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Below you will find the SFI-L Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). This list was created to allow civil discussion, and to ask questions relating to STARFLEET. Please, let's remember that on the other end of the e-mail is a real person, and keep it civil. If you have any concerns about the FAQ, please contact us privately at listmods@sfi.org.

As to discussions on this list, it is to be used for discussions of STARFLEET policy, as well as a conduit to allow you, the members, to ask questions of the administration, as well as offer constructive criticism of policies. It may also be used for announcements of Region or Chapter events.

Thank you, and be excellent to each other.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 04/22/2018 at 16:35 EST (or EDT)

The SFI-L mailing list is an official mailing list that allows members of STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. (STARFLEET) to more easily exchange ideas and information about issues and policies affecting STARFLEET and its members. As an official discussion list, the membership of this list expects a higher level of communication from and to the leadership of the organization. SFI-L operates under the authority of STARFLEET and of the list owner(s) and moderator(s). SFI-L is owned and operated by the Chief of Communications, STARFLEET and administered by the list moderators.

The current SFI-L ListFAQ is available on the following website:


A) Membership and Subscription Information
B) Contact Information
C) Archives
D) Purpose
E) How to Post
F) To Post or Not to Post
G) Replies, Follow-ups, Quoting
H) When Things Go Wrong
I) What Not To Do
J) Moderation and Suspension From the List
K) What Did We Miss?
L) Credits
M) Who May Join

A) Membership and Subscription Information
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To be eligible for membership on this list you must be a current member of STARFLEET. When a subscription request comes in, a moderator will verify your membership status in STARFLEET as recorded in the STARFLEET Database. Please sign up for the list using the same e-mail address, first name, and last name that you have in the STARFLEET Database. Once confirmed, your subscription request will be approved.

You can subscribe to SFI-L by visiting the following website:

From this page, you will be able to subscribe, un-subscribe, set digest mode, view the list archives, have your password mailed to you, and other administrative items.

If you have any problems, please e-mail the list moderators at listmods@sfi.org.

B) Contact Information
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The SFI-L list owner is Jeffrey Higdon (comms@sfi.org).
The current SFI-L moderators are Denine Sanders, Chris Lynch, and Eric Johannson.
Your first contact for most issues or questions regarding the list should be the list moderators (listmods@sfi.org). Should you require further assistance or have a concern about how the list is being run, please contact the list owner.

C) Archives
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Archives of the SFI-L e-mail list are available on the server at http://lists.sfi.org/private.cgi/sfi-l-sfi.org/. These archives are maintained on a space-available basis, and are not guaranteed to be available. In order to access the archives you must be a member of the SFI-L list.

D) Purpose
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The SFI-L mailing list is an official mailing list that allows members of STARFLEET to easily exchange ideas and information as well as discuss STARFLEET policy. This list is NOT a roleplaying or persona list. This list is owned and operated by the STARFLEET Chief of Communications and administered by the list moderators.

Announcements of upcoming chapter and region events are welcome, as well as discussions about policy and membership issues. Topics not allowed are those dealing with religion, sex, real world controversies, and other topics as determined by the list moderators.

The authority of the list owner as well as the list moderators is controlled by the rules in this FAQ, but is not limited to only the rules in this FAQ. You are asked to abide by the rules set forth in this FAQ as well as requests made by the moderators on the list itself.

The right to free speech guaranteed within the United States by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States applies to laws passed by the United States government limiting your right of expression. It does not apply to private individuals or organizations and does not apply to SFI-L. Your continued privilege of posting to this list is dependent upon your appropriate use of it.

E) How to Post
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To post a message to SFI-L, send an e-mail to


Your entire header (including To, CC, Subject, etc.) must not be longer than 1024 characters to conform to limitations in the mailing list software in use.

Your subject line should be brief, but descriptive. A subject line of "question" isn't informative, but a subject line of "Where can I find the rules about XXXX?" would be better.

In order for the list members to know who they are talking to, all messages must be signed with, at minimum, an identifying name and e-mail address. Keep your signature line to 5 or 6 lines maximum.

