AABP has had a long history of using a discussion listserv (AABP-L) for members to communicate, discuss, and ask questions related to techniques, treatments, business and all aspects of a cattle veterinary practice. The listserv software originated as a way to communicate with large groups by sending a single email to a list address, then that message got distributed to all members of the list. While this method worked in the early years of internet development, the needs, features and security of such a system have drastically changed.
Discussion forums offer several benefits, both for individuals and communities. Here are some key advantages of participating in discussion forums:
Knowledge sharing: Discussion forums provide a platform for individuals to share their knowledge, expertise and experiences on various topics. People can ask questions, seek advice, and receive answers from a diverse community of cattle veterinarians. This sharing of information helps to expand collective knowledge and solve problems effectively.
Learning and self-improvement: Engaging in discussion forums exposes individuals to different perspectives and ideas. By participating in discussions, individuals can learn from others, gain new insights, and broaden their understanding of various subjects. It also encourages continuous learning and self-improvement by actively engaging in thoughtful conversations.
Networking and community building: Discussion forums facilitate connections between like-minded individuals who share similar interests or goals. Participants can engage in conversations, build relationships, and collaborate with others who have similar passions or professional backgrounds. This networking aspect can lead to valuable partnerships, collaborations and friendships.
Problem-solving and support: Discussion forums often serve as a valuable resource for troubleshooting problems and finding solutions. Whether it's technical issues, personal challenges or professional dilemmas, forums allow individuals to seek guidance, advice, and support from a larger community. The collective wisdom and diverse perspectives can offer innovative solutions to complex problems.
Exposure to diverse opinions: Discussion forums bring together people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. This diversity fosters an environment where individuals can encounter contrasting viewpoints and engage in meaningful debates. Exposure to diverse opinions helps in critical thinking, broadening perspectives, and understanding alternative viewpoints.
Access to expert advicefrom industry experts, professionals and experienced individuals. Engaging with such experts can provide valuable insights, practical advice, and guidance in specific areas of interest. Access to expert advice can save time, prevent mistakes, and accelerate personal or professional growth.
Platform for self-expression: Discussion forums offer individuals an opportunity to express themselves, share their opinions, and contribute to meaningful conversations. It allows participants to engage in debates, present arguments, and defend their perspectives. This platform encourages free speech and gives individuals a voice to express themselves in a respectful and moderated environment.
Overall, discussion forums can be valuable platforms for learning, problem-solving, networking and personal growth. They provide a sense of community, foster collaboration, and enable individuals to connect with like-minded people worldwide.
The AABP Board of Directors has approved the following policies for AABP.Today:
VIOLATION OF POLICIES
The Forum Managers and ED shall monitor AABP.Today and privately contact any subscribers who violate the above policies with a warning message. Subscribers who violate AABP.Today policy can have sanctions placed on them at the discretion of the forum moderators and AABP ED in consultation, if necessary, with the AABP Executive Committee. Sanctions imposed can include warning, moderated status (temporary or permanent) or removal (temporary or permanent). Any sanction imposed may be appealed to the AABP BoD by contacting the district director. All decisions of the AABP BoD are considered final. While AABP.Today is a privilege of AABP membership, members can be removed permanently from the discussion forum by the AABP BoD for violating discussion forum policies.