Rules For Discussion List
There are very few rules as a member of this list/forum. Few restrictions, we
have found, result in the greatest number of innovative contributions. However,
a few rules are critically important. If you subscribed to this forum and
especially if you send messages to the forum, you are agreeing to four rules.
These rules, by the way, apply to members of nearly any Internet news or
interest group. The rules are:
Rule 1: Do not use the forum for illegal purposes, including but not limited
to defamation, violation of intellectual property laws, violation of antitrust
or unfair competition laws or violation of criminal laws.
Rule 2: Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other forum members,
network services, or network equipment. This includes distribution of
unsolicited advertisement or chain letters, propagation of computer worms and
viruses, and use of the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine
accessible via the list. If you break these rules then you will be unsubscribed
because the rules govern the very heart of our arrangements with our service
provider---or any other service provider for Internet.
Rule 3: Do not use the list for commercial purposes. "Commercial" as used for
purposes of evaluating listserv messages means communications whose primary
purpose is to advance the business or financial interests of any person or
entity, or otherwise to promote a financial transaction for the benefit of the
author directly or indirectly. Examples of prohibited communications include
advertisements for products or services, notices regarding rental of office
space, or direct solicitations of listserv members to purchase products or
Examples of messages that may be of financial benefit to listserv members but
are not prohibited because they do not inure to the financial benefit of the
author include news of job listings or position openings, or discussion of
professionally-related products or services where the listserv member conveying
the information is not in the business of selling the products or services.
Announcements that provide useful professional information to list members but
may also have some incidental commercial benefit to the sender (e.g. an author
who is a list member merely advising the list of publication of a professional
book) typically would not be "commercial" for purposes of this restriction.
Rule 4: Do not engage in flaming. Flaming is the practice of posting
messages to the discussion list that are deliberately hostile and insulting.
In addition to these rules, various guidelines have emerged within the
"culture" of electronic list forums. By following these guidelines and rules,
you will contribute to a climate of trust and collegiality that encourages a
friendly, informed and, yet spontaneous discourse.
Guideline 1: Please send a message to all of us and introduce yourself. Just
send the message to: SIOP-SDL@lists.apa.org . Try to keep your messages brief.
For your introduction, you might note your name, professional affiliation, where
you live, why you joined the list, and any request or question you might have.
For example, new members might note that they would like to collaborate with
colleagues who are interested in certain issues.
Guideline 2: Please sign each of your messages, including your email address.
This enables us to directly communicate with you in response to your message.
Most email software includes a signature option that automatically generates
this information and any other you wish.
Guideline 3: Please keep your messages constructive, courteous, and brief.
Guideline 4: If your email software program includes, and you utilize, an
option that repeats the message to which you are responding, please do not
repeat any part of the message that is not essential. This will save
considerable space (bandwidth) for everyone who receives your message.
Guideline 5: Please think globally. Though most of our members are from the
U.S., some list members are not. Thus, try to avoid the use of colloquial/slang
terms or long and complex sentences.
Guideline 6: Please be supportive of fellow list members and show mutual
respect. Some day you may wish to unsubscribe from the list. If so, please send
me a message. However, if you can remember, simply send a message to:
email@example.com. Use no subject line. Your message should say only:
So, we welcome you to this list and look forward to your participation. Let me
know if you have any questions or comments.