Insulin Pumpers Mail Lists - Message and Content Guidelines
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:
The sending of any unsolicited email advertising messages to our mail
servers will result in the imposition of civil liability against you
in accordance with Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code Section 17538.45.
GUIDELINES FOR CONTENT
Ten Commandments of Netiquette
submitted by an anonymous member -ed.
Please restrict your posts to the discussion of insulin
pumps in the treatment of diabetes. This may also
include general discussion of diabetes and related
Please remember that it is in the nature of diabetes
that what works for one person may not work for another.
In Internet parlance, "your mileage may vary," or YMMV.
Be accurate with the information you provide. Cite your
sources when you quote them. Make it clear when you
offer a personal opinion.
Give blood glucose levels (bg's) in mg/dL (US lists)
Be polite and respectful.
Religion and politics are not suitable topics for
discussion EXCEPT for the "Spirit" mail list where
they may be discussed.
Advertisements are not allowed.
Remember that this list is here to provide answers, help, and support
for people interested in insulin pumps. Make sure that your posts
contribute to this goal.
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
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 the road.
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 post.
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.
Try not to
add posts that don't contribute to the discussion.
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.
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.
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
Your email program may allow you to use
different signatures, please shorten or eliminate your signature for posts
to the Insulin Pumpers' lists.
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.
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 volume manageable.
Don't post in ALL CAPS, it is the same as shouting, and is considered
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.
Mining of the mail list for e-mail addresses or redirection of list
messages to other forums is prohibited without express permission.
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 impulse, remember:
everyone has an opinion, a life, and a value; don't try to demean that
be kind and think twice before responding; sometimes the most
appropriate response is a nicely worded private e-mail instead of posting to
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
- Don't post on off-topic issues. Don't post on religious issues unless
it is on the Spirit List. The Spirit list is for the discussion of Diabetes and
Spirituality. Because this topic is potentially divisive, it is not allowed
on the regular lists since commonly the discussions diverge or are considered
off-topic. The Spirit mail list considers these matters to be on-topic.
- Because IP is a non-profit organization, the sale of any item,
including pumping equipment and supplies, is not allowed on the list.
Members who have unwanted items are encouraged to donate them to Insulin
Pumpers or to another organization that benefits people with diabetes and
has a distribution network for those items. Receipts for tax purposes
will be provided.
The address for donating excess equipment and supplies to IP is:
558 Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035.
- Please do not solicit members for donations, including those for
diabetes or other types of medical causes. IP has a large membership list
with many of the members involved in fund-raising efforts, which can result
in a sizeable number of people making such requests.
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