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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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The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
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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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  • Originally posted by ballparks
    Born in Toronto, Canada.

    With the birth of Canada's greatest fan, the executives of Labatt's and other Canadian based corporations realized that there was a conspicuous absence of a baseball team in Toronto. One would be needed to provide for the newborn child a baseball atmosphere in which he could grow up.

    Within four years, the hometown Blue Jays were on the field at Exhibition Stadium. That's fine, as I wouldn't have remembered anything before that age anyways!!

    Since I root for the home team wherever I am, the Blue Jays were my first 'team'. My current favs however are the Cardinals, as I lived in St. Louis for 5 years before returning to Canada. They won a 2-0 contest over the Dodgers behind the pitching of Rick Wise.
    The Blue Jays may not have been around when you were born, but construction of this beauty started in 1973....
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    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
    Carl Yastrzemski

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    • You can see it in his eyes. He knew I was coming and he wanted to hit a couple extra Home Runs to make up for the ones he wouldn't be able to hit the next day.
      Like Maple Syrup, Canada's evil oozes over the United States.

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      • Originally posted by Chris from NY
        You can see it in his eyes. He knew I was coming and he wanted to hit a couple extra Home Runs to make up for the ones he wouldn't be able to hit the next day.
        Nah, that's the photagrapher's wife he's looking at.
        "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
        Carl Yastrzemski

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        • Good point, had those eyes had anything to do with me he would have been grinning from ear to ear!
          Like Maple Syrup, Canada's evil oozes over the United States.

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          • Originally posted by runningshoes53
            The Blue Jays may not have been around when you were born, but construction of this beauty started in 1973....
            On Feb 6th, just 2 1/2 months before! After SkyDome was built, they were joking that they would build another SkyDome on the other side of the tower as a lasting tribute to Pierre Trudeau!!!
            "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you. What's that you say Mrs. Robinson? Joltin' Joe has left and gone away. Hey hey hey."

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            • What, and Bob Rae wouldn't pony up the money?
              "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
              Carl Yastrzemski

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              • The Indians drop a doubleheader at Tiger Stadium: 3-1 & 4-1.

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                • Originally posted by runningshoes53
                  What, and Bob Rae wouldn't pony up the money?


                  That cheap, hypocritical SOB was too busy trying to steal it from the province!!
                  "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you. What's that you say Mrs. Robinson? Joltin' Joe has left and gone away. Hey hey hey."

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                  • Originally posted by donzblock
                    On the bitter day in March when I was born, Paulus' 6th Army surrendered at Stalingrad, and that was the culmination of the greatest encirclement in military history. Of the approximately 500,000 man army that Paulus allowed to be encircled, only about 5,000 survived. The Nazis were led on a death march, and the survivors were routinely pulled out of the march and stripped for their clothing and butchered. It was probably not the turning point of WWII, but it severely crippled Hitler, and it could not have happened to a nicer guy. I began reading about it as soon as I emerged from the womb.
                    My father was born on the day that Goebbels announced the surrender of Stalingrad to the German Reich.

                    In my estimation, this was the first of three major turning points during the war in Europe, the others being Operation Citadel and Operation Overlord.

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                    • Originally posted by ballparks


                      That cheap, hypocritical SOB was too busy trying to steal it from the province!!
                      You ever see his house?

                      The company I worked for in 1993 installed his high-fi...socialist, my ***.
                      "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                      Carl Yastrzemski

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                      • They Say Its Your Birthday

                        Me and Ursa Major share the same day..10/1/55..Also think Mark McGwire born that day..

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                        • Originally posted by JohnnysGhost
                          Me and Ursa Major share the same day..10/1/55..Also think Mark McGwire born that day..
                          McGwire was born in October, 1963.
                          "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                          Carl Yastrzemski

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                          • April 25, 1992

                            Pat Hentgen got the win in front of over 50,000 at SkyDome in a 6-4 victory of the Kansas City Royals.

                            boy how times have changed, its now Miguel Batista blows a 3 run lead in the bottom of the 9th in front of 5,000 at the Rogers Center in a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay.

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                            • Originally posted by Big_Mac
                              boy how times have changed, its now Miguel Batista blows a 3 run lead in the bottom of the 9th in front of 5,000 at the Rogers Center in a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay.
                              That's one of the funniest things I've heard all day. Oh what contrast
                              Like Maple Syrup, Canada's evil oozes over the United States.

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                              • 30 September, 1967...i think the Sox beat the Cards in a World series game. Maybe some one can fill in the blanks for me

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