List manager message incl suggested new list rule

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Subject: List manager message incl suggested new list rule
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:17:27 +0000
As a serial but sporadic poster of images I am happy to support the additional rule.

On 10/01/2016 6:52 PM, David McDonald wrote:
Greetings. From time to time I post to the list the set of rules or protocols under which the list operates, as a reminder. Please see below.

All seems to be going well with the list, many thanks to everyone for your courtesy towards other subscribers, and for the mutual support provided via the list.

Reflecting the fact that much of the list's content is photographs, and that many have long-term value and copyright in them is owned by the photographer, it has been suggested that we add another list rule (perhaps confirming a customary practice may be a better way of putting it): all photographs posted to the list should include a clear statement as to the date and place that they were taken, and the name of the photographer.

What do you think about this suggested addition to the list rules?

Best wishes for good birding in 2016.

David McDonald
CanberraBirds list manager

CanberraBirds, COG’s email-based announcement and discussion list

The Canberra Ornithologists Groups email-based announcement and discussion list, CanberraBirds, has been operating successfully since 1999. It has around 315 subscribers and distributes about 10 emails per day, on average.

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List rules

The list has a few simple rules that guide its operation. These stress the overarching importance of subscribers treating other list participants with respect and avoiding inappropriate language and behaviour so that participation remains enjoyable for everyone. It is important that new subscribers, and people new to birding, are made to feel welcome.

Messages sent to the CanberraBirds email list SHOULD NOT

·         Be of a purely commercial nature.

·         Contain defamatory, offensive, hurtful or inappropriate language.

·         Contain personal attacks—discuss the message, do not attack the messenger.

·         Contain any photographs of identifiable individuals unless they have given their explicit permission for their images to be sent to the list.

·         Include one-to-one private email conversations, unless all authors of those conversations have given their explicit permission for their emails to be distributed via the list.

·         Exceed 200 kB in size (this is a courtesy to people accessing the list via mobile devices using plans that have limited and often expensive downloads).

·         Stray too far from our main topics: the wild birds of the Canberra/ACT region, their habitat & conservation.

Subscribers who fail to comply with these rules will be suspended from the list for a period or permanently, as determined by COG’s Executive.

All emails distributed via the list are archived at . It is a condition of list membership that you agree to your contributions being archived.

COG’s Committee reminds subscribers that COG (as the list owner), as well as the authors of any defamatory messages distributed by the list, could both be found liable in any legal action for defamation.

Capturing bird observation records

Please note that reports of bird sightings sent to the CanberraBirds list are not captured in any birding records databases. If you have a record that should be depositied in COG’s database, and thereby included in COG’s Annual Bird Report, the national birding database Birdata and the Atlas of Living Australia, please fill in one of the record forms found at COG’s website , submit it via Eremaea eBird or via Birdlife Australia’s Birdata .

Subscribing and unsubscribing are easy:

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David McDonald
Canberra Ornithologists Group email lists manager
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