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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.

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.

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Signature Composition
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Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
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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.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

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.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

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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By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

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Sincerely,

Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever
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  • How do we lose two AGAINST WHITE SOX? At home?

    Jesus.

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    • Originally posted by The Korean View Post
      How do we lose two AGAINST WHITE SOX? At home?

      Jesus.
      Didn't Soriano look bad yesterday? I'm BS. I hate that right fielder.

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      • Originally posted by The Korean View Post
        How do we lose two AGAINST WHITE SOX? At home?
        Do you know how this sounds to someone who follows other teams? Allow me to rephrase:

        "How do [the Yankees] lose two against [a team with a great line-up, one of the best rotations in the game, and a very good bullpen]? At home?"

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        • I certainly didn't see bullpen collapses as being the problem for this team. It's tough to take after the Yanks get some really good starts from a shaky starting rotation.

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          • Originally posted by The Korean View Post
            How do we lose two AGAINST WHITE SOX? At home?

            Jesus.
            Because in game one, we faced a pitcher we never saw before and for YEARS the Yankees have never hit unknown pitchers, and in the second game
            it took 2 circus catches in a row to save the game for Chicago. I wouldn't be concerned. It's baseball. It happens. OTOH, I think it's about time
            Soriano snapped out of it.

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            • Originally posted by solderjockey View Post
              Because in game one, we faced a pitcher we never saw before and for YEARS the Yankees have never hit unknown pitchers, and in the second game
              it took 2 circus catches in a row to save the game for Chicago. I wouldn't be concerned. It's baseball. It happens. OTOH, I think it's about time
              Soriano snapped out of it.
              I agree Soriano needs to step up. He made one bad pitch and it happen to cost us the game. When you get a quailty start from the back end of your rotation you have to win the game. Thats the second straight game were the Yankees have wasted a quailty start. It's still April so I'm not going to go nuts over it. The need a win tonight and to take two from the Rangers this weekend.
              http://thedugoutdoctors.com/wp-conte...kees27th_f.jpg

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              • This umpire is so inconsistent. Two pitches can be in the exact same location, but called a strike and ball respectively.

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                • Bartolo Colon was amazing earlier. I LOVE IT!! Nobody believed in him and here he is pitching like a BEAST! I think the game he pitched earlier was better than any other Yankee starter this season, even better than his last outing. He got out of a bases loaded jam VERY easily. Experience. That 2-seamer he throws to get called 3rd strikes is INSANE! There's so much movement on that pitch. I kept rewinding the highlights on Baseball Tonight earlier and watching it. Man, he's impressive. I'm trying not to jump the gun here, but man, he has been GREAT so far. Also, it's good to see Mariano in typical form, as well. Good game!

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                  • Who knows how long Colon can pitch like that but that was nice to see. I don't know how accurate the gun is for TV but he was throwing 95 in the 7th with what appeared to be little effort.

                    Hard to feel for a multi millionaire but Jeter looks whupped. I think he hit one ball hard all nite right at the 3rd baseman. I hope he finds his stroke and can at least duplicate last year's numbers.

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                    • Originally posted by lhslancers View Post
                      Who knows how long Colon can pitch like that but that was nice to see. I don't know how accurate the gun is for TV but he was throwing 95 in the 7th with what appeared to be little effort.

                      Hard to feel for a multi millionaire but Jeter looks whupped. I think he hit one ball hard all nite right at the 3rd baseman. I hope he finds his stroke and can at least duplicate last year's numbers.
                      I really feel like Colon is fine. Like you said, he was hitting 95 and I seen him hit 96 once or twice. Pretty amazing. I seriously think he could have thrown a Complete Game. He was locked in.

                      And yeah. Jeter isn't looking too good. I sure hope he can come back and get it going. It's sad to see someone with so much talent not performing. I'll be optimistic, though. Maybe once he gets his 3000th hit, he'll step it up more. Could be under a bit of pressure. Who knows? It took A-Rod a while to hit his 600th last year and it seemed like he was under pressure to me, so maybe that's what's up with Jeter. We'll see. I'll try to remain optimistic.

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                      • If jeter waits till his 3000th to stepup that won't be till late June early July.
                        http://thedugoutdoctors.com/wp-conte...kees27th_f.jpg

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                        • Gardner showing power again. Again, hope this could be something that gets Gardner going.

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                          • Please tell me that didn't just happen.... Bases loaded no out. Tex pops it up on the first pitch and then A-Rod grounds into a DP on the first pitch.... What happened to patience?

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                            • I am superstitus but I have to: Burnett is 4-1 with ERA under 4!!! (Compared to last year) I'm giving some credit to our new pitching coach, Rothchild. Dave Eiland was useless and could not understand what took so long. Clipper

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                              • Whew Granderson is sizzling hot. Last season was hopefully his low.

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