ListServer Etiquette

Please read the following important guidelines we have developed to help make the ListServer experience as valuable and enjoyable as possible:

ListServer Etiquette

  • If you're looking for information on accreditation surveyors, documents that have been shared by MHCA peers, or information included in previous list postings, please reference the resources we have for those items before you post a message to the ListServer. They are, respectively, the Accreditation Surveyor Report Card, the MHCA Document Archives, and the List Archives for lists (searchable by keyword or phrase after you login to a list's website).

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

  • State concisely and clearly the specific topic of the comments in the Subject line of your message. 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. Many people have their email software set to automatically include original message text in their replies ... this causes "run-on" messages that echo several previous postings and responses. Doing this also causes superfluous junk that people have to wade through and wastes valuable computer disk space.

  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. When you hit REPLY, the message goes out to the whole list because the message really comes from the ListServer, not the author of the message. If you want to respond to just the author of a message, click on the link for that immediately under the message header.

  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to just the author of a message - not to the entire list. Do this by clicking on the link for that immediately under the message header.

  • Use the website component to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing your email address, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings by selecting "Your Settings" after you login to a list. Also, remember to use the MHCA.COM Account Management utility to change your email address there, as well. Otherwise, you probably will not receive automatic notices sent from our web server.

  • 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."

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