Where is LUWS policy letter?

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Where is LUWS policy letter?

Postby kennard » Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:38 am

I know that the policy has been discussed on this tech forum that local units aren't supposed to create their own websites aside from the LUWS on lds.org. I personally have read the letter, I think dated sometime mid to late 2003, which is signed by the Presiding Bishopric. There was an earlier one (2001?), but the 2003 letter was worded a little more strongly, explicitly stating that units, auxiliaries, missions, etc. are not to create their own websites or use mailing lists other than the ones on lds.org.

A friend of mine is in a ward in which a member has decided to create a ward website, and posted all of the members' names and email addresses publicly (spam bait), and the person who posted the site doesn't seem to care (or else doesn't believe him) about the policy. I could not find the letter online anywhere on lds.org. Is it posted anywhere that I could point him to, so he can show the individual (and perhaps the local leader who apparently OK'd the site) that it is against current Church policy and should be removed?

Tom (or someone else at the Church): If the policy isn't posted online, could permission be obtained for it to be posted online or on this forum? This isn't the first time I or people I know have had to refer to the letter in order to stop someone from posting our personal info online as a "service" to their ward. It's been long enough since the letter was released that there are a lot of people who probably don't remember or even know about it, (especially in singles and student wards... some people were still in YM/YW when the letter came out, and a lot of leaders weren't serving in their current callings when it came out, and so they may not know about it either).

Thanks.

-Doug

p.s. - moderators: I hope asking for policy info is ok on the tech forum when the policy is about the use of technology. If not, feel free to delete my message and tell me it is not within the scope of the forum.

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Postby brado426 » Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:13 am

I believe this thread contains the information you are looking for:

http://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?t=576

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thanks

Postby kennard » Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:43 am

brado426 wrote:I believe this thread contains the information you are looking for:

http://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?t=576




Thanks! That's what we are looking for.

-Doug

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Postby russellhltn » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:23 am

Maybe I'm just a grumpy old coot, but I'd be inclined to call up Church Headquarters and ask for the legal department and report the site and ward involved. The response should convince the those guilty beyond any shadow of doubt. :eek:

I've found times when pointing out policy doesn't bring compliance.

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Postby greenwoodkl » Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:23 pm

dougk wrote:If the policy isn't posted online, could permission be obtained for it to be posted online or on this forum?


I do have access to the letters through the Official Communication Library, but I'll leave the legalities and inquiries into posting to the moderators or Tom.

There were two letters I could find on the OCL:
  • Discontinuation of Local Church Unit Web Sites (21812) from the Presiding Bishopric - 15 March 2001
  • Authorized Church Web Sites (24739) from the First Presidency - 13 December 2004
    • The second letter references guidelines from the Presiding Bishopric on 22 January 2003 regarding stake and ward Web sites, but I cannot find that document.

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Postby russellhltn » Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:13 pm

I believe you can find the 2001 and 2003 letter posted on-line if you go and look at "Serving in the Church" under "Stake Technology Specialist". No login required.

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Postby WelchTC » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:40 am

kgthunder wrote:I do have access to the letters through the Official Communication Library, but I'll leave the legalities and inquiries into posting to the moderators or Tom.

There were two letters I could find on the OCL:
  • Discontinuation of Local Church Unit Web Sites (21812) from the Presiding Bishopric - 15 March 2001
  • Authorized Church Web Sites (24739) from the First Presidency - 13 December 2004
    • The second letter references guidelines from the Presiding Bishopric on 22 January 2003 regarding stake and ward Web sites, but I cannot find that document.

Yes, these are the two letters sent out by the Church. The 2nd one is the letter that is referred to by the previous link to the other forum thread and should be the one that people use when referencing this policy.

It is OK to talk about policy when it involves technology on this Web site and especially if it is used to clarify the policy.

Tom


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