[nabs-l] Nabs-List guidelines (please read)

Arielle Silverman arielle71 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 31 00:19:34 UTC 2014

Hi all,

I am not the list moderator, but was a long time ago, and I don't
think much has changed. So I'll take a stab at answering this. Mary or
Dave, feel free to chime in if anything I say is no longer the case.

Generally if someone violates the list rules, that person will receive
a warning or, if it is several people doing it, there will be a
general reminder from the list moderator to follow the guidelines. If
someone is being very disruptive (e.g. using profanity, making
personal attacks against other list members or posting spam to the
list) that person may be placed on moderated status, which means their
messages will go to David Andrews who must approve them before they
get posted to the list. Moderation is usually temporary and I know
Dave does not like doing it much because it creates a great deal more
work for him.
I think David is the only one who has the authority to ban someone
from the list permanently. I have seen him do it but it is a rare

I think that generally the NABS list is pretty loose with regard to
rules. The main prohibition is against making personal attacks or
posting inflammatory messages. The guidelines about staying on-topic
and avoiding one-line messages are in place so the list doesn't become
so high-traffic that people get annoyed and leave.


On 1/30/14, Matthew Dierckens <matt.dierckens at me.com> wrote:
> I would like to know this as well.
> Thanks. :)
> Matthew Dierckens
> Macintosh Trainer
> Blind Access Training
> www.blindaccesstraining.com
> 1-877-774-7670 ext. 4
> On Jan 30, 2014, at 4:50 PM, sami osborne <ligne14 at verizon.net> wrote:
>> Hi Mary and anybody else who knows,
>> I just want to know, what would happen to people who don't follow the
>> guidlines and have been caught and or reported.  Would they just get a
>> warning, or also get banned or suspended?
>> If they are banned, would it be permanent or only temporary?
>> I doubt that I will be breaking these guidlines but I'm just curious.
>> Finally, Thanks,
>> Sami.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Mary Fernandez <trillian551 at gmail.com
>> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>> Date sent: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:59:59 -0500
>> Subject: [nabs-l] Nabs-List guidelines (please read)
>> All,
>> I hope your week has been going well, and you are ready for the weekend!
>> Below I will paste the NABS List guidelines which everyone should keep
>> in mind when posting to the list.  Please read them, so we can insure
>> everyone has a welcomed, and enjoyable experience.  Never hesitate to
>> contact me, off list, if there is a problem.
>> Thank you.
>> Your list moderator
>> NABS List Guidelines
>> 1.	 This Listserv is a great forum in which we can all express our
>> opinions.  Which in turns, means that we will inevitably disagree.
>> However, when responding to a post, always be respectful.  Everyone is
>> entitled to their opinion, and personal attacks and  degrading
>> comments will not be tolerated.
>> 2.	All posts must be appropriate.  The Listserv is opened to students
>> of all ages, from middle school to post graduate, it is also opened to
>> blindness professionals and other interested parties.  Thus, when
>> posting on the listserv remember to use the appropriate language.
>> Profanity is not appropriate.  Furthermore, the content should be well
>> thought out.
>> 3.	In the last year, many people have taken to posting one liners to
>> the list.  This habit creates unnecessary clutter.  Often, there are
>> several threads going on at once, and one might feel compel to answer
>> to each of those individually.  When this happens, please make sure
>> that your post says more than, "I agree" or "good idea".  When
>> responding to a post, please make sure that there is actual substance
>> to that post, which will further the conversation.  To go along with
>> that, when someone expresses a differing opinion, and you have already
>> voiced your thought, please do not send repeated posts on how you
>> stand by your opinion unless you have more to add to that.  Threads
>> that grow into the 70s and 80s in posts, should not be half made up of
>> "that's what I think, like I said before", and "I stand by what I said
>> earlier".  Rule of thumb is to post in a way to further the
>> conversation.
>> 4.	When you would like to write someone off list, do so.  You do not
>> have to write one liners to every person you'd like to email off list.
>> If you develop a conversation with that person, that's great, if they
>> feel they do not want to respond that is their right too.
>> 5.	Stay on topic.  There are many times when informational emails are
>> sent out to the list for distribution, these often include, but are
>> not limited to: survey, announcements, ads, etc.  If you have a moral
>> objection to said informational emails, and it is relevant to blind
>> students, please start a new thread.  A lot of times people are so
>> overwhelmed by the response to a particular informational email, that
>> they cannot find the original post, and so someone who might benefit
>> from it has difficulty getting at the information.
>> 6.	Finally, if at any point Mr.  Whalen, who is the NABS President, Mr.
>> David Andrews, who is the master for all NFB-net listservs, or myself,
>> say that it is not ok to continue a thread, that thread should stop.
>> Feel free to email us telling us why you think it should continue if
>> you think it should and we will be more than happy to listen.
>> --
>> Mary Fernandez
>> "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will
>> forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them
>> feel."
>> --
>> Maya Angelou
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