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Discussion Guidelines


  • Tone of messages must be maintained at the highest level of professionalism; flaming, sarcasm, or personal attacks will not be tolerated.
  • Don't attack a person. Disagree with an idea.
  • Respect the right of others to disagree.
  • Be polite and show respect. If you have nothing new, positive, informative or helpful to say, refrain from sharing it.
  • It's inappropriate to repeat the same argument over and over without adding new information.
  • Debate; Don't argue.
  • Listen; Don't shout.
  • Stay on topic.

Repercussions of Breaking Expectations

  • Private warning
  • Public warning
  • Voluntary time out
  • Involuntary time out
  • Removal from the Working Group