LIST GUIDELINES (Periodic re-posting)
Orthodox-synod is a privately moderated discussion group
created originally as a voluntary alternative venue for
the public arguments then taking place on the world stage
of the ORTHODOX list. These tensions were related to what
has been referred to as the ROCOR/ROCA dichotomy within
our church. This dichotomy has now played out into a
clear differentiation between those who desire union with
Moscow in May '07, and those who remain cautious and even
fearful of such.
These Guidelines below have proven themselves here, and
for 20 years on the ORTHODOX ListServ list hosted at
Indiana University. If you desire a more controlled
"discussion" then you will find such an alternative venue
was already created a few years ago: orthodox-rocor.
Also, for clergy, an alternative to the rocaclergy list
was created at about the same time through the authority
of ROCOR External Affairs under Fr Joachim Paar, shortly
before he joined the Moscow Patriarchate. That list is
appropriately called rocor-clergy.
LIST GUIDELINES (Periodic re-posting)
Welcome to the ORTHODOX-SYNOD group
This Yahoo Group is a continuation of
the Orthodox_Synod mailing list spun
off as a sub-list of ORTHODOX@...
beginning in the early '90s.
The moderator continues to be priest
Mark Gilstrap (www.stjamesok.org)
I hope you will find the Synod list
informative and enjoyable. Please be
assured that you are welcome to
participate to whatever degree you wish,
or to simply read, if you prefer.
Please make sure your real name appears
on your subscription. Aliases are not
allowed, nor are organizational names
allowed w/o a specific responsible human
being listed. If you feel strongly that
using your real name is detrimental for
some reason, please contact me privately
and confidentially, to explain.
The following are some list guidelines
adapted from those found at the Cincinnati
Linux Users Group (by Athanasius Thompson
who hosted this list at geckonet in 1997)
Keep messages on-topic. This is a group
centered on issues of interest and benefit
to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
aka "the Synod"
This list started fifteen years ago as the
first sub-list of ORTHODOX@...
as such has similar guidelines -- and also an
above average diversity of participants.
Orthodox-Synod, with about 850 members is
one of the largest Orthodox lists on the
internet. Please use your access responsibly.
Orthodox-Synod is not a Bulletin Board
for posting items for as many people as
possible to see.
Your purpose in contributing should be to
seek information and explanations etc..
or to inform, enrich or edify others, or
to seek and build orthodox community and
mutual understanding, connect the isolated,
support the struggles of others, reflect
the love of Christ, support His Church and
promote the centrality of the Life in Christ,
not to put something (esp. oneself) on
Consider whether your message is really
worth sending to hundreds of people. If
it is, don't hesitate.
Do not send or attach entire documents to
the list. Send a URL (web address) where
interested readers can find it. Or offer
to send it to those who request it.
help reducing the size of long links
Remove most of the words quoted from messages
to which you reply. Delete all but the most
relevant text which is necessary to establish
the context for your reply. Keeping an entire
thread intact in every message is discouraged.
History is instead maintained in the archives
by Subject title (so make sure it is relevant)
and by date.
Top posting is not discouraged since it is more
efficient when the entire thread history is not
Don't send "me too" messages. One-line replies
of agreement are wasteful. But feel free to
respond if you have more to say than simple
agreement (or disagreement - i.e. zingers).
General rule of thumb:
**** Do not quote more lines of a message
**** than you have yourself written.
If you didn't write it, haven't contributed
anything to a posting's composition, haven't
made clear its relevance or defined the
context (or have violated any other guideline),
ask yourself why you are thinking of sending it.
Post to the LIST (to all members), not to an
individual. Personal mail should be private
Proclamations to the LIST about an individual
are not allowed.
Speak to the truth of the facts, quality of
the premises, and logic of the conclusions
of the other participants, not to their person
(ad hominem). If you put another person's
name in the subject line, you have already
crossed the line.
If you must correct factual errors on the
list, be polite and correct just the facts.
Don't attack the author - be careful about
uses of "you" and "your" in such replies,
since they can make the response appear to
"Praise in public; criticize in private."
Some disagreements are inevitable but take
flames off-line from the list.
If membership to this list constitutes the
basis for private harassment (such as a
service provider would consider abuse, not
just negative feedback) send the evidence
the abusive member will be contacted to
provide an acceptable explanation/rebuttal
in lieu of removal.
To stop undesired private feedback to your
public postings, inform the sender that you
do not wish to correspond privately (tell
them to stop). If it continues it will be
considered to meet the definition of abuse
above and the offending member will be
Do not post private email correspondence
without the permission of the author of
the email. Private email is just that --
Not only does this list prohibit non-consensual
posting of private mail, it also prohibits the
consensual posting of private mail as a means
for a non-member to participate at arms-length
through others. Such "proxy posting" has been
the source of many woes.
"Proxy Posting" is defined as the remote
participation on a list (by non-member,
or member) through the posting privilege
of a third party who is a member of the
list. This activity is not allowed.
Proxy posting can allow avoidance of personal
responsibility for what one says. In this
hair-trigger environment we want people to
be more, not less, responsible. Religious
discussions are particularly prone to abuse
in this realm.
Think twice before cross-posting messages to
the Synod list and other forums. Have you ever
wondered about postings that seem to be coming
out of left field without context or history?
This is probably a cross-posting from elsewhere.
If you want to introduce to this list a topic
being discussed elsewhere, start a new thread.
Keep your e-mail signature short - 5 lines or
fewer. This includes the -- separator line,
allowing for up to four lines of content.
Dense text is especially hard to read on a
monitor. Remember the printed medium guide:
"White space increases readership"
Do not BCC anything to the lists - many people
have mail filters which sort messages into a
separate mailbox, based on the address on the
message. Failure to put the list address in
the message headers will mess up the mail filing
for a lot of people.
Members of the Orthodox-Synod list agree to
abide by the above guidelines. The list owner
reserves the right to restrict access to anyone
from the email list for
1.Repeated off-topic postings.
2.Repeated personal attacks.
3.Repeated disruptive behavior