- 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**** Do not quote more lines of a message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
"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 email@example.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