Netiquette Guidelines: iaedp NY Chapter Listserv Policy

Netiquette Guidelines: iaedp NY Chapter Member Only Listserv Policy


The purpose of this policy is to outline the guidelines for proper use of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp) NY Chapter member only listserv.

Mission of the Listserv:

iaedp NY has one principal member only listserv outlet.

1. The members-only listserv is open to all current members of the iaedp NY Chapter only and are focused on discussions relevant to iaedp.  All members of iaedp NY are added to the iaedp NY member only listserv if requested via  the membership chair. If a member does not wish to participate in the General listserv, her or she may unsubscribe from the listserv. All iaedp NY members are encouraged to use the listserv to conduct business and further the mission of the iaedp.

The listserv serves very different audiences and functions.

Our members-only listserv serves as a forum to: request information regarding referrals around the world, share important news regarding eating disorders, and in general, exchange information relevant to eating disorder treatment, research, prevention, and advocacy among members. In order to facilitate efficient and effective communication among members, lengthy discussions are not encouraged on this listserv, and members interested in in-depth discussions are encouraged to continue such discussions in a private forum (e.g., via personal email communication).

Universal rules for listserv content:

Listserv posts should be concise in nature (e.g. 250 words or less) in order for interested readers to be able to read and respond to posts. All posts to the listserv are the sole responsibility of the sender and do not reflect the opinion of iaedp NY. Posts to the listserv are not prescreened.  However, the iaedp NY listserv is monitored to ensure adherence to iaedp NY policy. It is up to iaedp NY members to use best practice and professionalism when posting to the listserv. The following are not permitted and will be considered misuse of the listserv:

1.  Promotion/advertisement for treatment centers or treatment providers;

2.  Attachments of any type or size;

3.  Profanity, personal attacks or inflammatory remarks;

4.  Personal communications;

5.  Posting of identifiable patient information;

6.  Content including political, religious and commercial material (an exception can be made for political content that directly affects association interests, e.g. bills before Congress);

7.  Information about specific charges or fees for services;

8. Job postings including post-doctoral positions.

The following types of posts need prior approval by the iaedp NY to be posted on the listserv:

1. Solicitations for conferences

2. Solicitations for donations

3. Research studies

Responses to requests for referrals should be sent via back channel (privately).

Posts are subject to review by the iaedp NY Board. Posts that are in disregard of the listserv policy will be removed from the site as soon as iaedp NY becomes aware of the material, and violators will be notified with a warning. Members who violate these rules will receive up to three warnings from the iaedp NY and will be automatically suspended from the listserv for a period of 6 months after three violations. The chapter, iaedp NY reserves the right to permanently remove members from the listserv, and reinstatement will be reviewed by the iaedp NY.

To promote a healthy environment, iaedp NY reserves the right to promptly respond to extreme infractions to the listserv and remove members from the listserv. Further, iaedp NY may override this policy in certain situations.

Confidentiality of iaedp NY Listserv Material:

The iaedp NY listserv is confidential. It is in violation of iaedp NY policy to forward any posts to any medium outside of the listserv from which it originated (e.g., personal or professional blogs, social networking websites) without the approval of the iaedp NY. Iaedp NY acknowledges that educational information gleaned from the listserv discussions may be used by its members in further communication with colleagues and/or patients. This should be conducted in the spirit of the listserv’s mission: “the exchange of information relevant to eating disorder treatment, research, prevention, and advocacy among members.”

It is not permissible to send derogatory or offensive messages to a listserv member privately in response to a post on the listserv.