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AER Listserv Policy

(Approved November 2008)

Listserv Guidelines & Etiquette

Thank you for being part of our listserv community. To ensure the best possible experience for all listserv members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using these e-mail lists, you agree that you have read and will follow the guidelines set for these peer discussion groups. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines.

Each listserv has a member who functions as the list manager/moderator for that list.  The moderator serves as a resource and is the one who can intervene if members report inappropriate postings.  If you have questions, contact the list manager noted in your welcome email.

Listserv Guidelines

The discussions on the lists are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Do not attack others. Let others have their say, just as you may. 

All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in a listserv message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

AER has the right to reproduce postings to this listserv.

AER does not actively monitor the listserv for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake edit orial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to AER's attention, AER will take all appropriate action.

Since only 30% of the membership use the listservs, formal job postings are better served through the Job Exchange; however, informal references to job openings may be noted by individuals-for example, “There’s an opening for a teacher of the visually impaired in the greater Detroit, MI area. Contact me offline for more information.”

Listserv Etiquette

Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location, and e-mail address.

State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line and warn recipients of a ‘long post’. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.

Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting.

Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using your e-mail application's forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting in the e-mail address of the individual to whom you want to respond.

Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list, through the Listserv. Instead, use the Web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings.

The Legal Stuff

These listservs are provided as a service of AER. AER is not responsible for the opinions and information posted by others on AER listservs. AER disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this listserv, whether posted by AER or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall AER be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this listserv.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants AER the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, AER reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines after repeated instances (except for vulgar and defamatory posts which will be handled on first report).

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