The following is the Official Presidential Statement on Listserv Use, by Kevin Crosby. Please read it.
The Virginia Tech Cycling Team has a fairly open policy towards allowing non-members to sign up for our listserve. While we welcome the involvement of individuals outside of the club, the primary purpose of the listserve is to serve as a forum of communication between the members of the team and its active supporters. This is something that one should bear in mind when subscribing. The less your involvement with the team, the less relevant most of the messages will be for you. If this is something that you feel will become overly burdensome to your inbox, don't subscribe – or if you have already subscribed, simply sign-off and try to abstain from sending out a parting message informing everyone of your disdainful departure. "
Profanity is strictly forbidden – whether you think this is the product of an overly uptight society or not, FCC rules apply here. Yes, we all know what these words are and have probably said them before, but there is no place for these invectives on the listserve.
No Personal insults – I don't recall any examples of this (fortunately), but if you've got a serious beef against someone, don't go tossing off vitriolic statements about them on the listserve.
- Corollary 1: If you see examples of irresponsible or reckless behavior on the road, it is acceptable to write a message calling attention to any inappropriate riding in the interest of all of our safety – as long as the offending individual remains anonymous in your email. We might all know who you are talking about, but there is no need to publicly call them out by name.
- Corollary 2: Good-natured trash-talking is also acceptable (ie "Next time Donny is in town, I'm going to drop him like a lead balloon on the Col du Dump")
Avoid highly charged political statements – Again, I haven't seen any of these yet, but since I'm going to the trouble to make this list, I'm going to include this as well. None of us wants to hear how much you hate Millard Fillmore or that you think James K. Polk was a complete goof.
Corollary 1: Bicycle related advocacy is, of course, exempt, as long as you keep in mind that everyone can ride a bike; Republican, Democrat, Tory, Whig, Know-Nothings, etc.
Avoid any statements that are offensive (on the basis of gender, race, or anything else for that matter). – This should be pretty obvious, but again, I'm pointing it out for the official record. Please be aware that something that you think is humorous, might really be hurtful or offensive to someone else.
Corollary 1: Try not to be too uptight or easily offended. I don't want to create some kind of overly oppressive, politically correct set of standards for the listserve. As with all these rules, common-sense should prevail.