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.


Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever |
"Baseball Almanac: Sharing Baseball. Sharing History."
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    Raabe, Brian
    Rabe, Charley
    Rackley, Marv
    Raczka, Mike
    Radar, Doug
    Ragsdale, Corey
    Rahl, Chris
    Rajotte, Jason
    Raleigh, Matt
    Raleigh, Todd
    Ramirez, Edgar
    Ramirez, Elvin
    Ramirez, Ismael
    Ramierz, Jose
    Ramirez, Nick
    Ramirez, Noe
    Ramierez, Tyler
    Ramos, Bobby
    Ramos, Cesar
    Ramos, Dominic
    Ramos, Henry
    Ramos, Jhonathan
    Ramos, Victor
    Ramsey, James
    Ranaudo, Anthony
    Randall, Bob
    Ragland, Tom
    Rasmus, Colby
    Rasner, Darrell
    Rassmussen, Dennis
    Rath, Fred
    Rauch, Jon
    Rawley, Shane
    Ray, Robert
    Raydon, Curt
    Raynor, John
    Raziano, Barry
    Redding, Tim
    Reddick, Josh
    Redfield, Joe
    Redford, Robert
    Redman, Mark
    Redman, Prentice
    Redman, Tiki
    Redus, Gary
    Reed, Jeff
    Reed, Jeremy
    Reed, Jerry
    Reed, Mark
    Reed, Steve
    Reese, Pokey
    Regan, Phil
    Register, Steven
    Reich, Herm
    Reid, Jessie
    Reimer, Kevin
    Reis, Tommy
    Renteria, Anthony
    Renteria, Rich
    Repoz, Craig
    Reimold, Nolan
    Repoz, Jeff
    Repoz, Roger
    Retzer, Ken
    Resop, Chris
    Retzer, Ken
    Revering, Dave
    Reyes, Argenis
    Reyes, Raul
    Reynolds, Allie
    Reynolds, Greg
    Reynolds, Jeff
    Reynolds, Ken
    Reynolds, Tommy
    Reynoso, Ryne
    Rhymes, Will
    Ribant, Dennis
    Riccelli, Frank
    Rice, Jason
    Rice, Pat
    Rice, Pat NC
    Rice, Sam
    Rice, Scott
    Richard, Chris
    Richard, Clayton
    Richards, Garrett
    Richards, Gene
    Richardson, Antoan
    Richardson, Gordie
    Richert, Pete
    Richter, Al
    Ricon, Juan
    Riddoch, Greg
    Ridener, Eric
    Riggleman, Jim
    Rightonwar, Ron
    Rigloi, Joe
    Riles, Ernest
    Ring, Royce
    Ripplemeyer, Ray
    Riske, David
    Ritchie, Jay
    Ritter, Reggie
    Ritz, Kevin
    Rivas, Amaury
    Rivera, Luis (Angels prospect)
    Rivera, Mariano
    Rivera, Rene
    Rizzo, Anthony
    Rizzotti, Matt
    Rizzoti, Matt TL
    Rizzuto, Phil
    Roach, Jason
    Roach, Victor
    Roark, Tanner
    Robbins, James
    Roberge, Bert
    Roberson, Chris
    Roberts, Brandon
    Roberts, Leon
    Roberts, Will
    Robertson, Andre
    Robertson, Bob
    Robertson, Nate
    Robertson, Tyler
    Robinson, Bill
    Robinson, Darryl
    Robinson, Floyd
    Robinson, Mark
    Robinson, Ron
    Robnett, Richie
    Rocker, John
    Rodland, Eric
    Rodriguez, Armando
    Rodriguez, Derek
    Rodriquez, Edwin
    Rodriquez, Ellie
    Rodriguez, Johnny
    Rodriguez, Josh
    Rodriguez, Mike
    Rodriquez, Reynaldo
    Rodriguez, Rick
    Rodriquez, Ronny
    Rodriques, Sean
    Rodriguez, Derrck
    Rodriguez, Rafael
    Rodriguez, Steve
    Rodriguez, Tony
    Roe, Chaz
    Roebuck, Ed
    Roenicke, Gary
    Roenicke, Jason
    Roenicke, Joshua
    Roenicke, Lance
    Roenicke, Ron
    Rogers, Esmil
    Rogers, Michael
    Roggenburk, Garry
    Rogodzinksi, Mike
    Rogowski, Casey
    Rogowski, Ryan
    Rohde, Dave
    Rohlfing, Daniel
    Rohn, Dan
    Rohr, Bill
    Rohr, Les
    Rojas, Cookie
    Rojas, Mel
    Rojas, Mel Jr.
    Rojas, Victor
    Roller, Kyle
    Rollins, Rich
    Roman, Bill
    Romine, Austin
    Romine, Kevin
    Rondon, Francisco
    Ronick, Ari
    Roof, Gene
    Roof, Phil
    Roof, Shawn
    Rooker, Jim
    Rosario, Alberto
    Rosario, Eddie
    Rosario, Willin
    Rose, Brian
    Rose, Don
    Rose, Pete
    Rose, Pete II
    Rosenbaum, Daniel
    Rosenberg, Steve
    Rosin, Seth
    Rossi, Bob
    Rossi, Phil
    Rossy, Rico
    Rottino, Vinny
    Rowell, Billy
    Rowland, Robby
    Royer, Stan
    Rubino, Matt
    Rudolph, Ken
    Ruffin, Chance
    Ruffing, Red
    Ruggiano, Brian
    Ruggiano, Justin
    Ruiz, Pete
    Runge, Paul
    Runnells, Tom
    Pupp, Cameron
    Rush, Bob
    Russell, Adam
    Russell, James
    Russell, John
    Russell, Steel
    Ryal, Mark
    Ryal, Rusty
    Ryan, Brendan
    Ryan, Mike
    Ryan, Nolan
    Ryan, Reid
    Rzepczynski, Marc
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