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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    Looks like I am the first

    At the MLB Alumni table at Rays Fan Fest today. All but one signed with a black Sharpie

    Brian Tollberg: Padres photo day pic
    Glenn Beckert: Cubs Topps Vault pic.
    Mike Devereaux: Dodgers action pic.
    Mike DiFelice: Devil Rays photo day pic.
    Tom Hume: Reds Topps Vault pic
    Chris Heintz: Twins photo day pic
    Greg Jones: Dodgers action pic
    Tom Niedenfuer: Mariners Topps Vault pic
    Dan Wheeler: Red Sox action pic
    Mark Whiten: Blue Jays Topps Vault pic
    Roberto Hernandez: 8 x 10 blowup of his '98 Topps card
    Orestes Destrade: 8 x 10 blowup of his '94 Pinnacle card
    Doug Waechter: Devil Rays photo day pic. Blue Sharpie with biblical reference added
    Bill Hepler: 8 x 10 blowup of his '67 Topps card
    Lance Carter: Devil Rays action pic
    Reggie Jefferson: Red Sox action pic
    Seth McClung: Rangers photo day pic
    Bill Nahorodny: 8 x 10 blowup of his '80 Topps card
    Josh Phelps: Blue Jays photo day pic
    Travis Phelps: Devil rays photo day pic
    Bob Stinson: Astros Topps vault pic
    Brian Stokes; Mets action pic
    Anthony Telford: Expos photo day pic
    Rich Thompson: Rays action pic

    There were three autograph sessions. The Rays...being the Rays...screwed up the waiting lines so that many people were cut off from the second and third sessions. I was one of the unlucky ones who were stopped short of entering the cattle pen maze line for the second session.
    Last edited by SDL; 02-04-2017, 10:19 PM.
    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

  • #2
    Stephen Souza Jr. of the Rays appeared just now at a local gas station. Signed a Nationals action pic. Black Sharpie with a biblical reference.
    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


    • #3
      At Phillies ST (first day today). Black Sharpie.

      Dickie Noles: Orioles Topps Vault pic

      Pete Mackanin: blowup of b/w Expos ppostcard
      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


      • #4
        At Phillies ST camp today. All Black Sharpie

        Larry Andersen: Indians Topps Vault pic, Phillies Topps Vault pic.

        Pat Neshek: Cardinals action pic

        Ryan Hanigan: Three Red Sox action pics.

        Bryan Holaday: Red Sox action pic

        Clay Buchholz:
        2007 XM Futures Game USAsquad action pic, Red Sox action pic.
        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


        • #5
          At Phillies ST today. All black Sharpie.

          Joaquin Benoit: Padres action pic.

          Chris Coghlan: Cubs action pic

          Brad Lidge: 2006 World Baseball Classic Team USA action photo. Added "54" to the sig

          Daniel Nava: A Red Sox action pic and two Red Sox screenshots. Added biblical reference to each sig.

          Aaron Nola: ST action pic
          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


          • #6
            At Phillies ST. Black Sharpie.

            Larry Bowa: Cubs Topps Vault pic.

            Chad Durbin: Screenshot from the 2008 NLCS and a 2012 Nationals ST screenshot. "37" added to both sigs.
            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


            • #7
              Red Sox AAA/AA @ Orioles AAA/AA. All Black Sharpie

              Ty Buttrey: Red Sox ST action pic
              Heiker Meneses: Sea Dogs action pic
              Mike Olt: Three USA sqaud action pics from the 2013 XM Futures game
              Henry Owens: 8 x 10 blowup of his 2010 Topps USA Baseball 18U team card, a Red Sox ST actio pic and a USA squad action pic from the 2014 XM Futures game
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


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

                Luis Salazar: Two Padres Topps Vault pics. Added "#4" to sig.
                sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                • #9
                  Red Sox AAA/AA at Orioles AAA/AA. All black Sharpie.

                  Brian Johnson: Two Red Sox ST action pics and a screenshot from the 2010 FISU Championships.

                  John Wasdin: Three Red Sox action pics.

                  Tomo Ohka: Blue Jays action pic

                  Don Werner: Two Reds Topps Vault pics, a Rangers Topps Vault pic and two Giants Topps Vault pic

                  Junior Lake: Red Sox ST action pic

                  Rafael Devers: Three World squad action pics from the 2015 XM Futures Game
                  sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


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

                    Dylan Cozens: USA squad action pic from the 2016 XM Futures Game.

                    Bryan Hickerson: 8 x 10 blowups of bpth sides of his '92 O-Pee-Chee Premier card.

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


                    • #11
                      AAA/AA Blue Jays @ AAA/AA Pirates. Black Sharpie

                      Gary Allenson: Milwaukee Brewers photo day posed pic.
                      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                      • #12
                        Phillies AAA/AA @ Pirates AAA/AA. Black Sharpie

                        Joel Hanrahan: Two Red Sox action pics and a Red Sox screenshot.

                        Pat Light: Red Sox photo day pic, two action pics.

                        Grady Little: Red Sox photo day pic

                        Andy Barkett: 8 x 10 blowup of his Topps '93 Team USA card

                        Charlie Hayes: 8 x 10 blowups of his '90 Score,'91 Donruss, '91 Fleer and '91 Topps cards.

                        Butch Wynegar: 8 x 10 blowup of his '93 Hostess card.
                        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                        • #13
                          Blue Jays AAA/AA @ Phillies AAA/AA. Black Sharpie

                          Ricardo Pinto: Three World squad action shots from the 2016 XM Futures Game. Added "#35" to sig

                          Pedro Beato: 2007 XM Futures game World squad action shot and a Mets screenshot.
                          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                          • #14
                            Yankees AAA/AA @ Pirates AAA/AA. Black Sharpie

                            Manny Sanguillen: Two Pirates Topps Vault photos and a A's Topps Vault photo.

                            Clint Frazier: 2016 XM Futures Game USA squad action pic. He was pressed for time; could only sign one.
                            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                            • #15
                              AAA/AA Yankees @ AAA/AA Phillies. Black Sharpie

                              Bob McClure: 8 x 10 blowups of his Topps '88 and '90 cards and a b/w Marlins action pic
                              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!