List Policy

This is somewhere to work on email list policy.

Draft List Policy

The Mayday Indymedia Collective is one of the collectives running the www.indymedia.org.uk web site.

  • We are open to existing and and future Indymedia activists who agree with this statement and are known and trusted by existing collective members.
  • We support the UK Indymedia site including the features and open publishing newswire and believe it should stay on the www.indymedia.org.uk domain name.
  • We agree with the substance of the IMC UK Mission Statement and Editorial Guidelines.
  • We intend to participate in the global Indymedia Network as a peer of the other IMC collectives.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, the list is open and publically archived. Anyone can join the list and anyone can email the list and view the archives even if they are not subscribed. The list of list members is only available to the list admins. If you wish to posts to this list in an anonomous manner then please create a email account not linked to your real name, ideally using one of the activist email services, see the Earth First Privacy, Email and Activism article for more information on this.

In order to keep the list a pleasant workplace the list rules are:

  1. This mailing list is primarily a workplace. It is, therefore, the responsibility of all contributors, whether subscribed or not, to ensure that their contributions are made in a constructive manner.
  2. Personal abuse will not be tolerated. This includes name-calling, bullying, personalisation of arguments, ad-hominem attacks and unsubstantiated accusations.
  3. Abusive or inflammatory language will not be tolerated. This list is not a place for flame wars, no matter who started it.
  4. All contributors must respect the privacy of other contributors/subscribers. People have a right to have their choice of anonymity protected, except where threats to the security of the collective or collective members are encountered.
  5. All emails to the list should be on-topic. While wider (political or otherwise) discussions are sometimes helpful to understand and take a better decision on the issue in question, all contributors must bear in mind that the sole purpose of such discussions is to resolve the issue. In other words, this list is a workplace not a political discussion forum.
  6. All contributors are kindly asked to follow some basic Netiquette (network etiquette) guidelines (see here). These include:

  • Avoid long emails and rants.
  • Keep or change the Subject line in accordance with the content of your email.
  • Do not include the entire text of the original email in your reply. Edit your reply quoting only the relevant bits of the original text.
  • Avoid using all-capital words as this is often interpreted as shouting and is more difficult to read.

This is really important for high-traffic lists that have many often-busy subscribers. If you don't take some time to format your emails properly, everyone else will have to take extra time to read them or, even worse, skip them altogether!

Possible Starting Points

Following are policies from other lists.

imc-uk-collective

Q: what's this list for? A: It's not used anymore, it was the list of the ImcUkCollective, but it could be adapted and used as suggested here.

We are a group of UK Indymedia activists who met on 20th November 2010 in Oxford where we agreed to constitute ourselves as an autonomous UK Indymedia collective on the basis that:

  • We are open to existing and and future Indymedia activists who agree with this statement and are known and trusted by existing collective members.
  • We support the UK Indymedia site including the features and open publishing newswire and believe it should stay on the www.indymedia.org.uk domain name.
  • We agree with the substance of the IMC UK Mission Statement and Editorial Guidelines.
  • We will use the imc-uk-collective email list for our decision making between meeting.
  • We will continue to use the imc-uk-features and imc-uk-moderation lists for decision making regarding the IMC UK newswire and feature articles.
  • We intend to participate in the IMC UK Network as a peer of the other IMC collectives in the UK.
  • We would like the UK aggregation site to carry the IMC UK newswire RSS feed rather than the promoted newswire feed and in addition the feature article feed.
  • We intend to apply to the global New IMC process.

After your subscription to this list is approved, please post a brief intro to the list, stating clearly that you agree with the above.

Source: http://lists.indymedia.org/imc-uk-collective

imc-uk-moderation

The purpose of this list is to report moderation actions by Indymedia UK site admins (e.g. hiding posts that breach the editorial guidelines); to discuss these actions by other IMC volunteers; and public complaints about moderation from site users (please use the imc-uk-contact list for raising matters that you would like to be kept private).

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the imc-uk-moderation Archives.

Using imc-uk-moderation

To post a message to all the list members, send email to imc-uk-moderation@lists.indymedia.org.

You can subscribe to the list, or change your existing subscription, in the sections below.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, the list is open and publically archived. Anyone can join the list and anyone can email the list and view the archives even if they are not subscribed.

However, a new set of 'list rules' has been introduced in an attempt to keep the list a pleasant workplace and avoid the recent unhappy experience of imc-uk-features. The rules are:

1. This mailing list is primarily a workplace. It is, therefore, the responsibility of all contributors, whether subscribed or not, to ensure that their contributions are made in a constructive manner.

2. Personal abuse will not be tolerated. This includes name-calling, bullying, personalisation of arguments, ad-hominem attacks and unsubstantiated accusations.

3. Abusive or inflammatory language will not be tolerated. This list is not a place for flame wars, no matter who started it.

4. All contributors must respect the privacy of other contributors/subscribers. People have a right to have their choice of anonymity protected, except where threats to the security of the collective or collective members are encountered.

5. All emails to the list should be on-topic. While wider (political or otherwise) discussions are sometimes helpful to understand and take a better decision on the issue in question, all contributors must bear in mind that the sole purpose of such discussions is to resolve the issue. In other words, this list is a workplace not a political discussion forum.

6. All contributors are kindly asked to follow some basic Netiquette (network etiquette) guidelines (see here). These include:

- Avoid long emails and rants.
- Keep or change the Subject line in accordance with the content of your email.
- Do not include the entire text of the original email in your reply. Edit your reply quoting only the relevant bits of the original text.
- Avoid using all-capital words as this is often interpreted as shouting and is more difficult to read.

This is really important for high-traffic lists that have many often-busy subscribers. If you don’t take some time to format your emails properly, everyone else will have to take extra time to read them or, even worse, skip them altogether!

Source: http://lists.indymedia.org/imc-uk-moderation
Topic revision: r3 - 07 May 2011, ChrisC
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