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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Sincerely,

Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever
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  • #16
    Went to watch AAA/AA Tigers @ AAA/AA Pirates. Game was cancelled. Pirates minor leaguers were working out in intrasqaud games. Got Kevin Newman on a blowup of his 2016 FSL Top Prospects card. Then went to Dunedin and caught the AAA/AA Phillies vs AAA/AA Blue Jays in progress. Got Eric Wedge on a 8 x 10 and Jeff Beliveau on a 2011 Pan Americas Games screenshot and a action pic frm the same tournament (different games). He played for Team USA. Beliveau is a fellow New Englander and we both alumni of Florida Atlantic U so we chatted for a bit. All items signed with a Black Sharpie.
    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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    • #17
      At the Blue Jays minor league camp day. Black Sharpie

      Sandy Alomar Sr.: Signed 8 x 10 blowups of his Topps 65 Rookie Card (his half of the card) and his Topps '68 card along with an Angels posed pic.

      Shane Dawson: Two Team Canada action pics from the 2015 pre-Pan American Games tournament.

      Devon White came down with a sudden case of deafness.
      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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      • #18
        Dunedin Blue Jays@ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie.

        Angel Perdomo: Three action pics from the 2016 XM Futures Game (he played for the World squad). Added "40" (his uniform number for the Futures Game) to sig.
        Last edited by SDL; 04-06-2017, 07:32 PM.
        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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        • #19
          Springfield at Frisco Saturday...
          Sandy Alcantara 1/1
          Eliezer Alvarez 1/1
          Daniel Bard, 1/3
          Jack Flaherty 2/4
          Dakota Hudson 1/3
          Alex Mejia 2/2
          Oscar Mercado 1/1
          Daniel Poncedeleon 2/4
          Jimmy Reed 3/3
          Jason Simontacchi 5/6
          Royce Bollinger 2/2
          Michael DeLeon 2/2
          Clayton Cook 4/4
          James Dykstra 4/4
          Jason Hart 8/8
          Isiah Kiner-Falefa 4/4 (hit his first professional HR as well)
          Matt Lipka 6/6
          Reed Garrett 1/1
          Carlos Maldonado 6/6
          Joe Mikulik 2/2
          Connor Sadzeck 1/4
          Brian Shouse 3/3
          Jose Trevino 2/2
          Drew Vettleson 4/4

          Rangers Tunnel Sunday...
          Delino DeShields Jr. 1/1
          Jake Diekman 1/1
          Last edited by EmergencyCatcher; 04-10-2017, 05:28 PM.
          "Joba Chamberlain has a career ERA of one point seven bazillion against Cleveland. Most sentient bipeds either overtly or secretly revel in this fact." - Steve Buffum, The B-List, 6/1/2010

          Good traders: bravesautographs, kearns643

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          • #20
            Palm Beach Cardinals @ Clearwater Threshers, Black sharpie.

            Jeremy Martinez: Action pic of him with the 2012 USA Baseball 18U team and a 8 x 10 blowup of his 2013 Panini USA Baseball 18U Championship card.

            Randy Niemann: B/w Mets headshot (as a player), Red Sox photo day posed pic (as a coach).

            Dann Bilardello: Reds b/w action pic, Pirates Topps Vault pic.

            Erick Almonte: Brewers photo day pic.

            Chris Chinea: 8 x 10 blowup of his 2010 Topps USA Baseball 16U National Team card.

            Eduardo Sosa: Team Panama action pic from the 2016 World Baseball Classic qualifier
            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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            • #21
              Florida Fire Frogs @ Clearwater Threshers. All black Sharpie.

              Dennis Lewallyn Two Dodgers Topps Vault pics and two Rangers Topps Vault pics.

              Andres Santiago: Two Team Puerto Rico screenshots from the 2015 Premier 12 and a Team Puerto Rico action pic from the 2015 Pan American Games

              Carlos Mendez: Orioles photo day pic

              Jonathan Morales: Team Puerto Rico screenshot from the 2017 Carribbean Series and an action shot from the same tournament.

              Touki Toussaint does not sign for adults.
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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              • #22
                Alex Colome of the Rays did a signing at a bank in Tampa today. Just in case there was a one item per person limit, the wife came with me and we got a 2017 World Baseball Classic Team Dominican Republic screenshot and an action pic from the same game. Black Sharpie with "#37" under the sig.
                sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                • #23
                  Florida Fire Frogs @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie.

