CHAT with your CFF Cat Friends
“WHO SAID THAT?”
The purpose of the CFF Egroup is to promote communication among those individuals who participate in CFF shows, who are interested in discussing CFF-specific issues outside their respective clubs or want to learn more about CFF.
In order to further this aim, a few ground rules have been set to govern message content and list member conduct.
The following are deemed appropriate topics for the CFF List:
CFF Shows and activities.
CFF Show rules, scoring and Breed Standards.
CFF Constitution and By-Laws, registration, elections and ballots.
CFF Board actions, proposals before the Board.
CFF financial and legal issues, Central Office procedures.
CFF Breed issues.
Feline health and welfare as related to CFF.
Rescue programs and Disaster Relief activities.
Other feline-related CFF programs.
General aspects of the CFF judging and Clerking programs.
All aspects of CFF show production including management, facilities,· exhibiting, publicity, equipment, benching, scheduling, entry clerking, and spectators.
All CFF publications including the Yearbook, Rankings, the CFF web site, and CFF Board minutes.
Messages to congratulate on wins at shows or in POP end of year wins.
Funny stories about things that happen on way to shows, or at shows.
Niceties that have been observed at other Association shows, in hopes of adding even more class or excitement to our shows.
The following topics are deemed inappropriate for the CFF list, and may be challenged by the list moderator. Continued deliberate abuse of the list may result in removal of the offender.
Personal messages, except to let us all know of exceptional news items (ie: marriages, births, deaths, emergencies of members or close family members that most of us know).
Advertising of any kind (however, the recommendation of products by list members who are not vendors of the product and publication of addresses where products can be obtained is permitted).
Computer virus warnings to the list are also prohibited as the vast majority of these are hoaxes, and in any case are irrelevant to the topic of the list.
Personal attacks of any kind. List members are expected to conduct themselves as though they were raised by humans with manners, not as if they were raised by wolves. It is always more enlightening to others if you write about what you know, rather than what you speculate about others!
There are some simple rules of list etiquette or “netiquette” with which you should become familiar:
Be brief. Many list members pay for their Internet service by the volume of email they receive. Also, it takes a long time to download large messages and some ISPs charge their customers for the amount of time spent online. Don’t waste your list mates’ money.
Don’t address your message to more than one mailing list. This not only leads to enormous Internet traffic, but also creates confusion and split discussions (not to mention split personalities). If you wish to “move” a discussion to a more appropriate mailing list, it’s only considerate for you to summarize the preceding discussion (summarize does NOT mean to quote pages and pages verbatim!) so that readers new to the discussion have a chance to understand the opinions being presented. Make it clear where you want the discussion to reside.
When replying to a message, include ONLY enough of the original message so the list members will know what you’re responding to. Do NOT include the ENTIRE message. Trim signatures.
Keep your text lines under 80 characters in width. Some email software will not wrap long lines automatically.
When a discussion drifts from a subject relevant to the list, take the discussion to private email.
NEVER post private email to the list without the permission of the original sender.
Anything inappropriate for an audience of several hundred should be sent privately, not to the entire list.
DO NOT send email attachments to the list. Not all Internet mail programs understand attachments, and certainly not everyone is using the same type of computer or word processor.
No mime messages as they clog up many a machine.
HOW TO JOIN THE CFF LIST: