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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.

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.

Sincerely,

Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever
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  • #31
    Daytona Tortugas @ Clearwater Threshers. All back Sharpie.

    Alfredo Rodriguez: Reds ST action pic. Added #2 to sig.

    Chris Okey: 8 x 10 blowup of his 2010 Topps USA Baseball 16 national team card, a 2014 USA Baseball National Collegiate Team posed pic and a 2014 USA Baseball National Collegiate Team BP pic,

    Jonathon Crawford: 2012 USA Baseball National Collegiate Team action pic and a 2012 USA baseball National Collegiate Team screenshot.
    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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    • #32
      Tampa Yankees @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie.

      Jay Bell: Signed blowups of his Fleer '91, Topps Stadium Club '93 and Donruss Triple Play '94 cards.
      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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      • #33
        JUNE 1 – Northwest Arkansas at Frisco
        Vance Wilson, 6/6
        Steve Luebber, 2/2
        Sam Selman, 4/4
        Corey Ray, 1/1
        Logan Moon, 2/2
        Donnie Dewees, 2/4
        Carlos Maldonado, 4/4
        Michael De Leon, 1/1
        Clayton Cook, 4/4
        Ariel Jurado, 4/4
        Yohander Mendez, 1/1
        Connor Sadzeck, 1/2
        Collin Wiles, 2/2
        Jose Trevino, 2/2
        Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 4/4
        Royce Bolinger, 1/1



        JUNE 2 – Arkansas at Frisco
        Jason Hart, 7/7
        Blake Unsworth, 1/1
        Kyle Waldrop, 4/4
        Justin DeFratus, 4/4



        JUNE 27 - Texas League All-Star Game
        OUTSIDE
        Jon Singleton 3/4
        Joe Mikulik 1/1

        INSIDE DURING BP
        B.J. Boyd 3/3

        NORTH DIVISION TABLE
        Zac Curtis 3/3
        Peter Tago, 3/4
        Tyler Marlette 4/4
        Oscar Mercado 2/3
        Dakota Hudson 1/3
        Steve Luebber 1/1
        Leon Roberts 4/4
        Sam Selman 4/4
        Vance Wilson 4/4

        SOUTH DIVISION TABLE
        Viosergy Rosa 1/1
        Ariel Jurado 4/4
        Brian Shouse 1/1
        Jason Hart 3/4
        Isiah Kiner-Falefa 2/4
        J.D. Davis 4/4
        Kyle Lloyd 3/3
        Luis Urias 1/3
        Michael Kelly 2/2
        Collin Wiles 3/3
        Jose Trevino 3/3
        Jon Singleton 1/1

        BEFORE CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME
        Mike Kiselak 2/2
        Tim Crabtree 4/4
        Ryan Drese 8/8
        Kevin Mench 4/4
        Marty Turco 4/4
        Mike Adams 3/4
        Steve Kent 3/3
        Mark Brandenburg 1/1
        Jose Guzman 4/4

        DURING CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME
        David Murphy 1/4

        AFTER CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME
        Willie Pile 1/1
        David Murphy 1/3
        Mike Adams 1/1
        David Murphy 1/2

        DURING WARMUPS
        Leon Roberts 4/4
        Oscar Mercado 1/1



        JULY 1 - Tulsa Drillers at Frisco Roughriders
        PREGAME
        Walker Buehler 2/4
        Leo Garcia 1/1
        Bill Simas 5/5
        Henry Ramos 1/3
        Andrew Sopko 4/4

        POSTGAME INSIDE
        Ryan Garko 7/11
        Josh Sborz 3/3

        POSTGAME OUTSIDE
        Connor Sadzeck 1/2
        Jacob Newburn 1/1
        Isiah Kiner-Falefa 3/3
        Clayton Cook 2/2
        Michael De Leon 1/1
        Jason Hart 8/8
        Carlos Maldonado 4/4
        Andy Ibanez 1/4
        "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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        • #34
          Bradenton Marauders @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie..

          Matt Ford: Pirates head shot
          Ke'Bryan Hayes: USA Baseball 18U action shot, and blowups of his 2015 Panini Stars and Stripes - Crusade and 2017 Florida State League Top Prospects cards
          Mitch Keller: Blowup of his 2017 Florida State League Top Prospects card and a Pirates ST action shot.
          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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          • #35
            GCL Blue Jays @ GCL Phillies. Black Sharpie

            Hagen Danner: Signed two 2015 USA Baseball 18U National Team action pics. Told me he still has the uniform top and he wears it every 4th of July. Great kid.
            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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            • #36
              Dunedin Blue Jays @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie.

              Bo Bichette: USA squad action photo from the 2017 XM Futures Game
              Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: World squad action photo from the 2017 XM Futures Game
              Jimy Williams: Two photos from when he was with the Alaska Goldpanners
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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              • #37
                Daytona Tortugas @ Clearwater Threshers. All Black Sharpie

                Vladimir Gutierrez: Signed a Cuban National Team action photo. Added "29" to sig

                Tom D. Brown: Signed two mariners Topps vault pics. He'd never seen one of them before and wanted a copy. He gave me his e-mmail and I sent him a copy.

                Ricky Gutierrez: Signed a Topps vault pic and blowups of his '93 Topps Stadium Club and '94 Donruss Triple Play cards.

                Alex Pelaez: Signed a blowup of his 02 Upper Deck SP Authentic card
                sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                • #38
                  Ft. Myers Miracle @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie

                  Doug Mientkiewicz: Signed three Team USA action shots from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
                  sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                  • #39
                    JULY 23 - San Antonio Missions at Frisco
                    Jimmy Jones 5/5
                    Franmil Reyes 1/2
                    Noah Perio 1/1
                    Jonathan Meyer 1/1
                    Cal Quantrill 1/4
                    Eric Lauer 2/2
                    Auston Bousfield 2/2
                    Javier Guerra 1/3
                    Cesar Vargas 2/2
                    Nick Torres 2/2

                    JULY 28 - Reno at Oklahoma City
                    Jake Buchanan 1/1
                    Willians Astudillo 1/1
                    Gil Heredia 8/8
                    Socrates Brito 1/1
                    Jack Reinheimer 2/2
                    Christian Walker 1/4
                    Ronnie Freeman 2/2
                    Aaron Laffey 3/3
                    Willie Calhoun 1/1
                    Jeremy Hazelbaker 1/1
                    Eric Jokisch 1/1
                    Louis Coleman 1/1
                    Charlie Culberson 1/1

                    JULY 29 - Tacoma at Oklahoma City
                    Tuffy Gosewisch 1/3, 1/2
                    Lance Painter 4/4
                    Danny Muno 3/3
                    Dean Kiekhefer 2/2
                    Gordon Beckham 1/2
                    DJ Peterson 1/4
                    Dan Vogelbach 1/4
                    Pat Light 2/2
                    Dan Altavilla 1/1
                    Luis Matos 2/4
                    Chase DeJong 3/3
                    Fabio Castillo 2/3
                    Alex Verdugo 4/4
                    Christian Bergman 1/1
                    Tyler Cloyd 2/3
                    "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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                    • #40
                      GCL Red Sox @ GCL Orioles, Black Sharpie

                      Dick Such: Three Senators Topps Vault pics
                      '
                      Angel Berroa: Two Royals and two Dodgers action pics. Added "4" to the Royals pics ato one of the Dodgers pics and "13" to the other Dodger pic. I'm going to guess that the Dodger pic with the "4" wasdue to the fact that it was a side view and at first glance, it looks like a Royals uni,
                      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                      • #41
                        GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles. Black Sharpie

                        Toby Gardenhire: Three 2012 WBC Qualifier Team Germany screenshots

                        Don Werner: Two Reds Topps Vault pics and two Giants Topps Vault pics.

                        Royce Lewis: Two Team USA action pics from the 2016 WBSC 18U World Cup. Personalized
                        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                        • #42
                          Lakeland Flying Tigers @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie

                          Jose Azocar: Signed a blowup of his 2017 Florida State League Top Prospects card. Added "27" to his sig..
                          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                          • #43
                            GCL Yankees West @ GCL Phillies. Black Sharpie.

                            Matt Sauer: 2016 USA Baseball 18U National Team action pic. Added scriptural reference.
                            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                            • #44
                              St.Lucie Mets @ Clearwater Threshers. Black Sharpie.

                              Peter Alonso: Signed a blowup of his 2017 Florida State League Top Prospects card.

                              Gerson Bautista: Signed three Red Sox ST action pics

                              Chad Kreuter: Signed three Rangers Topps Vault pics.

                              Tim Tebow was there. I had no interest in getting him and it was a mob scene at the stadium tonight.
                              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                              • #45
                                GCL Yankees East @ GCL Pirates. Black Sharpie

                                Luis Sojo: An Angels Topps Vault pic and two Blue Jays Topps Vault pics.

                                Mike Lum: Two Braves Topps Vault pics
                                sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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