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

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.