Kentucky Ornithological Society

BIRDKY Guidelines
(Adapted from BIRDCHAT Guidelines)

Philosophy | To Subscribe | To Unsubscribe | How to Post | Sending Messages | Message Format | Topics Frequency & Brevity | Netiquette | Private Messages | Change of E-mail Address | Offensive Behavior



PHILOSOPHY OF BIRDKY

BIRDKY provides a forum for sharing information about wild birds. Discussion on topics related to wild birds, birding, and birders is invited. These exchanges should be informative, entertaining, and respectful. Members are encouraged to feel a sense of community in which they can post without risking humiliation or personal attacks.

These guidelines clarify permissible and impermissible behavior in this list. The listowner (Kentucky Ornithological Society) prefers to guide BIRDKY with a common-sense approach that permits free and open discussion.
 

TO SUBSCRIBE:

Send e-mail to:

birdky-request@freelists.org with 'subscribe' in the Subject line OR

you can subscribe via this page: http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/list?list_id=birdky
 

TO UNSUBSCRIBE

Send mail to:

birdky-request@freelists.org with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject line OR

you can subscribe via this page: http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/list?list_id=birdky
 

HOW TO POST

Use plain text only. Anything else may be unreadable to many subscribers and can wreak havoc with some subscribers' e-mail software. Not allowed: HTML, UUENCODE, specially formatted documents such as Word, WordPerfect, and RTF, and ALL ATTACHMENTS.
 

WHERE TO SEND BIRDKY MESSAGES: birdky@freelists.org
 

FORMAT OF MESSAGES


TOPICS:


FREQUENCY & BREVITY (guidelines for posting)

In general, limit yourself to no more than about two messages a day. This is not a hard-and-fast maximum, but a sensible guide.

If you quote a previous message in your reply, PLEASE snip unneeded portions, particularly the headers from forwarded messages.

It is not necessary to weigh in on every topic. ("Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut."- Robert N. Peck)
 
 

NETIQUETTE (Behave like a responsible adult and you may persuade others to do the same.)


PRIVATE MESSAGES


CHANGE OF E-MAIL ADDRESS

If your e-mail address changes, please unsubscribe your old address (and, of course, subscribe using your new e-mail address).

Note: If you cannot send from your old address, contact Gary Ritchison (gary.ritchison@eku.edu) and he can unsubscribe you from that old address.
 

REMEDIES FOR OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR

If you feel abused by another subscriber to the list:


RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LISTOWNERS (KOS):


Although this may seem like a lot of stuff to remember, it won't take long for it to become second nature for you. In fact, if you participate in other listservs, you will find that these guidelines are helpful there as well. Thanks for joining BIRDKY, and please help us all learn more about the fascinating world of wild birds and birdwatching!


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