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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  • #46
    Originally posted by dougw View Post
    Baseball Bonus Kid was good but, for my money, don't bet against The Kid Comes Back--Roy Tucker, aka The Kid, returns from W.W. II with a combat injury and a footlocker full of doubt. Can he lead the Dodgers back to the pennant or is his career over?
    The Kid Comes Back is the 5th in a series of 8 books, beginning with the seminal The Kid From Tompkinsville by John Tunis written in 1940. These books, especially the first Kid, were incredibly influential and important. They got a whole generation of kids to enjoy reading, and also helped spread the popularity of the Brooklyn Dodgers nationwide. They'll seem cheesy and dated 77 years after they were published, but I highly recommend you at least read the original Kid.
    “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson


    • #47
      "The Last Boy" Mickey Mantle and the end of America's childhood. By Jane Leavy. A national bestseller and rightfully so. Hard to put down. It was a Time Magazine top ten book of the year. One of the best baseball books that I have ever read, and I have read a few. She spent a lot of time digging into his past and also interviewing him. It is brutally honest and is full of his buddies too, Billy Martin, Whitey Ford and others. It is as one review said, "heartbreaking." It would pay any Yankee fan or any fan of the game, for that matter, to see how much pain that he played in and read about his battle with alcoholism. It was Copyright in 2010.
      Last edited by Dutch; 04-17-2017, 07:21 PM.
      The saddest day of the year is the day that baseball season ends.

      On October 8, 1956, in game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees, threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.


      • #48
        I agree that "The Last Boy" is very good, but be warned: If you read it, you may learn more about Mickey Mantle than you wanted to know.
        Shalom, y'all!
        What's the rumpus?


        • #49
          Samurai Shortstop

          Went on a trip once to Japan with my father and wanted to learn more about the country's culture/ mindset. They say that to understand the soul of a country, you have to look at its sport.

          The book describes a youngster's time in boarding school, which isn't very pleasant. He signs up for the baseball team and earns himself a place on it. More importantly, and this is the heart of the book, is the clash between him and his father. A clash of generations.

          Their family abides Bushido, the code of the samurai (warrior), held high by the father. However, Japan is modernizing, and the Emperor makes way with this tradition. Japan is now a country with steam technology and people in suits, leaving the father lamenting. He is not too happy with his son's occupation with baseball, which he sees as something modern from abroad. However, they discover that both baseball and Bushido are more alike than they thought, but only after the father and son engage in confrontation.


          • #50
            Baseball Before We Knew It by David Block is probably my favorite book on the subject. I'm not a huge history guy, but this book made me enjoy it.



            • #51
              Many, MANY years ago I read Bob Uecker's book "Catcher In The Wry" and it is still my favorite. I think what I remember and like the most is the fact that Uecker treats it like it is, a kid's game for crying out loud. Nothing stuffy or stat stuffed here, just good old free-style fun with the "game". After all that's all it is, nothing more nothing less. So, just relax and enjoy it, forget all that other overload. Thanks Bob, I'll never forget it.


              • #52
                Baseball Memories, 1900-1909 by Marc Okkonen,1992. Another one is Catcher by Peter Morris,2010. A third is Ty Cobb, a Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen, a well searched bio that uncovers the false narratives we have always heard about Cobb.


                • #53
                  "Game of Shadows" (2006), "The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract" (1985)

                  Next book up: "Fear Strikes Out:The Jim Piersall Story"


                  • #54
                    I've got several hundred baseball books, and only a handful I really hate.

                    Up at the top of my list is, of course, The Glory Of Their Times.

                    I'm really happy I read it in junior high, about 1970, when three of my grandparents, who had been born in the 1890s and thus were roughly the age of some of the players (slightly younger but only a decade or so), were still around.

                    My maternal grandmother had grown up in Detroit in the 1890s and 1900s-1910s. Her father took the whole family (8 kids) to Tigers games sometimes. They lived about 15 minutes walk from Bennett Park. Family lore had it that her father, a lumber tycoon in the 1880s-90s, owned a tiny piece of the team, enough so he could get in whenever he wanted.

                    (Actually they lived on a huge mansion on Woodward Avenue, about 5 minutes walk from today's Comerica Park.)

                    She remembered the park smelled very "tobacco-y," of cigars and peanuts, like a circus. When she was a little girl, baseball games were kind of shady places, kind of like pool halls. When she was about 16-18 in 1910-12 or so, she said she went on her own or with a couple friends or sisters and they thought they were really going on a forbidden trip.

                    She said Ty Cobb used to joke with fans in the outfield sometimes, but if somebody started ragging on him, he'd yell at them, "After the game I'm going to throw you in the river" (about a quarter mile away). "and he wasn't joking then, or at least he didn't act like it!"

                    She said Cobb was usually in a pretty good mood but if something happened to "set him off," he'd be barking at people all game long.

                    My paternal grandfather played college baseball in Canada in 1914-16 and he knew some guys who went on to play in the majors. They would come over and play teams in the Detroit area and there were always rumors some of the Tigers players or managers were at the game scouting guys out as possible prospects.

                    Anyway it was interesting talking to them because they had been around in those years and confirmed the stories sounded very familiar to them.
                    Last edited by StarStar00; 09-29-2017, 10:06 AM.