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i'd like people to read this.

this is a netiquette guide for mailing lists
that i found while i was doing a little websurfing
last week.  please read the whole thing; it's not
really that long.  i'm planning to modify it into
a new sloan netiquette guide, so i invite comments
by private e-mail. thanks.


         The Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette - by Arlene Rinaldi


Some mailing lists have low rates of traffic, others can flood your mailbox
with several hundred mail messages per day. Numerous incoming messages from
various listservers or mailing lists by multiple users, requires extensive
system processing which can tie up valuable resources. Subscription to
Interest Groups or Discussion Lists should be kept to a minimum and should
not exceed what your disk quota can handle, or you for that matter.

   * When you join a list, monitor the messages for a few days to get a feel
     for what common questions are asked, and what topics are deemed
     off-limits. This is commonly referred to as lurking. When you feel
     comfortable with the group, then start posting.

   * See if there is a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for a group that you
     are interested in joining. Veteran members get annoyed when they see
     the same questions every few weeks, or at the start of each semester.

   * Follow any and all guidelines that the listowner has posted; the
     listowner establishes the local "netiquette" standards for her/his

   * Keep in mind that some discussion lists or Usenet groups have members
     from many countries.
        o Don't assume that they will understand a reference to TV, movies,
          pop culture, or current events in your country. If you must use
          the reference, please explain it.
        o Don't assume that they understand geographical references that are
          local or national.

   * Don't join a list just to post inflammatory messages - this upsets most
     system administrators and you could lose access to the net ("mail

   * Keep your questions and comments relevant to the focus of the
     discussion group.

   * If another person posts a comment or question that is off the subject,
     do NOT reply to the list and keep the off- subject conversation going

   * When someone posts an off-subject note, and someone else criticizes
     that posting, you should NOT submit a gratuitous note saying "well, I
     liked it and lots of people probably did as well and you guys ought to
     lighten up and not tell us to stick to the subject".

   * When going away for more than a week, unsubscribe or suspend mail from
     any mailing lists or LISTSERV services.

   * If you can respond to someone else's question, do so through email.
     Twenty people answering the same question on a large list can fill your
     mailbox (and those of everyone else on the list) quickly.

   * When quoting another person, edit out whatever isn't directly
     applicable to your reply. Don't let your mailing or Usenet software
     automatically quote the entire body of messages you are replying to
     when it's not necessary. Take the time to edit any quotations down to
     the minimum necessary to provide context for your reply. Nobody likes
     reading a long message in quotes for the third or fourth time, only to
     be followed by a one line response: "Yeah, me too."

   * Use discretion when forwarding a long mail message to group addresses
     or distribution lists. It's preferable to reference the source of a
     document and provide instructions on how to obtain a copy. If you must
     post a long message, warn the readers with a statement at the top of
     the mail message. Example: WARNING: LONG MESSAGE

   * If you crosspost messages to multiple groups, include the name of the
     groups at the top of the mail message with an apology for any

   * Resist the temptation to "flame" others on the list. Remember that
     these discussions are "public" and meant for constructive exchanges.
     Treat the others on the list as you would want them to treat you.

   * When posting a question to the discussion group, request that responses
     be directed to you personally. Post a summary or answer to your
     question to the group.

   * When replying to a message posted to a discussion group, check the
     address to be certain it's going to the intended location (person or
     group). It can be very embarrassing if they reply incorrectly and post
     a personal message to the entire discussion group that was intended for
     an individual.

   * When signing up for a group it is important to save your subscription
     confirmation letter for reference. That way if you go on vacation you
     will have the subscription address for suspending mail.

   * Use your own personal Email account, don't subscribe using a shared
     office account.

   * Occasionally subscribers to the list who are not familiar with proper
     netiquette will submit requests to SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE directly to
     the list itself. Be tolerant of this activity, and possibly provide
     some useful advice as opposed to being critical.

   * Other people on the list are not interested in your desire to be added
     or deleted. Any requests regarding administrative tasks such as being
     added or removed from a list should be made to the appropriate area,
     not the list itself. Mail for these types of requests should be sent to
     the following respectively:


     MAILING LISTS - listname-REQUEST\!/host or listname-OWNER\!/host

     For either Mailing Lists or LISTSERV groups, to subscribe or
     unsubscribe, in the body of the message include:

     SUBSCRIBE listname yourfirstname yourlastname (To be added to the
     subscription) or UNSUBSCRIBE listname (To be removed from the

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