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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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.

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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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  • #61
    Originally posted by Ubiquitous View Post
    Well the point would be easier to remember if it didn't take a year to reply back. You said "Baseball the sport has no match when the subject is metaphors." I countered with that the military in reality probably is in front.

    Well yes, that is why one ask who uses that one.

    Yes I do doubt it is used. YOu gave a list in which you said the following were everyday phrases. Caught off base is not an everyday phrase, it isn't even close to being an everyday phrase.

    The reason it took a year is because this thread was just reopened yesterday. It's not unusual for a thread to be started long ago and than revived when a poster starts it up again. For that matter until yesterday there was no action on this thread by anyone since June 28 2006.

    I could have worded it different by saying the sport of baseball compared to other sports, thats what I meant.

    As for the term everyday, your splitting hairs UBI not unusual. Of course it does not mean everyday, I think most would understand that. If I hear another say or state that in a post about any phrase and say it's used everyday I would certainly know that they did not mean what you think I meant.


    • #62
      Originally posted by ElHalo View Post
      And, again, what is and isn't an everyday phrase is pretty subjective. I would say that being "off base" on something is a common enough phrase to call an everyday one, although the specific variant "caught off base" is probably one used less frequently nowadays. Then again, what is and isn't an everyday phrase is unique to each individual. I probably use the phrase "ayenbite of inwyt" enough to call it an everyday phrase in my personal vocabulary, but I wouldn't imagine that that's something most people would consider an everyday phrase (it comes from a middle English translation of a thirteenth century French treatise on Christian morality, and roughly means "remorse of conscience"; it was popularized by James Joyce's use of it in Ulysses about forty times).
      Some one understands what I meant.


      • #63
        I think my first post sums my view up. I'm willing to bet that if somebody is going to say something like caught off. . . they will finish with guard not base. Off base is primarily used to say something to the effect of "you are way off base". I don't need to get into a 20 post debate on an issue that is meaningless and have to worry about "splitting hairs". If you wish to view "caught off base" as a common saying that is fine. The world doesn't cease to exist either way.


        • #64
          Originally posted by Ubiquitous View Post
          I think my first post sums my view up. I'm willing to bet that if somebody is going to say something like caught off. . . they will finish with guard not base. Off base is primarily used to say something to the effect of "you are way off base". I don't need to get into a 20 post debate on an issue that is meaningless and have to worry about "splitting hairs". If you wish to view "caught off base" as a common saying that is fine. The world doesn't cease to exist either way.
          That is not the portion of your post that I was referring to when I spoke of splitting hairs. I was speaking of your questioning my words "used in everyday language." If you go back to my post #69 you can see that in my closing pargraph.

          I thought it was understood that I didn't mean it to be taken literally. Some years ago I heard two professors speaking of baseball terms used in everyday conversations. I am sure they also used the term everyday the same way I did and if asked , "do you actually mean some of these terms are used everyday", they would most likely say no.

          Don't be concerned about getting into a 20 post debate, I'm thinking the same way. I had already made up my mind before I even read your last post, this type of debate goes no where. It's been my practice to just leave and I do so now.
          Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 05-26-2007, 05:27 AM.


          • #65
            Dang no one can even escape an argument about great baseball quotes. Jesus people just a baseball quote here.
            "Once he hit a line drive right past my ear. I turned around and saw the ball hit his ass sliding into second." - Satchel Paige (about Cool Papa Bell)

            "If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete (Rose), I'd wear a dress." -Mickey Mantle

            "Some twenty years ago I stopped talking about the Babe (Ruth) for the simple reason that I realized that those who had never seen him didn't believe me." - Tommy Holmes


            • #66
              You said here are everyday phrases, I said this one wasn't. You then said I shouldn't be so literal even though when you read my post you took my usage of the word literal. I never took your phrase to mean every single day it must be uttered or else it is wrong. I took it to mean a commonly used phrase, and that I disagree to.


              • #67
                "Line up alphabetically according to your height" - Casey Stengel

                " drinking coffee with a fork" - Willie Stargell, about hitting against Koufax.

                "Did they tell me how to pitch to (Ted) Williams? Sure they did. It was great advice, very encouraging. They said he had no weakness, won't swing at a bad ball, has the best eyes in the business, and can kill you with one swing. He won't hit anything bad, but don't give him anything good." - Bobby Shantz


                • #68
                  I always liked this quote:

                  "I don't know that it's so important to have Tug McGraw's autograph. It's not like he's Donald Duck or something."

                  -----Elementary schoolgirl on meeting Tug McGraw at his children's school, Sports Illustrated, November 20, 1978.
                  "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                  "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)


                  • #69
                    "The fine was more than I expectorated". - Frenchy Bordagaray on his punishment for spitting on an umpire.
                    Shalom, y'all!
                    What's the rumpus?


                    • #70
                      Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                      "The fine was more than I expectorated". - Frenchy Bordagaray on his punishment for spitting on an umpire.
                      For sure, I always have that one at the top of my list as the most clever. Probably not understood by many.


                      • #71
                        Originally posted by KCGHOST View Post
                        Umpire to Ted Williams after Williams flipped his bat in the air after being calle dout on strikes:

                        "Williams, if that bat comes down you're out of the game".
                        Ken "Hawk" Harrelson often tells this anecdote on the air, only when he tells it, he's the batter.
                        Shalom, y'all!
                        What's the rumpus?


                        • #72
                          "I never shoulda ate that apple." Babe Ruth, while being carried off the field following a pre-game meal of 11 hot dogs and an apple.


                          • #73
                            "Why did I sign with the Nationals? When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you're just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me, this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It's 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me." - Julian Tavarez
                            "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.”


                            • #74
                              I'm a big Mantle Fan, so here's a few from Baseball-Almanac

                              "He hit the ball longer. Hit hit it more often, and he hit it from either side of the plate with equal violence." - Gerald Astor
                              "Fill in any figure you want for that boy. Whatever the figure, it's a deal." - Branch Rickey

                              Interesting one about how the game is played now:
                              "He (Bob Gibson) couldn't pitch today because they wouldn't let him. The way he'd throw inside, he'd be kicked out of the game in the first inning, along with guys like Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax." - Red Schoendienst
                              Last edited by 1905 Giants; 10-24-2013, 12:03 PM.
                              “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” Walter Lippmann

                              "Fill in any figure you want for that boy [Mantle]. Whatever the figure, it's a deal." - Branch Rickey


                              • #75
                                Stengel when asked by a reporter about Greg Goosen a young Met catcher was about the funniest I ever heard:

                                Casey Stengel's famous quote "We got a young catcher right here, he's 20 years old and in 10 years, he's got a chance to be 30".