Mailing lists are to be used solely for posts that pertain to lepidoptera breeding, education and other topics related to the purpose of the IBBA as specified in its Bylaws.
Off-topic posts are permitted within reason, but they should be clearly marked as "Off Topic" in the Subject line.
List Subscribers AGREE NOT TO:
discuss business conflicts of any kind;
speak ill of another breeder;
use the IBBA Mailing List or the Butterfly Family List to promote or discuss a competing association;
use antagonistic language toward each other; or
List Subscribers AGREE that:
business problems should be discussed in private and, if necessary, the Better Business Bureau may be used as a third party for conflict resolution;
the membership e-mail roster shall also be used with the same discretion;
participants/users will follow these guidelines or posts will be removed and expulsion from the lists is possible. Participants/users must contact the Board of Directors privately and not on the mailing lists, with complaints or other mailing list issues; and
the IBBA will not become involved in breeder-business disputes at any time.
Lists' users understand that these lists, as property of the IBBA, Inc., will be administered under the guidelines as heretofore stated. Deletion of questionable posts and expulsion of any user and/or participant for violation of these guidelines will be at the discretion of the IBBA, Inc. Board of Directors
IBBA Mailing Lists Policy Review
Amendment May 2009:
The BOD has voted to lift the restrictions and is now in the process of finalizing the written policy. This will be, in essence, open. For now, you can post anything except for utilizing this list for promotion of a competing organization.
IBBA Policy Regarding Use of Mailing Lists by Competing Organizations
Click HERE to read the IBBA Policy Regarding Use of Mailing Lists by Competing Organizations
What Mailing Lists are there?
The IBBA sponsor two mailing lists, one public and open to all, and one private for IBBA members only. These lists are maintained on ListServe.com.
The IBBA Open Butterfly Discussion Group is an open e-mail discussion list sponsored by the IBBA and held on Google Groups. To find out more, click HERE.
The IBBA Mailing List is for IBBA members only. It is the main route for passing information of interest to and between all members. Members share information and advice and discuss relevant issues. Members are subscribed automatically when they join.
There is now a "Help" page HERE for the IBBA Mailing List and other lists on Google Groups.
More details about the IBBA Mailing List can be found in the Members Section FAQ.
When you join the IBBA Open Butterfly Discussion Group you will receive a set of instructions from the list server. To subscribe, please visit this page and follow the instructions.
How do the Mailing Lists work?
Taking the IBBA Open Butterfly Discussion Group as an example: messages are sent to the list server'and automatically forwarded to all subscribers in its database. Replies to the list message are likewise sent to all subscribers so that a "discussion" takes place by e-mail.
Note that the list server will ONLY accept messages from, and send messages to, the subscriber e-mail address in its database.
Our lists are sometimes moderated (i.e., messages are intercepted and pre-approved before transmission) for breaches of the list rules.
Can I send attachments to the mailing lists?
Yes. We use Google Groups, which currently has a message size limit of 4 MB. However, some of our subscribers are on slow internet connections, so please keep individual messages below 1 MB. If you wish to post a lot of photos, reduce them in size where possible and, if necessary, spread them across several emails.
Please note that some websites may contain hidden scripts that can compromise your computer. Treat with caution all web addresses embedded within list messages unless you are sure that they are safe.
I am an IBBA member. How do I subscribe to the IBBA Mailing List?
When your membership database entry is created, you will also be subscribed to the IBBA Mailing List. You do not have to do anything. However, it is strongly recommended that you visit your subscription page as soon as possible and enter a password of your choice.
What do I need to know about entering my e-mail address?
When you are entering your e-mail address, please follow these rules:
1. Make sure your e-mail address is complete. It must consist of your user name, the '@' sign, and a domain name, with no spaces. For example, 'firstname.lastname@example.org' is a valid address, but 'joesmith' is not.
2. Make sure it is your true e-mail address. When you send an e-mail to someone, the 'from' field in the e-mail is your true e-mail address. When you send an e-mail to the mailing list, this 'from' field is checked against the e-mail address that you supplied when you subscribed (or were subscribed) to the list. You can write to the list only if your e-mail address on the list matches the 'from' address in your message.
NOTE: A problem can arise if your e-mail is being forwarded from a forwarding address (for example, email@example.com might be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org; if 'email@example.com' is entered as the mailing list address, Joe Smith will receive mail from the list, but will not be able to write to the list).
How do I change my stored e-mail address or list user name?
Log in to the list's web page on Google Groups, using your subscribed email address and your Google password. The URL is at the bottom of every list message. Click on the My Settings icon at top right to change your list options.
NB: Every list message contains list information in the footer. Please remove this when replying, as another set will be added to your message and they soon build up. See also the "Do's and Don'ts" below.
How do I leave a Mailing List?
To unsubscribe follow the link at the bottom of every list message.
Other Do's and Don'ts with mailing lists
Read your message over carefully before sending, and ask yourself if anything could be misinterpreted. Similarly if you receive a message that appears inflammatory, consider that the sender probably didn't mean it that way. "Flame wars" serve nobody!
There is an accepted "netiquette" when using any mailing lists. Probably the key thing to remember is that e-mails do not convey emotion, and something that you post intended as light-hearted or joking may not be read as such by all the recipients. If you wish you can use "smileys" (otherwise known as or "emoticons") to convey feeling - for example a smiling face :-) a sad face :-( or a suggestive wink ;-) !