Wednesday, December 7, 2022

ANNOUNCE: Usage Guidelines and including images

Paul Prusakowski

Dear List,

Happy 2011! Please everyone look at guideline #1 and please be more
diligent with that. A significant amount of my time is spent just
responding to people who forget to sign their names to ask them to resend.
Please include credentials as well as a bare minimum. City, state, country,
business name add even more credibility to your postings so please identify
yourself appropriately to help elevate the caliber of this community even
more. – thanks- 1/2011

There have been a lot of new subscribers to the list in recent months, so
for their benefit as well as a reminder for everyone else, here is the
posting of the Usage Guidelines for OANDP-L.

I have also included an addendum to the Guidelines that describe how to
incorporate images in your postings for those situations where an image will
enhance the concept that you are discussing or sharing.

The following are the Acceptable Use Guidelines for OANDP-L. You will find
that these guidelines are consistent with the purposes of the forum that
have been established since the beginning, even though they have not all
been enforced at all times. Acceptance of these guidelines is assumed from
anyone who participates in this forum:

1. All postings will be signed with real name, credentials, and
location/affiliation (city, state, country) (business name optional) (No
anonymous postings)

2. Subject lines will be succinct and meaningful

3. Postings will be courteous

4. Postings will be professional

5. Postings will not be inflammatory

6. Commercial postings will not be allowed *

7. Classified ads will not be allowed **

8. Postings must not be self serving

9. Responses to postings will be made directly to the original poster

10. Posters will summarize responses and post to list with respect to
responders wishes to have name included or not in the response.

11. Any posts responding to an original post that are made to the entire
subscriber base must add additional, relevant, and factual information to
the posting that does not inflame, accuse, or contain conspiracy theories
which cannot be substantiated.

12. Promotion of meetings from non-profit or not-for profit state or
national organizations will be limited to a single call for papers and one
additional announcement at some time prior to the meeting.

13. Non-profit and not-for profit organizations will be limited to one
posting per month to promote non-commercial activities which are of benefit
to the profession. In the event of a significant event or call for action
which is of major importance to the profession, exceptions will be made on a
case by case basis.

14. Posting of fees or price fixing will not be allowed.

15. Rants and redundant postings will not be allowed.

In addition to the above guidelines, a classification system will be
required for any non clinical postings. If your posting is not clinically
related, one of the following words must be the first word (in all CAPS) in
your subject line:***

ANNOUNCE – to be used by non-profits and not-for-profits when posting
monthly messages, updates, or calls for papers.

OPINION – to be used when the posting is clearly an opinion about a non
clinical aspect of the profession or industry

US-POLITICS – to be used when the discussion is clearly an issue that is of
no concern to anyone outside of the United States

All postings will be reviewed by the moderator prior to release to the
entire subscriber list of over 4000. If a posting does not include the
prefix in the subject line or is lacking name and credentials, it will be
returned to the poster with request to add the subject line to the message
and repost (the moderator cannot change the content of subject lines or
messages). If a posting does not fit within the acceptable usage guidelines
it will be rejected and a simple response will be sent to the poster stating
that the message does not fall within the guidelines.

In most cases, acceptability is simple to determine. In the event that a
posting is questionable, I will request input from a small group of
respected professionals to help make the determination of whether or not the
posting is acceptable. The goal here is not to censor, but to maintain a
professional and productive forum. We will continue to revisit these
guidelines and make changes as necessary in the future, to ensure that they
are serving the purpose of maintaining a respectable and professional tool
for the O&P field.

The Acceptable Use Guidelines will be posted to OANDP-L regularly, and any
subscriber who does not want to abide by those guidelines is free to
unsubscribe by sending a message to [email protected] with the message
“unsubscribe OANDP-L ” in the body of the message.

Thank you for your continued support and participation. Please be mindful
that your postings in this public forum represent you as a professional, and
in some people’s eyes may be representative of the profession as a whole. I
welcome your thoughts and feedback.

*Commercial postings are defined as any postings that are promoting or
selling a product or service. If it costs money, it’s commercial.

** There are numerous avenues available to place classified ads in print or
online. A free classified service has been available at for over three years, and classified ads can be
placed in publications and websites of the Almanac, The O&P EDGE, JPO, O&P
Business News, etc. Classified ads include help wanted ads as well as
personally owned items that are for sale by a practice.

*** Most mail programs are sophisticated enough to create ‘Rules” for
automatically sorting your mail. This allows you to create mailboxes that
will be dedicated to the various topics of OANDP-L and have the messages
automatically sort as they arrive in your mailbox. You also have the
ability to create rules for postings from individual senders. This allows
you to create your own personal filters to remove postings from the listserv
subscribers of your choice.



If you want to add images to your posting to the listserv, you can do so by
going to the following address and uploading an image. The image size needs
to be less than 1 meg, so resize them before uploading. When you upload an
image it will create a URL for you (a URL is the web address). Cut and
paste the URL into your message. You can create multiple URLs, one for each
image. There is no real limit to the number of images that you can create
and add to your posting.

Each image will be reviewed by the moderator for appropriateness and patient
confidentiality. No images will be allowed that identify a patient in any
way. If there is any doubt, I will not allow the image to be included.
This is serious business.


Paul E. Prusakowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP

Moderator OANDP-L


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