Check the recipients of your replies. If you plan on sending a private reply, check that the correct e-mail address is in your To field.

Rich text and HTML formatted messages are discouraged. These types of messages may not be formatted correctly and can contain a virus. Please only send messages to this list in plain text.

Attachments are prohibited on this list. The list software has been set to reject messages over a certain size to stop attachments from getting through. If you have something that you wish to make available to the members of the list, please post that it is available and that you will send it upon request or that it is available for download from a website.

This is a closed list. When you post, make sure that you post from the e-mail address that is subscribed. E-mail from any non-subscribed e-mail address will be rejected.

You are required to act in a professional manner on this list. While dissent is encouraged, you should make every effort to express this in a polite manner. Do not engage in personal attacks.

F) To post or Not To Post
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Before you send a message, remember that you are about to send your thoughts to a list read by many people. If you're mad when you write your post, hold onto it for a few hours and re-read it. You may decide to revise before sending or not send at all.

See the section on "What not to do" before posting to make sure that you are not violating a list rule before posting.

G) Replies, Follow-ups, and Quoting
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When replying to a message, ask yourself the following question: Does the list need to see my reply, or should it only go to the person that sent the original message? If this is the case, make sure to change the To field to that of the sender.

When sending a reply, remember that the list has already seen the message that you are replying to. You don't need the entire message in your reply. Simply remove any irrelevant part of the message that you are replying to, and add your comments.

H) When Things Go Wrong
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If you believe that there is something wrong with the list, please contact the list moderators; don't test it for yourself. This also applies to testing your filters. Please leave the operation and testing of the list to the moderators.

If there's nothing wrong with the list but you have a complaint about something that was posted, please contact the moderators. Most of our activity is done in private. Since we moderate in private, please contact us privately as your issue may have already been dealt with. It is also possible that we haven't received a complaint yet and you may be alerting us to a potential problem.

If you're going to be away from your e-mail for a period of time or your e-mail account is going to be unreachable for a period of time, please either consider unsubscribing or setting your subscription setting to digest mode. A full or unreachable e-mail box will generate a bounce notice to the mail software and a large number of bounces can cause you to be unsubscribed from this list. Also, please do not have auto-responders set up on the e-mail address subscribed to this list.

I) What Not To Do
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No profanity will be allowed on the list. If you unsure whether a word is considered profane, do not use it. If you test this rule by intentionally (in the opinion of any moderator) using a word just to see if it will result in moderation, you will be moderated.

As in generally accepted in netiquette circles, the following is a list of things that are prohibited on this list:

*No flames or trolling will be allowed on this list. Flaming is defined as the act of posting messages that are purposely hostile and derogative. Trolling is a the act of making a post in order to provoke an angry response or to start trouble without adding anything worthwhile to the conversation.

*No forwarding of private mail. Messages sent to you privately are not to be shared with the list without the permission of the author. The same applies to messages from a limited access mailing list, unless the message is clearly marked to indicate that it can be shared. Always seek permission first and, if in doubt, please contact a moderator first.

*No forwarding of messages to the list from non-subscribers or subscribers on moderation. If someone asks you to forward their thoughts to the list, please have them contact a list moderator. If we think it's appropriate, we will forward it to the list for them.

*No posting of copyrighted material without permission. If the material is something that is of interest, feel free to post a link to the material.

*No excessive quoting. Do not include the entire original message at the beginning or end of your message ether. Simply remove any part of the original that you are not commenting on. Be thoughtful of those set to digest mode. If you are using a program or application that makes editing quoted material difficult, it may be easier to not quote the message and simply restate the point you are replying to.

*No unmarked spoilers. While this type of posting is not appropriate for this list, if you must send a spoiler, make sure to leave at least 20 blank lines and mark your subject as a spoiler.

*No chain letters. Any message that asks to you send it to all your friends is a chain letter.

