Small Stuff Membership Policies
1] Small Stuff is about small
stuff. In other words, the topic is dollhouse
scale miniatures! Please include something about
miniatures in each of your posts. Off topic replies
should be sent privately to the person concerned,
not to the Small Stuff list. If they are sent to
Small Stuff, they will probably be rejected (your
email will not appear).
This is a newsletter list dedicated to the discussion
of dollhouse scale miniatures. If you want to post
jokes, poems or recipes, please join other lists
for that purpose. Several welcome these kinds of
topics along with miniatures. MiniLists has many of them linked and described.
2] Small Stuff is a forum
for polite communication between miniaturists. It
is not a place to argue, accuse or berate. No
forms of abuse, attacks, or 'flaming' will be tolerated (on list or off), and may result in immediate expulsion
from Small Stuff.
3] Our advertising/promotion
It is our desire that comments and posts to Small
Stuff help build and encourage the "community
spirit" of miniatures online. For this reason,
we strongly discourage blatant advertising on Small
Stuff except on Fridays (the Friday digest
is called "Flipped Friday" and is dedicated
to promotions and advertising).
Other than Fridays, no auction (i.e. eBay and
the like) or advertising pitches are allowed on
Small Stuff. Exception: When someone posts looking
for an item, and you are offering just that item,
then you can respond with that information, BUT
you cannot ever post the price, or state that anything
is discounted by a certain percentage, or that shipping
is free, etc. -- even on Fridays. We have this policy
so that we cannot be accused of being associated
with price fixing in the miniatures industry.
If you sell through auctions, you can include
your auction seller's link or web site link ONLY
in your signature (unless it is a Flipped Friday
post). You can also request that your eBay seller's
link or your web site link be added to the Small
Web site and photo album site owners may
announce new site launches, and updates, on Fridays
as well. Even if your post includes non-promotional
information, it is going to be held until Friday,
and appear in Friday's digest. The number of announcements
of this type should be limited, and not used as
a regular advertising tool.
People can, of course, on any day of the week,
post when they have seen something on auction or
a web site which they consider exceptional in some
way -- as long as they are not the seller themselves.
And of course, they may mention the prices and special
offers, since they are not the seller. Please do
not abuse this policy by frequently posting information
about a friend or business partner's offerings.
We would prefer that you do not mention your Small
Stuff membership in your auction or web site descriptions,
since Small Stuff as a group is not in a position
to guarantee or warrant anything. We will not mediate
or intervene in online swaps or sales transactions.
Show Announcements: You are welcome to one
show announcement prior to a show, and one follow-up
after the show. Please keep both announcements brief,
and refer to the show web site (if there is one)
for details. Announcements may include admission
prices but not vendor table rates. Workshop announcements may only include the name of the project, the teacher,
and the dates/location (if they differ from the
4] Signatures are the non-message
lines at the bottom of some email messages, usually
containing a name or business name, and perhaps
a location and the URL to a web site or photo album
site. They are the unique way you "sign"
your post. You can find information on how to automatically
add a consistent signature to all your emails in
the Help section of your mail program.
Out of consideration to those who read SS in digest
form, we ask that you limit your signature to 4
lines maximum, with up to 80 characters and/or spaces
per line. Please note that a space counts as a character
and a blank line counts as a line. We also ask that
you please limit slogans to miniature-related topics,
avoiding political, religious, and personal statements
or famous quotations which are not miniature related.
eBay sellers' URLs are typically quite long and
with the 80-character per line limit may mean that
your eBay link takes up two of your signature lines.
You can get a "tiny"
URL to replace your long eBay URL.
Here is an example of an acceptable signature:
I brake for dollhouse shops!
Please note that if your signature is more than
four lines of 80 characters, our mail program will
reject your post.
5] Please do not post Virus
Warnings to the list. Most of these are hoaxes.
Once you have determined that it is not a hoax,
please forward the warning privately to Anne at
anne(a)gerdesdesign.com [replace (a) with @].
6] Small Stuff respects Copyrights. Please do not post offers (or requests) to copy
articles, excerpts, patterns, or artwork in print
or electronic form, unless you are the copyright
holder for that work, or you have obtained permission
from the copyright holder in advance of your offer.
Ownership of a post to SS, or to any other list
or individual, no matter the content, belongs to
the poster and is not to be copied, transmitted,
etc without the person's permission.
In general, protected works may only be copied/shared
under "fair use" which usually designates
educators or librarians, and even then permission
is required. Copyright protection is relevant regardless
of whether the item copied is being offered for
sale/profit, or for free. Information
about copyrights pertaining to miniatures.
7] Our tips archive is comprised
of tips posted by members. If you don't want tips
you post to be archived, please put DON'T ARCHIVE
in the email. Otherwise, the member's name will
be archived with their tip. The member retains all
copyright privileges to their own tips. (See #7).
8] Charitable Giving: From
time to time the SS Board may decide to organize
charitable mini-drives for worthy
causes. As a group we feel that it is important to support
those in need and bring a small ray of hope into
the lives of the unfortunate. In the past we have
donated dollhouses and miniature items to children,
and we prefer to continue in this way. If you are
aware of a person or organization worthy of an organized
group effort by the SS membership, please contact email@example.com. The need will be substantiated before being solicited
on Small Stuff. If you send gifts or money to anyone in response
to a tragedy or situation which has been mentioned
on SS and which has not been verified by the SS
Board, you do so at your own risk.
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