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    As the new moderator here, I felt that it was imperative that everyone here who posts read this, courtesy of the Webmaster himself:

    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 a high quality, low "noise" environment.

    Baseball Fever is administrated by two principal moderators:

    Sean Holtz [aka webmaster] - the owner of Baseball Fever.
    Darren Fischbach [aka The Commissioner] - a volunteer extraordinaire.

    and a group of forum specific 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 Sean Holtz at [email protected].

    III. Acknowledgments:

    This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR ( - the leading authority on baseball research.

    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.

    By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum - either 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 expected 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. 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.

    d. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials. Personal attacks of any type, against Baseball Fever readers will not be permitted.

    e. 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.

    VI. Appropriate and inappropriate topics for Baseball Fever:

    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.

    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.

    VII. 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 98% of the time.

    b. Delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. This is the case 1% of the time.

    c. 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.

    VIII. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

    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.

    The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.


    Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac
    Official source for MLB history including player and team baseball stats, awards, records, rookies & research – by Baseball Almanac.

    "Baseball Almanac: Sharing Baseball. Sharing History."

    Welcome to Baseball Fever, THE place to be if you want to know about baseball and its celebrated history. This forum is limited to the LA Dodgers team, the players, and its history since 1958. I will be glad to do my best to help anyone out who has a question or comment about the LA Dodgers. Post away and enjoy your stay at BBF.
    "The future's uncertain and the end is always near" - Jim Morrison

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