Thank you for participating in the SOMSA online community. To ensure the best possible experience for all of our members, we have established these basic guidelines for participation. Several of these guidelines are included because this platform is both a forum and a listserv: you can interact with it completely via email, without visiting the website at all, or you can use the web or mobile app to read and post.

  1. Please try to remember to delete all other replies after yours. When you reply via email, all text you send will appear in your response, including any and all messages you are replying to. To avoid repetitive information and needlessly long posts, select all (CTRL+A) and delete before you begin typing.
  2. Search your topic by keyword before posting. If there is another thread on the topic, you might find the answer you’re looking for before posting. You will also find out who to reach out to directly. But most of all, we’ll avoid multiple threads on the same topic, and all information shared on certain topics will be in one place.
  3. Use a descriptive Subject when you begin a thread. The Subject of your email will be the title of the thread, in the web interface, in emails, and in the mobile app.
  4. No messages less than 3 words. Remember, every email you send to the forum will be emailed to anyone who has subscribed to the forum. If you want to say “Thanks!” be sure you add something substantive to the conversation. Otherwise, we all agree to understand that each of us is grateful for the help we’re providing.
  5. Be professional and be kind. We are all doing our best, but sometimes humor, sarcasm, and jokes do not land as we intended when presented in text like they do when we are face to face.
  6. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited and will be removed.
  7. If you believe someone is violating any of our Forum Etiquette & Rules or general behavior expected from professionals, the best thing to do is forward the post to Linden or a board member and let us handle the situation.

Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright or confidentiality without the permission of the owner. In addition, by posting material, you grant to SOMSA and the members of this community the nonexclusive, worldwide, transferable right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material in any way and in any medium, including but not limited to print or electronic form.

This service is provided as a member benefit of SOMSA. SOMSA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on these sites by others. SOMSA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on these sites, whether posted by SOMSA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall SOMSA 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.

SOMSA does not actively monitor these sites 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 SOMSA’s attention, SOMSA will take all appropriate action.

SOMSA reserves the right to block any users who do not abide by these guidelines.