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1. Log on to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NPNA
2. Click on “Join This Group!”
3. If you are already a Yahoo! member, you can enter your user name and password at this point. If you are not a member, click “Sign Up Now” to join Yahoo!.
At any time, you can click on the “Edit My Membership” link and request that you receive all emails on the listserv, a daily digest (all messages in one email), or no emails. Listserv emails can also be forwarded to a non-yahoo address.
Messages can always be read by going to the group site if you don’t wish to receive them as email.
NPNA Yahoogroup Welcome Message and Guidelines
Last updated: 01/22/2016
Welcome to the NPNA Yahoogroup (or ‘listserv’). As a member, you do have
certain rights and responsibilites. Please familiarize yourself with the
1) What is NPNA?
2) What is the NPNA Yahoogroup?
3) What are the rules?
4) Supervision by the NPNA Board of Directors
5) How do I subscribe/unsubscribe?
6) Additional features
7) I have a suggestion/question not covered here
1) WHAT IS NPNA?
NPNA is the Northgate Park Neighborhood Association, Durham, NC, USA. For more
information, please see the NPNA Yahoogroup website at
‘https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NPNA/info’. Please also see our official
NPNA website at ‘http://northgateparknc.org’, and also look up our
‘Facebook.com’ and ‘Nextdoor.com’ pages.
2) WHAT IS THE NPNA YAHOOGROUP?
The NPNA Yahoogroup is an electronic discussion forum for people who live in
the Northgate Park neighborhood in Durham, NC. This forum should only be used
for discussion of neighborhood issues and items of interest to N.P. residents.
For other discussions, please use other lists. Subscriptions originating
outside of N.P. are permissible at the discretion of the management.
To use the NPNA forum, you must first subscribe. Once you are subscribed you
can send e-mail to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and it is then sent to the group.
These messages are commonly called “posts”. Each “post” can be viewed by
members on the website. Most subscribers will also receive each post as an
e-mail message, though each subscriber has some control over this.
Some people refer to this sort of list as a “listserv”. That is just a
historical name for certain types of e-mail discussion lists.
The NPNA list is hosted by Yahoo! at no cost. In exchange for this service,
Yahoo! may add advertisements to posts.
3) WHAT ARE THE RULES? (listserv etiquette)
3-1. The NPNA Yahoogroup (“the listserv”) is for discussion of neighborhood
related topics and items of general neighborhood interest. Please be courteous
and respectful to your neighbors. We want everyone to feel comfortable reading
3-2. Bullying, shaming, trolling (intentional or not), stalking, inflammatory
language, and offensive language are not permitted.
3-3. Personal attacks are not permitted. If you disagree with another
participant, express your opinions on the topic in a respectful way. Do not
attack or insult the individual either on the listserv or in private e-mail.
3-4. Do not tell others what they should or should not post, or how often —
via the listserv or private e-mail. If you have a problem or concern with
another subscriber, please contact the listserv administrator
3-5. Privacy Notice: Do not quote from any messages posted on the listserv
without permission from the author! Copying messages to other online lists
or printed publications without author permission is forbidden. The only
exceptions are small excerpts that omit author identification.
Please note that the NPNA Yahoogroup does include subscriptions from members
of the press, law enforcement, and local government.
3-6. Please refrain from personal discussions on the listserv. One-to-one
discussions should move to private e-mail. Religious and political
proselytizing are also inappropriate.
3-7. If you are replying to another post: Instead of including the entire
previous post(s), edit out all but the applicable text. Also be aware that
‘Reply’ usually goes back to the entire group, not just to the original sender.
How to reply to just one person will depend on your e-mail program.
3-8. If you find an online article or website that you’d like to share,
post a brief description and the URL to the original. Don’t copy/paste the
entire article into an NPNA post. This will allow those interested to follow
the link without forcing those not interested to download it, and ensure
that copyright laws aren’t broken.
3-9. If possible, set your e-mail program to send messages in “Plain Text”
format, and not “HTML”, in order to accommodate a wider range of e-mail
3-10. Please keep use of e-mail attachments to a minimum. They are often very
large and can be a burden for downloads and Inboxes, and are also a common
method for transmission of computer viruses. If sent, attachments will upload
to Yahoogroup storage, and will be replaced in the e-mail by a link. Only
people subscribed with a Yahoo! account will be able to view the attachment.
Attachments and photos can also be uploaded to the NPNA Yahoogroup ‘Files’
or ‘Photos’ sections, or to other cloud storage, and a link provided.
Please note enforcement of these rules in section 4, below.
4) SUPERVISION BY THE NPNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The listserv is a community asset aimed at bringing residents together to share
information in a positive, courteous, and respectful manner.
On rare occasions, unacceptable behavior is demonstrated that warrants
consideration of an individual’s removal from the listserv. These behaviors
include, but are not limited to: profanity, use of personal insults, bullying,
stalking, hurtful and shaming language, or being deliberately inflammatory.
Please see section 3, above.
Listserv members who feel that they have been the subject of bullying or
intimidation, or who otherwise object to the listserv behavior of an individual,
should report their complaint to the NPNA President
(email@example.com) or listserv Administrator
Where complaints are received, or behaviors are observed by the NPNA Board that
are deemed inconsistent with these guidelines, the Board will discuss the case
and make a decision on whether to act, and, if so, to what level; and the
Administrator will execute the decision. Actions may or may not be made public,
and include but are not limited to: moderation (messages sent by the subscriber
are reviewed prior to posting) and removal of the subscriber. Such actions may
be appealed in person to the Board of Directors at a monthly NPNA meeting.
5) HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE?
To subscribe, send e-mail to: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
To unsubscribe, send e-mail to: ‘email@example.com’
Your subscription request will go to the NPNA list administrators for approval.
You will get back an auto-reply asking that you indentify yourself and confirm
the request. This is to prevent spammers, etc. from signing up just to send
out junk posts and/or harvest e-mail addresses. Please reply to the message!
Once an NPNA administrator approves your request, you’ll get a message back
with instructions on the final step (you reply to that message and you are
You can contact the NPNA list administrators at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
6) ADDITIONAL FEATURES
By subscribing with a free Yahoo! account, you can take advantage of additional
features. These features include access to an archive of all NPNA posts, the
ability to change your subscription configuration (individual e-mails, digest,
read on web only), an area for up/download of files and photos, and others. To
register, visit ‘http://www.yahoogroups.com’. You will be required to give some
information including an e-mail address. Use the same address from which you
are subscribed to NPNA. Once you establish and sign into your Yahoogroups
account, you should see NPNA via the “my groups” link. A basic Yahoo account is
free. As Yahoo! occasionally changes its website layout and procedures, you may
need to improvise a bit on these instructions.
A benefit of registering for a Yahoo! account is that it will allow you to read
NPNA messages and post to the list from anywhere you have access to a web
browser. This can be helpful when you are away from home or behind a firewall
that filters e-mail.
Also, with a Yahoo account, you can fine-tune various settings on your NPNA
subscription. For instance, you can set message delivery for ‘all messages’,
‘digest’, ‘important group messages only’ or … none at all. In the latter
case, you would need to go to the NPNA Yahoogroup website in order to read
Anytime you post to the NPNA Yahoogroup, “[NPNA]” is automatically inserted at
the begining of the Subject line. If you would like to set a filter in your
e-mail program to direct all posts to a specific folder, filter on “[NPNA]”.
7) I HAVE A SUGGESTION/QUESTION NOT COVERED HERE
Send your question to the listserv; usually fellow subscribers are happy to
help. Or, contact the NPNA administrators at ‘email@example.com’.