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
Nothing political or religious
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.

VII. Appropriate and inappropriate topics for Baseball Fever:

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.

IX. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

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.

The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.


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    Absolutely ridiculous. Discussion of everything else has come crashing to a halt because of situations like this, and it's hardly the exception. Can we get a New York subforum to keep this garbage ("Yankee Stadium: ever kiss it?" are you KIDDING me?) away from what was once a great forum?
    Last edited by Sean O; 11-04-2009, 11:47 AM.

  • #2
    Hahaha, it's pretty hilarious though. Gotta give credit to locke40 for bumping up all the six-feet-under old thread haha!

    Yankee Stadium: Ever kiss it?



    • #3
      I think the best solution for this site is to open an entirely new forum called The Greatest And Most Awesomely Wonderful At Everything to circle jer. . . , er discuss, how great and awesomely wonderful every yankee is and has been, how great and awesomely wonderful every yankee team is and has been, how great and awesomely wonderful yankee stadium was, how great and awesomely wonderful the yankee uniform is, how great and awesomely wonderful every person ever associated with the yankees is and was and how great and awesomely wonderful the world is because the yankees exist.


      • #4
        Originally posted by whoisonit View Post
        how great and awesomely wonderful every yankee is and has been

        Originally posted by whoisonit View Post
        how great and awesomely wonderful every person ever associated with the yankees is and was

        December 4, 1984: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Rich Bordi, Henry Cotto and Ron Hassey to the New York Yankees for Brian Dayett and Ray Fontenot.
        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!"


        • #5
          It would be swell if a moderator would perhaps comment on the suggestion.
          I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
          - Walt Whitman


          • #6
            It is being discussed amongst ourselves.
            Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
            Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
            Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
            Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
            Robin Bill Ernie JEDI


            • #7
              With the latest bout of unmoderated garbage spewing from the Yankees fans on the board, any progress on discussions?


              • #8

                Tell me about it. Been there, done that.

                All hail the golden ring of the Yankkes Stadium and the Citi Field.


                • #9
                  And all hail the dozens of threads for other venues that don't exist because the horrible, ape-like New Yorkers scare other members away from creating threads that they may or may not actually frequent.

                  Seriously, nearly every thread that was posted today was done sarcastically (and boy were they a hindrance to get to the three or so non-NY threads people actually go to). Lets see...two beloved stadiums have recently been demolished (one arguably the most important stadium in American sports), two new stadiums that have been met with much excitement and criticism, and four past stadiums that have an equally large following (one of which had two completely different versions).

                  Yes, obviously some people post threads that can easily be put in an existing thread (and most soon vanish from the front page). How many "jeter got another award he doesn't deserve", "yankees spent money they made themselves and should be ashamed because of it", "New Yorkers are meanies", and "Yankees/Mets suck!" threads do we have to wade through, and be provoked in (where we are then branded as typical NYer trolls)? I thought this forum was for fans to discuss basebal related topics that they find interesting or want to know more about. Not, to be told that they are not allowed to discuss something because it's not "fair" that fans from other teams aren't even interested in starting (or maintaining) threads for their own ballparks. I would love to see the traffic this forum would get if there wasn't a single New York topic or member.
                  ..."I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for."


                  • #10
                    I think we are starting down a slippery slope with all these Yankee Stadium threads. I personally don't care, because I am a Yankee fan and I enjoy reading and discussing the Yankees. However, if anyone remembers a few months back when everyone was up-in-arms over the whole "EDIT TAGS" debacle. The only solution was to take away the members rights to editing tags; I fear, the only solution to the Yankee Stadium thread problems will be to take away our rights (or maybe just newbie members' rights) to starting new threads. I post on a lot of other message boards on the internet (mostly architectural-centric sites) and baseball-fever is FAR and AWAY the most lenient when it comes to new registration and new member rights. The other sites I post on would be appalled that we were EVER allowed to edit tags.

                    Personally, I like the freedom we are given on this site, and don't want it to change. But, I also HATE that everyone (mostly non-Yankee fans) is complaining and whining like their sister just stole their boyfriend, or something (I don't know). I'm just glad I'm not a moderator, so I won't have to be making these decisions, and potentially driving members away.


                    • #11
                      Why do people make such a big deal about all of the Yankee Stadium threads here? I post on a few different message boards, and I have no interest in about 90% of the threads, so I simply don't read them. This message board has very few messages compared to some, so it's not that difficult to ignore threads that you don't want to read. If you want to read or post about Dodger Stadium (or whatever), why do you let the Yankee Stadium threads stop you?