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“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.” Alexander Graham Bell

eForum Rules and Etiquette

By joining and using COAA's eForum, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines set for these peer discussion groups. You also agree to reserve eForum discussions for topics best suited to the medium.

As with any community, there are guidelines governing behavior on the eForum. For instance, violating antitrust regulations, libeling others, selling, and marketing are not permissible. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact COAA. COAA reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership on all eForums for members who violate these rules.


  • Do not challenge or attack others. The discussions on the eForums are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.

  • Do not post commercial messages. Contact people directly with products and services that you believe would help them.

  • Use caution when discussing products and services. Information posted on the eForum is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in an eForum message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to the eForum.

Remember that COAA and other eForum participants have the right to reproduce postings to the eForum.


  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location, and e-mail address.
  • State concisely and clearly the specific topic of the comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply, delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting.
  • Only send a message to the entire eForum when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire eForum. Do this by using your e-mail application's forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting in the e-mail address of the individual to whom you want to respond.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list through the eForum. Instead, use the Web interface to remove yourself from a list, or contact COAA.
  • Warn other eForum subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."