Group guidelinesThis page is the charter for the Pacific Food Systems Group moderated by Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network. It indicates who can join the group, the types of messages that are acceptable, and group netiquette.
MembershipMembership in this group is restricted - users need to apply to join the group. Because the group focuses on the Pacific Islands, we only accept members that are located in or work with the Pacific Islands region.
MessagesAcceptable messages and questions include but are not limited to:
- Agribusiness’ and value chain development, good agricultural practices
- Finance, ICT, nutrition, policy, insurance issues related to agriculture
- Funding and capacity building opportunities, market access, transport
Group “netiquette”The following are suggestions on what we think will contribute to active and enriching group discussions:
- Use common sense when posting. Be aware that you always have two options: responding through the list or to a member personally. Post to the list only messages that are relevant for the whole group.
- Keep posts to the list brief. If your post doesn't add value, don't send it. (Example: Don't send a "thanks" message through the list. Send something like that directly to the person you're thanking.)
- Be courteous to other list members. If you disagree with them, fine, just don't resort to personal insults.
- Consult the list archives before posting a question. This is also a good way to become familiar with a list's acceptable topics, etc.
- Respect other people's opinions. If you disagree, do it politely.
- Spell check and reread your messages before posting.
- Do not blatantly promote yourself or otherwise spam the list.
- Do not forward copyrighted material to the list unless you have permission to do so.
- Give proper credit, if you do use information not your own.
- Be careful how you express yourself, especially if you feel heated about the subject. Email lacks the other cues and clues that convey the sense in which what you say is to be taken, and you can easily convey the wrong impression. If you meant something in jest, use a 'smiley' [ :-) ] to convey that.
- Make sure that the 'subject' field of your email message is meaningful. Where someone receives many messages, it can be very confusing and frustrating not to be able to judge the subject matter correctly from its subject field. When you use the 'reply' option, ensure that the subject field (usually filled in for you under those circumstances) still accurately reflects the content of your message.
- Try to restrict yourself to one subject per message, sending multiple messages if you have multiple subjects. This helps recipients to use the 'subject' field to manage the messages they have received.