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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.

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.

Sincerely,

Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever
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    So why was my comment on the Dwight Evans thread deleted? Because it was critical of a moderators attitude? The mods don't seem to care when I'm (and a few others) are getting personally aattacked on various threads, but they are above criticism? What gives?

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    The thread explained my position, and now I'm keeping to it.
    Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
    Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
    A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jalbright View Post
      The thread explained my position, and now I'm keeping to it.
      You said if there were complaints to complain about it. I'm complaining about it. I don't understand why you are muzzling baseball discussion in a baseball discussion forum.

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      • #4
        You think I am--but the only restriction is that in a thread about Dwight Evans, you bring your post back to a point about him--the topic of the post. The thread and the HOF forum have had a rash of thread hijackings lately, none caused by you, and mostly by one particular user. There have been complaints about that, which I feel are legitimate. The rule requiring that posts in that thread is my best answer to resolving the competing interests at stake. I do not think it is burdensome to require that a post in a thread about Dwight Evans eventually come back to a point about Evans. If you do, so be it--but the rule will stand. As often happens, one person's abuse of the system can cause ripple effects to others. This is one of those cases.
        Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
        Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
        A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jalbright View Post
          As often happens, one person's abuse of the system can cause ripple effects to others. This is one of those cases.
          So BBF is basically on a level of high school? So what if a thread moves into different directions?

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          • #6
            When one or a series of users is rude enough to repeatedly highjack the same thread despite polite requests not to, that smacks of high school behavoir. We apparently differ over the significance of the requirement of having to relate the thread back to the stated topic of Dwight Evans. I see that as a small issue, you apparently do not. I also will suggest to you that other users have indicated that they found the hijackings of the thread an impediment to their enjoyment of the thread. I am charged as a mod to represent the interests of all proper users, and I have crafted my best answer to balance the issues of all concerned. You have the right not to like my answer, but I have no intention of changing it unless ordered to do so by the admins or webmaster.
            Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
            Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
            A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jalbright View Post
              I am charged as a mod to represent the interests of all proper users, and I have crafted my best answer to balance the issues of all concerned. You have the right not to like my answer, but I have no intention of changing it unless ordered to do so by the admins or webmaster.
              That doesn't mean very much to me. The mods on this forum seem like they do a lot of picking and choosing which rules they choose to enforce.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
                That doesn't mean very much to me. The mods on this forum seem like they do a lot of picking and choosing which rules they choose to enforce.
                Or... perhaps we're mere humans who can't catch everything that isn't brought to our attention.
                "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


                Put it in the books.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by milladrive View Post
                  Or... perhaps we're mere humans who can't catch everything that isn't brought to our attention.
                  That's not much of an answer.

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                  • #10
                    Sure it is. You say we pick and choose. I say you're mistaken. And until you've walked a mile in someone else's shoes, you shouldn't be so judgemental of them.
                    "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


                    Put it in the books.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by milladrive View Post
                      Sure it is. You say we pick and choose. I say you're mistaken. And until you've walked a mile in someone else's shoes, you shouldn't be so judgemental of them.
                      You guys do pick and choose.Whether I've walked in your shoes or not would likelly increase my respect for the mods on this site (which isn't very high).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
                        You guys do pick and choose.
                        Okay, you're right and I'm wrong. You know the staff better than the staff does.

                        Whether I've walked in your shoes or not would likelly increase my respect for the mods on this site (which isn't very high).
                        Your mind is obviously made up, and apparently nothing anyone says here will help to change your mind. Out of curiosity, what would it take to convince you we're not here to pick our noses? That we're here to help, not hurt, and, as I've already mentioned, we're human and do the best we can with what we have?
                        "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


                        Put it in the books.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
                          That doesn't mean very much to me. The mods on this forum seem like they do a lot of picking and choosing which rules they choose to enforce.
                          Amen, brother.

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