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.

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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.

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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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
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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

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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.

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College Baseball HOFer, Wayne Graham forced out at Rice U.- Won't return in 2019

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  • College Baseball HOFer, Wayne Graham forced out at Rice U.- Won't return in 2019

    College Baseball Hall of Fame coach, Wayne Graham's coaching record: San Jacinto Junior college 675 -113-2 (1981-1991); Rice University 1168-523-3 (1992-2018); Overall 1843-636-4.
    Wayne Graham has not been offered a contract for 2019 and his coaching career at Rice University will come to an end this weekend. His Rice owls are just 23-28 this year and 11-14 in their conference. Rice is in eighth place in it's conference, the last place that qualifies goes tfor the conference tournament, but holding on to that position is not assured and it's season could end by Saturday with the conclusion of the regular season. Rice lost it's last home game yesterday to its crosstown rival, University of Houston Cougars. They have three regular season games remaining Tomorrow, May 17 through Saturday, May 19 in Miami at Florida International University. The final game will be the 1,700th coaching game of Graham's career.
    Graham played professional baseball for 11 years 1957 to 1967, mostly in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. His total time in the major leagues is equal to about half of one major league season. His two partial seasons in the major leagues as a player consists of his when Graham played for the Phillies for the first month of the 1963 season and he played for the New York Mets for the last two months of the 1964 season, playing as a third baseman (his primary position) and as an outfielder.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 06-06-2018, 06:09 AM.

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    A repieve: Rice Univ. and Wayne Graham: Rice holds on to eighth place in the final conference standings and earns the last spot that qualifies for the Conference USA conference tournament. They will play in the first round of the conference championship tournament against Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, May 23 at the Milwaukee Brewers' AA - Southern League affiliate ballpark in Biloxi, MS...
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-20-2018, 11:02 AM.


    • #3
      May 26: College Hall Of Fame Coach, Wayne Graham, 82, coaches his final game for Rice University, a loss to Florida International University, eliminating Rice from the Conference USA tournament. With the loss his coaching record at Rice for exactly 1,700 games is finalized at 1171-526-3, with a .690 winning percentage. The Owls' 26-31-2 record this season was the only losing season out of 27 years for College Baseball Hall Of Famer, Graham at Rice.
      Graham played minor league ball for 11 seasons, from1957 to 1967, mostly as a Third Baseman, reaching the majors briefly with the 1963 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1964 New York Mets. (His total MLB seniority time between the two teams was about half a season - one month with the Phillies and two months with the Mets).
      Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-02-2018, 09:06 AM.


      • #4
        The college baseball world is now a safer place for pitchers with Graham gone. He has a reputation for riding his pitchers like pack mules. Most of his top picks had arm surgery.


        • #5
          I hate to see anyone forced out but I am also not a fan of the notion that "a coach has earned the right to leave when he wants." College sports is about the student-athletes yet too many times we see the the student-athletes education and athletic career get tossed aside all for the coaches career.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Orioles5 View Post
            I hate to see anyone forced out but I am also not a fan of the notion that "a coach has earned the right to leave when he wants." College sports is about the student-athletes yet too many times we see the the student-athletes education and athletic career get tossed aside all for the coaches career.
            Power Fives and other ranked teams have coaches making several hundred thousand per year. It’s not about the student-athletes. It’s about winning. Nothing will change until the college presidents admit what college sports are all about. Those NCAA ads make me sick. They’re so phony.


            • #7
              It was probably just time for Wayne Graham to go. His 2018 team was solidly under .500 and was a far cry from Graham's "glory years" at Rice. At 82 he was by far the oldest coach of an NCAA Division One baseball program. He may not have realized it, but it was time to turn the job over to a younger man.


              • #8
                The perfect night at home = Baseball time and what TV show?


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