Baseball Toaster Fairpole
Toaster FAQ
2006-10-29 07:37
by Ken Arneson

Frequently asked questions about the Toaster:


What are the comment guidelines on the Toaster?

The general guidelines are here.

Mostly, it means don't insult each other. And if you do, apologize.

Some blogs don't allow cursing and such, others do. If you violate an individual blogs' guidelines, you'll probably be warned. Apologize, and then don't do it again.


How do you make something bold/underline/linked in the comments?

To make something bold, surround it with *asterisks*.

To make something underlined, surround it with _underlines_.

To link to comment 31, surround the link number with brackets, like this: [31].

That's all you can do, for now. You can't link to another site, you can only post the URL. If you want to post a long URL, please use tinyurl.


Can I get the full blog entry in the RSS feed?

At this time, no.


Will you post my article on your site?

You'll have to convince an individual author that it fits on their blog.


Can I put an ad on your site?

Most of us are not in this for the money, and most of us are pretty lazy. If you want an ad on the site as a whole, make an offer to support2007 If you want an ad on an individual blog, contact that blog's author.

But make a concrete offer. Don't make us make an offer, don't ask us to contact you if we're interested, because if you leave it up to us, we won't follow up.


Can I get a blog on the Toaster?

We rarely add new blogs. We're not really looking to build a huge blog empire. We're more interested in creating a site where a group of friends get together to write and read each others' stuff.

So, in order to get into our little group, the following helps:

  • Be a nice person.
    It's a group of friends. A bad seed can ruin the chemistry of the group, so we're careful about this.

  • Be original.
    This means two things: One, don't cover the same topic we're already covering at the Toaster, or if you do, have a unique style or point of view on that topic. Two, don't write the same stuff everybody else is writing.

  • Write compellingly.
    Most important of all. We don't want to add a blog for Team X just because we don't have a blog for Team X. We want to add a blog that we would all read anyway, even if we weren't a fan of Team X, just because the writing is that good.

    This also means you should have a history of compelling writing. Either on a blog, or in print somewhere. We can't just take your word for it. There has to be a body of work we can judge.



When are we going to get feature X added to the Fairpole software, Ken?

The software has taken a very circuitous route. The software, as originally designed, didn't scale well. I learned from those mistakes, stopped working on the original design, tore it apart, and started rebuilding it in a different way from scratch.

Along the way, I joined a startup company, and we're using the basic original approach of Fairpole to build something quite different. The new product based on Fairpole will be released this winter. Once that new product is stable, we'll probably transfer the Toaster over to the new platform. Not sure when that will be, maybe in the spring.



What do I do if none of these questions are my question?

Send an email to support2007

2006-10-29 10:25:27
1.   Linkmeister
You joined a startup and you have time to write even a short post like this?

Startups these days. In my time doing that, we pushed the rock up the hill and watched it fall back every day, 14 hours a day. ;)

2006-10-31 17:27:09
2.   TFD
"Be a nice person"...guess that disqualifies me! :-)

Good to hear about the startup, Ken. Godspeed!

2006-10-31 19:59:07
3.   Bluebleeder87
will the layout stay the same Ken? i really like it.
2006-11-01 10:16:15
4.   Ken Arneson
3 More or less, yeah. Most people do seem to like the look & feel, I won't make any major changes there. The long threads could be handled in a better way, I think, so that's where I'd be most likely to make a big change. But otherwise, mostly I'd be fixing some of the smaller layout bugs, and leave it at that.

The big change would be on the server side, the engine that spits out the page, but the page it spits out shouldn't look too different.

2007-08-20 21:56:55
5.   underdog
So, there's no way to change your email address under your profile here once you've registered? Maybe I don't want to anyway, but I do have a new e-dress if anyone cares, so an 'edit profile' feature might be nice (place to put your web site address, too, if you have one, and there should be a way for other members to see your profile - or whatever part of it you want them to see).
2007-11-17 23:53:57
6.   Billy Martin was my idol when I was insane
One of the dumbest trends in sports journalism is caring about whether a player is "worth" the money that an owner might spend. Why should we care whether Mo or A-rod or whomever is "worth" whatever amount of money. Hate to break to you guys who like to analyze whether a player's contact makes financial sense, but it's not your money! You root for the team, not for the owner's bank account! When you see a show or movie or go to a concert, do you care whether the producer spent too much on it? And do claim that if an owner spends too much on one player, he won't able to get some other player or players. There's no salary cap in MLB. There are two kinds of owners: cheapskates like Moreno in Anaheim and spenders like the Steinbrenners. Let the Anaheim and Pittsburgh and Oakland fans fall for the bs that there isn't enough money to put the best possible team on the field and that the reason their team sucks is that the owners can't compete with the money that big market teams can spend blah blah blah. I'm glad that as a yankee fan we're rarely feed that like of bull. Either it is a good idea to sign Rivera or it isn't. Why should we care about the price tag?
2008-06-02 11:25:20
7.   PhillyBlue
Which one of these young players is most likely not to be in a Dodger uniform three years from now?:

a) Loney
b) Ethier
c) Broxton
d) Kemp

2008-06-02 11:43:57
8.   PhillyBlue
{6} It does matter. There are more than two types of owners. There are the Yankees ($200M+), poor teams (<$50M), semi-poor ($50-$75M), threshold teams ($80-$100M, and the 8-10 teams (including the Dodgers) that spend $100-$120. But even if you have about $100M to spend in a year, you can't blow a huge chunk of it ($30M) on Andruw Jones, Garciaparra, and Pierre, who had big red flags on them before you signed them. If you do, you have that much less to spend on player who is actually worth the money, which means you instantly become a "semi-poor" team, because you only have $75M to work with. What teams have won the world series with payrolls in that $7M or lower range? The 2003 Marlins? I think they even had a decent-sized payroll that year (pre fire-sale).

All that, and a bigger payroll means ticket prices go up.

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