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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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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III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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Signature Composition
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Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
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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:
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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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  • #46
    I guess the good thing is no one gives a &^#$ what we think.
    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
    Carl Yastrzemski


    • #47
      So my wife and I were at the mall this afternoon, doing some Christmas window shopping. We wandered into Champs, where they had a pretty large display of the Marlins' new gear.

      You really have to see it up close to fully appreciate it. We both agreed that the pictures we've seen on TV and the internet just don't do it's more ghastly than either of us could have possibly imagined. If my wife says that the players are going to be embarrassed walking out onto the field wearing it, it has to be really, really bad.
      "Chef Bill"
      Boynton Beach, Florida


      • #48
        If this is their way of wiping away the past, they may as well wipe away the two WS Championships as well...
        sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


        • #49
          ...more like bulldozing it. Check out the design of the Marlins' page at website of our local paper, the Palm Beach Post.

          "Chef Bill"
          Boynton Beach, Florida


          • #50
            Jeffrey Loria introduces the new uniform and logo, November 11th...

            Marlins new uniform promo...

            Hanley Ramirez talks about the new look...

            And the new logo animation (at team website)...

            Last edited by Chef Bill; 12-27-2011, 05:48 PM.
            "Chef Bill"
            Boynton Beach, Florida


            • #51
              Like I said...UM ripoff

              When the Dodgers and Giants moved West, the only thing changed was the cap logo and road unis..and those were donr without changing the identity and colors of both teams.

              See no reason why they couldn't have done the same with the Florida unis.
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


              • #52
                Well, since 1958, the Giants and numerous other teams have changed their uniforms - some of them many times, and some designs were certainly more successful than others. Even the Dodgers, whose logo and basic uniform design has remained the same since at least the 1930s, have made a few subtle changes and have introduced alternates over the years.

                A few have also changed their name and/or city affiliation: Cincinnati Red Stockings/Reds/Redlegs/Reds; Brooklyn Greys/Grooms/Bridegrooms/Superbas/Robins/Trolley Dodgers/Dodgers; Washington (AL) Nationals/Senators; Los Angeles/California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Houston Colt .45s/Astros; Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays. Even the New York Yankees have changed names. The team originated in Baltimore as the Orioles in 1901, moved to New York as the Highlanders in 1903, and became the Yankees when they moved to the Polo Grounds from Hilltop Park in 1913.

                In football, basketball, and hockey, city and team name changes are almost too numerous to count.

                I think the issue is not so much that the Marlins have changed their city name or uniform, it's that this particular design is so gosh-darned UGLY and uninspiring. If the goal was to create a unique identity and enthusiasm for the team and attract fans to their new stadium, this just doesn't do it for me.
                "Chef Bill"
                Boynton Beach, Florida


                • #53
                  I have a feeling that for decaded you will see people wearing teal to the ballpark instead of buying and wearing the new unis.
                  sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                  • #54
                    At the risk of sounding like a parrot.

                    I guess the good thing is no one gives a &^#$ what we think.
                    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                    Carl Yastrzemski


                    • #55
                      Originally posted by SDL View Post
                      I have a feeling that for decade you will see people wearing teal to the ballpark instead of buying and wearing the new unis.
                      Teal it is!
                      "Chef Bill"
                      Boynton Beach, Florida


                      • #56

                        Anyone ever notice the similarity between the new Marlins color scheme and Google's? I dunno, jus' sayin'...
                        Last edited by Chef Bill; 03-16-2012, 06:33 AM.
                        "Chef Bill"
                        Boynton Beach, Florida


                        • #57
                          There's no accounting for taste, or maybe it's just because it's something new.

                          Marlins merchandise sales off to a strong start
                          Nationwide, Sports Authority reported that Miami Marlins gear has outsold all other team merchandise this quarter, including that of teams from other sports, said Howard Smith, senior vice president of licensing for Major League Baseball. "We've had upwards of 15 teams change their uniform or total [look] this year, but the Marlins are No. 1," Smith said. "Nothing has matched the intensity of this."

                          "Chef Bill"
                          Boynton Beach, Florida


                          • #58
                            Kind of like here in Tampa Bay when the Rays went to their new look between the 2007-08 seasons. Didn't hurt that their shills in the media were plugging the now look (Mariners ripoff, as I called it).
                            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Chef Bill View Post

                              Anyone ever notice the similarity between the new Marlins color scheme and Google's? I dunno, jus' sayin'...
                              what about this one



                              • #60
                                So are the Marlins identifying with ALL those colors now, or what? Really, I can't even think of a reason as to why they thought a uniform change would be a good idea.
                                The Evil Empire shall strike back again!