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The Berkeley Parents Network is meant to be a supportive, helpful forum
so that we will all feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics
about ourselves and our families.
- We use your email address in order to
mail newsletters to you, to verify membership when you
post a message, and to contact you if we have a question about something
We do not share, give away, sell or reveal email addresses on the BPN list.
No one has access to your email address except the BPN moderators.
- When you subscribe to BPN, we ask for your neighborhood and the
ages of your children in order to make sure that you are eligible
to subscribe. This information may also appear in the "Welcome New Members" section
of the weekly Announcements newsletter, which goes only to other subscribing
parents in a one-time email. If you do not want your information to appear in the Welcome
section, you have the option to request that on the subscription form.
- Most of the newsletters allow you to specify how you want your
posting to be signed, including simply
"Anonymous". Exceptions to this are postings where a contact
email/phone is needed, such as the Marketplace and Childcare newsletters.
If you post anonymously, only the BPN moderators have access to your email
See Can I post anonymously? for more information
- When we archive advice and reviews to the website, we remove
all identifying information first unless you have given us permission
to post it (such as announcements from local tutors.)
Full names, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.,
are never included, even if you included it
in your original post to the newsletter. Please let us know immediately if you find that your
name was accidentally included on a web page, and we'll remove it at once.
- Be aware that when you post a message to one of the
newsletters, your post will be seen by thousands of people.
There are 33,889
receiving the BPN newsletters, so it's very possible
that your neighbor, your co-worker, your boss, or your child's teacher is on the list. Please keep this in mind. And,
as always with any kind of written correspondence,
please be prudent about what you put into
your email if you are signing your name to it.
We want subscribers
to feel that they can include their names or email addresses in their posts without being
bombarded with unwanted email from other subscribers.
Therefore, subscribers may not use information from the BPN newsletters --
such as names, email addresses, and phone numbers --
to contact other subscribers for ANY reason other than
responding directly to a request they made in the newsletter.
This includes criticism about
a posting of theirs you saw in the newsletter, solicitations (even if it's for
a good cause), and anything that could be interpreted as promoting your own business or private practice.
Subscribers who are unable to follow these policies will be
unsubscribed from BPN.
- Sending unwanted email to other BPN subscribers
- Offering services that were not requested:
You may not email people off list
to offer goods or services that were not specifically requested in their post.
For example, if you run a nanny agency, you
may not contact people who posted to the Childcare newsletter looking for a
nanny unless they specifically asked for an agency.
- Soliciting for a cause or business:
You may not collect email addresses
from BPN newsletters in order to promote or publicize a business, fund-raiser,
political cause, community event, or any other product or service that was
not specifically requested in the original post.
- Criticizing or commenting on a post:
read a posting in the newsletter that you disapprove of, you may not
contact the person who posted to comment or complain to them about
the posting unless they specifically
invited people to write them with comments. If you think the posting violated
a BPN policy, please instead write to the moderator, whose email address appears
at the top of the newsletter. See also
Expressing your opinion in the Advice newsletter.
Note: It is OK to send someone an email that answers the question they asked, or
to say thanks, or to say hello to a friend. Most people are happy to receive email like
would be considered unwelcome by most people.
- Harvesting email addresses from BPN newsletters
Several times over the years, a BPN subscriber has been hired by a
parenting publication to collect email addresses "from friends" for the publication's
mailing list. Unbeknownst to both BPN and the other publication,
the subscriber instead collected email
addresses from BPN newsletters, and those people were then signed up to mailing
lists for publications such as Parents' Press and Red Tricycle. Please let these
publications know if you are signed up without your permission, and also notify
BPN so we can be aware when this is happening.
- Forwarding newsletters to people who don't subscribe
Subscribers may not forward newsletters to non-subscribers without permission.
The newsletters often contain personal information about subscribers such as
their full names,
childrens' names, phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses. As with
any other email you receive, you should never forward the words of, or personal
information about, another person without their permission.
It is OK to forward some good advice to a friend
but please remove all the personal information first, or ask the permission
of the people who posted.
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