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How to Join the Forum
The following information should answer most of your questions regarding how to join the Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ E-Mail Forum. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at email@example.com; or in the alternative, give David Slachter, the forum moderator, a call at 954-249-6306.
To register for membership in the Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ E-Mail Forum, simply send an e-mail message as follows:
1. Address the message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. In the Subject line, put the following: Subscription Request
3. In the body of the message, please provide your complete contact information, as follows: Name; Firm Name; Address; Phone; Fax; and Website Address, if any.
Please make sure that you are sending the message from the e-mail address you will be using for this Forum. The Forum server will only recognize the e-mail address from which the request is sent, not any e-mail address listed in the body of your message.
Once you are formally registered, you will receive a welcome message from the Forum Moderator, as well as a message called Rules of the Road, containing information on how to participate this forum most efficiently.
Please contact the undersigned forum moderator at any time if you have any questions regarding these instructions or any aspect of this forum.
Slachter Consulting, Inc., has created a library of forms for the benefit and use of the members of the Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ E-Mail Forum.
The Forms Library is a collection of forms that are useful to the Florida real estate practitioner. They include such things as affidavits, agreements, commercial transactions, conveyances, deed-in-lieu transactions, financing, liens, mobile homes, powers of attorney, and various miscellaneous forms.
These forms have been collected from contributions by Forum members and by the Forum Moderator from his personal forms library, as well as contributions from other sources.
All forms have been created in rtf format. As such, they are easy to download and modify in virtually any type of word processing software.
Please note that you need to be a member of the Forum to access the Forms Library. Accordingly, it is a private, password-protected site.
Forum “Rules of the Road”
The following information should answer most of your questions regarding participation in the Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ E-Mail Forum. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at email@example.com; or in the alternative, give David Slachter, the forum moderator, a call at 954-249-6306.
Now, on to the Rules …
1. Posting Messages to the Forum.
When posting messages to this Forum, please follow these guidelines:
A. Click on your “Compose Mail” or “New Message” button.
B. In the “To” box, type: firstname.lastname@example.org – (Suggestion: Add this to your address book so that you don’t have to remember it each time you want to send a message).
C. In the “Subject” box, type a helpful title to assist members in anticipating the substance of the commentary. This also is helpful for members who want to index messages for later review of conversation “threads.”
D. Type your commentary or message. When creating your message, please use the following guidelines: 1) Use short sentences and frequent paragraphs. This makes the messages easier to read and follow. Remember, this forum is primarily for conversation. 2) Use fairly good spelling and grammar. After all … wee b all profeshunulz heer, ain’t wee?
E. When you are done composing your message, click “send” and you’re finished.
2. Please sign all messages with your name and e-mail address at the end. There are too many members to remember who you are from the headers on the e-mail. Besides, the rest of us need to know whom to attack for the outrageous post!
3. If your e-mail system allows for it, consider setting up alternative “signature files.” These are standard signature files (name, address, phone, e-mail, etc.) that you attach at the end of each message. For business purposes, consider using this all the time on your posts until you are comfortable when to use it and when to just sign your name and e-mail address. This is a very valuable marketing tool. Let people know how to get in touch with you. (For an example of what we are talking about, look at the end of this section for an example of a formal business signature file.)
4. Please check to make sure that the subject heading for the message fits the substance of the message. Because of the increasing number of messages, many members scan the subject headings for items of interest. If the subject is not of interest, very often the message will be deleted, and important information might be lost.
5. As a corollary to #4, please try to restrict each message to one subject. If you talk about multiple issues, but your subject heading mentions only one, you run the risk of having members delete your message without reading, and an important idea or concept will be lost to the potential reader.
6. Don’t violate any laws, OK? This includes, but is not limited to state/federal/local laws and regulations affecting electronic communications.
7. VERY IMPORTANT: We cannot discuss fees for our professional services on this forum. Since this is a closed group, we could be opening ourselves up to a charge of violation of the federal Anti-Trust laws. General discussions are acceptable. Specific discussions of amounts or methods of determining fees are prohibited.
8. Don’t violate client confidentiality. Although membership is restricted, you never know who might be “watching”. Messages can be forwarded, left on printers, etc. Change names to protect the innocent, and to keep yourself so.
9. As a corollary to #8, be careful about posting “hypothetical” situations regarding pending cases in your office. You never know if your opposing counsel will be getting access to your message. You may inadvertently reveal a weakness in your case, a thought process, or a confidential attorney-client communication which may give your opposition an opportunity to nail you. Or worse, you may end up as a defendant in a malpractice action, with one or more of us being subpoenaed to produce e-mail correspondence records.
10. Absolutely no copyright violations when posting. This means writings, software, etc. “Fair use” and reprinting with permission are OK, but that’s it. (For your information, “fair use” means, for example, quoting an excerpt from a published article. Sending the full text of such article is a violation of copyright.)
11. Be polite, courteous, and use common sense. On the other hand, be assertive in your views. Respect others as you would like to be respected.
12. Be concise, unless conciseness isn’t called for.
13. Don’t post a message from within this forum to another forum without the original poster’s permission. Likewise, don’t post a message from another forum in this forum without the original poster’s permission.
14. Please refrain from personal replies to the forum. The whole group is not interested in reading your personal messages to other members. Not only that, you could put yourself in a compromising position (read #8 and #9 above) if you send what you think is a response to an individual and that message actually goes to all members of the forum. It is easy to make this mistake. We have all done it more than once. If you remember the following steps, you shouldn’t have this problem:
Any time you hit “Reply” in your e-mail program, check to see whose e-mail address is in the “To” field. If the e-mail address is that of the sender of the message to which you are responding, then response will be sent only to that person. That is fine if you are intending to send a PRIVATE response to the sender of the message posted to the forum. However, if you wish to send a response to the sender of the message that will be posted for the entire forum to read, make sure that you see email@example.com the “To” field.
