During this discussion, we have received several inquiries about edequity
policy. I would just like to take a moment to remind everyone that
edequity is a public forum. We are obligated to post all messages as long
as they follow the guidelines in the User's Guide (available on our web
As moderator of the list, we read every message to ensure that it meets
some basic requirements. We can reject messages if they: are unrelated to
educational equity, are not signed with name/e-mail address of the sender,
violate restrictions against using the list for lobbying purposes, or are
uncivil or abusive. However, the guidelines state that "No message will be
rejected for expressing an opinion, nor are messages censored (they appear
in their entirety)." If we do reject a message, we return it to the sender
with an explanation of why it was not accepted. S/he has the option of
revising and resubmitting the message.
I would also like to remind you that while we have to post all the messages
that meet these requirements, you do not have to respond to every message.
In this particular discussion, I think that list members have posted
insightful and informative comments and suggestions for resources to
someone who stated from the beginning that she is opposed to the beliefs of
most people on this list. (Being an equity supporter is not required to
join the list.) From the comments, this exchange has been valuable for
some. However, it is up to edequity participants to determine how long the
discussion on this topic continues. As moderator, we cannot arbitrarily
stop posting messages and end it.
That said, over the next few months we will be exploring ways we can more
actively facilitate discussion. The rules for posting messages are not
likely to change, but we will work to improve the flow, bring more people
from outside the list to answer questions or address hot topics raised by
list members, and otherwise encourage more peer exchanges to promote
As you know, edequity is part of a new on-line environment and we are still
learning and evolving as we go along. We want to make sure that we do all
we can to effectively utilize this tremendous resource to disseminate
information that will assist you in your equity work. We also want to
create a space where you feel comfortable networking and sharing what you
know with others on the list. Any suggestions you might have for us about
what we can do to achieve these goals are always welcome.
Thank you for your participation.
Susan J. Smith
WEEA Equity Resource Center
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