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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.

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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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  • I'd agree, except it doesn't have the lineups.
    "Shake it off. That's part of the game, you know. Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and a shot in the mask." - Bob Uecker.

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    • Originally posted by mjrbaseball View Post
      Maybe I am getting old, but I don't see any "wow factor". That presentation seems to be more of a distraction than an enhancement. (And the P.A. announcer is way over the top.)

      I miss Bob Sheppard.
      yes I too miss Bob Sheppard=the voice of god
      but my point was not about the P.A announcer nor the presentation
      My point was that scoreboards have come a long way from just showing
      the line score,the number of the player at bat,and the count of balls,strikes and outs in black and white
      to the (HD) high definition video boards we have now with split screens
      that can show live action video,recorded video,pictures,ads,stats,information,etc
      all in one
      the new one in comerica park is going to do all that and more
      http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/news/a...s_det&c_id=det
      yes the basic information is fine and is really ALL anyone needs to know
      but a show on the video board is sometime needed to pump up the crowd and get the players energy up
      for in my opinion=that is the function of all this new state of the art stuff
      the basic information is almost always shown in 2 or more spots
      Last edited by drdg; 02-29-2012, 04:03 PM.
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      • @drdg ... I guess we will have to disagree on this one then. That's fine.

        As I said, I must be getting old because the show on the video board distracts me from paying attention to the game. And I believe intelligent fans know when to cheer without being coached.
        mjrbaseball

           Now batting ... the center fielder ... number 7 ... Mickey ... Mantle ... number 7.  

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        • Originally posted by mjrbaseball View Post
          @drdg ... I guess we will have to disagree on this one then. That's fine.

          As I said, I must be getting old because the show on the video board distracts me from paying attention to the game. And I believe intelligent fans know when to cheer without being coached.
          more like 50/50
          for when the game is on I agree,all the hoopla is a total distraction
          but in between innings or if something important happens in the game or in the world
          it is nice to find out right away (instantly)

          in the old past, we would hear information second hand
          and have to wait to get home to see on tv
          now that information or something about it is shown on the big tv screen (videoboard) in the ball park
          without the video board most of the fans in this ball park would not have been able to see the live action
          and the replay of this historic home run
          Last edited by drdg; 02-29-2012, 05:44 PM.
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          • ^ OBL's death was not announced anywhere in the park. Not on the PA system, not on the scoreboard. Fans found out by checking their smartphones. That's the only way they could have known.
            It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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            • sorry
              my cpu got stuck, I am editing and updating now
              smartphone is part of the new technology that we have now
              compare to the past
              as the video mention the 1960 game ending home run by bill M
              no live action or replay shown in the ballpark
              Last edited by drdg; 02-29-2012, 05:49 PM.
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              • I'm actually curious as to why OBL's death was not announced. They must have worried that it would disrupt the game somehow. I thought about how confused the players must have been, regarding the spontaneous chanting that arose in the park...
                It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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                • Originally posted by Mr. Laser Beam View Post
                  I'm actually curious as to why OBL's death was not announced. They must have worried that it would disrupt the game somehow. I thought about how confused the players must have been, regarding the spontaneous chanting that arose in the park...

                  sorry no political discussion allowed on BF
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                  • Seems like most "fans" who go to a game have to be entertained by more than just the game. They have to watch TV at the same time.

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                    • Originally posted by mr. Laser beam View Post
                      ^ obl's death was not announced anywhere in the park. Not on the pa system, not on the scoreboard. Fans found out by checking their smartphones. That's the only way they could have known.
                      Who is obl?

                      Are you the same joker who referred to Shea as OSS?

                      Never mind. I just realized you meant Bin Laden. Still waiting to learn what the O in OSS means.
                      Last edited by The Old Ballpark; 02-29-2012, 07:32 PM.

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                      • ^ I don't know what "OSS" is. I never used that expression.
                        It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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                        • Disch Falk Field in Austin has added a new video board in Right.

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                          • It's a generational thing. I grew up going to OYS, where the only thing going on other than the game was Eddie Layton playing the organ between innings. There was baseball, and only baseball. The first game I ever went to, Mickey Mantle hit a towering home run into the center field bleachers. That was in 1967, and I was 8 years old. To this day, I have never seen a video or film replay of that blast, yet I can still see it just as clearly as if I were sitting in the upper deck along first base right now.

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                            This is the scoreboard that I grew up with. In my view, it has never been improved upon.
                            Last edited by mjrbaseball; 03-01-2012, 04:07 PM.
                            mjrbaseball

                               Now batting ... the center fielder ... number 7 ... Mickey ... Mantle ... number 7.  

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                            • Originally posted by Mr. Laser Beam View Post
                              I'm actually curious as to why OBL's death was not announced...
                              not germane to what's going on down on the field, there are enough other ways for the customers to hear about it.
                              doubt that an announcement was made in theaters either...
                              the turd in the punchbowl
                              reality really sucks.
                              enjoy the game more...

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                              • Old Comiskey Park Scoreboard.jpg

                                This was the scoreboard at Old Comiskey Park when I was starting to follow the team seriously. I remember seeing this thing light up like crazy every time a White Sox player hit a home run. It would literally light up the night sky near the ballpark, and the fireworks and bright lights was part of what made me a White Sox fan in the first place.
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