Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 05:45:56 -0500 From: Larry Moss <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Monthly Posting: Rules for Posting Rules for posting to the balloon list - as of 2 Dec 1999 This document is sent to all subscribers of the balloon mailing lists (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) upon subscribing. Since only subscribers (and select others that have made special arrangements) are able to post to these lists, it is not possible to post without first receiving this document. By posting to any of these lists, you are indicating that you have read and agree with these terms. 1. Postings are to contain only information related to balloons and the balloon industry. Specifically, they should be sent to the appropriate balloon list. Balloon@balloonhq.com is for balloon entertainers. Balloondeco@balloonhq.com is for balloon decorators. To discourage spams, posters of non-balloon related commercial postings will be assessed a charge of $5 per recipient of the message, in addition to being removed from the list. 2. Posting of anything in violation of any existing copyright is prohibited. The list maintainer will not be responsible for any content contained in a posting. The poster of an article will take all legal and financial responsibility for information they distribute. Therefore, it is suggested that the poster of an article for which he/she is not the author, obtain permission from the author or copyright holder prior to posting. 3. Only human-readable text is permissable in a posting. That means no graphics, sound, or executable content are to be distributed through the use of these mailing lists. Other means exist for sharing material of that sort. Contact the list maintainer with questions regarding this. 4. By posting an article, you grant permission to make that article available in an archive with all other postings for later retrieval. That article may be reproduced in its entirety in any electronic copies of that archive (i.e. CD-ROM compilations). You grant the editors of Balloon HQ the right to use your article or pieces of your article in other areas of Balloon HQ for educational purposes. In exchange for the use of your article, you will be listed as a contributor to Balloon HQ. In addition, you are granting others the right to use the information, though not necessarily the words, contained in that article. The article may be quoted in some contexts, subject to ``fair use,'' as defined by the U.S. copyright office. 5. Don't post advertisements for products that you sell. It is acceptable to include one line in your .sig file indicating that you are a vendor. It's OK to respond to a request for information about your products, but if they are available from other sources you should list these as well. (You will not lose business doing this if your prices are the same - people on the net prefer to buy from other people on the net.) If you have a balloon-related product that is genuinely new and unique, then it is OK and even encouraged to post a single announcement. If you are unsure if something is appropriate to post, ask me (firstname.lastname@example.org). 6. Anyone may join Balloon HQ, however these mailing lists serve as an open forum for the balloon industry. Therefore you may not discuss prices charged to clients of your balloon business. You may openly discuss pricing strategies and costs of doing business in different areas, however the actual amounts you charge your customers is a personal thing. By suggesting to others what they should be charging, you may be engaging in price fixing according to US law. Violation of rules Depending on the severity of a violation, offenders may be removed from the list immediately, or sent one warning. In some cases, removal from the list is permanent. At the list maintainers discretion, you may have your posting priveleges revoked for a 4 day cooling off period, rather than being removed completely from the lsit. Any expenses incurred as a result of any of these violations will become the responsibility of the offender, not the list maintainer or the service provider used by the list maintainer. Disagreement with rules If you disagree with any of these rules you may contact me (email@example.com) directly to discuss the issue. Alternatively, you're free to simply not post.