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Rules for Posting

SIXTIES-L serves a variety of functions: it is a place where scholars, teachers, activists and writers can network, where they can inquire about resources, raise questions, debate issues, and obtain information about current events in the field (calls for papers, conferences, etc.).

We envision SIXTIES-L as an environment in which we can embrace the spirit of the 1960s and engage in passionate discussion and articulate views, while at the same time preserving a level of respect and consideration for our peers which allows diversity to flourish.

Because the subject matter is so volatile and discussion of the events of the Sixties still engenders strong feelings and reactions even from a scholarly audience, we have decided to run SIXTIES-L as a moderated list. This means that all posts to the list will pass before the eyes of one of the moderators before being forwarded on to SIXTIES-L subscribers.

The rules for posting are simple:

  1. Confine your messages to subjects related to the Sixties. Use the list to either ask for or provide information on pertinent topics or resources, to discuss relevant subjects, or to post items (including scholarly or news articles, and course syllabi) which you feel would be of interest to readers researching and writing about the 1960s. We will also accept a very limited amount of fiction, memoir and poetry, selected on the basis of literary merit, potential interest to our readership, and topical nature.
  2. Your post should be as specific as possible. General questions such as "Does anyone know anything about feminism in the 1960s?" are not acceptable. Provide your readers with context if you are asking a question or seeking information. Make sure your subject header reflects the topic discussed in the body of your message.
  3. Include your name and email address in the body of your post.

If we reject your post, we will write and tell you why. The most likely reasons for rejection are:

  1. The post was outside the subject area of SIXTIES-L.
  2. The post was too vague or general.
  3. The subject header did not match the content of the post, or you neglected to include your name and/or email address.
  4. The post contained potentially offensive racist or sexist insults, or contained abusive language, or personal attacks (flaming) of other listmembers. (We understand that this rule will itself be controversial. What is and is not offensive is necessarily subjective. But in a volatile atmosphere, we prefer to err on the side of caution and to insist that posting members preserve an atmosphere of civility and reserve their attacks for others' arguments rather than their characters.)

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