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Members of the Western Region stay in touch and stay informed via the Western Region discussion list on Yahoo Groups. For more information on the NSSwest group, see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NSSwest.

Below is the message you will receive when you join the NSS West Discussion Group on Yahoo. This text outlines guidelines for using the list. Use them in good health.


The NSSwest discussion group is designed to facilitate communications between our member-grottos and caver representatives. We encourage discussions related to the mission and spirit of the Western Region of the National Speleological Society. Any discussions posted to this group must be current and relevant.

You may wish to save this message for future reference.

NSSwest Usage Guidelines:

The following guidelines have been established to allow for effective exchange of information in a responsible way by all group members. These guidelines will be strictly enforced by the moderator in order to keep this group an effective open forum. Messages which do not meet these guidelines may be rejected. Repeated violations can lead to temporary or permanent removal from this group regardless of your membership status in the Western Region or the NSS.

1. All correspondence must relate specifically to the mission and spirit of the Western Region of the National Speleological Society.

2. All messages must clearly indicate the name and address of the sender.

3. Messages which could harm the Western Region or hinder achievement of its goals will be rejected.

4. Any confrontational comments showing a lack of respect will not be tolerated. Unacceptable comments include foul or inflammatory language, innuendoe, rumors, personal attacks, and provocation.

5. Overuse of the privilege, flooding of email messages, forwarding of bulk email or large attachments, or any other form of spamming are unacceptable and grounds for immediate removal from the list.

6. Marketing of products or services is not allowed unless prior approval has been granted by the region's executive board.

7. Deliberate acts associated with denying, interfering with or disrupting service of anyone's e-mail service or that of any other organization or agency are unacceptable.

8. The executive board reserves the right to deny or revoke group membership to individuals that are not members in good standing with the Western Region of the National Speleological Society.

9. Any unlawful activity is forbidden.

This group may, at any time, operate as completely open or completely moderated. While open, any group member may post any message to the list by sending it to NSSwest@YahooGroups.com. While moderated, any group member may post any message, but it will not be sent to the list until approved by a group moderator.

Messages which violate any of the above guidelines may be rejected, and the sender contacted and asked to adhere to the policy; an appeal is allowed. If a user persists in violating the policy, they will be removed from the group.

The NSSwest discussion group exists at will of the executive board of the Western Region of the NSS. Management and moderation of the group will be directed by the board. Participation in this group is not a right of membership. As a supplemental benefit to membership, moderation and management of this service is not subject to the constitution and bylaws of the Western Region of the NSS.

This policy may be updated from time to time without prior notice. Each updated version will be posted to the group files section, and messages subsequent to the version change will be subject to the updated policy.

Thank you for your participation and cooperation.

------ Appeals Procedure ------

When a message is rejected by the moderator(s) due to violation of the rules above, the following occur:

1. Moderator notifies the user of the unacceptable message, and lists the rule(s) violated. A copy of this notification and the offending message are also sent to the Western Region's executive board and the recognized liaison(s) of the user's grotto(s).

2. If the user disagrees, they are allowed to appeal the rejection. The appeal petition should be sent to the moderator, who will forward it to the executive board and the respective grotto liaison(s).

3. The board will then render a decision regarding the suitability of the message. The decision shall be final. Notification will be sent to the moderator, user and grotto liaison, and the board may optionally give a detailed explanation. If the board judges it acceptable, the message will be posted to the list.

4. Repeated appeals by the same user may be grounds for permanent removal from the group.

To learn more about the NSSwest group, please visit; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NSSwest

To start sending messages to members of this group, simply send email to; NSSwest@yahoogroups.com

If you do not wish to subscribe to NSSwest, you may unsubscribe at any time by sending an email to; NSSwest-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com This action will not affect your membership status in the region.

The URL for this page is <http://www.caves.org/region/western/dlist.html>.
If you have any questions, comments, or corrections about this document, please contact: mproffit at nyx period net
Last update: 28 November 2004