ASCRS EyeConnect List Guidelines, Rules and "Netiquette"
Thanks for being part of our eGroup (EyeConnect)
community. To ensure the best possible experience for all eGroup
members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.
By joining and using these EyeConnect
lists, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and
guidelines set for these peer discussion groups. You also agree to
reserve list discussions for topics best suited to the medium. This is a
great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit
from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation.
Questions about ASCRS EyeConnect should be directed to our Member
Services department. Technical questions on association management
issues should directed to our help desk.
take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If
you have questions, contact the member services department. In order to
preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue,
ASCRS reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership on all lists
for members who violate these rules.
challenge or attack others. The discussions on the lists are meant to
stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their
say, just as you may.
- Don't post
commercial messages on any eGroup. Contact people directly with product
and service information if you believe it would help them.
Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the
list(s) is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel,
slander, and antitrust laws.
defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal
materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in an eGroup
message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not
want anyone to know came from you.
- Please note
carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below,
particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to
- Remember that ASCRS and other EyeConnect list participants have the right to reproduce postings to this eGroup.
- Send your message only to the most appropriate list(s). Do not spam several lists with the same message.
All messages must add to the body of knowledge. ASCRS reserves the right to reject any message for any reason.
- Do not post or forward messages from EyeConnect to any other list serve or discussion group.
- Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location.
concisely and clearly the topic of your 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 everyone can benefit from.
messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to
individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to
Sender" link within the email itself.
- Do not send
administrative messages, such as remove me from the list, through the
eGroup. Instead, use the Web interface 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 change your settings. However, you MUST login to
your Member Account on the ASCRS homepage and change your email address
The Legal Stuff
eGroups are provided as a service of ASCRS which is not responsible for
the opinions and information posted on this site by others. ASCRS
disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site,
whether posted by ASCRS or any third party; this disclaimer includes
all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event
shall ASCRS 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.
not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or
illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material
protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. 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 ASCRS and users of this list the nonexclusive right and license
to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such
information or other material.
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.
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 ASCRS’s attention,
ASCRS may take all appropriate action.
PLEASE NOTE THAT INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ASCRS
OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, OR COMMITTEE MEMBERS, WHO POST INFORMATION ON THIS
SITE DO SO IN THEIR PERSONAL CAPACITY UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. THE
STATEMENTS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO POST INFORMATION OR SERVE AS MODERATORS
FOR SPECIFIC DISCUSSIONS ARE CONVEYING THEIR PERSONAL OPINIONS AND
SHOULD NOT BE TREATED OR RELIED UPON AS ESTABLISHING THE STANDARD OF
CARE. PHYSICIANS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SITE MUST MAKE THEIR OWN
DETERMINATIONS ABOUT THE PROPER TREATMENT FOR THEIR PATIENTS.
ASCRS reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.
subscribers may not post announcements about events, organizations,
vendors, and/or services that compete with ASCRS or ASOA. Please
consult with the ASCRS Executive Director about requests to post
information that might fall into one of these categories.
- Refrain from sending jokes, advertisements, well wishes, etc. to the group.
from replies of agreement. Should you choose to agree with someone
without further comment, please reply directly to the sender. There are
many subscribers on these lists, so we ask your consideration in
limiting unnecessary chatter/postings on the list.
individual "thank yous" privately; if you have received the information
needed, it is courteous to send a "halt" message to the list to stop
others from continuing to respond to a request (the person who provides
the answer may also indicate that to the list). Other examples of
messages that should be sent privately are requests for copies of
offered materials, and "me too" messages (as in, "send me a copy of
that, too"), survey responses, and very specific replies to questions
that are not likely to be of general interest.
What Is ASCRS EyeConnect and How Does It Work?
When you receive email posts from EyeConnect, you will automatically be logged in and will not have to log in manually. If you go to the EyeConnect homepage you will have to login to use the system, just as you do to access your personal information on the ASCRS homepage.
You must be a current ASCRS member to use EyeConnect.
When you are asked to login, your login information is the same as your ASCRS Username and Password.
Members who participate in EyeConnect must familiarize themselves with the disclaimers set forth on the EyeConnect homepage. Failure to comply with this warning may result in termination of access to the ASCRS EyeConnect list(s).
ASCRS EyeConnect is an electronic discussion group. Please feel
free to participate. It is only through active use that a "virtual
community" will evolve. EyeConnect is not constantly moderated - you are responsible for what you post. Subscribers to EyeConnect receive new messages via e-mail.
If you find the volume of mail overwhelming, you
can sign up for the daily digest version of the list where you receive
one message a day that contains all comments posted to the list in the
past 24 hours. You lose some of the immediacy of responding but save
space in your mailbox. The new “digest” is nicely formatted and easy to
Important Information & Commands
are strongly encouraged, but keep in mind the topic focus of the lists
and post accordingly. ASCRS offers the following lists:
- Business List
- Cataract/Refractive List
- Comprehensive List
- Cornea List
- Glaucoma List
- Young Physician’s List
How Safe is the List?
using any email services and accessing the Internet, you should have
virus scanning software on your PC and ensure that the virus definitions
are updated. You should use a “firewall” and “spy” protection
with protection in place, your computer may still get a virus from
someone subscribed to the list. To protect against viruses, follow these
- Do not open attachments from people you do not know
- Do not open attachments with the following file extensions: .exe, .vsa, .vba
- You can always respond to an individual who sends you an unexpected attachment to verify that it is safe to open.
Note that with EyeConnect
you do not receive attachments directly but get only links to them.
The actual attachments reside in the new “Resource Library” where you
may download them at your discretion. This feature helps reduce the
threat from attachments not sent by list members.
If You Run Into Difficulties
Consult your IT representative or Internet Service Provider (ISP). A
local contact is usually preferable because each site has a unique
combination of hardware and software, including enterprise-wide and
personal firewalls. Check the Help page on the EyeConnect homepage.
You do NOT have to unsubscribe when going on vacation. Simply go the EyeConnect
homepage and click on “My Subscriptions” and click the “No Mail”
button. When you wish to resume deliver of posts, just click the button
to receive mail in Real Time or Daily Digest mode as you prefer.
you have a document to share with the list participants, you may attach
them to a post. However, the system will prompt you to provide
information about the attachment such as its name and appropriate “tags”
or keywords that help others to search the archives. Attachments are
uploaded directly to the “Resource Library” within the EyeConnect
system and are not sent to subscribers. Only a link is sent, and
subscribers wishing to see the attachment may download it at their
discretion. If you have document that you would like to upload to the
Resource Library and do not wish to do so by using the attachment
feature with EyeConnect, please click the Resource Library tab
and upload the document directly – click the “Add Files” link and step
through the naming and tagging process.
Penalties and Termination
in the sole opinion of the ASCRS Executive Committee or its
designee(s), a member has failed to abide by these guidelines, that
event may result in restriction or removal of a participant's List
privileges, and if repeated, possible loss of membership in the ASCRS
organization. In the event that the List guidelines are violated, the
member who violates these simple and reasonable rules will be barred
from using the List for a period of no less than 90 days for a first
violation, but this does not preclude termination of the ASCRS member
for any serious first time guideline infractions. Upon return of List
privileges, any additional violation of the guidelines may result in a
permanent loss of List privileges and possible termination of ASCRS
member who is terminated from ASCRS membership because of a List
guideline infraction(s) may appeal this determination in writing within
30 days of member notification of ASCRS Termination to the Executive
Committee. The Executive Committee will respond in writing to the
Terminated member within 30 days as to its final decision.