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  • Information_Systems_Forum@yahoogroups.com
    (Guidelines for posting to the Information Systems Forum are posted periodically for the edification of all.) Dear ISF Colleagues, Welcome to the Information
    Message 1 of 80 , Nov 1, 2010
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      (Guidelines for posting to the Information Systems Forum are posted
      periodically for the edification of all.)




      Dear ISF Colleagues,

      Welcome to the Information Systems Forum, an online discussion for
      nonprofit professionals who are interested information and
      communication technologies to increase organizational effectiveness.

      This is a moderated, flame-free email distribution list that is open
      to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the
      idea of civil society.

      Here are a few tips for making your contributions to the list more readable:

      o Write about subjects that pertain to information and
      communication technologies for nonprofit organizations. Readers
      subscribe to the list because they are interested in this specific
      topic. If you stray too far from it, other members of the group are
      likely to ignore your messages.

      o Trim, trim, trim! Unnecessary repetitions of previous posts,
      list footers, and signature lines are tedious for other members to
      negotiate. If you're replying to a previous message, please trim away
      everything but the essentials of that message and your response to it.
      If you don't trim your post down, and I think that it would benefit
      from trimming, then I edit it myself. This means extra work for me,
      and a trim job for your message that you (as the author) may deem
      unduly harsh.

      o Clean up jagged margins; readers tend to get so discouraged
      by them that they skip your message and go on to the next one.

      o Double-check your subject line, and make sure that it
      summarizes the topic. If you subscribe to the digest format of the
      list, then the subject line will automatically be something like
      "Digest Number 123." Please change it to something more topical. It's
      also helpful to trim away clutter from previous generations of
      forwarding; "FW: Funding for nonprofit technology" is much more
      readable than "Fwd: FW: Re: [Other Listserv] RE: Funding for nonprofit
      technology."

      o Avoid using all capital letters. In email, this is equivalent
      to shouting, and considered an insult to one's readers.

      o Write for an international readership. If you say that an
      event is happening tonight at "the Firehouse in J.P.," the Bostonians
      will know that you mean "the Firehouse Multicultural Art Center in
      Jamaica Plain," but maybe the folks in Thailand won't. And if they
      need to fly in from Thailand to attend, it's probably a good idea to
      give them more than a few hours' notice.

      o Frame your message in the language of civil discourse, and
      avoid inflammatory rhetoric. The rule of thumb is to assume that
      others are motivated by the best intentions, even when you think that
      they are gravely mistaken.

      The following kinds of posts are always unacceptable for posting to this group.

      o Flames, or rhetoric that might incite flames. Sometimes
      members of the group have perfectly good points to make, but choose
      language that is inflammatory. Posts that are simply attacks on
      someone else's religion, operating system, ethics, ancestry, internet
      service provider, or attitude are usually deleted without comment.

      o Advertisements of products or services. As the group
      moderator, I delete the blatant spam before the rest of the group ever
      sees it, but there are some borderline cases. For example, each
      newcomer is invited to introduce him/herself to the group upon
      joining, and it's appropriate to mention any products or services that
      he/she sells to the community. That's fine, but thereafter it's best
      to let your satisfied customers recommend your product or service.
      Another borderline case is announcements about conferences and
      workshops. These are fine if they are specifically tailored to the
      needs of our community. Bulletins about workshops and conferences
      given by nonprofits are usually approved; posts about for-profit
      organizations that offer these events are approved on a case-by-case
      basis.

      o Solicitations of cash donations for organizations or
      individuals. Requests by nonprofits for in-kind donations of either
      products or services are approved on a case-by-case basis.
      (Legitimate offers of cash or in-kind donations are acceptable.)

      o Off-topic questions, out-of-office auto-replies, and personal
      messages that were never intended to go to the whole list. I try to
      catch these before they go out, and they are usually deleted without
      comment.

      Please note that the moderator (Deborah Elizabeth Finn) and alternate
      moderator (John McNutt) reserve the right delete any inappropriate
      messages without circulating them to the group, or to bar disruptive
      individuals from membership in the group. While I will do everything
      possible to encourage community building, fruitful dialogue, and free
      expression, the moderators remain the only arbiters of appropriate
      content for this community.

      Thanks for your attention to these guidelines.