*No virus warnings. If you believe that you have a warning that needs to be sent to this list, please contact a list moderator about it. We will review it and if it is real and we determine that it should be sent, we will post it.

*No test messages. This includes messages to simply test your filters.

*No commercial non-STARFLEET related advertising or commercial sales pitches. This does not include the STARFLEET Quartermaster or chapters trying to raise money for a charity, a Regional Summit, IC, or other strictly STARFLEET-related event.

*No "Me Too" posts.

*No personal paging without permission of the list moderators.

*Limit signature blocks to six lines, including all information, decorations, quotations and blank lines.

*Don't post replies to the list when you really only meant to send to one person. Check your To fields prior to sending your message.

*No attachments. No stylized text. No HTML messages.

J) Moderation and Suspensions from this list
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If you are warned by a moderator not to do something, please respect that. Failure to follow directions from the moderator can and will result in punishment. While the STARFLEET Membership Handbook guarantees the right to voice your opinion at any level of STARFLEET, this is not an absolute right to participate in this forum. You have the right to contact the leadership of the organization at any time. This list is not your only method. Repeated failure to abide by the rules can and usually will result in moderation or suspension from the list.

Typically, the first violation will result in a warning. Continued violation will result in a one-week moderation. Continued violation will result in a longer moderation, as determined appropriate by the moderators. Continued violations will result in the moderators contacting the list owner to determine if a suspension or a complete banning from the list is warranted. While we will strive to follow the progression of punishments, we reserve the right to jump to a later one based on the circumstances.

While you are moderated, your posts will be rejected by the list moderators. You will still receive posts from the list, but you will not be allowed to respond to the list. If you are suspended from the list your subscription will be removed and you will be only be able to re-subscribe at the end of a period of time to be determined by the moderators.

Warnings will be sent, generally in private, to individuals that have violated the list rules. This warning is to remind the member about the rule that he has violated. However, this warning is just that, a warning. While you may be subjected to greater scrutiny for a period of time, there is no punishment associated with it. We may also send a blanket warning to the list.

Any decision of the moderators may be appealed. Your first line of appeal is to the senior moderator. If you feel that the senior moderator has not addressed the situation sufficiently, you are able to appeal to the full moderator board, or directly to the list owner. If you feel that you need to appeal higher, then you are directed to contact the Executive Committee of STARFLEET.

At times, the moderators will call for a closure of a thread that has lost its use (the thread has become a personal attack, is of topic, or other reason, as determined by the list moderators). We will post this closure to the list, generally with the following subject line: MODERATOR WARNING: CLOSED THREAD (was: old topic). While we realize that not everyone checks their e-mail constantly, we do expect that our closure to be respected. The members of the list will be given a 4 hour grace period if a normal-delivery subscriber and 12 hours if you are on digest mode. You will also be given one post on a closed topic (and receive a private warning) before receiving a moderation or suspension. You, the list members, are expected to follow the rules and make sure that no threads have been closed prior to posting.

K) What did we miss?
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This document is by no means a complete list of all possible situations that this list may encounter. The list moderators reserve the right to make decisions on issues that are not specifically addressed in order to allow us to maintain this list. If you have specific concerns about something not addressed in this FAQ, please contact the list moderators at listmods@sfi.org.

L) Credits
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This FAQ is maintained by the SFI-L moderators. This FAQ was pulled from several sources, including but not limited to the Netiquette guides available from several e-mail lists, as well as from the Unofficial Fleet-L FAQ.

M) Who may join
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The only requirements to subscribe to this list are that you:

1) Are an active STARFLEET Member in good standing;
2) Have an e-mail address listed in the STARFLEET Online Member Database; and
3) Use that e-mail to subscribe to the list.

If your membership should ever expire, your address will be unsubscribed from this list. This is not intended to be a hostile action but merely a housekeeping measure to ensure that only active STARFLEET members are on the list. If your membership expires and you then renew, you should be able to immediately (even with a pending renewal) be able to re-subscribe.

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the SFI-l Archives. (The current archive is only available to the list members.)

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