WOW Listserve Code of Conduct

By subscribing to this listserve, you agree to follow this Code of Conduct. WOW reserves the right to exercise discretion when determining violations and suspend or revoke listserve membership for anyone who violates the Code.

WOW reserves the right to modify the Code of Conduct at any time. Please send questions to wowhelp@worldofwashington.com

General

World of Washington - or WOW - aims to enhance the quality of residential life in and around the neighborhoods of Washington, Georgia. WOW is for all who live here.

WOW will improve our community by allowing neighbors to communicate and share news more easily.

Any views or opinions expressed in e-mails (and attachments) posted to the listserve are solely those of the author and do not represent those of WOW or any of it’s members.

This is an un-moderated listserve. Listserve contributions that are posted correctly are sent immediately to members without having to go through an approval step.

The only administration done is to manage subscriptions and monitor communications for violations of the Code of Conduct.

If changing your subscription address, changing to digest, or other issues are beyond your ability, just let us know. We can do some of those things from our end. If you have any questions or problems, just let us know!

Messages (including all attachments) can be a maximum of 10 MB in size.

Eligibility

WOW maintains this listserve for the benefit of people living in the Washington, Georgia area, including residents, property owners, and our business community.

Upon requesting a subscription, you may be asked to tell about your association with Washington. If you have an alternate connection to Washington that you feel makes you a good member for the listserv — former resident, someone who works here each day or others, please explain this, and WOW can solve it.

Post Reasonably and Responsibly

Use the listserve to engage in respectful and courteous information-sharing and discussion. When posting about potentially controversial topics, please communicate in a way that is informative and constructive.

Haven’t we seen enough divisiveness and in-fighting in our City the past few years? let’s change that! Your posts should make a positive contribution to our community and all who live in Washington.

Be Kind and Respectful

Kindness and respect are required!

Behaviors that are not kind or respectful, will not be tolerated. This include among others:

Provocation

Trolling,

Personal Attacks,

Ranting,

Name-Calling,

Bullying,

Sarcasm,

Harsh or Uncivil Language,

Profanity, or

Inappropriate Attachments.

No defamatory postings about persons or businesses are allowed.

Degrading comments, especially about race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, or identity will not be tolerated.

Use Your True Identity - No Aliases

Use your real name (the name you use when introducing yourself) when subscribing and posting to the listserve.

Use Clear Subject Lines

Use descriptive headings in the subject line of your posts so all can understand topic before opening your email. If you change a topic in a thread, do not continue to forward or reply without changing the Subject Line heading

Respect Privacy

Do not post anyone’s home address, phone number, photo, or forward someone’s private or personal correspondence without their written permission.

Number for lawn service, carpenters, electricians, plumber, house cleaners, care providers and others who would serve our community can be posted and shared as long as the contractor agrees.

Commercial Postings

Local business owners may share occasional information about special events of interest or emergency services. Occasional postings about personal services (babysitting, dog walking, etc.) are welcome.

Fundraising posts for local causes (i.e. school fundraisers, local pet shelters, local arts organizations, charity walks/runs, local disaster relief, kids’ bake sales, lemonade stands, or similar youth efforts) are allowed.

Requesting money for one’s own personal expenses or business needs is not allowed. If you are unsure about a commercial post you want to make, please contact the WOW at wowhelp@worldofwashington.com for guidance/permission..

Items for Sale

Subscribers should post an item for sale on the listserve only once and may follow up with a post when that item has sold or if the price is reduced.

If you have multiple items for sale, please include them all in a single email as a courtesy to listserv members.

Political Discussions

Healthy debates are natural, but kindness and civility are required.

Announcements and discussions about local political issues are allowed.

Discussions about national politics are not allowed. We rely on every member to use their good judgment and restraint to keep listserve conversations respectful and constructive.

Respond only to the specific opinions that have been offered instead of responding to or referencing the specific people who offered those opinions.

Always follow the “Be Kind and Respectful” section of this Code of Conduct.

Political Campaigning

Political candidates may introduce themselves once. Posting about voter registration drives, candidate forums, yard sign pick-up locations, and rallies is allowed.

Posting about political fundraising events is allowed, but announcements may not include donation requests. You may not tell your neighbors how to vote on any specific issue or candidate.

Do Not Police the Listserve

Do not make public posts about perceived listserve violations. WOW will monitor listserve traffic and address violations privately.

If a subscriber sees a potential violation and is concerned the administrators have not seen it, they may simply forward the e-mail, ideally without commentary, to wowhelp@worldofwashington.com for review.

Violations

WOW reserves the right to use discretion when determining violations and suspend or revoke listserve membership for anyone who violates the Code of Conduct. WOW also reserves the right to modify the Code of Conduct at any time, without prior notice.