Updated Baseball Fever Policy

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.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

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.

II. Comments about our policy:

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.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

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

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
No advertising is permitted
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Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

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Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

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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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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

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.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

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No Astros photo thread?

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  • No Astros photo thread?

    I went through all the Astros threads here and didn't see any photo thread. Would anyone be willing to get one going? I am new to posting pictures, and have only done a few on the Cardinals thread, and I think that someone who is much better than I should get the Astros photo thread started!

    I spent a lot of time in Houston last summer and went to a few games, giving me and my fanatic Cardinal family more respect for the Astros. It would be nice to see a thread start up to chronicle the great teams and players of the Astros time in the NL (not too mention some of those colorful uniforms)!

    Just a thought. Hopefully some Astros fan will start one up in the future, or I will finally figure out how to post decent sized pictures and start one anyway! Good luck in the AL, 'Stros! You will be missed in the NL!
    "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

  • #2
    I'm not an Astros fan, but I'll get things started by sharing some of my Astros-related photos from Citi Field...

    October 4, 2009: the very first pitch of the game – New York's Nelson Figueroa to Houston's Michael Bourn, a single to center...

    (Photo taken October 4, 2009. © Gary Dunaier. Link to upload on here.)

    October 4, 2009: Kazuo Matsui at-bat graphic as shown on the Citi Vision screen during the top of the 8th inning along with his numbers v. his former club...

    (Photo taken October 4, 2009. © Gary Dunaier. Link to upload on here.)

    Knowing that Houston would be moving to the American League this year, during Interleague games last year I got some shots of the ribbon board "prematurely" showing Houston as an American League club... when it comes to Interleague games, the out-of-town scoreboard lists the game under the league of the home team, and this was a road game for Houston...

    (Photo taken June 17, 2012. © Gary Dunaier. Link to upload on here.)

    Here's my ticket to the August 26, 2012 game at Citi Field... the final meeting between the Astros and Mets in 2012, and to my mind a pretty historic one regardless of the outcome... it's the last time the two 1962 National League expansion teams will play each other as National League opponents...

    Brandon Barnes at-bat graphics as shown on the Citi Vision during his at-bat in the top of the 6th inning of the Astros' 8/26/12 game in New York... this was Barnes' 13th Major League game...

    (Photo taken August 26, 2012. © Gary Dunaier. Link to upload on here.)

    As you might understand, most of my Met-Astro game photos are centered around the Mets, and in the context of this thread such images are of little value... but I had to end this post with this photo of New York's Ike Davis hitting a walkoff home run to give the Mets the win in the bottom of the 9th inning of that 8/26/12 game, because of its historical significance... it's the final moment of the final meeting between the two 1962 National League expansion teams as National League opponents...

    (Photo taken August 26, 2012. © Gary Dunaier. Link to upload on
    Archie Bunker: All I can tell you, Edith, is I'm surprised at you! Dragging me off to a moving picture like that! It was absolutely disgusting!
    Edith Bunker: Well, I'm sorry, Archie, how was I to know? I thought it was a religious picture, "Cardinal Knowledge!"


    • #3
      Mike Scott after his no hitter clinched the division in 1986. Another picture of Scott being congratulated by longtime Astros C Alan Ashby.

      Mike Scott no hitter.jpg

      Ashby and Scott.jpg
      "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean


      • #4
        Cesar Cedeno CF 1970-1981 Astros

        Cedeno won 5 Gold Gloves and was a 4 time All Star with the Astros. His stolen base totals from 1972-1977 were: 55, 56, 57, 50, 58, 61! He led the NL in 2B twice with the 'Stros in '71 (40) and '72 (39), and hit .320 in both '72 and '73 (OPS+ in those seasons were 162 and 152). His career totals over his 12 seasons in Houston were: .289/.351/.454, 1512 G, 1659 hits, 890 R, 343 2B, 55 3B, 163 HR, 778 RBI, 487 SB, and a 129 OPS+. Here are a couple pictures, and I hope some more Astros fans can really fill up this thread with great action shots!


        Cedeno safe.jpg


        Ashby, Cedeno, Cruz.jpg
        Cedeno standing next to Alan Ashby who is shaking hands with Jose Cruz.
        Last edited by Herr28; 01-17-2013, 02:31 PM. Reason: Caption for Old Timer's pic
        "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean