This is a reminder about our policies and intentions about the safety, privacy, and respect of our membership in our use of email.
1. We have an agreement.
The End User License Agreement (EULA) on MKPConnect applies to the use of all ManKind Project web properties and email lists, including our public websites. In order to use ManKind Project websites, MKPConnect, or MKP email list-serves (V-Groups), every New Warrior must agree to the EULA. The EULA specifies a number of allowed and prohibited actions on the use of the websites, their content, and all data owned and used by MKP USA. The ManKind Project’s list-serves and websites are services provided for the benefit of New Warriors and our communities.
Three things to note:
- Section VI. The EULA prohibits the sharing of confidential user generated content, such as content from V-Group email lists, without express permission of the content creator.
- Section VII.(x) The EULA prohibits sending unsolicited bulk email to addresses copied or gathered from MKP’s websites. This is not limited to MKPConnect – but pertains to all public web sites run by the ManKind Project. If you’re a New Warrior, you agree not to ‘spam’ your brothers, even with relevant information. This commitment respects our time and our inboxes.
- Section VII.(i)(ii) You agree that you will not: (i) transmit any User Content that is confidential, unlawful, false, misleading, harmful, threatening, embarrassing, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of sexual or violent acts; (ii) transmit any User Content that victimizes, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of any impermissible classification;
Egregious and/or repeated violations of the EULA may result in suspension of access to MKPConnect and MKP V-Groups, being added to the ‘Do Not Staff List,’ and removal from volunteer or contract roles in MKP USA. See Section VIII.
2. Who is responsible for safety?
The email list-serves commonly called ‘Chat’ or ‘Talk’ lists for Areas, Societies, and Interest Groups are, for the most part, NOT MODERATED. The nature of our work is emotional and vulnerable. Sometimes a discussion can quickly become a ‘flame war.’ It is up to us, as New Warriors, to respect each other, to honor the values of the ManKind Project, to use principles of Warrior Communication (see the PIT Manual pp. 99-100, 134-139), to understand the distinctions of words like Safe, Brave, Disruptive, Rude, Bullying, and to respect the terms of the EULA in our interactions.
No space is 100% free from risk, hurt, or mishap. Perspectives clash. Men disagree. We can choose to do the work of dialog for our own growth and the benefit of our brotherhood. We can choose to participate or not. We are each free to speak, and none of us are free from the impacts and consequences of our speech.
We can create spaces that are both SAFE and BRAVE for men to communicate. It is up to us to measure and reflect on the impacts of our words, and to hold ourselves accountable. When things go sideways we can de-escalate, take responsibility, and do our work to repair relationships and learn more about our shadows. MKP USA has developed a resource to explore these distinctions through the Safer Circles and Communities Effort.
List Administrators, Area Council Admins or Stewards, or MKP USA Role Holders may, with deliberation, temporarily or permanently request suspension of user privileges in cases of disruptive behavior or for violation of the EULA or local community guidelines.
3. What do I do with (SPAM) emails?
All emails delivered through an MKP V-Group List-serve or MKP Broadcast list contain an UNSUBSCRIBE link and information. This is a legal requirement. Our email lists are OPT-IN lists. You are free to Opt-In and free to Opt-Out.
If you receive unsolicited and unwanted bulk email (SPAM) from an individual, [email not delivered through an MKP V-Group or Broadcast – whether or not the email’s subject is related to the ManKind Project] here are action steps you can take.
- Notify the sender that you do not wish to receive unsolicited bulk communication. Do not use REPLY ALL, as this compounds the problem.
- Mark the message as SPAM in your email interface.
- Optional: Create a FILTER or a BLOCK EMAIL address action.
- Optional: Notify the ManKind Project by FORWARDING the email (with explanation) to HELP@MKP.ORG.
Thank you for helping us make our websites and list-serves work for us to serve our shared mission.