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Mailing List Policy

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The HTML Writers Guild offers several mailing lists for use by its members. We don't have very many rules, but we expect you to follow them.

We have two distinct types of rules:

  • Netiquette Guidelines
    • These fall into the "things you should do" category, and failure to do so will usually result in a friendly e-mail from our List Guides, reminding you privately of the need to adhere to these Guidelines.

  • Actionable Rules - Breaking these will get you suspended!!
    • These are rules that we have set up over time, for things which we cannot/will not allow to occur on our lists. Breach of these rules will result in action from our List Guides, and can result in anything from a formal warning through expulsion from the Guild. It is very important that you read and remember these rules, because by posting to our lists, you agree to adhere to them.

The Guild does not "moderate" the mailing lists. Instead, we have instituted a List Guide program. The Guides are available to teach and help on the lists, and also to monitor the lists for quality of content.

If you have any questions about these rules, or wish to ask the List Guides a question, you can send it to lg-<listname>@hwg.org (example: lg-business@hwg.org).

Keep in mind that you are responsible for material quoted in a reply as if you had written it yourself. So, when replying to posts that violate our Mailing List Policy, make sure you edit out those portions which would cause you to violate them yourself.

Please note: We have attempted to outline a number of the more common behaviors that detract from positive participation and degrade the quality of the discussions within the mail lists. As a generic catchall description of netiquette issues, if a type of behavior is destructive to productive participation within the mail lists, then it is a violation of netiquette. If it isn't listed here and it occurs, then the List Guides will collaborate to correct the problem using whatever actions they determine are reasonable and just at that point in time. Such dynamic processes are expected to occur within a real world environment.

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