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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.

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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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Where Are We? I'd really like to know.

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  • #46
    Sabattus, Me...Where men are sheep and men are scared...er...thats not right!!!
    Family Autograph Thread
    http://baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=75871

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    • #47
      Originally posted by west coast orange and black
      this shameless rip of bill's "who are we?" thread is being reintroduced.
      what the heck -- it's summertime here in the states.

      all you gotta do is gimme the location where you live. that's it.
      i will put you on the map and list the names of the submitting bb-f members.

      let's color in every state. thanx.
      San Diego California.

      Welcome back ARod. Hope you are a Yankee forever.
      Phil Rizzuto-a Yankee forever.

      Holy Cow

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      • #48
        Falkirk, Scotland.

        About 1cm above number 24 on your UK map :-)

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        • #49
          Fremont, CA. I'm sure you know where that is! It's the possible new future home of the A's.
          Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. - Yogi Berra

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          • #50
            This will help color some of the map:

            Born in The Bronx, NY
            Raised primarily in Danbury, CT (just over the NY/CT border in Fairfield County, CT)
            Currently residing in Middletown, PA (right between Harrisburg, PA and Hershey, PA)

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            • #51
              Originally posted by falkirk_buc
              Falkirk, Scotland.

              About 1cm above number 24 on your UK map :-)
              Mines about 1/2cm too the right of 24
              Don't blame us if we ever doubt you,
              You know we couldn't live without you
              Red Sox, you are the only only only!
              [/SIZE]

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              • #52
                Color in Maryland, I live in Baltimore. Also lived in Hyannis, MA and Toronto, ON, if you were wondering.

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                • #53
                  granite city, illinois-about six miles northeast of busch stadium. count it as another one for st. louis.

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                  • #54
                    Dayton, Ohio...50 miles north of Cincinnati.

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                    • #55
                      hawaii
                      everybody is on the block...except...
                      Scott Kazmir
                      Jorge Cantu
                      Carl Crawford
                      Rocco Baldelli

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                      • #56
                        s.f. = San Francisco.

                        But born in N.C., raised in and around St. Louis.

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                        • #57
                          Since CubsHub and I decided to sticky wcoab's thread, I want to take a second and remind users of his introductory request:

                          all you gotta do is gimme the location where you live. that's it.

                          This isn't a discussion thread about places you've been or places you'd like to go. It's simply a way to organize where BBF members collectively call home. In fact, I'm going to go back now and clean out a little irrelevant chit-chat. So, now you're stickied, wcoab.
                          "Anything less would not have been worthy of me. Anything more would not have been possible." - Carl Yastrzemski

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                          • #58
                            000. san rafael, ca / west coast orange and black
                            001. portland, or / sultan_1895-1948
                            002. windham co, vt / vtsoxfan
                            003. montreal / wilkerson_rulz-06
                            004. atlanta, ga / atlanta braves freak
                            005. bessemer, al / brownie31
                            006. indianapolis, in / trosmok
                            007. olathe, ks / kcghost
                            008. kettering, oh / captain cold nose
                            009. tuscon, az / zito75
                            010. phelan, ca / bluezebra
                            011. chicago, il / sweet lou
                            012. bray, co. wicklow, ireland / padday
                            013. seattle, wa / edgartohof
                            014. central mass, ma / kckid2599
                            016. marshall, il / otis89
                            017. santa monica, ca / elvis
                            018. charleston, sc / cubshub
                            019. massachusetts / kyle
                            020. st. louis, mo / gashouse6
                            021. ventura county / mojorisin71
                            022. niagara falls / starkeeper
                            023. coatesville, pa / go gomes
                            024. liverpool, uk / outta here
                            025. central vermont / redsoxvt92
                            026. chelle / alexandria ,va
                            027. canadiankid / toronto
                            028. manila / runningshoes
                            029. ballwin, mo / solair wright
                            030. boulder, co / jwkfs
                            031. topeka, ks / sluggerrr
                            032. albany, ga / cbenson5
                            033. new jersey / philwings24
                            034. baker city, or / slaytanicsdmf
                            037. austin, tx / evanaparra
                            038. chattanooga, tn / maximum jack
                            039. new hampshire / murderer's row
                            040. wallingford, ct / utter chaos
                            041. denton, tx / bailiff
                            042. newcastle upon tyne, england / red sox rule
                            043. sabattus, me / kearns643
                            044. san diego, ca / soberdennis
                            046. fremont, ca / dodgerfan1
                            047. middletown, pa / dmbfan
                            048. baltimore, md / erik bedard
                            049. granite city, il / hubkittel
                            050. dayton, oh / driver62
                            052. the city, ca / s.f.

                            to follow:
                            015. etten-leurs, netherlands / yankeebiscuitfan
                            035. saskatoon, saskatchewan, canada / reed johnson
                            036. hong kong / sandlot
                            045. falkirk, scotland / falkirk_buc
                            051. hawaii / jetermvp
                            053. louisville, ky / astro
                            054. virginia beach, va / jabberwock
                            055. christiansburg, va / los bravos
                            056. covington, ky / justice22
                            057. baton rougue, la / go stros
                            058. island pond, vt / sox fan04
                            059. albany, ny / j25nadroj2042
                            060. vandalia, oh / nascarfn5
                            061. lexington park, md / autographcollector
                            062. frankfurt, germany / anjo25
                            063. sioux falls, sd / pstratmeyer
                            064. seattle, wa / disgruntaledmarinerfan
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                            Last edited by west coast orange and black; 10-26-2006, 09:49 AM.
                            "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                            • #59
                              Louisville, Kentucky

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                              • #60
                                Born in Cleveland, Ohio, currently living in Virginia Beach VA

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