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Subject: This listserv is not for marketing purposes

1.  This listserv is not for marketing purposes

Posted Jan 17, 2017 17:18
I am one of two volunteer moderators for NTEN Discuss (Ariel Jensen-Vargas is the other). There have been a few recent instances of listserv members' posting links to surveys, sometimes in the guise of providing service to nonprofits and sometime without anything substantial at all in the way of purpose or self-identification.

Most often, these kinds of surveys are meant not to serve others, but rather to gather data to be used later for marketing purposes. 

Please remember that NTEN communities are meant to benefit the nonprofit community at large and other members of the community. A survey that might be acceptable would be one where there is a commitment to share results back to the broader community, but even then, you can expect Ariel and I to be skeptical. When we recognize marketing intent, we will remove the post in question.

So, if you would like to launch a survey, I recommend that you first reach out to NTEN to see if what you have in mind is appropriate, 
via community@nten.org or 1-503-272-8800.


Keith Berner

Keith Berner
Director, Information Technology
Freedom House
Washington DC