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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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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
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.

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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:
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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  • Baseball Reference dot com changes...

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    So baseball reference dot com has changed the design/layout of their site ...apparently to make it more mobile device friendly.

    What do you all think of it..??


    Also ...they have dropped the Elo ratings pages across the site. Players were displayed side-by-side and the readers choice one as being better.


    Were any of you users of it..?? I found myself on the page quite often. Apparently I was one of the few. I am going to miss it.

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  • #2
    Oh, I think it's okay; once ya get the hang of it.

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    • #3
      The new layout is certainly 100% better now than the old mobile site. Maybe a tad harder to navigate on my PCand tablet, but it is more than a fair tradeoff.
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      • #4
        I think it's about time. They did all the other sites first and then Baseball Reference last. Looks good to me, I don't have any issues with it.
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        • #5
          I dislike the change quite a bit, but that comes from the perspective of someone who only checks it on a PC. I understand why they did it though.
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          • #6
            I dislike the new design. Because of nerve damage in my hands, I only use a PC. The site is more difficult to navigate now.

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            • #7
              Love the new design, just has a more modern look to me. Also they scrapped the Elo-Rater quite a few years ago. It was a crapshoot anyways.
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              • #8
                Totally agree.. I much prefer the old site on my MAC

                Originally posted by Reds5 View Post
                I dislike the new design. Because of nerve damage in my hands, I only use a PC. The site is more difficult to navigate now.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Toledo Inquisition View Post
                  I dislike the change quite a bit, but that comes from the perspective of someone who only checks it on a PC. I understand why they did it though.
                  This post ^ sums it up for me. I prefer the old site, but understand also they did it for the benefit of phone users, who apparently out number the rest of us by a wide margin.

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                  • #10
                    I access it both on my phone and the computer. While I do have to get a little used to it on the computer, I think I'll manage.
                    46 wins to match last year's total

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                    • #11
                      At first glance, I like it. And that is unusual. It certainly looks more modern.
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                      • #12
                        No problems from this fan at all. On a desktop keyboard, the drop-down menus actually make it seem easier to use by easily presenting choices you're looking to find. Maybe I don't remember much about the old site, but there isn't anything missing on the site after checking. All the info is available and presented in much the same fashion. Boxscores might be easier to find, and that might have been a major impetus on the change. It all looks good to me.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by abolishthedh View Post
                          Maybe I don't remember much about the old site, but there isn't anything missing on the site after checking. All the info is available and presented in much the same fashion.
                          The fielding statistics for the seasons prior to 1914 no longer indicate which outfield positions were played. They used to list "OF" in the position column, and then in a column at the far right, something like 14-105-27, which would indicate that the individual played 14 games in left field, 105 games in center field, and 27 games in right field. This information is no longer available, as far as I can tell.

                          Edited to add: One day later, and the outfield position stats have been restored. (I had posted a request on their blog about this.) As long as I use Chrome rather than Explorer to browse the site, I'm OK with the changes now.
                          Last edited by RUKen; 03-22-2017, 05:48 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I don't access it on a mobile device, and I find the site now isn't worth accessing at all. Pages now take too long to load, I get the 'long-running script' message, etc. I can go to other sites more quickly now, while bbref takes its time.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Macker View Post
                              I don't access it on a mobile device, and I find the site now isn't worth accessing at all. Pages now take too long to load, I get the 'long-running script' message, etc. I can go to other sites more quickly now, while bbref takes its time.
                              I don't get the script message, thankfully, or I'd stop using it. i tried a little timeline to get used to it and to me, on a PC, it was sort of like if someone comes and rearranges where all your stuff is. Being legally blind, once i found things I liked it, but I do kind of miss having everything there versus having to click to see more options. Still, I am getting used to it.(I use Firefox so i don't know if that makes a difference)

                              Seems to me they restored a few things from when I first noticed the difference, so perhaps there was more that needed done.
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