Psychology of Religion

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psyrel-l is a list for the academic discussion of Psychology of Religion, its history, focus, cultural milieu, methods, and approaches. The emphasis of the list is academic. We welcome input from historians, theologians and those with an interest in psychology and religion. Discussion is encouraged across a broad spectrum, however we actively discourage the use of this list as a forum for denominational and other posturing, or for acrimonious activities.

The netiquette which follows this note will help to explain the ground rules. The listowner will not hesitate to unsubscribe list members whose posts consistently violate these guidelines despite warnings. However, employment, motherhood, and my own education makes it impossible for me to monitor every post. I rely on subscriber complaints to alert me to harmful, off-topic, or otherwise inappropriate posts via email. I will warn the offender; I will not lead a crusade to avenge personal or denominational offenses.
Because of a recent flare-up of cruel and useless posts that I failed to catch, the list is now a closed list. That means that subscriptions have to be approved by the listowner (me). Before subscribing, you need to know that the sometimes volatile nature of the subject make a laissez-faire management style impossible. This is a policy born of experience. Others are free to start their own list. I have also asked Greg Singleton, my silent partner, to monitor the list with me as time allows in order to provide a second viewpoint to the problems that arise during list management.
All that said, I have great hopes for this list and invite you to join me in creating a warm and exciting conversation.

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Netiquette for psyrel-l

I -- Please include your name and e-mail address at the end of your message. Some e-mail packages do not include the header material.

II -- Know the difference between a conversational post and a polemical post. Send the former. Eschew the latter.

IV -- Avoid ad hominem attacks. We encourage lively conversation. Not only can that be done without personal attack, it can be done better.

V -- Do not quote long passages from a previous post (worse yet, the entire post), particularly if your contribution is going to be relatively brief. Assume the listmembers have fairly good memories and ask whether a quote is needed at all. If a quote is needed, quote only the portions relevant to your contribution.

VI -- Avoid "Amen!" posts--i.e. posts which only contain a brief affirmation of what has already been said. Do not post unless what you have to say can clarify, expand, challenge, or forward the conversation, or answer a question put to the list. Affirmations are best sent to the poster, not to the list.

VII -- Avoid "Huh?" posts--i.e. posts which only contain a brief expression of confusion, but does nothing to indicate the sort of clarification sought.

VIII -- Use subject lines which indicate the subject of the post. Change subject lines whenever you are changing the direction of the conversation.

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