- Periodic 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 575 members,
is one of the very 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
"Praise in public; criticize in private." Some
disagreements are inevitable but take flames
off-line from the list.
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.
Consider whether your message is really worth
sending to hundreds of people. If it is, don't
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
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).
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 strongly discouraged. Top posting is not
discouraged. One should not have to read through
and entire previous post in order to get to your words.
**** Do not quote more lines of a message than you
**** actually write yourself.
If you didn't write it, or you 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.
Do not post private email correspondence on the
lists without the permission of the author of the email.
Private email is just that -- private.
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 especially prone to abuse in this realm.
Think twice before cross-posting messages to the Synod
list and other forums.
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
Do not sup at your neighbor's table and ridicule the host.
Criticism of the decisions of ROCA hierarchs is one thing,
and can be acceptable, but proclamations of judgement on
ROCA or her hierarchs regarding such things as falling into
heresy, or schism, or union with the same coming from those
who are not members of this juridiction are not proper to
this forum. One would have thought this last paragraph