HOW TO SET THE VARIOUS COMMANDS:
Post message: email@example.com
Switch to Single Messages: Or-Shalomfirstname.lastname@example.org
Switch to Digest Version (to receive all messages in one daily message): Or-Shalomemail@example.com
Switch to No Email [if you are going away]: Or-Shalomfirstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Segal: Owner-moderator email@example.com
Al Pasternak: Backup/Relief Owner-moderator and second opinion
OR SHALOM YahooGroup Home Page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Or-Shalom/ Non list members can view the main page, calendar and links. List members can view membership list and archive of past messages
To access the features below, you need a Yahoo account. If you already have a Yahoo email address, than you can use these features. It is easy, cost free and hassle free to open an account. I would recommend it to get full use of the group website. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Or-Shalom/ and follow instructions to set up an account. If you need assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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EMAIL PROGRAMS: REPLYING AND FORWARDING
Some email programs automatically attach the entire prior post. Please turn off that feature so that Digest readers (those folks who opt to receive a full day«s worth of emails in one large post) don't have read the whole thing multiple times. When replying to an e-mail that has been sent to the list, please delete any part of the prior message that is not relevant to your response. Delete most of the original message and keep only the sentence or sentences that you are referring to in your reply. Make sure your email program is set to send text. We've had some problems with email programs sending html code.
Replying to individuals:
To reply to an individual who has sent an email to the list, you will have to manually put their e-mail address in the "reply to" field because, by default, all replies go to the list. This can result in embarrassment if personally comments or information appear on the list.
Please e-mail that person privately if all you are going to say is something like "I agree." or "Yes, that's true". These are valuable in a sense that they let the member know that someone is listening, but please remember to send it to them privately. If a member requests a response to items like "something for sale" or "please help me", reply only to that member and not the list. Don't press the reply button - delete the list address and put the individuals address in the "reply to" field.
If you have a comment, question or criticism about a particular item that another member has sent to the list, we generally prefer it if you respond directly to that person. Personal exchanges in the public forum of the list tend to get a little tedious, especially if the comments are personal in nature. It is hoped that people will use the same discretion and courtesy off list as they would use if their comments were witnessed by the on-list community and refrain from "flaming" an individual in private.
Forwarding: Please reformat any messages you forward. You can cut and paste the material you wish to forward into a new message. Or you can make alterations to the entire message once you hit the "forward" button. Please remove all the addresses of all the others who may have previously forwarded the message and all previous recipients. Remove the ellipses (>) from the beginnings of lines and re-organize any distorted text. Messages that have been forwarded multiple times without reformatting are annoying to read and often barely legible.
Please preface your forwards with a few words of a personal message to your fellow list-members. Please be discriminating. We all receive message from folks who forward everything! The information highway is flooded with funny, cute things that go around endlessly. These kinds of things are usually easy to find on the web.
Choose stories, jokes and notices that are unique, relevant and newsworthy to forward.
Blind Carbon Copy:
Most email programs have a blind carbon copy option. It is usually found under the CC (carbon copy) and is called "BCC" Please use it if you are emailing other people as well as the list. This will protect your friends from trying to reply to the list, which won't work, and protect their email addresses from being shared with strangers.
ATTACHMENT AND VIRUSES:
This list has been set up to accept attachments. This is a very convenient feature, but it also puts us at risk of sharing viruses. Please ensure you have reliable virus protection and keep it up to date. Pay attention to warnings from accurate sources, and do not open any suspicious files. I talked to other list managers that allowed attachments and they reported no problems. If problems occur, this feature will be changed. You can set your email program to reject attachments. It is also a good idea if you are submitting an attachment, to put the same information in the body of the email message. Not all people can open all programs and some people will not accept an attachment.
HOAXES AND SCAMS:
Please be wary of urban legends, virus hoaxes, chain letters, appeals on the behalf of sick children and the like. These things end up functioning like viruses, except they are spread by the good intentions of e-mailers who want to help others, instead of pernicious programming. There are about 200 people on the Or Shalom list, most of us with good hearts, so you can see the potential for hoax infection. There are many sites where you can check the veracity of anything you receive. http://www.snopes.com is a good resource. Phrases like "send this to everyone you know" is a good tip off that the mail may be a hoax.
"What is lofty can be said in any language, and what is mean should be said in none."
Members of this list are largely members of Or Shalom. Some are friends or affiliated in some other way. Sometimes people who are considering membership join this as a way to get to know the community. We are not restricted to members only but I do check out new subscribers to ensure they are legitimate and not spammers or advertisers and that they have a valid reason for wanting to join our discussions.
Feel free to write to me at Or-Shalomemail@example.com if you have any questions about whether a email is appropriate or how to reformat it. I would much rather solve any problems before they hit the list. I will also write to any individuals who seem to need some guidance with their mail.
I have started with the 3 basic guidelines for the list. All the rest are courtesies. As moderator, I prefer to keep the guidelines simple - the main ones are "No Flaming" and the "Israel/Palestine protocols" and "No Commercial Advertising". Responsible use of virus protection and the privilege of sending of attachments is crucial.
Email is a very quick way to respond to each other. It is easy to commit "e-rage", or to vent and press send. Most of us slip up from time to time. If you have a slip, please acknowledge it and apologize. Most of us are quite forgiving of the occasional slip. However, please try to avoid this. Set your email program so it does not send things immediately and holds them in the outbox until send is pressed again. Or hit "save" and put it in your drafts box for the next day.
Absolutely no flaming allowed. "Flaming" is when you berate, name-call belittle or are rude to another member on the list. A general rule regarding communication: respond to the issues, not the individuals. As a Jewish Spiritual Community we have a wealth of ethics regarding conduct in our Torah.
These behaviours will result in a warning from the moderator the first time. The second time, the offender's messages will monitored for a month before they are sent to the list. The third time will result in a six month period of monitoring. Subsequent to that, the member may be suspended or banned from participation on the list. Please contact the moderators at Or-Shalomfirstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns about these posts, and do not respond to the list. If you have a concern about the actions of the moderators, please contact the communication liaison person of the O.S. board.
ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE OR-SHALOM LIST:
After a period of heated and often non-productive exchanges we pretty well decided that the general list is not the place to hold detailed discussions of Israel/Palestine issues. We generally stick to announcement about local events and the like in neutral language and plain details- date, time, place, description.
Any breach of this guideline will result in a warning from the moderator the first time. The second time, the offender's messages will monitored for a month. The third time will result in a six month period of monitoring. Subsequent to that, the member may be suspended or banned from participation on the list. These consequences also apply to anyone who continues the discussion by reacting to an inappropriate post. Please contact the moderators at Or-Shalomemail@example.com with your concerns about these, and do not respond to the list. If you have a concern about the actions of the moderators, please contact the communication liaison person of the O.S. board.
It is fine for members of this list who own businesses, lead workshops, have a health care or therapy practice, sell items or have services to offer to occasionally send informal announcements/flyers about these things. Please preface these things with a personal invitation to the community.
However, any mass or commercial style advertising is strictly not allowed. Any breach of this guideline will result in a warning from the moderator the first time. The second time, the offender's messages will monitored for a month. The third time will result in a six month period of monitoring. Subsequent to that, the member may be suspended or banned from participation on the list.
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