ASVCP Resources

American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI 53704

Telephone: +1-608-443-2479
Fax: +1-608-443-2474

How to Join the ASVCP Listserv

To join the new ASVCP Listserv, please click this link: . If you have any questions about the Listserv, please send an email to

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LISTSERV Etiquette

To help keep the list operating smoothly, please read the following 6 tips on general LISTSERV etiquette and consider them when sending messages. These standard recommendations were extracted from several resources on LISTSERV etiquette.

1. Include a meaningful subject line

Please include a clear and descriptive entry on the Subject line in each posting (a good idea for all e-mail). If you reply to a message but change the topic of discussion, please change the Subject line entry. This allows subscribers to follow the thread or delete unread messages when the subject lines announce topics that they are not interested in.

2. Include a short signature

Please sign your full name at the bottom of your posting and include your affiliation(s) and e-mail address. Some members may receive their e-mail messages with the header information stripped away by their local system and therefore cannot know the author of a particular posting. Long signatures are discouraged; they take up valuable net bandwidth and computer space.

3. Provide context

Every posting should begin with a clear introduction to the topic, or offer a reference to the topic or to a previous posting. Most e-mail programs automatically quote the original message in replies, but failing to edit the original message and signature wastes bandwidth and computer storage space for many people, especially as messages grow from sequential replies. Please provide context, but keep quotations short and relevant.

4. Avoid personal mail

Just as it is important to try to share public information with the whole group, private correspondence should remain just that — private.  If your post is relevant only to one member of the list, please contact that person using personal e-mail. Be extremely careful when replying to a list message. This list will send your reply to all subscribers if you simply use a reply command.

5. Write clearly and carefully

Remember that how and what you write may affect how other people regard you, your opinions, and your knowledge. The following may be helpful:

  • Reread what you wrote. Did you really say what you intended to? Do you really want to say this to the world?
  • Keep your messages brief.
  • Insert a blank line between paragraphs.
  • Don't use bold or italic text styles or text colors in mailing list messages; many people won't see them and may even see HTML tags instead.
  • Use of all uppercase letters is considered SHOUTING and will often be regarded as rude.
  • Humor is appreciated, but please remember that humor in an e-mail can be easily misinterpreted.  One way to express emotion is to use emoticons: humorous :-), or sad :-( .

6. Be tolerant

Please be considerate of others and have tolerance for individuality. Through inexperience or limited local software, list members may inadvertently violate LISTSERV etiquette. If you find something posted on the list objectionable, please express your suggestions in a private message to the offender rather than to the whole list.

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