A couple of days ago, a post concerning an individual's fantasy baseball team ignited a little bit of ill-tempered debate about such posts here. I apologize for not seeing the post sooner and jumping in to cool things down; I try to keep up on all the threads, but sometimes I do miss things (flags and e-mail to bring things to my attention are, as always, appreciated and encouraged). In the course of that thread, a few things were said about Minor League Ball's attitude towards fantasy baseball-oriented posts that need some clarification and correcting. I will do that now, but I will also offer some advice that I would strongly encourage all of you to take to heart.
First, let me be explicitly clear on this. Posts regarding your fantasy baseball teams, which may include questions such as "should I make this trade?", "should I drop player X to pick up one of these 5 players?", "please rank these players for me" or "I have a pick in my draft, I can take one of these guys, who should I take?" (not an exhaustive list, just examples) are permitted and encouraged here. Such questions do generate discussion about the players in question, and discussion is the lifeblood of this site. For those of you who would respond to my point with the notion that John is the "heart" of this site and what he says goes, I wholeheartedly agree, and this is why I will also remind you that John appreciates and encourages such posts. John has lots of people who are interested in his work for fantasy baseball purposes. He gets lots of site traffic from people primarily interested in fantasy baseball, and more attention and interest in John's site means better business for him, which in turn means he's able to produce higher quality products for us all to enjoy. Everybody wins, so regardless of your personal preference, fantasy baseball DOES have a place here.
Second on the list of things I am addressing here is something of an addendum to the first part of my post. While Minor League Ball welcomes fantasy baseball-oriented posts that ask questions about or otherwise discuss your team and its related transactions, it does not welcome fantasy baseball-oriented posts that are concerned with your league, specifically "want ads". There are many forums on the web to solicit for potential new additions to your fantasy league, but Minor League Ball is not one of them. The reason for this policy has nothing to do with fantasy baseball itself, but instead it has been seen in the past that such posts tend to overwhelm player-oriented discussion and that permitting them inevitably ends up in a slippery slope towards an endless stream of spam requests to join a fantasy baseball league. Such posts will be immediately deleted and the offending poster immediately warned. So, don't do this. If you have any questions about what kinds of fantasy baseball-oriented posts are allowed, or more specifically if you are concerned about whether or not your post will be considered permissible, please err on the side of caution and refrain from making such posts until you get clearance from John or myself. I'd advise to first e-mail me as I tend to have a lot less on my "to-do list" than John does, but John does have the final word. For e-mail addresses, check our profiles (you'll get to mine simply by clicking here or on my name in the byline of this post).
Thirdly, for the sake of our communal peace of mind, I will remind you all that since fantasy baseball-oriented posts are welcome here, attacking those who make such posts for doing so is not acceptable. When you tell people that they or their posts are not welcome here, you are discouraging both traffic and participation. Often, new posters come here for fantasy baseball and stay because we're just that cool - so stay cool.
The final matter I would like to address here is actually directly relevant to those who are interested in posting about fantasy baseball, particularly those individuals who have never made a post here before. To those people, let me say that you are very much encouraged to join and take part in this community, and I would urge you not to be intimidated, as can sometimes be the case in such arenas of discussion. That being said, if you are in need of advice, I would ask you to be mindful of the service this community provides you. None of us were not born with knowledge of minor league baseball players; many members here spend a good amount of time analyzing and researching these players, and it is a passion unto itself to be respected. Many of us are happy to share our thoughts and opinions with those who aren't quite as dedicated, but like most people we don't like the feeling of being treated like your personal free on-demand Jedi Council, either. When you have a question, please practice good manners; say "please" and be sure to personally thank those who respond to you ("thanks in advance" being so passe). If you're asking a LOT of questions and asking frequently, you might find a lot of benefit in becoming a more active participant here. Spamming the community with repeated demands for information isn't just making life more difficult for you, it can disrupt the community and is just plain rude, and it will be treated the same as any other case of spamming.
That's all for now. If you have any questions about any of this, post them in this thread and we'll take care of them. Thanks for reading.