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The following is from our Netiquette page
Please read, remember and apply these principles to your posts.
Whenever a bunch of highly motivated, intelligent, and opinionated
people assemble for any reason, it's a good idea to have some
basic rules to enable us to keep things in line. For this reason, the
following List Guidelines have been adopted:
1. Give your post a litmus test. Ask yourself, "Would I say this to
the person's face?" Be honest. Then ask, "How would I react if this
post was addressed to me?" It may be that you need to rewrite and
reread. Remember, when you are facing a computer screen, it's
easy to forget that you are communicating with real people with
feelings similar to your own. Send messages that you would not be
embarassed to say to a person's face.
2. Choose your words carefully. With written words, you are
unable to use gestures and facial expressions to help convey your
meaning. It is easy for readers to misinterpret your message. Use
"emoticons" to help express yourself. These are the "smileys"
such as :) or ;) or :( etc. Do not use offensive language.
Remember, all posts are part of the list archives. Don't send a
message that you would not want someone to see months down
3. If you are new to the list, checking out the FAQ's and the
archives may give you the answer you are seeking much faster
than posting to the list. If you don't find the answer, go ahead and
4. Use specific subject lines to help others determine if it is a
topic they might be able to contribute to. When responding from
the digest or browser, change the subject line to reflect the nature
of your post.
5. Try not to add posts that don't contribute to the discussion.
6. Refrain from one line "me too" and "atta boy/girl" messages.
With many hundreds of members, the added "non-content" mail
volume contributes to e-mail fatigue as well as increasing the
number and size of the digests.
7. Remember that not everyone has unlimited internet access at a
flat rate and a fast modem. When you send a post to the list, it
takes up bandwidth which translates into taking up another
person's time and money. Make sure your post adds value to the
group. And limit signature lines. Insulin Pumpers appreciates it if
you keep your signature line to 1 or 2 lines at most. With 100 or
more posts a day, multiple signature lines on lots of posts results
in longer download times and higher access charges for some
members. It also adds considerable volume to the text that digest
subscribers must scroll through to find the real messages. Your
email program may allow you to use different signatures, please
shorten or eliminate your signature for posts to the Insulin
8. Make SURE you turn HTML off in your mailer, it turns into
garbage in the digest and in many people's mail programs. If you
need assistance doing this, contact HELP@insulin-pumpers.org
9. Be courteous and also try to keep your responses as short as
possible. Try not to copy the entire message that you are
responding to. <Snip> the portions that are not relevant to your
response. Snipping is very easy to do and helps keep the list
10. Don't post in ALL CAPS, it is the same as shouting, and is
11. Spamming is strictly prohibited on the Insulin-Pumpers list. Do
not send chain letters, get rich quick schemes, or other spam mail
to the list. Your privileges will be revoked. The goal of Insulin-
Pumpers is to provide a resource to help us maintain, improve, and
enhance our lives as people living with diabetes. Anything that
goes against this common goal is not allowed on the list.
12. Mining of the mail list for e-mail addresses or redirection of list
messages to other forums is prohibited without express
13. Flaming will not be tolerated. "Flaming" is what people do when
they make an emotionally opinionated comment using language
intended to be confrontational. For this list, flaming is defined as
personal attacks and/or criticism of another list member that have
the effect of holding another person up to harsh ridicule, demeaning
them as a person, or otherwise inflicting hostility or anger on them.
What one person may understand to be friendly kidding, another
may perceive as hostile flaming. To help control the flaming
everyone has an opinion, a life, and a value; don't try to demean
be kind and think twice before responding; sometimes the most
appropriate response is a nicely worded private e-mail instead of
posting to the list;
flaming helps no one, not even yourself; remember you may be
losing the respect of hundreds of people you have never even seen
repeated flaming offenses will result in your list membership being
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