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​What is a listserve?

A listserve is an electronic forum in which members may engage in discussion, ask questions and share feedback and resources to benefit from peers' experience in similar professional positions. The following guidelines and etiquette have been established to provide participants the best user experience.

Guidelines

  • Be respectful of the opinions and rights of others and treat them with courtesy.
  • Be mindful of what you say and how you say it. Keep your tone positive.
  • Be cautious with the use of humor or sarcasm.
  • Use of defamatory, abusive, hostile, profane, offensive, threatening or illegal materials are prohibited.
  • While informational posts about products and services that address specific needs are acceptable when solicited by a participant,
          -      Use caution when discussing people, products, or services. Posts are public            
                  information and subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
          -      Refrain from posting commercial messages and endorsements of products or 
                  services.
  • Understand that communications for governmental purposes are subject to the SC Freedom of Information Act. There is no expectation of privacy for or limitations on access to any comments or materials posted.
  • Remember posts contain user-generated content. Advice or information posted is the personal opinion of the contributor and should not be considered legal advice or relied upon without independent verification. 

Etiquette

  • Remember to set up your signature tag and include your name and municipality.
  • Use a clear and concise topic description in the subject line to identify the issue and assist with archive searches.
  • Reply to posts only when the information offered will benefit all participants.
  • Refrain from the following types of message replies
          -     “thank you for the information”
          -     “congratulations or best wishes” and
          -     “me too.”
  • Refrain from personal comments directed to any individual participant, messages that add no value or messages that are only an acknowledgment of receiving the original post.
  • Do not post job openings or solicit applicants. Instead, use the Association’s Jobs Opening webpage.
  • Do not post messages for listserve administrative issues. Instead, visit the Member Home page to change your email address through My Profile. Contact your moderator to discontinue participation or for other administrative questions.

Legal Considerations

This site is provided as a service for the members of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  The Association is not responsible for the opinions of, or information posted on this site by, others. The Association disclaims all warranties concerning information posted on this site, whether posted by the Association or by any third party. This disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the Association be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or for any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use of any information posted on this site.

No posting to or information shared on this site is intended to constitute legal advice; instead, this site is offered for general informational purposes only. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this site without consulting your own attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. Access to or use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and any other user, the Association, or any member of the Association’s staff.

Do 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 concerning such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants the Association and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

The Municipal Association of SC 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 attention of the Association, we will take all appropriate action.

Postings to and information shared on this site may be subject to disclosure under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act or other open records laws. In addition, other users may republish or distribute content you share on this site. You should not assume that your activity on this site is subject to an expectation of privacy or other confidentiality protections. The Association is not responsible for, and shall have no liability with respect to, subsequent publication or distribution of content shared on this site.

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