                  Tomas Perez: Phillies action shot and a Caribes de Anzoategui (Venezuelan Winter league team) action shot
                  sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                  • #24
                    CC at Frisco Saturday...
                    James Dykstra 2/2
                    Michael De Leon 1/1
                    Jason Hart 8/8
                    Isiah Kiner-Falefa 4/4
                    Adam Loewen 4/8
                    Joe Mikulik 6/6
                    Brian Shouse 4/4
                    Jose Trevino 2/2
                    Collin Wiles 2/2
                    Connor Sadzeck 1/4
                    Drew Vettleson 4/4
                    Dave Borkowski 3/3
                    Joel Chimelis 1/1
                    Riley Ferrell 1/1
                    Jonathan Singleton 4/4
                    J.D. Davis 4/4
                    Cy Sneed 2/2
                    "Joba Chamberlain has a career ERA of one point seven bazillion against Cleveland. Most sentient bipeds either overtly or secretly revel in this fact." - Steve Buffum, The B-List, 6/1/2010

                    Good traders: bravesautographs, kearns643

                    Check out my autograph blog!

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                    • #25
                      APRIL 30 - Rangers Tunnel and Youth Baseball Clinic
                      Jeff Banister 1/1
                      Doug Brocail 8/8
                      Chuck McElroy 4/4
                      Ced Landrum 3/3
                      Choo Freeman 5/5
                      "Joba Chamberlain has a career ERA of one point seven bazillion against Cleveland. Most sentient bipeds either overtly or secretly revel in this fact." - Steve Buffum, The B-List, 6/1/2010

                      Good traders: bravesautographs, kearns643

                      Check out my autograph blog!

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                      • #26
                        Jupiter Hammerheads @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie.

                        Jeremy Powell: Expos photo day head shot and a Soft Bank Hawks action pic.

                        Kevin Randel: Greensboro Grasshoppers posed pic.

                        Wanted to get Cody Poteet, but he was the starting pitcher and I didn't think he would sign before the game. I had to leave after the game, so I will try him TTM.
                        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                        • #27
                          Charlotte Stone Crabs @ Clearwater Threshers (10:30 am start time). Black Sharpie

                          Manny Castillo: Blowups of two mariners b/w post cards and a Cardinals head shot. He's never seen it before and wants a copy. Sending one to him today.

                          Michael Johns: Rays photo day posed pic

                          Steve Watson: Rays photo day posed pic.

                          Ryan Boldt: Two action pics and a screenshot of him playing for the USA Baseball 18U team
                          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                          • #28
                            Tampa Yankees @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie.

                            Ray Duncan: Braves ST photo

                            Michel Hernandez: Rays photo day pic, Rays screenshot.

                            Jay Bell: Two Pirates Topps Vault pics and a 8 x 10 blowup of his 1995 Topps/Bazooka card.

                            Tito Polo: Three Team Colombia action pics from the 2017 World Baseball Classic and a promotional pic/placard.
                            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                            • #29
                              Lakeland Flying Tigers @ Clearwater Threshers. All black Sharpie

                              Andrew Graham: Team Australia action pic from the 2007 IBAF World Cup and a photo day pic from the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Added "17 to sig.

                              Kyle Funkhouser: USA Baseball 2014 Collegiate Team action pic, 8 x 10 blowups of his 2915 Panini Team USA Stars & Stripes card and hi 2015 Panini Sensational Stats card.

                              Mark R. Johnson: Tigers photo day pic

                              Zac Shepherd: Team Australia WBSC U23 Championships action pic.

                              Luis Valdes: Two Team Cuba action pics from the 2015 Caribbean Series.
                              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                              • #30
                                Wednesday afternoon...

                                Florida Fire Frogs @ Clearwater Threshers. All black Sharpie.

                                Dennis Lewallyn: Two Dodgers Topps Vault pics.

                                Andres Santiago: A Team Puerto Rico photo day pic fom the 2013 World baseball Classic, two Team Puerto Rico screenshots from the 2015 Premier 12 and a Team Puerto Rico action pic from the 2015 Premier 12. He wanted copies; mailed them out to him yesterday.

                                Paul Runge: Two Braves Topps Vault pic. He wrote "Best Wishes" on one of them.

                                Touki Toussaint refused to sign a screenshot of him pitching in the Perfect Game All American Classic. He said "I don't sign paper." New one on me.
                                sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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