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  • orthodox-synod@yahoogroups.com
    Mar 1, 2007
      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@..., and
      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.

      See http://www.makeashorterlink.com/ for
      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
      be personal.

      "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
      to owner-orthodox-synod@yahoogroups.com and
      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
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