Monitoring of GA lists

How to file a complaint

To complain about a message on the GA list or one of the GA specific purposes lists to the list monitor(s), please send a mail to ga-abuse@dnso.org, specifying

Please use the address ga-abuse@dnso.org only for complaints about list rules violations!

Mailing list rules

The rules for the GA mailing lists have been established by a vote of the General Assembly: http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/2000.GA-ga-rules.html

Content of messages

The following rules apply to the content of messages on the GA list:
- The messages must be relevant to the business of the GA
- The messages must observe a minimum of decorum, including:
- Not indulging in personal attacks, insults or slander
- Not using offensive language
- If the GA Chair or a list monitor asks for a limit to the number of posts per person per day, this must be respected
- The size of messages should be kept reasonable (there should be a VERY good reason to send a message of more than 10 Kbytes).

Posting limit

The Chair of the GA has set the posting limit at FIVE postings per person, list and calendar day, calculated according to the sender's local time.

List monitor

In accordance with the rules of order, one or more list monitors are appointed by the GA Chair for a given period of time, but may be removed from the role by the GA Chair or at their own request at any time. A list monitor may also be removed by a majority vote of the General Assembly. Normally the appointment would be for one year.


A list monitor may impose 2 sanctions against offenders:
- Monitoring of posts. This will cause delay of postings from the affected individual until a list moderator approves them as being within the content rules, or rejects them
- Suspension of posting rights. This will cause mail from that person not to be sent to the GA list.
Both sanctions are imposed for a limited period of time (typically 2 weeks), and are announced on the mailing list. Repeat offenders may get correspondingly longer sentences (for instance 4 weeks for a second offense, 8 weeks for a third). The period is decided by the list monitor.
Note that due to technical issues, monitoring one member's postings may cause monitoring to be applied to other members' posts. This is to be avoided as far as possible. The action of the list monitor may be appealed to the GA Chair.

(from http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/2000.GA-ga-rules.html)

Before imposing sanctions, the list monitor may decide to warn a member against a violation of the list rules. The list monitor informs the GA mailing list when imposing a monitoring of posts or a suspension of posting rights.

Unfiltered list GA-full

Only GA members who are members of the GA mailing list and respect the list rules may post to the GA mailing list. However, there exists an open list which gets all mail sent to ga@dnso.org without restrictions (except for possible technical restrictions like message size or size of header). To subscribe to the unfiltered list, send an e-mail to majordomo@dnso.org with the words subscribe ga-full in the body of the message

Public access to the archive of the GA-full mailing list will be granted as much as possible; there may be legal reasons (e.g. rules against republication of slander) that require closing some parts of the archive. The existence of this list will make it possible to have independent verification of what the filtering function does.

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