ICON Mailing List Guidelines
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are in effect joining an insulator club - Insulator Collectors On the Net
(ICON). Like any other club or organization there are certain guidelines
that should be followed. The goal of these guidelines is to make the
mailing list more enjoyable for everyone. The information below is to
inform you, not to dissuade you from joining us!
To share information that is of interest to people in the hobby of collecting antique glass and porcelain insulators and related items.
Insulator Collector On the Net has over 2,200 members; about 1,660 who are subscribed to the mailing list. They represent a very broad and diverse group of people. Subscribers range from age 10 to 90, from beginners to advanced collectors, and include experts in various specialty fields. In addition, this list includes all of the insulator magazine editors, most of the insulator book authors, contacts for all the local insulator clubs, and most of the National Insulator Association officials. As of July 2012, about 42% of the 1,660 mailing list members (693 people) are either subscribers to Crown Jewels of the Wire and/or are active members in the National Insulator Association. For reference, there are about 1,750 families listed in the 2011 Directory of Crown Jewels of the Wire Subscribers & National Insulator Association Membership.
The mailing list is privately run and primarily financed by Bill Meier as a communication resource for the insulator hobby. It is not affiliated with any organization or publication in the insulator hobby.
The ICON mailing list is not moderated. All posts are sent automatically by the mailing list server to all ICON members. They are not reviewed, edited, or held back in any way. The people in "single message mode" will get these posts within minutes and the people in "digest mode" will get them in the following day's digest which is sent out in the early morning.
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Members who enter into transactions with others using this mailing list (ICON) or any information posted at this web site (http://www.insulators.info) do so at their own risk.
A statement or other indication of policy or procedure by which to determine a course of action.
Some members have privately questioned whether posting seller and buyer cautions is in conflict with the ICON guidelines. This is an important issue because we believe that such posts, properly and carefully worded, are beneficial to ICON members and to the insulator collecting hobby in general.
Such posts should follow these three guidelines:
1. Any ICON member who posts a public caution assumes the responsibility to write only from personal, factual, first-hand experience with the supposed troublesome individual.
2. Caution posts must be limited to an objective, factual discussion of only the Who, What, When and How.
3. Once an ICON member has posted a caution concerning a supposed troublesome individual, other members should avoid piling on. However, if a third party has had first-hand dealings with the supposed troublesome individual and that third party feels the need to add to the caution then they may publicly post their objectively stated, factual, first-hand information with the Who, What, When and How.
ICON believes that thoughtfully worded, respectful caution posts concerning troublesome buyers and sellers have been and will continue to be beneficial to ICON and to the insulator collecting hobby in general.
Violations of the Guidelines:
The mailing list maintainer will make a decision how to handle a violation based on the nature of the post and previous violations by the member. Often this will result in a warning, but the followings actions are available:
In the case of a thread that is abusing the guidelines, one or more of the participants may be subject to the actions above.
Questions about the mailing list, a specific post to the list, or these guidelines should be directed to .
Written on Wednesday, January 1, 1997; last updated Saturday, July 21, 2012