The Incomplete & Fuzzy Norms (or Values) of the infp-list,
Or an Approximate Explanation of the Practices of this mailing-list.
Part 2: (List posting and privacy concerns).
Posting Guidelines and Purpose for the infp-list
The infp mailing list is a place to share ideas and discuss concerns
relating to the infp type. Like any group, we're not perfect, and
misunderstandings can arise. Because of this, we have some guidelines
for posting to the list:
- Flaming others on the list is not considered acceptable. The first
time someone flames another person they will be warned. If the person
continues to flame on the list, they will be taken off of the list.
- Many people have expressed concerns about the volume of mail on the
list. Because of this, we ask you to send one line or me, too responses
through e-mail to the individual instead of the list. If you have
something to add to the thread, it's perfectly ok to say "me, too"
if you add something else (a little story, an anecdote, or simply
- Also, we ask that threads not related to discussing aspects of
being an infp be prefaced with "TAN:" in the subject line, and
that if the thread becomes large enough it be taken to private
e-mail, or if it's popular enough, I would be willing to create
a temporary mailing list for people to discuss the topic.
- I'd like to include some questions Bruce Newman
came up for when you're thinking about posting to the list:
Is this relevant to the group?
Is it worth sharing with others?
Can it be helpful to someone?
- Basically, all of our suggestions could fit under the
title "All I really needed to know about being a member
of infp-list I learned before I knew about the
internet." like the book of a similar name. If we
take turns, don't allow namecalling, and remember to take
breaks for cookies, there will be a lot less disagreements.
- Finally, I'd like to say that I encourage everyone to
participate in the list. We don't want this list to appear
if it has an "in" group. That's too much like the world many
of us live in day to day...
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The issue of privacy is important to the list. I'm including
Elizabeth's Buie's summary of e-mail privacy concerns, which
was agreed to when the issue came up (I asked her permission,
I think we need to make an agreement on email privacy. When someone
asks a question and offers to summarize the results, it should (I
believe) be made clear whether the responses will be published or
not. I suggest the following policy (as used in another mailing
list to which I belong):
If requestor does not ask responders to indicate whether responses
can be published, responses are private and only summary data may
be published, even to the list.
If requestor does ask responders to indicate whether responses can
be published, responders have the responsibility to say whether or
not their answers and/or names can be included in the list of
Responses can be shared only with the list, unless requestor
specifically asks and responders grant permission.
Concerning the developing infp-list profile. If I ask you
permission to include something in the infp-list profile , there is
a chance the document will go outside of the list. If
this makes you uncomfortable, feel free to say you don't want
the material included in the profile.
Comments and Questions
If you ever have any questions or comments about the list,
or feel uncomfortable about something, feel free to write
to me, people on the list advisorary committee, or anyone else on the list