It’s about that time of year to resend the informal operational "rules" that may be new to some, a reminder to others.
Also, I wanted to remind everyone that you can adjust your membership, email frequencies, review past posts etc. at lists.microbiologynetwork.com. It will require you to create a password.
A Note on PMFList “Netiquette”
Just a reminder that all messages on the PMFList have always been moderated on a subjective "Value Scale" as well as a subjective "Civility Scale".
Value Scale - If it is decided that the message is of little or no value, it will not be approved for dissemination. This type of message might be:
- A dogmatic parroting of what the author believes is "CGMP” without any supporting documentation or explanation. This is likely to occur with a single sentence response stating "absolute requirements of GMP"
- A one-word answer to a request for information
- Phone-text or a large amount of misspelling (if the writer does not believe the message is of sufficient value to compose with care, we are
willing to go along with his opinion). A large proportion of the subscribers have English as a second language and this is certainly taken into account.
- Blatantly commercial - this one is tougher, but we try to prevent blatantly commercial notices from dissemination. I know that we all can find examples of where the moderator let something through that we don't believe should have gone through, my apologies.
- Thank you” response – many like to post a “thank you” to individuals who have responded to their questions, but these “thank-you” posts can unnecessarily fill up inboxes. We ask you to refrain from posting a “thank-you” to the entire group.
Civility Scale - We know it when we see it. Uncivil discourse is the province of politics, we are better than this. Keep the discussion to ideas, not personalities.
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