I. Site Access
While certain sections of the NPG website are public, many of the
community sections are restricted as a benefit to NPG members. To enjoy
continued access to the community, members should ensure that their ASRM and NPG memberships are current.
II. Site and Community Governance
Content for the NPG website is developed and monitored by the NPG
Website Content Committee. A list of committee members may be found on
the site’s Leadership page.
Community discussions, blog posts, and shared files are created and
self-moderated by the community. Members of the community may mark a
post or file as inappropriate if they feel like the content does not
meet the rules and guidelines outlined in Section IV.
When content is flagged as inappropriate, the content will disappear
from the site and will be sent to a site administrator for review. If
deemed appropriate, the content will be released to reappear on the
ASRM and NPG reserve the right to ban a community member for repeated or major violations of community rules or guidelines.
III. Site and Community Sections
A. Static Content
Static content on the site includes information about NPG and its
programs and events. This information is generally available to the
public. Any questions about or suggestions for static content should be
directed to the NPG Website Content Committee.
The Discussion area is intended as a forum for NPG members to interact
about topics of interest, practice questions, career advice,
collaborations, etc. Any NPG member in good standing can post topics for
discussion and respond to existing topics. Posts and replies should
abide by community rules and guidelines.
Members of the NPG community are invited to create blog posts to share
information on topics of interest. Although a blog post can be open for
comments, a blog is more similar to an article than an interactive
discussion. Blog posts should abide by community rules and guidelines.
The NPG website contains a library of shared files and links of
interest. Members are invited to share files according to community
rules and guidelines and suggest links of interest to the NPG Website
Events of interest may be posted to the Event Calendar by NPG members in
good standing. Calendar entries should follow ASRM’s guidelines for
event posting, which include listing events only for nonprofit
organizations that do not take place within a 45-day window of the ASRM
Scientific Congress & Expo.
IV. Community Rules and Guidelines
A. General Rules
- Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments
are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others
have their say, just as you may.
- Don't post commercial messages on any discussion list, resource
library entry, or other area where others might see it. Contact people
directly with product and service information if you believe it would
- Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the
lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are
subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
- All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or
illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you
would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to
know came from you.
- Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and
legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of
- Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise.
- Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate
lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same
- Physicians or health care professionals, whether or not they are
ASRM Members, accessing or using the ASRM Website and particularly the
Discussion Forums should not disclose any patient identifiable
information that would allow other visitors (ASRM Members and/or
non-Members) to determine the identity of a particular client/patient.
When discussing a patient's particular condition, Visitors should not
reveal a patient's name, address or any other information that would
directly or indirectly identify a particular patient.
All messages must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.
B. Discussion Group Etiquette
- Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location.
- State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the
subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your
posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by
- Include only the relevant portions of the original message in
your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before
the original posting.
- Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
- Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too"
to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to
Sender" link to the left of every message.
- Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the
list. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to
remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you
do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new
e-mail address. Simply change your settings.
- Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the
subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that
says "Long Message."
C. Guidelines for Posting Blog and Shared Files
In addition to the rules previously listed, please keep blog posts
and shared files free of commercial interests and copyrighted material
for which you do not have permission to use. The NPG Website Content
reserves the right to remove blog posts and shared files that violate
the community guidelines, contain erroneous information, and/or do not
add to the community’s body of knowledge.
V. Privacy and Legal Information