Sun Aug 23 09:03:27 EST 2009
Members of this List
On Sunday 28 October 2007, the President of NZART Bruce Douglas ZL2WP
on the NZART Official Broadcast that all NZART Email Lists or Reflectors
become a resource available to members of NZART only.
The only list not subject to this is Headquarters InfoLine, which will
resource for everyone.
Effectively immediately from 1 November 2007 this is now a members-only
This members-only service is nothing new as NZART by example it provides
email alias service where members can use their callsign as an email
e.g. zl2zyy at nzart.org.nz
The NZART Email Lists or Reflectors were originally set-up to provide
forums for various interest groups, under various titles - AREC and the
Zealand DX Reflector to name but two examples.
However, over a long period of time some of these email lists have become
place to not only attack NZART, its Executive Council, Officers of the
Association, members and non-members; but to openly attack the personal
list members and their families - a totally unacceptable behaviour in any
While debate when used correctly is healthy and robust; the debates on the
various lists have at times deteriorated into nothing more that school
bullying, naming calling and in more extreme cases, persons have been
These attacks have been from both members and non-members.
As with all forms of debate, there comes with it a responsibility to
with care. At times the intended message is misunderstood from that
emails can be read in a number of ways.
While there has at times been this poor behaviour many of the list members
provided good input into the running of NZART, and this has been reflected
a more transparent association, examples being full reporting of MED
and the public listing of NZART Executive Council On Air Minutes.
NZART provided this List service to all members and non-members without
more than some simple rules and guidelines.
NZART is always looking to provide value or to enhance the services it
to its membership. Many complaints from within the lists to the Moderator
Webmaster from both members and non-members have resulted in this
situation arising where people are not enjoying the experience.
Rather than shut down the Lists and thereby penalise everyone, NZART
Council has made the decision to close the lists to non-members.
All attempts will be made within reason to moderate the lists and no
is made that unless the situation improves that they will not be closed
Members of this list (members and non-members) alike will no doubt be
that such action is being taken, however the decision has been made.
All members of NZART who wish to be a part of this list, or any other list
re-apply, with the exception of InfoLine which will remain unchanged.
In light of this I have started 2 new Yahoogroups
zlaprs at yaoogroups.com ZL APRS users
zlpacket at yahoogroups.com ZL Packet users
These groups will be open but moderated
73 Phillip ZL2TZE
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