WIC Community List Rules

Posting to Lists

Please do not include any HTML, email “signatures” or images in your posts, as they do not appear in the digest format or in the archives and are stripped off of any emails sent to any of our lists. Posts must be in plain text without added images, coding or attachments. Then create your email in your email app, just as you would any other email message. 

Be sure to check the guidelines below before posting your message, and then send your post to one of the following email addresses (depending upon which lists you are subscribed to and the topic of the post):

WIC Community List: wic-community@womeninconsulting.org
WIC Off-Topic List: wic-off-topic@womeninconsulting.org
WIC Premium Members List: wic-members@womeninconsulting.org
Leaders Network Members List: wic-leaders@lists.womeninconsulting.org
Master Mind Group List: mastermind@lists.womeninconsulting.org

Once you receive the responses from other WIC members, compile all the responses as a reply to your original email post by copying and pasting the information you received into the reply. Then send that reply with all the compiled answers to the list with the subject line of, "COMPILED: [Your Original Subject Line}."

This way, all of the great advice and answers you received will be stored in the archives for other WIC members to access as necessary.

 

Replying to a Post

When replying to a post, be sure to only select "reply" and never "reply-all" in your email app. Then, provide the tip or information you have to share, and send it off to the original poster only.

Do not copy the person to whom you are referring the WIC member!!

The original poster will follow the compilation process above to post all responses to the wic-lists. 

 

“The ad hoc support and response to help outreach I receive is why I value my membership as much as I do. It’s the only forum I know of that I can always count on to provide a helping hand when I need it most.”

Dana Sanderson, Sanderson Studios, Inc

 

What Posts Are Allowed on the WIC Community (or Members) List?

  • Seeking candidates for consulting or job opportunities, whether consulting/contractor 1099 gigs, full-time or part-time W-2 employment (please list the city and state of the opportunity in the subject line)
  • Soliciting referrals for business-related professional services (accountants, lawyers, printers, insurance, etc.)
  • Asking questions about running your practice or managing client relationships
  • Inquiring about standards, protocol or advice on a "sticky" business situation
  • Soliciting specific referrals or contacts within a specific company—not general sales leads
  • Announcing WIC-sponsored or WIC-co-produced partner events

 

What Posts Are Not Allowed on the WIC Community (or WIC Members) List?

  • Reply All—don’t do it—not even to apologize for doing it by mistake!
  • Self-promotion, introductory messages, unsolicited promotions or referrals of individuals available for hire
  • Unsolicited promotion of people, products or services. This includes your own, as well as those of other people or companies with whom you work, and also extends to websites, books, movies, etc. that you feel are helpful. If a poster asks for such a recommendation, then, of course, you may share, but you may not post such a promotion or recommendation unless and until someone asks for it first.
  • Discussing fees and/or what to charge for your own company's products or services
  • Selling anything, soliciting loans, posting of coupons such as "Groupon" or special offers for anything, even if business related
  • Announcing non-WIC events
  • Posting for non-list members: Posting one-time jobs for others is fine, but asking questions and getting compiled responses is a benefit reserved for paid members. Encourage your friend to join us
  • Nanny, handyperson or other household or personal service-related promotional postings
  • Newsletters of any type, other than the WIC-produced newsletter
  • Invitations to update contact information in Plaxo, LinkedIn, Facebook or other similar services
  • Political statements, anything of a political nature, including  but not limited to announcements, events, or requests to sign petitions
  • Forwarding of posts outside of the lists, unless you have the permission of the poster or anyone who replies to an inquiry

 

What Is Allowed ONLY on the WIC Off-Topic List

  • Self-promotion, introductory messages, unsolicited promotions or referrals of individuals available for hire
  • Promotion of any products or services, whether your own or any other company's
  • Announcing non-WIC events
  • Nanny, handyperson or other household or personal-use service-related promotional postings

 

General List Rules for All WIC Lists

  • Don’t use "Reply All." Be sure to select the individual's name/email address. Selecting "Reply" on a smartphone or tablet may post to the full list, so please double-check before posting. Original posters should compile all answers and post them as a resource for the list. Please respect any individual who replies with a resource but wishes not to be included in the compilation.
  • Don’t forward posts outside of the lists, unless you have the permission of the poster or anyone who replies to an inquiry.
  • Post a message to only one list. Choose the Community List, the Off-Topic List, the Mastermind List or the Leaders Network Members List, depending on the message. We encourage members to post to the Community List when they want to reach the broadest audience.
  • Don't flame people who violate these rules. Instead, send your concern to the list monitor, who will deal appropriately with anyone violating list rules.
  • Don’t post messages for non-list members. The posting of one-time jobs is allowed, but asking questions and then compiling the answers is a subscriber benefit and is reserved for paid members. Encourage your friend to join us!
  • Don’t post political statements, or anything of a political nature, including  but not limited to announcements, events, or requests to sign petitions.
  • Don’t invite others to join a newsletter, subscribe to an RSS feed or post invitations to update contact information in Plaxo, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Don’t forward newsletters of any type, other than the WIC-produced newsletter.
  • Don’t solicit for loans, whether business or personal.
  • Don’t post any special offers or coupons such as "Groupon" or similar services, even if business related.

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a post, please contact the List Monitor, who will review the message and advise you of any infractions.

 

Consequences of Not Following List Rules

Anyone sending an email that does not follow the guidelines will receive a written warning from the List Monitor.

A second offense will receive a written warning and temporary suspension from the list; reinstatement will occur only after the list member has notified the WIC List Monitor that he/she has read the Email List Guidelines on the website and agrees to follow them in the future. Monitoring means that all emails will be reviewed and approved by the List Monitor before being approved for posting. The length of time that emails will be monitored will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the List Monitor; monitoring may be for a period of 15 to 30 days, or longer. A WIC member who violates the rules after a period of being monitored will be subject to removal from the list for the rest of the calendar year.

A third offense by a WIC member will result in removal from the list for the remainder of the calendar year.

All violations by WIC members are tracked throughout the year by the List Monitor, but are dropped at the beginning of each calendar year, allowing every member to start the year with no violations.

FOR QUESTIONS OR TECHNICAL ISSUES, CONTACT:

Women In Consulting Association Office 
408-266-9658 
admin@womeninconsulting.org

 

The WIC Community, WIC Off-Topic, WIC Premium and Leaders Network Member email lists are provided as a service of Women In Consulting, Inc. All message authors are solely responsible for, and indemnify and hold harmless Women In Consulting from, the content of their messages. By posting a message hereon, the posting party grants WIC and users of the list the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such information or other material without remuneration of any kind. Women In Consulting accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this list. Women In Consulting may not be held responsible for relationships created or subsequent outcomes as a result of the use of any of its lists. The email listserv program broadcasts messages to all current list subscribers with no editorial review by Women In Consulting; WIC does not verify the accuracy of submitted messages nor does it endorse the opinions expressed by message authors. In the event an inappropriate posting is brought to Women In Consulting's attention, Women In Consulting will take the action that it deems appropriate in its sole discretion, as stated in the Consequences of Not Following List Rules section above. Women In Consulting reserves the right to terminate access to any user at any time and/or to discontinue the listserv. Utilizing or posting to this list indicates agreement with these guidelines.