Listserv & Discussion Guidelines

The following was sent to the entire UFPJ-Activist list, Friday, April 29, 2016. After much consideration, work, and many revisions, United for Peace and Justice’s Coordinating Committee has unanimously adopted the following guidelines for the Activist Listserve.  I have attached, and printed below, these Guidelines on behalf of the Coordinating Committee.     We believe that the implementation of these guidelines is an important step toward protecting the well-being of our community and fulfilling the purpose of this list. We encourage everyone on the list to examine current Activist Listserve communications and to work toward making this space more inviting for curious and committed activists alike, to engage in spirited, peace-provoking discussions. If you have any questions or suggestions, please address them to us by email at info.ufpj at or by phone at (917)410-0119. Mary Hladky UFPJ Coordinating Committee Member

United for Peace and Justice Discussion Guidelines

Please read before posting. Welcome! To keep UFPJ-Activist list discussions a useful resource and pleasant place for peace and justice activists, we ask that you help us to promote a respectful atmosphere where people feel free to share ideas, engage in a spirited, constructive debate and participate in current discussions.  Politeness and respect for others is essential here.  By joining and using this listserv, you agree that you have read and will follow the guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them to us by email at info.ufpj at or by phone at (917) 410-0119. UFPJ’s Listserv UFPJ’s Activist listserv helps keep you connected to the issues and events most relevant to our mission. A listserv is an easy way of distributing e-mail to a large number of people with similar interests. Individual members of the list send their messages to the listserv address and the message is then automatically distributed to all list members.  UFPJ’s Activist listserv has approximately 348 member subscribers. To join or to unsubscribe: Discussion Guidelines We have found that when subscribers adhere to the following guidelines we are able to keep the list useful for people, without it becoming overwhelming. Please read these over before posting or replying to the list. There should be a descriptive subject line written by the person starting the thread and contained in the opening post of thread.  Keep your messages relevant to the subject of the thread to which you are responding.   Any counter-arguments to statements already made should state the point on which there is disagreement and the reason(s) why a different view is held. Unless an item is especially urgent, please try to limit postings to a maximum of two a day and not more than 5 or 6 over the course of a week. An exception to this policy is for individuals who are posting informative articles, which are relevant to the group. Intentional insults and personal criticism directed at an individual (often referred to as “flaming”) will not be tolerated. Rebuttals to another person’s opinions or beliefs should always be made in a respectful and thoughtful manner, whether they are made publicly or privately. The purpose of this list-serve is to communicate information and the respectful exchange of ideas.    When posting on relevant topics, remember to ensure that the topic is presented in a manner that makes all of our membership welcome to participate. Keep your comments limited to the discussion at hand and be aware of the diversity in age, race, gender and perspectives, of the participants on this list.  There will be varying opinions on different subjects, which will be useful to everyone. We are all drawn to UFPJ’s Activist discussion Listserv because we have common interests as peace and justice activists. “Spamming” is a network term invented to describe the act of cross-posting the same message to as many newsgroups and/or mailing lists as possible, whether or not the message is germane to the stated topic of the newsgroups or mailing lists that are being targeted. Spamming by list members is unacceptable.  All messages sent to the UFPJ activist list should be addressed only to that list, and not forwarded or cross-posted.  Address blocks should not include other lists or individual e-mail addresses, aside from the individual whose post is replied to. If you wish to reply to a message that has been posted to the list, please be aware of where your reply is going before sending it.  Remember that when you hit the reply button that you will be automatically responding to the entire list. Only reply to the entire list if your comments are directed to it and it benefits everyone. The UFPJ Activist list is self-moderated but is followed by the UFPJ Coordinating Committee. If there is a violation of the above guidelines, a 3-day ban to “cool off” and a warning will be issued to the member.  After three such bans, the UFPJ Coordinating Committee may decide to remove a violator from the list permanently.