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.

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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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  • #76
    Originally posted by THINK BLUE View Post
    Don't bring the Phillies fans into your convoluted argument, i'm sure they would speak for themselves if they bitterly hated Dodger Stadium like you do. All of the Phillies fans I talked to during the NLCS loved the Stadium and maybe if you visited it would change your mind.
    It's just bad for baseball when during a series clinching game, the game is played in front of a laid-back, apathetic crowd that could care less about who won or lost.


    • #77
      the "ignore" button is where?


      • #78
        Originally posted by Bobby_Ayala View Post
        It's just bad for baseball when during a series clinching game, the game is played in front of a laid-back, apathetic crowd that could care less about who won or lost.
        You weren't there you probably have never been there so you have no idea how the crowd is. What did you expect Dodger fans to be going crazy for the Phillies really?!
        It's Time For Dodger's Baseball


        • #79
          I was in Philadelphia several weeks ago and while I didn't have a chance to attend a game at CBP, I did get some shots from around the exterior of the ballpark. I especially liked the statues around the park and the Robin Roberts one in particular.

          Mike Schmidt:

          Steve Carlton:

          Robin Roberts:

          Connie Mack:


          • #80
            Wow that robin roberts statue is so cool!
            The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.


            • #81
              Yeah, it's really unique. It looks like they took it out of a black and white photograph.


              • #82
                I hope you took a pic of the Philly Phanatic!


                • #83
                  I did, in fact, get a picture of the Phanatic.


                  • #84
                    I have a question. As a big time stadium-hugger I like to go to a stadium and walk around and take a lot of photos. I usually do it before the game. My question is this: At Citizens Bank Park are you allowed to walk all over the stadium and take photos or are you limited in your movements. I know a lot of stadiums now let you go down to field level for batting paractice but only past first and third base. At Citifield I wasn't allowed on the 300 section without a ticket for the 300's (I'm not sure about the Pepsi Porch). Can anyone help. Thank you.
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                    Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying! (Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" (1992)


                    • #85
                      Originally posted by cgcoyne2 View Post
                      At Citifield I wasn't allowed on the 300 section without a ticket for the 300's (I'm not sure about the Pepsi Porch). Can anyone help. Thank you.
                      Can't help about the Philadelphia ballpark but the "Pepsi Porch" at Citi Field is accessible to all. Take the escalator in right field. Also, the Excelsior level in left field is also accessible without a ticket - take the escalator near the "Shake Shack."
                      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!"


                      • #86
                        Unless you have a ticket for a seat in the Diamond Club area, you won't be able to go into Sections A-G. In addition, you must have either a ticket for a Diamond Club seat or a Hall of Fame Club seat to get into sections 212-232. Outside of those restrictions, you have full run of the ballpark.


                        • #87
                          CBP has 1 main concourse that runs all the way around the stadium in a full circle, all with a full view of the field. When you get to the outfield, that main concourse becomes Ashburn Alley. Theoretically, you could spend the entire game just walking laps around the stadium on the main ground level concourse. The stadium was designed with many standing room only areas, and places to meet up and congregate with friends. I have had tickets to games where I saw every pitch from locations other then my assigned seat. In my opinion, a great feature to the ballpark.

                          The upper decks also have their own concourses as well.


                          • #88
                            That's a key feature in a good ballpark, to be able to congregate and watch the game standing up. There's nothing I hate more than being confined to the precise area on my ticket.

                            I always have people I know sitting in different sections and it's great to be able to meet up with whoever you want for an inning or two. Unless it's a big game, and 95% of games are not, baseball is best when you can experience it with people rather than hanging on every pitch. Of course if you only go to a couple games a year it's different.

                            CBP is one I'll make it out to the next time they come up for the CWS in ILP.
                            Go go White Sox


                            • #89
                              I gotta say, living my whole life in Philly, CBP is such a breath of fresh air after watching games at the Vet for all those years.

                              The first time I walked into CBP I said to myself, “now THIS is baseball!” It is such a great ballpark to watch a game, I love it.
                              “If you didn't like Harry Kalas, you didn't like anybody.” – Bob Uecker


                              • #90
                                Originally posted by 17YearsofFutility View Post
                                Yeah, it's really unique. It looks like they took it out of a black and white photograph.
                                It was designed to look like a B/W photo. The artist who grew up reading the papers with B/W photos only knew of Robin Roberts in that color, so that is how they chose to do the statue. Pretty cool, dontcha think!
                                The NY Mets - We do have a pretty good history!

                                World Champions 1969 & 1986
                                NL Champions 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000
                                NL East Champions 1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2006
                                NL Wild Card Winner 1999 & 2000

                                Quest to see them all: The Trop, Sun Life, Metrodome, Fenway, The Ted, Camden Yards, The Vet, Citizens Bank, New Yankee, Minute Maid, SkyDome, Nats Park, The Jake, PNC, Old Yankee, Shea, Comerica, Great American