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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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  • The MLB Fan Cave

    Do those people in the fan cave get to leave and walk around the city, like, ever? As much as I love watching games, I'd hate to do nothing BUT that for months on end (especially when you're watching a dozen at a time). And as nice as the Fan Cave is, cabin fever would tend to set in...
    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

  • #2
    not sure about your question, but I believe this past season they jumped the shark...first year was much better

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    • #3
      ^ Yeah, the original two guys were funny.

      "I'm the one doing the fighting, not you, not you, and not you!"
      It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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      • #4
        I would imagine they could leave if no games were playing. Like in the morning.

        And by the way, how could you enjoy a game if youve got up to 15 games going on at once? I would much rather sit down with a couple Mountain Dews and watch one game at a time.

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        • #5
          Do the Fan Cave people get paid for doing this?
          It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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          • #6
            Just saw one of the 2011 fan cave guys on Law & Order: SVU! He played a prison guard. Mike O'Hara was the guy's name. I knew I recognized the guy!
            It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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            • #7
              The Fan Cave isn't a prize, it's a sentence. Please. Fifteen games at a time? How about two games and at least one (1) girl, then call it The Man Cave.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Marc Wallace View Post
                The Fan Cave isn't a prize, it's a sentence. Please. Fifteen games at a time? How about two games and at least one (1) girl, then call it The Man Cave.
                Hahahahahahaha, yes!
                "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post
                  Hahahahahahaha, yes!

                  Hey, Bluesky5--spoken like a true Phillies fan! I should know--I was born and raised in Philly. Glad I could bring you a laugh. Hopefully, the Phils won't do that this season. Meanwhile take a look at this very brief capsule comment re Phils from my current hometown paper, the NYTimes:

                  "The Phillies added two players with the last name Young, yet age stalks the roster. As long as they have three ace starters, they have a chance. But the steady erosion of their lineup is a real problem, and declining newcomers like the Youngs, Delmon and Michael, might not offer much help."

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                  • #10
                    Is this a show of some kind?
                    Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
                    Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
                    Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
                    Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
                    Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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                    • #11
                      It always seemed that The Fan Cave would be more popular with gamblers than regular fans. Who else but gamblers would find it entertaining to watch that many games at once? For regular fans, TFC would be a novelty tourist attraction and then shared in their photos. TFC will never be filled with regular fans, IMO. Honestly, this view would apply to any sport and not just baseball.

                      But then again, I am not a guy who would frequent bars nor drink much at ballgames.
                      Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

                      A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill.

                      Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later. -- Dan Quisenberry.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Marc Wallace View Post
                        Hey, Bluesky5--spoken like a true Phillies fan! I should know--I was born and raised in Philly. Glad I could bring you a laugh. Hopefully, the Phils won't do that this season. Meanwhile take a look at this very brief capsule comment re Phils from my current hometown paper, the NYTimes:

                        "The Phillies added two players with the last name Young, yet age stalks the roster. As long as they have three ace starters, they have a chance. But the steady erosion of their lineup is a real problem, and declining newcomers like the Youngs, Delmon and Michael, might not offer much help."
                        Delmon Young has already surpassed Pat Burrell as my least favorite Phillie since I watched the Phillies - 1993. Actually Adam Eaton is my least favorite. Closely followed by Vicente Padilla then Young then Pat.
                        "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                        • #13
                          I'm not a big fan of the Fan Cave but I'm not completely sure what it's supposed to be. In fact, I originally thought it was some kind of MLB team store and when I was in the area I tried to go in, only to find the door locked and then see a sign saying something to the effect that it was a working TV studio!

                          Incidentally, you might like to know that Tower Records used to occupy the space where the Fan Cave is now. For a long, long time after Tower closed, the space sat empty, except for one Christmas where it was a Toys R Us pop-up store, and a couple of other short-term usages.
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                          Archie Bunker: All I can tell you, Edith, is I'm surprised at you! Dragging me off to a moving picture like that! It was absolutely disgusting!
                          Edith Bunker: Well, I'm sorry, Archie, how was I to know? I thought it was a religious picture, "Cardinal Knowledge!"

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                          • #14
                            "Thank you for calling the Miami Marlins ticket office, how may I be of service?"
                            "Yes, uh, I'm looking to buy a pair of tickets for Opening Day, and I was wondering what time the game starts."
                            "What time can you get here?"


                            If that funny Marlins dialog above is yours, Gary, I give you credit. Very cool. Thanks for the laugh!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gary Dunaier View Post
                              I'm not a big fan of the Fan Cave but I'm not completely sure what it's supposed to be. In fact, I originally thought it was some kind of MLB team store and when I was in the area I tried to go in, only to find the door locked and then see a sign saying something to the effect that it was a working TV studio!

                              Incidentally, you might like to know that Tower Records used to occupy the space where the Fan Cave is now. For a long, long time after Tower closed, the space sat empty, except for one Christmas where it was a Toys R Us pop-up store, and a couple of other short-term usages.
                              It's MLB's attempt to get younger fans.
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