10808File - conduct
- Oct 1, 2008There was a time when this group was unmoderated. There are other groups where even moderation has failed to curb tempers and things have been said that perhaps should not have been. Please use common sense when corresponding with members of this group - we are here to discuss narrow gauge railway modelling and have fun doing so.
Things to remember:
Humour does not translate well from the written word, regardless of how well intentioned. Even emoticons and other devices are not fool-proof. Please mind how you phrase messages so as not to cause offence. This is even more important when you remember that this is an international group and humour translates even less well between langauges!
Please delete unneccessary information from the foot of your emails before posting to the group. This is particularly relevent when you are replying to somebody else's post and the content of that post is included automatically in your reply. This is quite annoying to digest recipients - They don't want to read multiple copies of the same information in the same email in quick succession!
There is an option to send 'well done' messages and the like to the intended recipient instead of the whole group. Whilst we are not anywhere near our quota yet, we have limited space and, if the archive is to be a store of useful information, these messages may not be needed.
You can delete anything that you post - files, photos, messages, etc. If you decide that something is no longer relevent, please clear it from the list. This also applies equally to content with a shelf-life like postings about items for sale or eBay auctions. That is not to say don't post them because people will be interested to see them but they are no longer required when the item is sold.
Membership is moderated but not restricted to members of the Association. The first few posts of new members are also moderated to ensure that posts of dubious or irrelevent content are not allowed through. Posts from new members may not therefore appear immediately. Moderation will be removed quicker if you are a member of the Association and include a valid membership number in your signature.
Please include your name, approximate location and Association Membership number if you have one as a signature at the end of posts in order that people know with whom they are interacting. If you have a web site to show off, please include that too. This is a courtesy that we ask you to extend to your fellow members in order that less knowledgable or newer members can find a place in this community - it is not intended to be a clique except perhaps by subject matter.
You will not have been sent every post that occurred before you joined but it is possible that your question could already have been asked and answered. The archive of messages is accessible online at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/7mmnga/messages and is searchable using the [Search Archive] button and box next to it.
All of the above are merely guidelines, not rules. Whilst appearing a trifle draconian perhaps, these measures and suggestions have been put in place as a direct result of past experience, on this group and others. They will be exercised, as opposed to enforced, by the group moderators with common sense and sensitivity.
We are after all here to have fun! Thank you for your time and back to 7mm Narrow Gauge modelling.
7mmnga Group Moderators
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