Listserv Disclaimer and Rules


By joining and using MDS’ e-mail list, it is understood that you agree to follow the rules and guidelines set for this peer discussion group (MDS members in good standing are automatically included in the listserv as a membership benefit). You also agree to reserve list discussions for topics best suited to the medium. The MDS Board of Directors has discontinued any editing or screening function for this list serve so it is understood that when MDS members hit the “send” button the message will immediately be sent to colleagues.
As with any vehicle for communication, there must be guidelines for MDS listserv use.  For instance, violating antitrust regulations, libeling others, selling, and marketing are not permissible. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines.  The MDS reserves the right to suspend or terminate use of the listserv for members who violate these rules.

•   Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location,
    and e-mail address

•   State concisely and clearly the specific topic of the comments in the subject line
•   This allows members to respond to your posting and easier to search the archives by subject
•   Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply, delete any
    header information

•   Place your response before the original posting
•   Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that you believe is of
    interest or benefit to a significant portion of the membership

•   Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not
    to the entire list

•   Using your e-mail application's forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting in the
    e-mail address of the individual to whom you want to respond

•   Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list, through the listserv
•   As an alternative method, update your MDS membership profile and “opt-out” of the
    distribution list

•   You may also contact the MDS office at 216.579.9300 or by email at
•   Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of
    the message body with a line that says "Long Message".

Prior to IRB Surveys being forward to MDS Listserve make sure the following is in place

•   Clear concise statement describing the goal of the survey
•   Text of the survey to be posted
•   Signed agreement that results will be
      1) Provided to MDS and
      2) Presented at an MDS-sponsored forum upon request

•   Documentation of IRB approval or determination that it is exempt


•   Avoid posting patient photos, PHI, or violating HIPAA with posts
•   Do not post commercial messages
•   Contact people directly with products and services that you believe would help them
•   Use caution when discussing products
•   Information posted on the lists is available for all to see
•   Comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws
•   Avoid sending messages with large attachments
•   All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited
•   Do not post anything in any listserv message that you would not want everyone to see
•   Note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules, particularly regarding the
    copyright ownership of information posted to the list

•   Remember the MDS and other e-mail list participants have the right to reproduce postings
    to this listserv

Listserv is provided as a service to members of the Medical Dermatology Society (MDS). The MDS accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.  The MDS disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the MDS or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness.  In no event shall the MDS 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 listserv.
It is expected that MDS members will not post any 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 the MDS and users of this list the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material. 

The MDS does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. In the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of the MDS administrators, the MDS may take appropriate action.

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