Listserv Guidelines


AK-PA list rules

Introduction

The resources (hardware, software, and technical assistance) for this effort are provided without charge by the American Psychological Association as a public service and they have provided the following rules and standards for all subscribers to observe.


Rules

There are very few rules for list members to follow. Few restrictions, we have found, result in the greatest number of innovative contributions. However, three rules are critically important. If you subscribed to this forum and especially if you send messages to the forum, you are agreeing to three rules. These rules, by the way, apply to members of nearly any Internet news or interest group.

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 Forum. If you break these rules then you will be removed from the list as these rules govern the very heart of our arrangements with our service provider.

Rule 3:  Do not use 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 services. 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 job listings or position openings, 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 listmember merely advising the List of publication of a professional book typically would not be “commercial” for purposes of this restriction.)

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.


Standards

In addition to these rules, various standards have emerged within the *culture* of electronic list forums. These standards do NOT mean requirements, however, by following these standards, you will contribute to a climate of trust and collegiality that encourages a friendly, informed and, yet spontaneous discourse.

Standard 1: Please send a message to the list and introduce yourself. 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 now. For example, new members note that they would like to collaborate with colleagues who are interested in certain issues.

Standard 2: Please sign each of your messages, including your Email address. This enables us to be able to 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.

Standard 3: Please keep your messages constructive, courteous, and brief.

Standard 4: When replying to a message on the list, quote only the relevant part of the message.  Judicious quoting makes the discussion thread easier to follow, but excessive quoting makes reading cumbersome.  This will also save considerable space (bandwidth) for everyone who receives your message.

Standard 5: Please think global. Though most of our members are from the US, some list members may not be familiar with American culture as US members. Thus, try to avoid the use of Americanist terms that may not be well known internationally, or long and complicated sentences (think about trying to wade through many messages in French, for example, if your first language is English!).

Standard 6: Please be supportive of fellow Forum members and show mutual respect.


AKPA-MH group rules

Introduction

The AKPA-MH group is sponsored by the Alaska Psychological Association as a service to the Alaska mental health professional community and they have provided the rules and standards that follow for all subscribers to observe.  Any changes to these rules will be announced with a message posted to the AKPA-MH mailing list.

This group is a closed group.  You are not allowed to share posts with others that are not subscribed unless you obtain the poster’s permission or such permission is indicated in their post. Please keep in mind however, while subscriptions and archives are not made available to the general public, it is possible that what is posted may find its way outside of this group. Hence, please post accordingly.

The Alaska Psychological Association provides only the structure for this email group. The Alaska Psychological Association does not control, does not endorse, and is not responsible for the posts that are made by the group’s subscribers. Please receive all information accordingly.

Rules & Standards

There are few rules for group members to follow. Few restrictions, we have found, result in the greatest number of meaningful contributions. However, these rules are important. If you subscribed to this forum you are agreeing to these rules. The moderators have the responsibility to ensure that these rules are adhered to and have the authority to enforce them. Moderators will initially use private communication then, if necessary, screen posts, remove permission to post, and finally unsubscribe the member in extreme cases. It is not expected, in a professional group, that anything other than the first of these means of enforcement will ever need to be implemented.  If any of these actions are taken, the affected group member may appeal to the AK-PA Board of Directors to review the moderators’ decision by contacting the Executive Director at executivedirector@ak-pa.org.

  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.
  2. Do not use the group to post messages with a purpose that is primarily commercial. “Commercial” as used for purposes of evaluating 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 and that clearly outweighs the informational benefit to other subscribers. It is reasonable to make a one-time announcement about a new therapy group, a new practice, or the addition of a professional to an existing practice. It is not reasonable to post an unsolicited or out of context message that you provide certain services or need referrals. It is reasonable to announce availability of or need for office space, to announce a mental health job or practice opportunity, or the availability of unneeded office furnishings once or twice. It is not reasonable to advertise products that you might offer for sale including tapes, books, other adjuncts to therapeutic work, or your own crafts or artwork.
    This rule is not black and white. The above examples are meant to serve as general guidelines. The purpose of this rule is to prevent excessive self-promotion and the tendency for commercial messages to outnumber messages involving discussion, debate, professional networking, etc. If that should happen, members will tend to leave the group and the group’s usefulness will decline.
  3. No anonymous or first name only messages. If your full name does not appear in the “from” field, sign your message with your full name. This will preserve our functioning as a professional community. Your full name might not show up in the “from” field if you have entered something different in your email client or in your Google account when setting up your email account.
  4. Please be cognizant of the statewide participation of this group. Although the majority of members work in the Anchorage vicinity, participation of everyone is valued. Perspectives from other cities, towns, and rural areas add richness and diversity to the discussion. When mentioning a resource or asking for a referral, be sure to indicate where it is you are talking about. When seeking a referral for services, be sure to use the following referral format:

    Referral FormatSubject Line:  Referral for (type of service) in (or near) (city) or (city/state, if not in Alaska)
    Body:  Seeking behavioral health provider with experience in:  (describe clinical skills required and pertinent insurance/payment information); (do not include specific patient identifiers)
    Contact:  Back-channel only to: (requesting member, email)
    Example
    Subject Line:  Referral for Grief Counseling near Wasilla

    Body:  Seeking behavioral health provider with experience in grief and loss to work with an adolescent male. He has Denali Kid Care insurance.
    Contact:  Back-channel only to John Doe at grief_counselor@abc123.net

  5. When replying to a message, quote only the relevant part of the message. That is, trim earlier messages, irrelevant portions of messages, and all footers before adding your reply. Judicious quoting makes the discussion thread easier to follow, and excessive quoting makes reading cumbersome.
  6. Keep discussions relevant to psychological/mental health issues and practice.  Off-topic posts about general events, politics, religion, etc. are highly discouraged. Such posts in the context of psychological discussion, provision of mental health services, or referrals would not be considered off-topic.  Many off-topic discussions can deteriorate into personal and disrespectful comments.  If this happens, moderators will intervene as described above.
  7. Please be professional and respectful in your participation.  One can disagree without personal criticism or contemptuous, dismissive, divisive, inflammatory language.
  8. You are invited, but not required, to send a message to the group and introduce yourself. For your introduction, you might note your name, professional affiliation, where you live, and why you joined the list.