Netiquette Policy

ACO Listserv Guidelines & Netiquette (network etiquette)

At the ACO we cultivate the sharing of and respect for our membership’s diversity of knowledge, experience, and opinion. The ACO’s moderated Yahoo! Group is a forum for the benefit of the community created specifically for discussion of professional issues.

To cultivate respectful professional discussions on ADHD coaching and related topics, here are the rules for the members of our group. The discussions on the lists are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention.  Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines.

  1. Maintain a positive and professional atmosphere. Avoid gossip and hearsay.
  2. Promote discussions that are of general interest to the ACO community. Avoid discussion of personal matters.
  3. Express your opinion, but pay attention to word choice and tone. Do not post anything that you would not say publicly to someone’s face. Do not indulge in flaming, which is a hostile and insulting interaction between Internet users, often involving the use of profanity. This includes derogatory comments, ridicule, excessive sarcasm, and belittling others. Respectful disagreement is not flaming, but derogatory remarks will not be tolerated, as they do not promote the goals of the ACO.
  4. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, racial, sexual, and religious harassment or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in a listserv message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  5. Respect confidentiality. Do not copy or forward anything unless you have the original poster’s permission to do so.
  6. You agree to share at your own risk. There is no way we can ensure confidential material to remain on the list. Remember that the Internet is NOT a private place. Everything you post is on the record, permanently available to current and future members and potentially forwardable to nonmembers.
  7. Please trim your posts. Only include the relevant part of the original email. Delete the rest, especially if you receive the digest version.
  8. Finally, List Moderators will not be reviewing every post. If you see a clear violation of the rules (not just if you disagree with the post), please help keep your group useful and helpful by following the complaint process listed below.

By joining and using the ACO’s members-only e-mail list, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the list administrator at [email protected].

The ACO reserves the right to place on moderated status or expel those members who do not abide by the rules and guidelines.

Complaint Process

Please do not send complaints about other list members to the ACO Listserv. Complaints about compliance with Listserv rules should be sent to List Owner at [email protected] and should include a copy of the message in question and should describe specifically the reason for the complaint, including:

  1. Which rule is being violated
  2. By who and when
  3. Specify the subject line of the post AND the first line of the post so we can find it

Following receipt of a complaint, a List Moderator will use their discretion in determining whether a violation has occurred, whether further action is required, and how to implement that action. The List Moderator will consult with the List Moderation team as needed or in the case of an appeal.


Step 1:  If a List Moderator determines that the rules have been broken, the List Moderator will issue a warning to the list and to the person(s) who have broken the rules.  All List Moderators reserve the right to immediately mute any or all of the offenders if the situation warrants immediate action.

Step 2:  If the rules are broken again, the offender(s) will be banned from any posting for 48 hours and then reinstated on a moderated status for 48 hours. Moderated status means the List Moderator will for 48 hours approve each of the offender’s posts before it becomes public on the ACO Listserv.

Step 3:  If the rules are broken 3 times, the person(s) breaking them will be permanently expelled from the group.


Anyone who has been permanently expelled from the group can appeal their penalty to the List Moderation Team.  The List Moderation Team’s decision will be final.

Disclaimer and Legal Rules

The ACO accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this listserv by others.  The ACO disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site and in no event shall the ACO be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages resulting from the performance of the site or any information posted on this site.