Frequently Asked Questions - Participating in the Group

The focus of HSAdventures is very narrow and specific: organizing and announcing local inclusive secular homeschool events.

To keep the volume of messages manageable, the moderators make every effort to keep post topics in line with that focus.

Non-members may have approved content forwarded to the group by simply contacting us.

Relevant topics include:

Members may also post about the following:

At their discretion, moderators may allow members to occasionally post about the following provided the subject line begins with "OT" (for Off-Topic). Approval of these discretionary posts is determined, in part, by relevance and general message volume.

The following topics do not support our group focus and will not be approved for posting:

  • No petitions: Requests to sign petitions will not be approved.
  • No politics: Announcements for political events will not be approved.
  • No proselytizing: Non-homeschool religious events will not be approved.

Our asking you to not send off-topic posts to the HSAdventures Yahoo Group and the Facebook HSAdventures Group doesn't mean that we don't see value in those posts, just that HSAdventures is not the right place for them. We encourage you to explore whether or not your off-topic post would be welcome at either of our partner groups, MHA or ECHO-MN. Non-members may find advice about reaching homeschoolers in our Homeschool Outreach section.

Messages to the HSAdventures Yahoo Group are only partially moderated and messages to the Facebook HSAdventures Group are not moderated, so if a "hot button" post does get through, please don't respond to it. While we value the respectful discussion of ideas, HSAdventures is not the right place for such debate. You may contact the moderators at hsadventures-owner(at)yahoogroups.com if you wish to report a post as inappropriate.

 
Event Announcements Post Frequency:

HSA Events

If you are organizing an HSA Event, you may repost as often as you need.

Generally, most HSA Event organizers will ...

  1. send the original HSA Event Notice
  2. send a reminder a couple of days before the registration deadline
  3. for those HSA Events announced farther in advance, an additional reminder a couple of weeks before the registration deadline

... but you may need to ...

  1. send corrections, changes, or additional information (such as answers to frequently asked questions)
  2. send a plea or pleas for additional registrants if your HSA Event is facing cancellation due to low registration numbers.

Additionally, HSA Event organizers are invited (even encouraged) to create a Facebook Event in the Facebook HSAdventures Group.

Before announcing your HSA Event elsewhere, including on the Yahoo Groups of our partners, MHA or ECHO-MN, we recommend that you ask permission from that group’s moderator(s) or at the very least check that group’s posting policies.

Other local inclusive secular homeschool events and classes

We also encourage members to announce other local inclusive secular homeschool events and classes once on the HSAdventures Yahoo Group and Facebook HSAdventures Group

  • If the original announcement is more than 30 days before the registration deadline or event date, members may also send either one registration reminder as the registration deadline nears or one event reminder shortly before the event.
  • While members may announce important changes (such as date, time or location) to the group, additional updates should be sent directly to registered participants.
  • If an event is facing cancellation due to low registration numbers, members may request permission from the moderators to make additional re-postings.

Non-members may request to have on-topic content forwarded to the group by simply contacting us.

Off Topic Post Frequency:

Reposting of an off-topic post to the must be approved by the moderators first. To keep the frequency of off-topic posts low, we are unlikely to approve a re-posting more often than once a year.

When you reply to a message from the HSAdventures Yahoo Group, it will only go to the message's author, not to the entire group. To post or reply to the group, use the group's email address: hsadventures(at)yahoogroups.com

Yahoo Groups is notorious for inserting line breaks into long URLs making them “unclickable.” To avoid this, enclose long URLs in angle brackets. However, angle brackets will not help if it is your email client that is inserting the line breaks. In that case, use an URL shortener such as bit.ly or tinyurl.

We recommend that you subscribe to Individual Email for the HSAdventures Yahoo Group and not the Daily Digest or No Email as HSA Event can fill up very quickly once announced.

The Daily Digest groups the day’s messages together into a single email, along with an index of the messages. Since the HSAdventures Yahoo Group is fairly low traffic, the Daily Digest doesn’t go out that frequently. Usually you will get one (or fewer) Daily Digest each day, but on those rare occasions when traffic is heavier, you may get two in one day.

No Email (or web only) means you will still be a member of the HSAdventures Yahoo Group, but you won’t receive any emails. You have to visit the group to read messages and find out about upcoming events.
Note: If you joined the HSAdventures Yahoo Group via email commands, please not that you must have an active Yahoo Account to access group messages on the web.)

At this time, moderators are not making use of the Special Notices option.

To change your Yahoo Group settings via the web

  1. Go to groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hsadventures/management/membership
  2. Click the Edit Settings pencil icon next to Subscription
  3. Select …
    • “Individual Email” to receive individual emails (our recommended delivery setting)
    • “Daily Digest” to receive a daily digest email
    • “No Email” to receive no emails and read all messages on the web

To change your Yahoo Group settings via email

Note: Email command require that you respond to a confirmation message before they will take effect, so watch both your inbox and your spam/junk folder for that confirmation request!


To unsubscribe from the HSAdventures Yahoo Group:

…or…

  1. Go to groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hsadventures/info
  2. Click on Membership
  3. Select Edit Membership
  4. From that page, click the Leave Group button (near the bottom of the page).

Additionally, a link to unsubscribe via email is included at the bottom of every message sent by every Yahoo Group.


Yahoo Group Email Commands

Note: Most email command require that you respond to a confirmation message before they will take effect, so watch both your inbox and your spam/junk folder for that confirmation request!