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Baseball Fever Policy

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This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

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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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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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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.

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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
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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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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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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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Using GIMP to make photos....

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  • Using GIMP to make photos....

    I have been using GIMP (a free downloadable program) to make photos for TTM send outs for a few years. With the help of my son and friends I have progressed to a level where I believe that the quality is outstanding. Take a look at the progression.

    (A) Simple design, not many extras but still works
    (B) An oval eclipse make the photo pop out
    (C) The 1959 Topps design now reigns as the choice.

    Our photo collection is somewhere around 3,000 but with the new ‘59 style will predominately be the featured optioned.

    It took my son and I about 2 hours (and some help from friends) to get it down but I think they are great. What I do is send three in the mail asking the players to keep one. What has happened in the past with option (B) the players tend to keep them all or send only one back…so offering to keep one of the three seems to work.

    Anyone using this program. Would love to share other skills.

    Chime in!

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  • #2
    GIMP has allowed me to make the 1959 Topps style of many older players that cards are hard to come by or too expensive.
    It does a great job in taking smaller pixel sized photos into a printable 4x6 or 8x10 photo size.
    Some are them here on the photobucket page:
    Last edited by kearns643; 07-24-2011, 10:07 AM.
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    • #3
      Making progress
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      • #4
        Looking good, keep it up!
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        • #5
          Our 1st return of the 1959 Topps remake. A few things about that I have noticed. The players tend to give a better looking signature and placement on a well put together effort. Player will also tend to keep some, or most, as was the case here...we sent 3 asked for him to keep "1" but got one back.
          Last edited by kearns643; 08-01-2011, 05:15 PM.
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          • #6
            I was just going to ask if you offered one to the player. They look good, it's cool that they like them enough to keep one (or more).
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            • #7
              Originally posted by hairmetalfreek View Post
              I was just going to ask if you offered one to the player. They look good, it's cool that they like them enough to keep one (or more).
              Hey I do...I believe its a good thing....I am sure they like them and it better increases our return rate. Not on this style, but others I have done and have been asked to send some extras after.

              I made this set and did some IP'ing at the Sea Dogs game doing the Altoona Curve and the players loved them. Its a good way to start a conversation...."This is a 1959 Topps card style photo, I think they look great" and then the player starts...and it begins. Some of the Curve asked me send some to them and will send them out this week.
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              • #8
                But not in this both Mr. Pyecha and Mr. Goggin kept two of the three..I guess I will have to BOLD and capitalize the ONE from now on.
                What I do like about the photos, though, is that the poor shadowing on the Pyecha photo, it still looks nice in the red border and grey border makes all the points on the Goggin photo look real nice.
                Last edited by kearns643; 08-06-2011, 02:51 PM.
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                • #9
                  When it all comes together, nice photo, using GIMP and then the player matches the color with blue sharpie...the return is awesome~!
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                  • #10
                    And at the ball park the players will take an extra moment to sign the photos nicely...
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                    • #11
                      and Tyler Moore
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                      • #12
                        Hobby is great when it works like this
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                        • #13
                          Does your printer print at a higher resolution? Almost all of the scans looks very pixelated. You may want to experiment with the fonts and / or how you crop the photos. Here is a custom I recently made. Some of the "noise" (specks of ink) is due to my scanner.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by metrotheme View Post
                            Does your printer print at a higher resolution? Almost all of the scans looks very pixelated. You may want to experiment with the fonts and / or how you crop the photos. Here is a custom I recently made. Some of the "noise" (specks of ink) is due to my scanner.

                            Thanks for the input....the main issue is that it is the photo itself...some are too small to begin with and making them into a 4x6does distort in essences there is not much I can do with is an example....Luke Greinke's photo came in a big size where as Danny Godby's photo was small. I use the photo lab at its not the printer or system.

                            The Greinke photo was in a size that was well over my formatted 4x6 but the Godby photo was under 2 inch in height and width.

                            luke greinke.jpgDanny_Godby_(Cardinals)_5.jpg

                            The way i figure it is, I'll take what I get...a little "smudged" is better than nothing and even some make the photo look a little "antigue".
                            Last edited by kearns643; 09-11-2011, 01:28 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I can imagine finding high res images of players online is tough, simply because by definition, images on the web are usually screen resolution (72 DPI) vs. print DPI (300+ DPI) since they're designed for quicker downloads and display on a screen, not print.

                              Are there any good sources for high-res pictures of players online?
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