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
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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Nick Esasky

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  • Nick Esasky

    Where is he now?

    Does anyone else have those moments, "I wonder what happened to so-and-so," and Google is just no help at all?
    The Writer's Journey

  • #2
    It looks like he really has his hands full these days.

    Tragedy inspires ex-baseball pro
    Erin Moriarty
    Staff Writer
    Nick Esasky retired in 1992 after playing baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and briefly for the Atlanta Braves.

    Now the Atlanta resident is going to bat again, but this time in a different field: fighting meth.

    The former Major League Baseball player says his daughter has battled a serious methamphetamine addiction for several years and he knows firsthand the horrible anxiety and pain the drug causes families. He is starting a foundation to help families suffering from the devastation of meth and to prevent the spread of the insidiously addictive drug.

    "My plans are to generate as much interest and awareness as I can and raise as much money as I can to help fight this problem," Esasky said.

    Esasky's saga illustrates how the drug, once stereotyped as "the poor man's cocaine," is transcending socioeconomic lines and settling into wealthy suburban communities. Delivering an exhilarating boost of energy and a peppy high that lasts for hours, the powerful stimulant has become more mainstream -- from privileged teenagers to working professionals.

    "She had all the opportunities of an upper-middle-class life," he said of his daughter. "She had a mom, a dad and a home and all the things that would protect her from that problem."

    Esasky is deeply motivated to help others by his own family's heartache.

    His daughter experimented with drugs as a teenager and when she was 19, decided meth was her drug of choice, Esasky says. Meth sent her life spiraling out of control, as her family desperately tried to help her. A couple of years later, she gave birth to a baby girl, but continued her meth-fueled lifestyle, Esasky said.

    After countless attempts to coax his daughter into rehab, Esasky decided to take more drastic measures.

    "I didn't know where she was at night or who she was with and I was worried that something horrible would happen to her or my granddaughter," he said. "My first fight was to protect and save my granddaughter and my second fight was to try to help my daughter."

    So Esasky went to court to get custody of the baby. He then hired a private investigator to track down his daughter, who was on the run with the 1-year-old and still heavily using meth, Esasky said. Losing custody of the child sent her on a meth binge for several weeks, but she eventually reached a turning point and finally agreed to go to rehab, Esasky said.

    Coping with adversity is nothing new for Esasky, 45, who played professional baseball for nearly a decade.

    His promising career ended unexpectedly early after he was diagnosed with vertigo, which made it impossible to play the game he loved. Esasky, who still suffers from the condition, has spent his days managing investments.

    "You can either let it eat you up and swallow you, or you can live with it and make the most of what you've got," he said.

    Esasky faces his latest challenge with that same attitude. With his daughter two months into inpatient rehab and his 16-month-old granddaughter safe in his Alpharetta home, he is ready to start a new season of his life.

    He recently filed for 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization for his foundation, which is called K.I.M. Foundation for "Kids in Meth."

    Esasky has purchased several domain names for the foundation and is building Web sites, which he hopes will become clearinghouses for useful information on meth and other drugs, as well as cyberspace gathering places for families coping with addiction.

    In dealing with his own daughter's drug problem, Esasky says he found little information on meth intervention, treatment and rehabilitation. He found even less support for drug treatment programs, which families often pay for out of pocket.

    "My daughter is fortunate to have me to be able to afford to pay for her treatment and take care of her daughter, but not everyone is," he said. "So, as much as I can raise awareness and raise money to help other people, I'm going to do that."

    One of his main goals is to help fund treatment for those who cannot afford it, which he says is desperately needed.

    Esasky also plans to build a transitional home for single mothers to help them continue their drug treatment while caring for their children. He says he learned the importance of this when his own daughter resisted rehab because she didn't want to lose contact with her baby.

    He has faith that the new foundation will help reach people in need.

    "It's going to be a big challenge, but my daughter and others like her have even more of a challenge because they have to fight that addiction every day," he said. "She's done very well so far ... and we're hoping her experience will be able to help others."


    • #3
      How old is that article?

      Can't help but root for him.
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      • #4
        I wish nothing but the best for the Esasky family and hope everyone comes out of this horrible situation all right.
        46 wins to match last year's total