Electronic Mailing List
The task of moderators is maintenance of the quality of communication and discussion.
The language of communication is English. Messages written in any other language are not accepted. Since English is not the native language of all ATP-EMTP users, please use simple wording and avoid local idioms and slang.
Discussions may often result in disagreements. Rebuttals to another person's opinions or beliefs should always be made in a rational, logical and mature manner. Subscribers should refrain from abusive or derogatory language.
The author of each submission must be clearly identified. This includes name, organizational affiliation, and geographical location. The message must be supported by an appropriate subject that is entered in the mail header Subj:
Only plain text messages are allowed. Encoded messages, or messages in HTML format, will be rejected by the moderators.
Advertisements and announcements not related to ATP-EMTP should be avoided. Conferences and courses on electromagnetic transients, announcements of job openings either neutral to any simulation program or closely related to ATP-EMTP, may be announced if approved by moderators.
Attachments, especially encoded files, are not allowed. They can be forwarded later to interested persons by private E-mail. Auto-attached advertisements and legal disclaimers included in the message will be removed by moderators. Any attachment including HTML format will be deleted automatically by the system.
Any subscriber who sends a message to the mailing list gives up his right to confidentiality. This is regardless of the message's possible declaration to the contrary.
Requests for books and papers that are available publicly should not be made, in general.
Frequently posted basic questions (e.g., where to find program files and documentation, or simple calls for help), generally will be handled privately by moderators.
Subscribers of the mailing list fulfill the ATP license requirements. Specifically, they are forbidden to disclose to non-licensed persons ATP information that is received from the mail service.
Removal from the list is a possible consequence of violation of any of the preceding operation rules.
In order to ensure valid subscription addresses, and to handle bounces, subscribers are probed at subscription renewal times using an automatically distributed mail template. No response is needed from the subscriber. If the probe bounces, the mail server will inform the subscriber by a second template to take action. The subscription renewal dates within any year are: 15 January and 15 June.
The task of the moderators is to keep the quality of communication and discussion in the mailing list high. In performing this task they should be careful not to give subscribers the impression that they are intolerant censors.
At present, the following persons act as moderators:
The following is a list of criteria for rejection of a submitted message:
Messages asking for the following can be answered by a moderator privately:
To approve, a moderator simply replies to the submitted message with "OK" as the body of the reply. LISTSERV will normally pick up the confirmation request number from the subject line. If there is a problem, LISTSERV may ask you to re-send the approval confirmation along with the number. For instance, OK 6A943D3C. Note that signature must not be included in the body of Email.
Once a message is approved by one of the moderators, any other moderator attempting to approve the same message will be told that the message cannot be found and has probably expired (since the cookie for that message will be gone). So, it is important to inform all other moderators immediately, if one moderator believes a message should be rejected.
If a moderator does not want a message to be approved in its original form, he/she should notify other moderators immediately. Either the moderator informs the author directly (and sends copies to the other moderators), or the message could be forwarded to the list after minor modifications by the moderator. In the second case, the original subject should be preserved and the actual author should be clearly identified. But such editing by moderators is generally discouraged. It generally is preferable to inform the author privately, and have him make the necessary modifications. One obvious exception would be the removal of auto-attachments (e.g., Hotmail advertising or legal disclaimers that automatically are appended to a message).
If no action is taken by moderators, the message will expire automatically at the end of the time-out period (7 days) and will be deleted from the queue.
To review or read old messages, login to the archives: https://www.listserv.dfn.de/sympa/info/atp-emtp-l