[s-cars] Refresher... list guidelines

Darin Nederhoff editor at s-cars.org
Tue Nov 18 13:23:16 EST 2003

Just FYI...   ;-)

Private User List Guidelines:

We welcome all Audi owners and enthusiast to join in the discussion on the mailing lists but we do ask for your cooperation with the following guidelines.

Be kind to others. Mutual respect for other Audi enthusiasts goes a long way to keep the peace on the list.
When debates get started on the list don't resort to personal attacks or adolescent name calling. Act your age, not your shoe size.  Watch your language. The lists are deemed 'family friendly' and we strive to keep it that way.
No spam... please! Please do not join our lists in order to sell your car or other S-Car parts. If you join a list and immediately send out a classified ad post for your car you may be banned from the list. S-CARS.ORG operates a dedicated classified division for this very purpose. The listing fees for our classifieds fund this site. At the present time it costs over $100 per month to keep the S-CARS site online.
You are solely responsible for your words. In other words, if you say something that lands you in legal trouble with a vendor, you are on your own. We don't moderate the mailing list traffic 24-7, so if you say something stupid we can't always throw you a life preserver. The old line, think before you speak (or type) works well here.
Do not send attachments to the list. (They will be rejected.)
Try not to beat an already dead horse. In other words, if a certain 'thread' has been going on and on for quite some time without any real progress perhaps it is time to move on.  If you still wish to debate the topic, do so in private e-mail correspondence rather than on the list.
FINALLY, trim your posts.  There is no need to requote entire messages when replying to a topic.

Commercial User List Guidelines:

We welcome all Audi related vendors to join in the discussion on the mailing lists but we do ask for your cooperation with the following guidelines.

No advertising!  The lists are not your very own marketing tool. If you send out promotional messages to the list regarding sales or otherwise promote your business you will be banned. We do allow  (and encourage) the use of a SIG file by commercial parties on the list. This allows our members to identify you as a commercial entity.  If you don't know what a 'SIG' is, it is merely a line at the bottom of your emails that gives your contact information.  We suggest: XYZ Business / 1212 Anystreet / City, State / email / phone. Do NOT put promotional lines in your SIG.
The best form of marketing is to be helpful. If you share your expertise with the members of a list and don't cram marketing speak down their throats they just might respect you and want to buy your products or services.  If you wish to support or advertise on the S-CARS web site please send us an email at adsales at s-cars.org
If you see someone posting unfavorable messages about your business, relax.  We encourage you to do whatever possible to work out your differences in a favorable manner for both parties.  You most certainly will not do yourself any favors by threatening lawsuits against list members. Dealing with any disputes in a mature and professional manner may even earn you bonus points on the various lists. Asking us to remove all posts that don't give glowing reviews of your business will be treated with about as much enthusiasm as a Ferrari model debut in an Amish colony. In other words, most people know that you cannot please all of the people all of the time. Any negative comments should actually be of interest to you so you can avoid similar problems in the future.  In the event that a post is WAY out of line we may pull it from the archives upon review. Contact support at s-cars.org if you have any concerns.

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