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POLAR CIRCLE
A News and Discussion List Devoted to the North Polar Regions
A FEW SIMPLE GUIDELINES FOR USING THE POLAR CIRCLE DISCUSSION LIST
1. When you register, be sure to make a note of your login name and password.
2. Once you are registered with Yahoo! Groups, posting to the list is easy. Simply send an e-mail message to polarcircle@ yahoogroups.com and your message will be transmitted automatically to all list subscribers. In turn, you will receive e-mail copies of all messages posted by other list subscribers. Please feel free to use the list to ask--and answer--questions, share information and ideas, learn from the "experts" and help the newcomers, and in general to communicate with others worldwide who share your interests and enthusiasm.
3. The e-mail address of the sender appears in the "FROM" portion of a message (sometimes list subscribers include their e-mail addresses in the body of a message as well). Be sure to use this address if you wish to correspond individually with a list subscriber. Please keep in mind that if you use the "REPLY" function of your e-mail program, the message will be transmitted to ALL list subscribers rather than to the individual sender.
4. Polar Circle e-mail supports HTML format and subscribers, whose e-mail programs permit, may insert images such as photos and maps--in .jpg. or .gif format ONLY--in their postings. However, primarily because of the danger of inadvertently transmitting viruses and because of possible long download times, subscribers are asked not to include other file attachments.
5. To unsubscribe send a blank e-mail to polarcircle-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com and confirm by replying to the message you receive.
 
SOME DO'S AND DON'T'S
1. No off-topic postings. Postings must be north polar-related.
2. Absolutely no spam or any other use of the list for annoying and inappropriate e-mail. Please note that the term "spam" is not limited to commercial use or advertising; it refers to any form of irrelevant, unwanted, and/or unsolicited mail.
3. No overtly commercial postings. "Overtly commercial" generally means advertising or offering a product or service for profit. However, general information of interest to list subscribers, particularly in response to a query, such as where and how to obtain books, posters, maps, or other polar-related items, certainly is permissible. If in doubt, contact the list moderator first before posting.  Please note, however, that inclusion of an e-mail "signature" containing such information as the URL for a business-related website is not considered to be overtly commercial. Many people have such signatures as a default setting on their e-mail programs.
4. Please, English language only. Due to formatting restrictions, this reflects a Yahoo! Groups requirement that all postings must be in the same language.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
BULLETIN BOARD: also called a message board, an internet site, frequently one that is password-protected, to which members can post messages. Polar Circle is not a bulletin board.
DISCUSSION LIST: also called a mailing list, an e-mail mailing list to which subscribers can post messages that are transmitted automatically to all other list subscribers. The advantage of a mailing list over a bulletin board lies in the fact that messages are delivered via e-mail to the subscribers' Inboxes as they appear. This does away with the necessity to check a bulletin board frequently to see if there are new messages.
OFF-TOPIC POSTING: any posting that is not north polar-related and that would not generally be of interest to list subscribers.
OPEN: means that there are no restrictions or limitations on subscribing. The only requirement for subscribing to Polar Circle is that you complete a very brief registration process with Yahoo! Groups, sponsors of the list. New-comers and "old hands" alike are welcome.
OVERTLY COMMERCIAL POSTING: use of the list for advertising or offering a product or service for profit. Exceptions to the restriction on commercial postings are: (a) general information of interest to list subscribers, frequently in response to a query, such as where and how to obtain books, maps, and other north polar-related items; (b) inclusion of an e-mail "signature" that contains the URL of a business-related website. If in doubt, contact the list moderator first before posting.
SPAM: any form of irrelevant, unwanted, and/or unsolicited e-mail. The term is not limited to commercial use, or what is generally considered "advertising."
UNMODERATED: means that prior approval is not required before posting a message to the list. It does not mean, however, that there are no guidelines that list subscribers are expected to follow.
POLAR CIRCLE is a project of . . .
PolarFlight Research Forum
E-mail: polarflight@arcticmail.com