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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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  • CKL Player of the 70s

    --Vote for your top 10. Pitchers not eligible. Votes will be counted MVP style; 12, 9,8,7,etc. Poll will last til a week from today.
    Last edited by leecemark; 02-03-2012, 08:24 PM.

  • #2
    1) Joe Morgan, 2B: 3 time MVP, outstanding most the decade and starter throughout. Key player on great teams for the Legends and Knights.
    2) Johnny Bench, C: 2 time MVP and easily the best catcher in CKL history. 12 years and counting as leader of the Gold Sox.
    3) Reggie Jackson, RF: never won the MVP, but finished 2nd twice and 4th another time. Led the decade in Runs Created while playing generally good defense, including an All Star season in CF.
    4) Willie Stargell, DH: 2 time MVP and consistently amoung the top hitter in the league.
    5) Fred Lynn, CF: only played half the decade but put up rates to match anyone, while playing a VG CF. Fueled the Corsairs rise to relevence.
    6) Rod Carew, 2B/1B: mainstay of some great Skipjacks ballclubs
    7) Ted Simmons, C: steady performer and workhorse behind the dish all decade
    8) Ken Singleton, OF/DH: one of the league's top hitter most of the decade
    9) Reggie Smith, RF/CF: missed too much time to be higher
    10) Pete Rose, Of/3B: seldom amoung the very best, but solid year afer year


    • #3
      1. Johnny Bench - Not quite as impressive a resume as Morgan, but played a much tougher position. Also displayed great defense throughout the decade, whereas Morgan was a bit shaky three years or so. Probably a coin flip between the two, actually, but I go with Bench because of position importance.
      2. Joe Morgan - What Mark said, and he also became the CKL all time stolen base leader this decade.
      3. Reggie Jackson - Displayed power and (surprisingly) a decent glove for the entire decade.
      4. Fred Lynn - Has had an unconscious first five years in the league. I put him ahead of Stargell because he also had a Gold Glove in center field, as opposed to Stargell's DH position.
      5. Willie Stargell - Monster numbers most seasons during the decade. Almost broke the CKL single season homer record, and no one else has come even close to that total in any season that wasn't 1961.
      6. Ken Singleton - A real on base machine most of the decade and an MVP winner for the Knights.
      7. Reggie Smith - Agree with Mark about the missed playing time. Had he played more,he would likely jump ahead of Singleton, Stargell and maybe Lynn on this list.
      8. Toby Harrah - Several seasons as a key component to the Knights juggernaut. Solid bat from the shortstop slot, and although not a gold glover played the position well enough.
      9. Rod Carew - Key component of several winning teams. Another on base machine.
      10. Ted Simmons - Powerful bat and good defense put him just a step behind Bench.
      You see, you spend a good deal of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. J. Bouton


      • #4
        1) Morgan
        2) Bench
        3) Stargell
        4) Jackson
        5) Singleton
        6) Lynn
        7) Carew
        8) Simmons
        9) Rose
        10) Harrah
        "I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame."
        - Sammy Sosa

        "Get a comfy chair, Sammy, cause its gonna be a long wait."
        - Craig Ashley (AKA Windy City Fan)


        • #5
          1. Bench
          2. Morgan
          3. Jackson
          4. Singleton
          5. Simmons
          6. Stargell
          7. Harrah
          8. Carew
          9. Lynn
          10. Cey
          Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything. ~Toby Harrah


          • #6
            1. Morgan
            2. Bench
            3. Jackson
            4. Stargell
            5. Singleton
            6. Smith
            7. Simmons
            8. Lynn
            9. Carew
            10. Harrah


            • #7
              Last day to vote on this too


              • #8
                --Every ballot had Morgan and Bench at 1 and 2, with Morgan winning with one more first place vote. Jackson had all but 1 3rd place vote.

                1) Joe Morgan, 2B
                2) Johnny Bench, C
                3) Reggie Jackson, RF
                4) Willie Stargell, DH
                5) Ken Singleton, LF/RF
                6) Fred Lynn, CF
                7) Ted Smmons, C
                8) Rod Carew, 2B/1B
                9) Reggie Smith, RF/CF
                10) Toby Harrah, SS
                --By amazing coincidence its almost a full team. Thirdbase didn't make the top 10, but did have the other 2 players receiving votes; Pete Rose (3) and Ron Cey (1).


                • #9
                  Jackson was American League MVP in 1973 , a unanimous winner.