NCDD Discussion List & List Ground Rules
- Legislation about Citizen Participation in the U.S. & Other Nations
- Keypad Technology and Experts
- Imagine Chicago and other community visioning initiatives
- Upgrading the Way We Do Politics article and flyer (based in large part on listserv contributions)
- Conservatives and D&D discussion
Ground rules for the NCDD Discussion listWe've found that when subscribers adhere to the following guidelines we're able to keep the list useful for people, without it becoming overbearing. Please read these over before posting or replying to the list. The moderator may choose not to approve messages that break one or more of these ground rules.
- Try not to send more than one message to the list each day, and not more than several each week. This prevents individuals from dominating the list.
- Identify yourself. Include your usual email signature (i.e. your name, organization, email address, where you're from...) when you send a message to the list. This will help us get to know each other a little better and make it easier for people to connect with you.
- Keep your messages relevant to dialogue and deliberation. If it's not immediately apparent that your message is relevant to D&D, explain in your message why you think it is relevant.
- Understand that this list focuses on the practice (process, theory, challenges, innovations, opportunities, etc.) of dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. This is not a place to engage in dialogue and deliberation about public issues (see additional note below on this distinction).
- Direct your message to the subscribers of the list. If you forward an announcement, quote an article, etc., add an introduction to the beginning of your message that explains why you thought NCDDers would be interested, asks for feedback, etc. People should know why you're sending them a message. (Emails with attachments and no explanation of what's in the attachment will not be approved.)
- If your message is directed at an individual and useful primarily to that individual, do not send your message to the entire list. Instead of clicking "reply all," which sends your message to the whole list, just click "reply." (Note: the moderator reserves the right to reject or ask you to reframe posts which seem overly confrontational towards another person on the list, since we are fostering a supportive, respectful community of practice. You can always email that person directly, after all.)
- If you ask the list for advice and get a variety of good responses off-list, take the time to compile the responses and share them with the list. We'd greatly appreciate that!
- This goes without saying, but please stay civil and treat other subscribers with respect. Model good dialogue behavior and refrain from name-calling, making unwarranted assumptions about people, and making sweeping statements about individuals or groups of people without backing them up with facts and data. If you're unclear about why someone said something or thinks/feels a certain way, ask them.
- Refrain from sending regularly published updates/newsletters to the list. If you or your organization send out updates of your work, you can send one of these announcements to the list every once in a while (no more than twice a year) with a note, and include instructions for subscribing. Then those who are interested can keep updated on your work by signing up directly. If you send frequent announcements about trainings, events, publications, etc. to the list, the moderator may ask you to send a general announcement asking people to sign up for your updates directly in this case as well. HTML announcements (obvious mass mailings like e-newsletters) without an introductory note will not be approved for the list.
- Do not use the discussion list to raise funds for your organization or program. You can send periodic messages about trainings and other services that charge a fee, but do not ask list members to donate to your efforts.