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W.G.E.N. hit the internet over 15 years ago. The letters stand for Washington Grassroots Electronic Network. I lived in Washington State at the time and the name became widely known beyond the state so, even though I have left Washington, I decided to keep the name of W.G.E.N.

W.G.E.N. is a conservative, politically oriented network. The purpose is to provide issues of interest to those people who have requested to be subscribed to W.G.E.N. It is not a "discussion" list as the purpose isnít to "discuss" things - it is to provide the information and the tools to ACT on issues. Please note that W.G.E.N. is non-partisan and regularly bashes all political parties and politicians who operate outside of what is Constitutional.

Subscriptions are easy to get. There is no fee and W.G.E.N. does not solicit donations for operations. All you need to do is send a blank email to:
     W.G.E.N. <idzrus@earthlink.net>
and in the SUBJECT: line, type:
     "SUBSCRIBE (ST)[name state you live in]."
I do not want any other information, just your email address and the state you reside in. The only reason I ask for the state is that some posts are of interest only to a particular state and I pull those addresses for those posts. Otherwise all posts are distributed to the entire national list.

Due to the volume of outgoing email, W.G.E.N. uses a topic "Coding System" in the Subject line to assist readers in sorting those of interest. Note that I do not use 'ALERT' - 'URGENT' - or such non-informative terms.

Topic coding [capital letters] used in the Subject line:

These codes have nothing to do with the way mail is sent out. (You cannot ask for only email on certain *codes* as I don't have a way to easily do that. I tried to accommodate that in the early years of W.G.E.N., but it became a horrible situation to manage.)

The *Topic Codes* enable the receiver to see right off what the subject of the email is without having to open it. Some folks have no interest at all in or in IRS so when they see one of those come through, they can hit DELETE without spending precious time opening the email. It also lets them know which ones they want to open at once - ie: INS (immigration issues) or ED (education issues) and it also provides a good filing track.

When I put the abbreviation for the {State} following the topic code - that lets the reader know where the news is coming from or what state it pertains to. For example, Subject: LEG{WA}: bill on same-sex to be heard (or bill number) -- tells the reader that it is LEGISLATIVE in the State of Washington and what the bill is about.

2A:2nd Amendment - gun issues
CAMP:Political Campaigns
EO:Executive Orders
EVENT:info for an event
FV:Family values (children - abortion - issues which affect families)
<G>Humor or jokes
GN:General News (I include Op/Eds and Events in here )
GR:Government Resources - Where to find things
HEAL:Health issues
INS:Immigration issues
IRS:self explanatory
LP:Limited post to a selected few on the list.
LEG:State legislative issues - bills introduced
LEO:Law Enforcement Officers
NID:National I.D.
PAL:Politically Arrogant Lawyers (Judges)
PERS:Personal note from me/td>
PROP:Property Rights
SP:Strictly Political - legislation is not filed - (Op/Eds & Events can go in here too)
TAX:issues on taxes
TECH:information related to Technical topics
UN:United Nations oriented
VDW:Veterans of Domestic Wars - abuse of citizens by government
WAR:issues related to Wars
{WA}an issue in Washington state
{ID}an issue in Idaho state, etc.

Please note that W.G.E.N. does NOT

  • send any attachments to list mail.
  • open attachments - they get deleted without opening.
  • view YouTube or other videos
  • hold polls or do surveys.
  • participate in on-line petitions.

Please verify all *rumors* or those items that just have a *smell* about them. We all need to stop filling in boxes with JUNK.

When submitting a post for the list be sure you submit it in a **clean** manner, just as you would a letter to the editor of your local paper.

Please remove all prior address tracks unless they are pertinent to the post.

Please remove all those >>>>>'s (forwarded email)-- there is software that does this.

Always use BCC to protect your list names. Open cc's expose your lists to the world and opens those names up to spammers. Unless you have rec'd permission to expose the email addresses of others it is not netiquette to do so in open cc's.

Source location (URL's) should be included for others to check, this is especially needed when sending a news article. Please put the URL at the beginning of the article.

Subject line should clearly indicate what the post contains or refers to. Please do not use **ALERTS** URGENT** in the subject line as it means nothing unless the topic is clearly identified. Think of it as a headline in the paper.

It would help everyone if folks would stop hitting *forward* and sending list mail. Take the few extra minutes to do a copy/paste and then CLEAN out the garbage and open CC's. It not only protects prior open cc addresses but it makes it SO MUCH EASIER TO READ.

And to all you AOL folks, remember, you are not getting all your email even if you have subscribed because AOL doesn't like to let you read ADULT material - that means CONSERVATIVE - not porn. I understand you can tell AOL to go to AOL or you can tell them to let W.G.E.N. email be delivered to your in-box.

If you have a *column* type post you have written and you don't want your email address sent out with it - be sure to say so. I do know several on the list who I remove their names and addresses before sending their material to the list. This is done for a small number as their jobs would be at risk. If you do not want your name and e-dress sent out - SO STATE AT THE BEGINNING of each post. Thank you.

Feel free to forward any W.G.E.N. posts. I do not have any restrictions on LIST MAIL. If I send you an obviously *personal* or a *limited to a small number of people* post, I do expect it to be honored as that - personal or limited.

W.G.E.N. also maintains a free messageboard for those of you who want to *discuss* or comment on things. It is there for you to use and it is not limited to only W.G.E.N. members. I do monitor the board though so that garbage isnít posted there. I have no objection to honest disagreement on the board - but I will not OK garbage. Honest debate is good for all of us and may provide insight we might not otherwise see. For the time being the message board is hosted at: http://www.voy.com/19385/ Do not post copyrighted material to the board. It is permissible to post the URL and the first paragraph with your comments if you have any.

Feel free to make use of the many resources available on my Grassroots Granny web page. http://grassrootsgranny.com/index.html

These have been sifted through over the years and have proven to be of great assistance to many readers. If you have some worthy of listing please let me know.

I hope this provides you with a clear explanation of W.G.E.N. and Granny.

Jackie Juntti
Grassroots Granny - AKA, The Olí Polish Woman

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