Most of the time, WML functions very happily as a
large, informal and varied discussion, where wit, humour and
disagreement is welcomed. Very occasionally however, there is some
need to co-ordinate the hundreds of voices that form the community
so that our mailboxes are not filled with abuse and trivia every
day. That is the purpose of these broad guidelines which form the
basis for WAG's occasional interventions.
The List does not tolerate spam, blatant
attempts to incite an argument, flaming or abuse, as these
activities will inevitably cause the list to lose its purpose.
Please avoid swearing in messages to WML (it ain’t big, it ain’t
clever and readers with content filters will probably not
receive your message at all).
ast*r*sks if want to express the strength of your feelings.
Gratuitous swearing is banned altogether and will incur a yellow
card in the first instance. WAG’s judgement will be final in
determining whether swearing is gratuitous.
Please do not send virus warnings to the list. It is a matter of
some pride that with hundreds of subscribers, WML is relatively
Do not attempt to impersonate anyone. Emails
have to have your name as the author, or you must sign the email
with your name, or you must be prepared to give your name to
WAG, who will keep it confidential if requested.
Impersonation of any member of Watford staff,
players, directors or of former staff members or players will be
met with an instant Red Card (see Discipline) and you will no
longer be permitted to post to, or receive WML.
If you are asked by someone acting for WAG to
take a thread off-list or (for example) to apologise for
something, you must comply or accept any punishment that WAG
If you are unsure whether something should be
sent to WML, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
first for their review.
OCCASIONAL non-WFC related messages may be acceptable, WAG
reserves the right to warn individual listees off, if WAG feels
that they are abusing this.
All requests of a commercial or charitable nature should be
submitted to WAG for approval before sending to the list. WAG
will assess each such request based on its merits.
Subscribers may be
moderated at any time at the list owner's discretion.
are not to be made on WML. In all respects you (and not WML) are
responsible for the content of your own postings. See the
libel page on this site for more
Fortunately, the list is almost always a friendly
and co-operative community, so disciplinary cases are rare, but WAG
will act swiftly when the list is compromised by breaches of the
guidelines. WAG may take one of three courses of action, depending
the seriousness of the breach:
1) Warning from WAG. You are asked to follow any warning that is
given as it will avoid further problems.
2) Yellow Card This
is a warning to behave yourself, and essentially says that if you
misbehave again you will be given a Red Card and banned from the
list. A yellow card also suspends you from posting to or receiving
WML for 7 days. A yellow card remains on file for six months, after
which it will be wiped. After the 7 day ban has elapsed, you have to
request to rejoin the list.
3) Red Card This is
a final warning and will see your membership of WML withdrawn. To
date, only two red cards have been issued other than for
impersonation. It is a measure that WAG does not want to use, but
will use if necessary
If you feel that you have
been unfairly treated by WAG in being issued a Red or Yellow card
you may appeal against the decision within 24 hours by sending an
Your email should set out the grounds of your appeal clearly. On
receiving an appeal, the membership of WAG will consider the
circumstances carefully and hold a vote before making a final
decision as to whether to remove you from the List permanently or
Netiquette on the Watford List
Netiquette acts as the umbrella term for Dos and
Don'ts on the Internet. Some of the points below should be taken as
suggestions for how to act on WML.
Save this document for future reference.
When you first join WML, get a feel for the
list for a few days before sending your maiden message. It is a
pleasant courtesy if you then send a few lines describing (say)
yourself, the length of your Watford support, your personal
Watford highlights, etc.
A common occurrence is that when someone sends
a message expressing a view, others write back with a message
saying something like "Couldn't agree more". This sort of
message is a waste of time, bandwidth and energy. Worse, such
messages are often compounded by the person quoting the whole of
the initial message. Include only those bits of the original
message that put your reply into context.
On the Internet, words in capitals are taken
to equate to SHOUTING. People rarely respond positively if you
shout at them.
When you post an article to WML from a
newspaper or magazine, online or not, make sure you mention your
source so that your readers can assess its credibility.
If messages sent to a member are consistently
returned to Yahoo! Groups with an error, that member is
considered "bouncing." Their Yahoo! Groups account is
deactivated, and group messages will not be delivered to the
account. Once an account is considered bouncing, Yahoo! Groups
will send a series of test messages to the member. If the test
messages are returned as undeliverable, then the account will
continue to bounce. However, if a message is delivered and not
returned as undeliverable within five days after it was sent,
the account will automatically be reactivated. Members may also
manually reactivate their accounts by visiting their My Groups
Keep arguments civil. If you are going to send
crude insults to people, do so off-list.
Any one subscriber (or any fraction of the List) cannot and must not
speak on behalf of the whole List. For example, if, in an email to
the club or an article to a magazine, you mention WML, it must
be made clear that you are not speaking on behalf of the List.
Occasionally a list subscriber writes an
article about the mailing list for some publication. WAG would
be a good place to send it for advice, because there is a lot of
"list experience" there.
One more thing...
Messages you send to WML are automatically
forwarded to list subscribers. There is nothing anyone else can do
once you have pressed the send button. So, think before you send. It
is not unknown for messages to be dug out months and even years
later, in order to point out hypocrisy, superb (or wretched)
predictive skill, etc.
Please do not forget that
YOU ARE SOLELY
RESPONSIBLE FOR MESSAGES SENT FROM YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.
Neither WAG nor any other entity takes any
responsibility for what you write. Thus, if messages from your
address are praiseworthy, you get the praise. Whereas, if they are
appalling, libellous or in any way illegal, you also take any
consequences. Please read the
section on this site.
Last Updated: 5th December 2013