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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.

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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.

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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.

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Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
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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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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.

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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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  • #76
    No Roids: Sorry for the loss.
    Wade: Have a safe trip. Careful!
    ian: Taking Collins? I wouldn't leave the house tomorrow...

    I'll take Stan Musial.
    "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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    • #77
      Ty,

      I sent you a PM with my next 2 picks.
      Just trying to keep things moving along

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      • #78
        So it seems we've got the following up next:

        Ron
        Roids x 2 (proxy is Ty)
        Ron
        Ty

        Should move quickly.
        "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
        "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
        "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
        "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Brad Harris View Post
          So it seems we've got the following up next:

          Ron
          Roids x 2 (proxy is Ty)
          Ron
          Ty

          Should move quickly.
          Sure, as long as Ty and Ron are on at the same time.
          Baseball Junk Drawer

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          • #80
            There are several "inner circle" guys still out there, in my opinion. I've got to take one of them, but which one? Hard decisions. Okay, I'll go with a tougher position to fill and a franchise that isn't real deep in greats-

            I'll take Mike Schmidt.

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            • #81
              Roids wants Nap Lajoie and Joe Mauer.

              Back to you, Ron.
              "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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              • #82
                Oh boy. There are several all time great position players still out there. There are also several all time great pitchers remaining. What to do? What to do? I think great pitching is slightly scarcer. Okay, which one? I'll take a right hander to balance out Grove. I'll take

                Roger Clemens.

                By the way, I never liked Clemens, but he was a great great pitcher.

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by BigRon View Post
                  Oh boy. There are several all time great position players still out there. There are also several all time great pitchers remaining. What to do? What to do? I think great pitching is slightly scarcer. Okay, which one? I'll take a right hander to balance out Grove. I'll take

                  Roger Clemens.

                  By the way, I never liked Clemens, but he was a great great pitcher.
                  Funny thing with this draft is that a few all-time greats are going to go undrafted- either because their teams had too many other all time greats (Yankees), or their careers have been spent primarily with post 1969 expansion teams (Randy Johnson, Robbie Alomar), or they failed to make the 700 game minimum with any franchise (I'll let you figure those guys out)

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                  • #84
                    Warren Spahn for me.
                    "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by No Roids View Post
                      Funny thing with this draft is that a few all-time greats are going to go undrafted- either because their teams had too many other all time greats (Yankees), or their careers have been spent primarily with post 1969 expansion teams (Randy Johnson, Robbie Alomar), or they failed to make the 700 game minimum with any franchise (I'll let you figure those guys out)
                      Probably depends on how you define alltime great. Even though position distribution is uneven I imagine just about all of the most commmonly accepted top 50 or 60 position players will go, plus the top 25 or so pitchers.

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by BigRon View Post
                        Probably depends on how you define alltime great. Even though position distribution is uneven I imagine just about all of the most commmonly accepted top 50 or 60 position players will go, plus the top 25 or so pitchers.
                        Yeah, thats pretty accurate, I'd say. MOST of those guys will go but there are a couple that just cant for the reasons I listed. Randy Johnson is pretty darn close to being a Top 25 pitcher but he's ineligible because he doesnt have 200 appearances with a qualifying franchise and our wild card player has to be a 19th century guy.

                        And with the Yankees- 4 have been picked so far and we only can have 7 picked. That means that out of DiMaggio, Dickey, Berra, Ford and Mariano Rivera, 2 of these players will NOT be in this league.

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                        • #87
                          Come on, RMB! I'm itching to make a pick! I've been waiting all day!
                          Baseball Junk Drawer

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                          • #88
                            I'm done with Army stuff for today. I'll be going to dinner in a bit, and may do a little bit of stuff with Army buddies, but should be able to check in every once in a while for the rest of the evening.
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDxgNjMTPIs

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                            • #89
                              Tyrus said RMB needs to pick by 5:52 EST, but actually I think that was his start time. I think he's got until some time tomorrow morning to make his pick.

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by BigRon View Post
                                Tyrus said RMB needs to pick by 5:52 EST, but actually I think that was his start time. I think he's got until some time tomorrow morning to make his pick.
                                If he has eight hours, that means he has until 1:52 AM EST.
                                Baseball Junk Drawer

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