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  • Rev Fr Mark Gilstrap
    LIST GUIDLEINES (Periodic re-posting) =============================== Some list guidelines adapted from the those found (by Athanasius Thompson) at the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2005
      LIST GUIDLEINES (Periodic re-posting)


      Some list guidelines adapted from the
      those found (by Athanasius Thompson)
      at the Cincinnati Linux Users Group


      Keep messages on-topic. This is a group
      centered on issues of interest and benefit
      to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
      - the "Synod." This list started more
      than ten years ago as the first sub-list
      of ORTHODOX@..., and as such
      has similar guidelines -- as well as an
      above average diversity of participants.

      Orthodox-Synod, with about 760 members
      (250 more than 6 months ago).is one of
      the very largest Orthodox lists on the
      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 required.

      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
      mail. 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 on
      the lists 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 postinsg taht seem to be coming
      out of left field with no context ro hostory?
      They are probably a cross-posting from elsewhere.
      If you want to introduce to thsi 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 poeple.

      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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