      Best regards from Deborah

      Deborah Elizabeth Finn
      Information Systems Forum moderator

      Cyber-Yenta
      Boston, Massachusetts, USA
      www.cyber-yenta.org
    • Information_Systems_Forum@yahoogroups.com
      (Guidelines for posting to the Information Systems Forum are posted periodically for the edification of all.) Dear ISF Colleagues, Welcome to the Information
      Message 80 of 80 , Apr 1 7:15 AM
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        (Guidelines for posting to the Information Systems Forum are posted
        periodically for the edification of all.)




        Dear ISF Colleagues,

        Welcome to the Information Systems Forum, an online discussion for
        nonprofit professionals who are interested information and
        communication technologies to increase organizational effectiveness.

        This is a moderated, flame-free email distribution list that is open
        to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the
        idea of civil society.

        Here are a few tips for making your contributions to the list more readable:

        o Write about subjects that pertain to information and
        communication technologies for nonprofit organizations. Readers
        subscribe to the list because they are interested in this specific
        topic. If you stray too far from it, other members of the group are
        likely to ignore your messages.

        o Trim, trim, trim! Unnecessary repetitions of previous posts,
        list footers, and signature lines are tedious for other members to
        negotiate. If you're replying to a previous message, please trim away
        everything but the essentials of that message and your response to it.
        If you don't trim your post down, and I think that it would benefit
        from trimming, then I edit it myself. This means extra work for me,
        and a trim job for your message that you (as the author) may deem
        unduly harsh.

        o Clean up jagged margins; readers tend to get so discouraged
        by them that they skip your message and go on to the next one.

        o Double-check your subject line, and make sure that it
        summarizes the topic. If you subscribe to the digest format of the
        list, then the subject line will automatically be something like
        "Digest Number 123." Please change it to something more topical. It's
        also helpful to trim away clutter from previous generations of
        forwarding; "FW: Funding for nonprofit technology" is much more
        readable than "Fwd: FW: Re: [Other Listserv] RE: Funding for nonprofit
        technology."

        o Avoid using all capital letters. In email, this is equivalent
        to shouting, and considered an insult to one's readers.

        o Write for an international readership. If you say that an
        event is happening tonight at "the Firehouse in J.P.," the Bostonians
        will know that you mean "the Firehouse Multicultural Art Center in
        Jamaica Plain," but maybe the folks in Thailand won't. And if they
        need to fly in from Thailand to attend, it's probably a good idea to
        give them more than a few hours' notice.

        o Frame your message in the language of civil discourse, and
        avoid inflammatory rhetoric. The rule of thumb is to assume that
        others are motivated by the best intentions, even when you think that
        they are gravely mistaken.

        The following kinds of posts are always unacceptable for posting to this group.

        o Flames, or rhetoric that might incite flames. Sometimes
        members of the group have perfectly good points to make, but choose
        language that is inflammatory. Posts that are simply attacks on
        someone else's religion, operating system, ethics, ancestry, internet
        service provider, or attitude are usually deleted without comment.

        o Advertisements of products or services. As the group
        moderator, I delete the blatant spam before the rest of the group ever
        sees it, but there are some borderline cases. For example, each
        newcomer is invited to introduce him/herself to the group upon
        joining, and it's appropriate to mention any products or services that
        he/she sells to the community. That's fine, but thereafter it's best
        to let your satisfied customers recommend your product or service.
        Another borderline case is announcements about conferences and
        workshops. These are fine if they are specifically tailored to the
        needs of our community. Bulletins about workshops and conferences
        given by nonprofits are usually approved; posts about for-profit
        organizations that offer these events are approved on a case-by-case
        basis.

        o Solicitations of cash donations for organizations or
        individuals. Requests by nonprofits for in-kind donations of either
        products or services are approved on a case-by-case basis.
        (Legitimate offers of cash or in-kind donations are acceptable.)

        o Off-topic questions, out-of-office auto-replies, and personal
        messages that were never intended to go to the whole list. I try to
        catch these before they go out, and they are usually deleted without
        comment.

        Please note that the moderator (Deborah Elizabeth Finn) and alternate
        moderator (John McNutt) reserve the right delete any inappropriate
        messages without circulating them to the group, or to bar disruptive
        individuals from membership in the group. While I will do everything
        possible to encourage community building, fruitful dialogue, and free
        expression, the moderators remain the only arbiters of appropriate
        content for this community.

        Thanks for your attention to these guidelines.

        Best regards from Deborah

        Deborah Elizabeth Finn
        Information Systems Forum moderator

        Cyber-Yenta
        Boston, Massachusetts, USA
        www.cyber-yenta.org
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