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How you managed not to reply "QFT" is beyond me.
I'm having a hard time figuring out what the difference between the two is. His first point was to point out that website policy was to ask people to spell such things out. I don't know why it's so bad that he dedicated an "entire point" of one sentence to it.
The proper way to abbreviate Batting Average on Balls in Play is '$H'.
"Just a reminder, my policy is not to use acronyms like BABIP. If everyone wants their questions answered, then in the future please type out Batting Average on Balls In Play."
The use of the term “BABIP” is lazy and annoying to the readers, and I would prefer that you not use it
If there is a pitcher who can post a 3.50 ERA as a reliever or a 4.50 ERA as a starter, a 100-win team will make him a reliever. A 100-loss team will make him a starter.
IF defensive shifts have saved 75 runs that would imply that they have saved something like 150 hits, which would lead to a measurable drop in batting average on balls in play (although not anything like 10 points).
Actually, it would be a little more than 1 point, which is well within the realm of YTY variation. Realize that 150 hits = 5 hits per team, and that the typical team allows ~4200 balls in play
If the thesis of all this bristling is that Bill James's social skills are slightly below Miss Manners level, I guess we don't need to continue with this discussion--it's something BJ himself admits he lacks and wishes he didn't. I mean, if you want to keep kicking him around because he may or not be somewhere on the spectrum and wishes he weren't, by all means, have at it, I guess
Also, 75 runs saved would mean 100 fewer hits, not 150. Each hit prevented reduces scoring by .7-.8 runs.
I think acronyms longer than three letters get problematical. Unless you are intimately familiar with the subject, the time to mentally expand the acronym multiplied by the number of readers is orders of magnitude greater than the time saved by the author using the acronym.
Sure, one can easily Google the acronym, but that breaks up the flow of reading. By the same reasoning, the author could easily use the acronym during the first draft and then expand it before publication.
Everyone on the site knows what BABIP means. We use plenty of your acronyms, why do you have so much trouble with this one?
Asked by: ventboys
That's not true; there are lots of people reading this who actually DON'T know what that is. Even if you know what it is, you don't process it the same way you process a word. It catches in your mind for a second, then you unravel it and move on. Writers shouldn't do that to their readers; they shouldn't throw fish hooks into the middle of a sentence. I don't like and don't use ANY acronyms other than those things like RBI, which are SO familiar that readers process them the same way they process any other word.
My feelings about footnotes (not considering their use in fiction) are that they should only be used to source something. No comments. It's not the place for alternate argument or tangential speculation. If the substance of a comment is pertinent, then it belongs in the text proper. If not, then it shouldn't be made at all. If the comments are interesting and applicable they can be included in endnotes, and of course bibliographical endnotes with comments are perfectly appropriate.
Footnotes are the way to go, primarily for sourcing purposes, but some appropriate text within them is not a problem.
If it's applicable to your argument, there's no reason it can't be in the text proper. If it's not, then it's a diversion and belongs as an endnote or appendix or something like that. Or another book or essay. If it's a tangent, you should have to flip away from the main text (or save it for after you have devoted some concentration to the presentation proper. Footnotes should be to source your material, not to give in to an urge to pander to your Attention Deficit Disorder.
For the most part yes, but as mentioned upthread, there are authors who make footnotes into an inextricable part of their style, and their work wouldn't be as interesting without it
That's one of the reasons I'm not yet 100% on board with abolishing the death penalty. What can those people possibly be thinking when they do that? And I see it more and more every year.
If it's applicable to your argument, there's no reason it can't be in the text proper. If it's not, then it's a diversion and belongs as an endnote or appendix or something like that.
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