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.

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.


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"Baseball Almanac: Sharing Baseball. Sharing History."
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    At Phillies ST today. Black Sharpie.

    Jim Gott: Pirates Topps Vault pic and Giants Topps Vault pic

    Pat Neshek: Two 2017 World Baseball Classic Team USA screenshots and a WBC Team USA action pic.

    Nick Pivetta: Three 2017 World Baseball Classic Team Canada action pic.
    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

  • #2
    At Phillies ST today. Black Sharpie

    Charlie Manuel: Two Twins Topps Vault pics. He remembered posing for them.

    Jim Gott: Two Giants Topps Vault pic.

    Sam Fuld: Cubs action shot.

    Zac Curtis: Mariners ST action pic.
    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


    • #3
      Phillies ST camp today: Black Sharpie

      Dickie Noles: Indians Topps Vault pic.

      Gabe Kapler: Red Sox photo day pic

      Rhys Hoskins: 2017 XM Futures Game USA squad action pic.

      Aaron Nola: Phillies action pic.

      Larry Bowa: Phillies Topps Vault pic

      Will Middlebrooks: 2011 XM Futures Game USA squad action pic, Red Sox action pic, Red Sox screenshot
      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


      • #4
        Moving this post over from a duplicate thread

        MLB Alumni at Rays Fan Fest on 2/10

        Craig Anderson: Signed a Mets Topps Vault pic. also had a personalsid b/w pic for me as well. Black Sharpie with "1962 Original Met" added
        Jim Archer: KC A;s Topps Vault pic. Black ballpoint
        Carl Boles: Giants Topps Vault pic. Blue Sharpie
        Dewon Brazelton: Padres action shot. Blue Sharpie with "45" added
        Jim Bullinger: 8 x 10 blowup of his 1998 Topps card. Black Sharpie with "52" added.
        Ray Burris: Cubs Topps vault. Black Sharpie with "#34 in a circle added.
        Barry Cort: Blowup of a Miller Genuine Draft Brewers 25th Anniversary card. Blue extra fine point Sharpie
        Orestes Destrade: marlins 1993 ST action shot. Black Sharpie with "39" added
        Mike Devereaux: Orioles action shot..Blue extra fine point Sharpie
        Lee Elia: White Sox head shot.
        Josh Fogg: Reds action shot. Blue Sharpie with "37" added (His Rockies number even though he wore 33 with the Reds)
        Rich Hinton: White Sox Topps Vault pic. Blue Sharpie
        Tom Hume: Reds Topps Vault pic. Blue Sharpie
        Greg Jones: Angels action shot. Blue Sharpie
        Darold Knowles: Phillies Topps Vault shot. Blue Sharpie
        Phil Mankowski: Tigers Topps Vault pic. Personalized, Black Sharpie
        Josh McClung: Brewers action ahot: Blue Sharpie
        Andy McGaffigan: Giants Topps Vault shot. Black Sharpie
        Lyle Mouton: Marlins photo day pic. Blue Sharpie
        John O'Donoghue: KC A's Topps Vault pic, Blue Sharpie
        Jim Perry: Indians b/w pic. Black ballpoint with "1970 Cy Young" added
        Steve Ratzer: Blowup of Expos postcard. Black Sharpie personalized
        Rick Reichardt: Angels Topps Vault pic. Blue Sharpie
        Richie Scheinblum: Cardinals Topps Vault pic. Black Sharpie
        Rich Thompson: Rays action shot. Black Sharpie
        Dennis Rasmussen: Signed the MLB Alumni poster.

        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


        • #5
          AAA/AA Braves @ AAA/AA Phillies. Black Sharpie

          Charlie Hayes: A Phillies Topps Vault pic and two Giants Topps Vault pics.

          Dennis Lewallyn: Two Dodgers Topps Vault pics.

          Rico Brogna: Three Tigers Topps vault pics.
          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


          • #6
            AAA/AA Red Sox @ AAA/AA Orioles. Black Sharpie

            Lee Thomas: Vintage Red Sox posed pic

            Williams Jerez: Red Sox ST action pic

            Josh Ockimey: Red Sox ST action pic

            Steve Selsky: Red sox action pic. Personalized

            Chandler Shepherd: 2007 Red Sox ST action pic
            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


            • #7
              AAA/AA Tigers @ AAA/AA BlueJays. Black Sharpie

              Willie Blair: Padres action shot

              Doug Mientkiewicz: Dodgers action shot, 2000 Olympics Team USA action shot

              Brian Harper: 8 x 10 blowups of his 1991 Fleer and Topps cards. Added a biblical reference to both and "World Champs '91" to the Fleer card.

              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


              • #8
                AAA/AA Blue Jays @ AAA/AA Phillies. Black Sharpie

                Bob Stanley: Two Red Sox Topps Vault pics and a 8 x 10 blowup of his '90 Fleer card.

                Devon White: Diamondbacks action pic
                sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                • #9
                  AAA/AA Yankees were supposed to play the AAA/AA Pirates at Pirate City today. Yankees cancelled out so it was a Pirates Camp Day instead.. All black Sharpie

                  Mike :Lum: Signed two Braves Topps Vault pics and two Reds Topps vault pics

                  Tom Filer: Signed two Brewers Topps Vault pics

                  Stan Kyles: Signed four Cubs Topps Vault pics

                  Luis Escobar: Signed three World Squad action pics from the 2017 XM Futures game.
                  sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                  • #10
                    AAA/AA Yankees @ AAA/AA Phillies. Black Sharpie

                    Phil Plantier: Red Sox b/w pic.

                    Wes Helms: Three Marlins action pics
                    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                    • #11
                      AAA/AA Rays @ AAA/AA Orioles today. Black Sharpie.

                      Willy Adames: World squad action pic from the 2017 XM Futures Game.

                      Christian Arroyo: Giants action pic

                      Ben Johnson: Padres action pic

                      Gary Redus: Three Reds Topps Vault pics

                      Rich Knapp: Tigers photo day pic
                      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                      • #12
                        Pirates minor league Camp Day (game with tigers AAA/AA was cancelled). Black Sharpie

                        Ryan Lavarnway: Signed two Red Sox action pics and a 2018 World Baseball Classic Team Israel screenshot.

                        Ken Kravec: Signed three White Sox Topps Vault pics. He's now a Rays scout. He had never seen two of the pics before and he gave me his e-mail address for me to send him copies.
                        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                        • #13
                          Dunedin @ Clearwater. Black Sharpie.

                          Casey Candaele: Signed three Astros action pics.
                          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                          • #14
                            Jupiter @ Clearwater. Black Sharpie.

                            Ruben Gotay: Marlins photo day pic, Team Puerto Rico action pic from the Carribbean Series, 2013 World baseball Classic Team Puerto Rico photo day shot.

                            John Mizerock: Two Astros Topps Vault pics.
                            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                            • #15
                              St. Lucie Mets at Clearwater Theshers

                              Chad Kreuter: White Sox photo day pic, Dodgers photo day pic, Angels action pic. Black Sharpie.
                              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


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