The Marine Technical Email Forum
DO'S1. Sign every email with your name. We all want to know who you are without looking your email address up on the list. It is a good idea to set up a "Signature" in your Email software that automatically puts your name (and anything else you want) at the end of every Email message.
2. Do the survey first and then ask questions. If possible, try to avoid the generalized "head's up" type question such as "I am going to survey a 40' whatever, is there anything I should be on the lookout for?".
6. Respect individuals, and the group as a whole.
7. Humour is sometimes hard to detect in the written form. If it is tongue-in-cheek, say so in no uncertain terms. :-) sideways smiley faces indicate humor. There are also other ways.
DON'T'S1. DO NOT send spam, chain letters, jokes, etc. If you want to be on a joke list, contact Peggy Feakes at email@example.com. She has a joke list (a good one!).
2. File attachments are not allowed and are automatically deleted if sent. This completely eliminates any possibility of a virus being spread through the forum. If you have a photograph, or file that you want to share, you can ask that those interested request that you send it to them directly (outside of the list), or post it somewhere and send the URL to everyone. If you do not have anywhere to post it, contact the Listmaster and he will post the file or photo temporarily at Marinesurveyor.com.
3. DO NOT engage in flame wars, disrespectful slaps at others, derogatory statements about another member, etc. Keep your words soft and sweet, you never know from day to day which ones you will have to eat!
4. Commercial advertising on this forum is not allowed. If you perform a service that someone is looking for, and has requested help, respond directly to them only.
5. Engaging in Flame Wars on the list, or continued postings with disrespect for the list or individual members will be adequate reason to bar you from the list. If you really must voice angry or disrespectful opinions, do it only to the individual. The rest of us do not want to hear it!
6. Any subject matter that pertains to any aspect of the various marine industries is acceptable. I know that some have voiced opposition to political discussions regarding various marine groups such as SAMS, NAMS, IIMS, YBDSA and others but, it does pertain to membership in a marine surveying organization. We consider this to be acceptable discussion, and a proper venue, as long as it is done in a professional atmosphere, and with respect to others. Please, no mud slinging! Keep political discussion on a positive note.
7. Posting notice of upcoming meetings, seminars, or opportunities for educational advancement as a marine surveyor, etc. are acceptable subject matter. Information of this type is not considered commercial advertising.
8. If you are the type of person who gets home after a hard days work and likes to have a few after dinner, and you get the urge to write an enthusiastic posting in response to what you read in the forum, by all means do it. But don't send it until the next morning when you have a chance to review what you have written in the cold sober light of dawn.
That's it folks, enjoy the interaction.
If you have a concern about additional rules that you feel would be of benefit to all members, please send me a direct email. My wish is to keep it as simple as possible.
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