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.

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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.

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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)
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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
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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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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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  • 2013 - looking forward to most?

    Being that the upcoming season will not end well like 2012, what are you looking forward to?
    For me it would be a full season for rizzo, and hopefully seeing castro turn it around while improving his defensive decision-making

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    1. Full season of Anthony Rizzo - He was able to break out of that late slump late in the season, and it will be interesting to see how he is able to go about the full season with all of the trials and tribulations that come throughout the season. It'll be interesting to see what everything looks like once the end of the season comes around.

    2. Starlin's hitting approach and effectiveness - Castro started falling into a slump when he started to change his approach at the plate. However, it was a change that needed to happen. By the end of the season he was back to what he had been doing most of his career so far, but without swinging at so many bad pitches. I would love to see him pick up where he left off. We could see him be very effective if this happens.

    3. The Minor Leagues - More of a wanting to see how each player grows, at least the players we expect good things out of. I'm thinking that Junior Lake starts the season at AA, maybe AAA with his fall performance. I would love to see him eventually make his way up to Chicago by the end of the season, but it's really hard to tell with him. I can see him being one of those guys who has occasional great years and occasional terrible years. We'll see though, he's got a ton of talent. Javier Baez is the next of the group. He'll probably start at Daytona, maybe Tennessee, but probably Daytona. Either way, by the end of the season, best case scenario sees him popping his head into AAA. With Almora, we will probably see him start in Kane County and best case sees him ending his season in Tennessee. With Soler, he'll probably start in Daytona and best case sees him finishing in Iowa. With Vogelbach, even though he's obviously a future trade piece, I see him finishing the season as high as Daytona, maybe even touching Tennessee depending on how well he plays. Arodys Vizcaino, best case, finishes the season in the Cubs rotation, worst case finishes in the Cubs bullpen or hurt again. This is going to be fun to watch, especially since the prospects don't end there.

    4. Trade Deadline - Most likely the Cubs will be sellers and will have some pieces that other teams will be looking at. If the Cubs can score another trade like the Vizcaino trade, that will make for an awesome deadline. Hopefully they avoid the drama that the last deadline (or couple weeks leading up to it) brought to the team. If they're trading Soriano, make sure they're trading him to a team that he's willing to go to. Outside of that, I don't know of any other Cubs player with 10/5 rights. Still, there are a few players who can rake in a huge return to a team desperate enough at the deadline, and I expect to see the Cubs really dig with those guys.

    5. Hidden Gems - Will any of the Cubs offseason signings wind up being hidden gems? The two Scotts seem to be guys who are effective when healthy, and if Schierholtz can wind up being an effective, if not very good player. The bottom line is that when push comes to shove, other teams are on to the Cubs, but they'll be looking for that extra piece, and there's a good chance the Cubs will hold it and be able to get more than the player's worth. That, of course, is assuming that piece winds up performing, at very least, up to expectations.


    • #3
      I could see glimpses as to why theo kept bringing rizzo everywhere he went it seems...he gives fans something to look forward you said, i also hope castro has worked things seems like he is bored or distracted at times...i worry that brett jackson may never pan out as he seems to strike out too much


      • #4
        Rizzo's the perfect likable star on a team. I mean, beyond just about anyone else that any other team in the history of sports has ever had. First off, he's a kid that is respectful to veterans on his own team and on other teams. Everyone likes that. Second off, he's a good player with a ton of natural talent. To follow that up, he's a cancer survivor. I don't know a single person who hasn't been touched in some way by cancer in their lives. I've lost multiple family members from cancer, and I currently have a friend who is battling stage 4 lung cancer (yes, I know her chances). Cancer is a disease that is dear to too many of us, and therefore it resonates in all of us a little bit more. Still though, like I mentioned before, Rizzo has all of the makeups of a likable superstar player beyond that, like a Derrick Rose or Jonathan Toews.


        • #5
          Originally posted by John Shoemaker View Post
          I'm looking forward to Alex Rodriguez coming back after the All-Star break and having a great second half of the season.
          Why is this posted in the cubs thread?


          • #6
            Originally posted by Cap78 View Post
            Why is this posted in the cubs thread?
            I have a feeling Johhny Shoes saw this in the "What's New" tab and didn't realize it was a Cubs thread lol
            "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers