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.

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.

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
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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.

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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:
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.

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USA Coaches officially named

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  • USA Coaches officially named

    Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and 1984 Olympian Barry Larkin among five coaches named

    (DURHAM, N.C.) USA Baseball today named five coaches who will join manager Davey Johnson in March on Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.

    Marcel Lachemann will serve as the team’s pitching coach, Reggie Smith as the hitting coach and former players Barry Larkin, Bill Ripken and Mike Schmidt will act as auxiliary coaches.

    “The World Baseball Classic will showcase the very best players in the world, and such a collection of talent requires the same level of manager and coaches,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball CEO/Executive Director. “We could not be more thrilled than to have Davey Johnson as manager and to have him surrounded by an All-Star staff with unparalleled credentials in Marcel Lachemann, Reggie Smith, Barry Larkin, Bill Ripken and Mike Schmidt.”

    Johnson has extensive experience working with Lachemann and Smith on Team USA. The three have worked together on four of the last five professional teams that USA Baseball has fielded, with the most recent being the 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team in Beijing. Lachemann and Smith were also on the bench with Johnson for the 2006 World Baseball Classic as well, serving as the team’s pitching and hitting coaches, respectively.

    In total, Lachemann has been a member of a USA Baseball coaching staff five times, with Smith logging six events for Team USA. Both men made their U.S. coaching debut in 1999 with the Pan American Team, which took home the silver and qualified USA Baseball for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

    “I’m looking forward to working with Reggie and Marcel again,” Johnson said. “We have had success over the last few years with the Olympic qualifying and competition process, and I hope we can carry over that success to the World Baseball Classic Team.”

    Larkin’s experience wearing the red, white and blue dates back to 1984 when baseball was a test event in the Olympic Games and, as a rising Junior at the University of Michigan, he was named to the silver medal-winning U.S. team. Larkin followed his stint with Team USA with a 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, winning a World Series Championship in 1990 and the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1995. Since retiring in 2004, the 12-time All-Star has worked in the Washington Nationals front office, as a coach for the MLB International European Academy (2007, ’08) and in late 2008 was named as an analyst for the MLB Network.

    Ripken is a 12-year major league veteran, playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and the Detroit Tigers. In 1990 he led the Orioles with a .291 batting average and 28 doubles, and in 1992 he led all big league second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage. Ripken is currently Co-Owner and Executive Vice President for Ripken Baseball, where he works with his brother Cal, and he is an on-air personality for XM Radio’s “MLB Home Plate” show.

    Schmidt is also making his second appearance in the stars and stripes, having first worked as a spokesman and hitting consultant for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team before it left for Barcelona. He spent his entire 18-year major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies, and retired in 1989 as one of the game’s all-time great third basemen.

    Schmidt was voted Most Valuable Player of the National League three times (1980, ’81, ’86), an All-Star 12 times and received more votes than any other third baseman for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. He finished his career with 548 home runs (currently 13 th all-time) and was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.

    “Barry, Bill and Mike will all be incredible assets to our club,” said Johnson. “Their resumes speak for themselves, and I think their experiences will help us as we get our team ready for the opening round in Toronto.”

    Team USA will report on March 1 in Clearwater, Fla., the spring home of the defending World Series champion Phillies. The U.S. will kick off Classic play on March 7 against Canada at Toronto's Rogers Centre, and it will be joined in its opening-round pool by Venezuela and Italy.
    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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    If anyone wants to read a little bit about Johnson here's a story I did back after the Olympics.

    Its a little bit more about his time at A&M than his experience in the Olympics but its still interesting.
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