Group Etiquette: How to Play Nice

  •  Put a signature tag on all messages that includes your name, affiliation, location.
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your 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.
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. Avoid sending messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals to the entire list. If you wish to thank someone, send a thank you directly to the individual.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list, through the group. Instead, use the to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings.
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."

Group Rules

This group is the property of the Home Health Section – APTA. The group moderator and/or any Home Health Section officer may place a subscriber on “moderated” status or a remove a subscriber for violation of any of the following rules, as well as for violations of the guidelines for etiquette. Please help us to keep the group a friendly and respectful place for discourse by attending to the rules and the guidelines.

By subscribing to the hhs-members discussion group, you agree to the following rules, as well as to the guidelines for group etiquette (found elsewhere under “Files” for the group):

You must be a current member of APTA and the Home Health Section in order to use the group.

  • Participants must sign all of group messages. Include your name, affiliation (if any), location (city, state).
  • Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions on the list are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.
  • Don't post commercial messages on any group. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists 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 a group 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 below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to the list.
  • Remember that the Home Health Section and other e-mail list participants have the right to reproduce postings to this group.
  • Send your message only to the most appropriate list(s). Do not spam several lists with the same message.
  • Postings to the Home Health Section group are considered public information. They may be subpoenaed in legal proceedings and may also be monitored by regulators and others.

Group Legal Statement

The group is provided as a service of the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (HHS). HHS is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.
HHS disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by HHS or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall HHS be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants the Home Health Section and users of this list the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

Postings to the Home Health Section group are considered public information. They may be subpoenaed in legal proceedings and may also be monitored by regulators and others.

The Home Health Section does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to HHS’ attention, HHS will take all appropriate action.

HHS reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.