We have set up the forum software so that the forum address should show up in the “To” field when you hit the “Reply” button. However, if you want to respond to the forum, but the “Reply” button does not show the e-mail address of the forum in your “To” field, you will need to use one of the following alternatives:
A. Hit the “Forward” button, and put firstname.lastname@example.org in the “To” field; or
B. Hit the “Reply All” button, which puts the forum list in the “To” field, and depending upon your e-mail reader, may include the e-mail address of the original sender.
NOTE: If you choose alternative B above, the person to whom you are replying may get two copies of your reply – one a direct reply as listed in the “To” field, and another as part of this forum. So, the preferable alternative is A. Please add email@example.com to your address book so that you can easily access it and make this an almost automatic process.
If you need help with your e-mail program beyond what is explained above, please feel free to call or e-mail us privately for assistance. In this regard, if any of you want to send a message to the moderator which is not intended for the entire forum, address your message to David Slachter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
15. When responding to a message, PLEASE do not quote the entire message. The proper Netiquette is to quote just enough of the message that readers will be able to follow the context of your reply. This is one of the most annoying problems in discussion forums. Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated by all other members.
16. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS WHEN COMPOSING AN E-MAIL MESSAGE. AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS VERY IRRITATING TO YOUR EYES. In addition, in cyberspace, use of all capitals is perceived as shouting. All capitals should only be used for emphasis. Your cooperation on this one will be GREATLY appreciated.
17. If you have created a long message or response (over three or four paragraphs), please indicate that the message is a long one by including the words “Long Message” on the Subject line. This is simply a matter of courtesy to fellow forum members. Some don’t like to read long messages. Indicating that you have a lengthy or detailed message gives readers advance warning. In this regard, please use discretion when forwarding a long message. Rather than quoting long passages of a source document, it is preferable to reference the source document and provide instructions on how to obtain a copy; or if appropriate, make the source document an attachment to your message.
18. IMPORTANT: Unlike many public and private e-mail discussion forums, this forum allows you to include attachments to your messages. This is done so that you can attach a form, if necessary, or any other document that would be of assistance to other forum members. However, it is VERY IMPORTANT you make certain that any attachment you include with your message is totally free from computer viruses. As you are probably aware, computer viruses are almost always spread via attachments; when opened, the virus spreads onto your computer. So, we are trusting you to be careful. If we find this privilege being abused, or if we find any viruses being spread, the forum moderator reserves the right to terminate the ability to send attachments. If you do not have a reliable anti-virus program that regularly checks your files, please DO NOT send attachments with your messages.
19. Only “G-rated” discussions pertaining to this Forum will be allowed. Proper Netiquette is always expected from our members, without exception. No flaming or personal e-mail battles on this Forum. If you feel the need to get into personal battles, take them private; or better yet, don’t get involved in such behavior in the first place.
20. The moderator of this forum reserves the right to arbitrarily expel anyone who persists in behavior that is abusive, obscene, or in violation of the goals and objectives for which this forum was established. Otherwise, we intend for this forum to function as a virtual community. As such, we will bow to the wishes of the majority of the members on most issues.
21. Unless you specify otherwise, all messages will be sent to you individually as they are posted by the members. If you want to receive all messages at one time daily in what is called “digest” format, please send a blank message to the following address: email@example.com. This request will automatically switch you from individual message delivery to digest delivery. You can always change back to individual delivery by sending another message to the same address. For an example of what a digest looks like, send a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: If you select the digest format, please understand that any attachments included with messages will not be readable. This is a limitation of the listserv software. We are working to correct this problem. In the meantime, if a message is included with an unreadable attachment that you want to review, please send the moderator a private e-mail requesting a copy, or send a private e-mail directly to the person who forwarded the message in question.
22. If you will be going on vacation and want to “suspend” your membership until you return (so that you don’t have to worry about reviewing messages forwarded in your absence), simply send a blank message to the following address: email@example.com. This will temporarily suspend your membership in the forum while you are away. Then, when you return, send another blank message to the same address and your membership will be automatically reinstated.
23. If you ever want to remove yourself from this forum mailing list, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. This message will automatically remove you from the forum membership rolls. Please note in this regard, however, that if you remove yourself from the forum, you cannot automatically get back on. You must go through the process of applying for membership once again.
24. To review old messages, go to http://archive.mail-list.com/fl-re-attorneys. At the login screen, enter the User Name “*****” and the Password “*****.” Every message ever posted on this forum is in that archive. The default view is chronological by date. You can select a “thread” index as an alternative.
(NOTE: Access to this archive is limited to active, dues-paying forum members. If you are a registered member and have forgotten the ID and/or password for this archive, please contact David Slachter at email@example.com for the proper access information.)
25. Only funny jokes are allowed; all others are prohibited. Please do not post “off color” or potentially offensive jokes. Save those for private messages. We don’t want to offend any member of the forum. Lawyer jokes, however, are encouraged. We all need to laugh at ourselves a little.
26. No wallowing in self-pity for more than one day at a time when another forum member slams you. Shake it off and come back with a burst of brilliance.
27. Share humor whenever possible. Let’s lighten up the forum once in a while.
28. Lastly, and most importantly, have fun.
NOTE: Your evaluations and suggestions are critical to the success of this forum. If we are going to keep growing and expanding this forum for our mutual benefit, we must constantly improve the forum. Please send your evaluations of these “Rules of the Road”, or anything regarding this forum, for that matter, to the moderator by private e-mail, or to the forum as a whole, if you deem it appropriate.