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ACR Discussion List Rules

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By joining or using ACR Discussion Groups you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and notices.

As with any community, there are guidelines governing behavior on the Discussion Groups. If you have questions, contact the Discussion Group administrator. The ACR reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership on any or all groups for users who violate these rules.

Rules for usage

  • Do not engage in illegal actions, including but not limited to violating antitrust regulations, libel, or posting copyrighted materials.
  • Do not use these Groups to market or sell services or products, or to post other commercial messages.
  • Be kind. Do not attack others or use defamatory language.
  • Use caution when discussing products.
  • Do not use abusive, profane, threatening, or offensive language. Do not post anything in a Discussion Groups message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • The ACR and other e-mail list participants have the right to reproduce postings to the Discussion Groups.
  • Attachments to postings are allowed, but we don't offer virus protection on attachments. Participants download and open attachments at their own risk.

Disclaimer and legal notices

This list is provided as a service of the American College of Rheumatology. The ACR accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. The ACR disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the ACR or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the ACR be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants the ACR and users of this list the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers or patients.

The ACR does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the ACR's attention, the ACR will take all appropriate action.

The ACR reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Discussion Groups etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location, and e-mail address.
  • State concisely and clearly the specific topic of the comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply, delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting.
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that will benefit everyone.
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals-not to the entire list. Do this by using your e-mail application's forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting in the e-mail address of the individual to whom you want to respond.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as "remove me from the list," through the Discussion Groups. Instead, use the My Profile page on the ACR Web site to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply notify the staff of the change.
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."