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.

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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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The Bitter Rivals Thread

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  • I couldn't imagine the Red Sox starting out of the gate so slow in 2017. They're 2nd in BA but almost last in HR, RBI, and Slg.%. The last few seasons they lead the AL in every major offensive catagory. Could a single player, the retirement of David Ortiz, make that much of an offense difference? If so, I say lore Ortiz back for the second half of the season. Much like the Yankees did a few years ago with Rodger Clemens.

    Ken Fougère


    • Let's stick to today's news instead of yesterday's.


      • F i n a l l y !

        Originally posted by epaddon View Post
        Let's stick to today's news instead of yesterday's.
        Oh good. New blood in the water. It's about time!
        Ken Fougère


        • Chris sale stikesout 10 batter's for 8th straight game!

          Sale's, (8-straight). going for Pedro Martinez's record of 10 straight games with 10 or more strikeouts.

          Ken Fougère


          • Impressive.
            2016 World Series Champions


            • Originally posted by Hammerin Hank View Post

              Not as impressive as your Cubbies were last year. Good for them. I was rooting for them all the way, once the Sox were eliminated, of course. BTW, you're welcome for Theo! -
              Ken Fougère


              • Thanks! Theo is a legend.
                2016 World Series Champions


                • Back in time!

                  Originally posted by Hammerin Hank View Post
                  Thanks! Theo is a legend.
                  You're welcome, of course. I'm sure you'll have no problem setting me up with a couple of World Series tickets this year if your Cubbies make it that far again, right? Buddy?
                  Wouldn't a Fenway-Wrigley World Series be one for the ages? The only parks left that Babe Ruth actually played in!

                  Ken Fougère


                  • Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                    I admire the dedication and perseverance of the two main protagonists (or antagonists?) in this thread.
                    I don't know to whom you could possibly be referring to...
                    WORLD CHAMPIONS!

                    1923 • 1927 • 1928 • 1932 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1941 • 1943

                    1947 • 1949 • 1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1956 • 1958 • 1961 • 1962

                    1977 • 1978 • 1996 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2009


                    • Ken... tried to PM you but this new interface... smh... anywho...

                      BTW, it's waaaaay to early to be talking crap. Don't you remember 1978 (or 2004)? "It ain't over 'til it's over." --Yogi

                      Currently, I'm working on some "life fulfillment" during my retirement. Namely, my childhood dream to be an auto mechanic and, thus, I'm training at my family's dealership. So I'm pretty busy... all the time. Love it tho.

                      Last edited by YankeeMan; 06-17-2017, 11:02 AM.
                      WORLD CHAMPIONS!

                      1923 • 1927 • 1928 • 1932 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1941 • 1943

                      1947 • 1949 • 1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1956 • 1958 • 1961 • 1962

                      1977 • 1978 • 1996 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2009


                      • I'm retired as well (and I agree..this new interface is as easy as a 6 year old kid batting against Koufax in his prime). I find I;m working more now than before I retired. I'm planning on restoring a car at this end.
                        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                        • Wow, what a game. A 17-1 win over Toronto.

                          Yankees lose again. Feeling good about how the Sox are playing.

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                          Ken Fougère


                          • Betts tallies eight RBIs

                            Mookie Betts smacks two home runs, a two-run single and a RBI single to tally eight RBIs vs. the Blue Jays!

                            Ken Fougère


                            • The most memorable All-Star Game moments for the Boston Red Sox

                              Ted Williams honored at 1999 All-Star Game
                              The 1999 All-Star Game was held at Fenway Park in Boston, and prior to the game, Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Ted Williams was honored on the field. The All-Century Team was unveiled during a pregame ceremony and Williams threw out the first pitch as all the All-Stars and Hall of Famers in attendance cheered. It was pretty awesome.

                              Here's a video of Williams' introduction and first pitch. Honorable mention goes to Williams' walk-off home run in the 1941 All-Star Game and Pedro Martinez's dominance in 1999 and Carl Yastrzemski​ who in the 1970 ASG, won the MVP collecting 4 hits.

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                              Last edited by KenFougere; 08-04-2017, 09:36 PM.
                              Ken Fougère


                              • Well, clearly the Yankees went all in before the deadline. I was disappointed the Sox didn't pick some power help. We need Price back from the DL early next week, the latest. The only way we can win the A.L. East is that our young hitters return to last seasons form. Eduardo Nunez has been a surprisingly good power pickup and his defense is better than was advertised.
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                                Ken Fougère