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DC-CI Mailing List Guidelines

by Ken Manheimer last modified May 19, 2017 07:31 PM
The DC jam depends on our mailing list for logistical coordination and connection - connection for a purpose.

We depend on our mailing list for jam coordination and logistics. It also serves as one of the main ways that we connect, as a group, outside the jam. In order for everyone to be reachable for crucial logistics postings, however, we need to be sparing in use for other purposes, so it's not a pain for anyone to stay subscribed. To try to clarify what does and doesn't belong, here are some basic principles and guidelines. Please contact the list maintainer with questions, suggestions, and other feedback.

(To learn about the list and how to subscribe, see here.)

Purpose:

  1. Central conduit for the DC Sunday CI jam coordination, logistics, and connection.

Principles:

  1. For DC-CI jammers and DC-CI jamming.
  2. Postings are relevant and succinct, so jammers are happy to stay subscribed.

Guidelines:

  • Use the list for postings of interest specifically to people who attend the DC contact improvisation jam. Eg:
    1. Jam coordination and logistics.
      • Schedule and venue changes
      • Questions, comments, suggestions concerning or pertinent to our jam.
        • Extended discussions should be spun off the list to concerned individuals, with conclusions of general interest posted back when they're reached.
      • Seeking or found stuff left at the jam
      • ...
    2. Contact improvisation topics of local interest.
      1. Notable related dance practices, festivals and retreats, and such.
    3. Significant personal occasions concerning individual jammers. Eg:
        • Crucial life change events - health, moving away or to the area
        • Rooms for rent or being sought
  • All postings are directed personally to the list.
    • Do not treat list subscribers as mass-marketing targets.
    • When forwarding broadcasted announcements about relevant events, include a note personally tailored for the list.
  • Avoid posting repeatedly about frequently occurring, repeating non-DC-jam events.
    • Subscribers enrolled for information about the jam. Do not misuse by treating them as subscribers to your own events.
    • You can post on rare occasions for your events, if the event would be of interest specifically to local contact improvisors.
  • Do not use addresses on jam postings to subscribe them to your separate lists without permission from the individuals.
    • Instead, invite them to subscribe. The choice to participate must be theirs (like in a dance).
    • As with non-DC-jam events, you can occasionally post about your mailing list, if it would be of specific interest to jammers.
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