattingly
                      All he needs now is some gold and muscle and he'll soon be able to join the A-Team!




                      I pity the fool!
                      "There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
                      ~~Al Gallagher


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                      Click here to see the best pitcher NOT in the HOF!

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                      • #12
                        He can do whatever he wants as long as he can beat them damn Yankee's.
                        I have two teams ,The Boston Red sox and anybody beating the Yankee's....GO SOX

                        RED SOX NATION

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                        • #13
                          I like you...

                          Originally posted by Johnnybegood
                          He can do whatever he wants as long as he can beat them damn Yankee's.
                          You have a good ....attitude. Papelbon was only concerned about what his wife would think. Won't that be horribly itchy growing out? Has anybody heard who on the team did the haircut?
                          Varitek=Future Red Sox Manager
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CuriousBoston
                            You have a good ....attitude. Papelbon was only concerned about what his wife would think. Won't that be horribly itchy growing out? Has anybody heard who on the team did the haircut?
                            Hey It could have been worse. If Millar was still here he would have probably frosted it for him too.

                            Than Paps 9th inning music would have to be Flock of Seagulls bu default.
                            Get out the Vote!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Baseball Guru


                              I pity the fool!
                              Hey, the stuff I post when I'm dead tired can be interesting.

                              Anyway, I'd gotten this video of him with his do. Halladay is pitching, but then the camera pans to Jon in the dugout. Check out the back of the hairstyle.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6ofwvlj6g&eurl=
                              Originally posted by CuriousBoston
                              You have a good ....attitude. Papelbon was only concerned about what his wife would think. Won't that be horribly itchy growing out? Has anybody heard who on the team did the haircut?
                              Here's a thought:

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