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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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
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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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Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

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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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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.

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Do you miss the Expos?

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  • #46
    hi guys im new to this thread ive been a mets fan my whole life and the expos are my second favorite team and always will be, i know its weird{this coming from a met fan?! come onl ol] but i truly do miss the expos, the only time in my life i could have saw them was september 14th 2001 at shea but it was cancelled ...... and it kills me that loruia and selig killed a good, fun, beloved team like the 'spos , it tears me up inside.


    • #47
      i also forgot to mention that i visited canada this summer and saw very few huts on the bays with expos gear.....i was wondering if u guys know anywebsites or stores that still carry expos items such as hats, jerseys,or cards.could u lease let me know thank you And long live the expos


      • #48
        Well, actually, Expos gear are now more popular than they've been for a long time in this city. It's now retro chic, so all the cool kids wear it. You can find Expos paraphanelia much more easily now that then in most stores in the city. Now, for those who don't live here and rely on the Internet, I couldn't say.
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        • #49
          thanks augustin..i have to keep tht in mind next time i visit canada


          • #50
            Still miss the expos and cutting the grass listening to the Expos on radio (of course there was no radio contract in the last few years).

            As for the Expos gear there still is quite a lot hanging around.

            I just purchased an Expos tshirt that had "Montreal Expos" written in Hebrew over the Expos insignia. Great find
            "The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain's free throws." - Rick Wise (1974)


            • #51
              homestead! where did u find this shirt? i look around on amazon and mlb but not much..its a shame how they try to bury them


              • #52
                The Nationals are not as interesting to me as the Expos were. I miss the Expos.


                • #53
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                  Originally posted by NYMFAN47 View Post
                  homestead! where did u find this shirt? i look around on amazon and mlb but not much..its a shame how they try to bury them
                  Hey NYMFAN47 - I found this tshort and one that had the Montreal canadiens insignia on it on the web site listed below.

                  It took about a month and a half to get them but it was worth it. They also had a number of other tshirts including the Mets.

                  I just accessed the web site and the section on sports tshirts in no longer listed. If I were you I would contact the web master and request these shirts and I will do the same.

                  It seems strange that all of the shirts can be off-line. I would expect the Expos as the demand has diminished.

                  I will let you know if I hear from the web master and would appreciate it if you do the same

                  "The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain's free throws." - Rick Wise (1974)


                  • #54
                    now i understand lol thanks ill try


                    • #55
                      We'll miss ya Kid!


                      • #56
                        I absolutely miss the Expos! I loved them back in 1987, even though my Cardinals were going to the World Series that year, I still liked more guys on the Expos than the Redbirds! Tim Raines was my favorite player when I started collecting baseball cards as a 10 year old in 1985. Loved him until he went to the White Sox, still rooted for him to get that ring with the Yanks in 1996. I would always be sure to complete every Expos team set in the 1980s and very early 1990s. My favorites were (in no particular order after Raines):

                        Time Raines, Andre Dawson, Tim Wallach, Charlie Lea, Steve Rodgers, Mark Langston (remember that trade in 1989?), Hubie Brooks, Mitch Webster, Bryn Smith, Vance Law, Tim Burke, Wallace Johnson, Mark Grudzielanek, Dennis Martinez, Mike Fitzgerald, and MGR Buck Rodgers.

                        Grudzy was really the only guy I followed in the 90s, more because I remember many announcers complaining about his name when he firts came up! Those 80s teams looked good, and played pretty well. Too bad they couldn't hold onto guys like Johnson, Raines, Larry Walker, etc. That 1994 team was kicking everyone's butt and I was real excited to see if they would win the World Series the year I graduated high school! Alas...

                        I was pretty upset about the move to Washington DC, and haven't really cared about the Nats at all. Good team, but it is way too different. I gotta get an Expos jersey now that I read this thread! It would be great to see another team there in Montreal (a city my wife and I have always wanted to visit), and even better if they wore those wonderful 1980s style Expos uniforms!
                        "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean


                        • #57
                          Maybe the Montreal Expos can be reborn as a relocated Tampa Bay Rays! St. Pete's not a MLB city and Tropican Field is not a viable MLB facility. Maybe Cromartie and his Montreal Baseball Project can make it happen. Let's hope so and root for it to happen.
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                          • #58
                            I live in Tampa bay. I could care less if the Rays leave.
                            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                            • #59
                              Originally posted by SDL View Post
                              I live in Tampa bay. I could care less if the Rays leave.
                              What do you care less about?
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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                                What do you care less about?
                                Off-topic. Please ignore it, SDL.
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