MHA E-mail Guidelines

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MHA E-mail Distribution List guidelines for the e-mail address

The e-mail distribution list is used for announcements, emergencies, lost pets, threats to life and limb, criminal activity, etc. It may also be used for thoughtful, civil and respectful discussion of issues vital to the neighborhood.

The e-mail list is not direct delivery, but rather has one or more moderators. The moderators review each incoming e-mail and release the e-mail to the list according to the below set of guidelines.

When reply-all is used, the reply will be sent to the whole list (through a moderator). When an individual reply to the sender is used (not a reply-all), the reply is sent to the individual sender only and is not sent to the whole list, and is not even seen by the moderators. (Note that this is different from the way the previous e-mail system worked.)

E-mail Guidelines:

  • No political messages
  • No religious messages
  • No commercial messages. The exception to this rule is: If you are a Mistletoe Heights property owner you may list personal items you own for sale as well as a home or apartment you own in Mistletoe Heights you have for sale or rent. You may not include a realtor reference to any home sales or rentals.
  • No advertisements, announcements, invitations or fundraiser posts for non-profit or for profit organizations unless they are directly connected to the schools in our neighborhood’s district (the Paschal Pyramid consists of Lily B. Clayton Elementary, McLean Middle School and Paschal High School) or the organization’s post has a direct effect on the neighborhood. An example might be a parking or noise issue at the Zoo.
  • Discussion on neighborhood issues should be thoughtful, civil, and respectful. Each e-mail should have a purpose in improving our neighborhood and moving a discussion forward, not in just “piling on” to a point that has already been made. It should not be used for “venting” frustration in the absence of a positive contribution to an issue.
  • The moderator can ask a submitter to reword a message to make it acceptable.
  • When responding to an individual’s request (such as a recommendation for a painter, plumber, etc), respond directly to the requestor. After the requestor has received the responses, they may then send a note back to the list summarizing the responses in a single e-mail, so all may benefit.
  • Members may be removed for consistent violation of the above guidelines.
  • The moderator has the final say on what is sent out. These are only guidelines. The moderators may use their own judgment in occasionally stepping outside the guidelines should they consider it in the best interest of the neighborhood.
  • The moderators may adjust these guidelines over time to improve the list’s benefit to the neighborhood and we ask for our neighbor’s patience as we do so. Comments may be sent to

Please feel free to ask.