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==EMAIL DISCUSSION LIST NETIQUETTE==
Go here to read the THE 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR COMPUTER ETHICS
- 1) It is always a good idea to monitor or lurk on a email discussion list if you can to get a feel of
the mores and customs of the group before you post.
- 2) Do NOT write in all caps. This is considered shouting. Use caps only to show emotions, like ANGER or SURPRISE or to add
emphasis to what you are saying.
- 3) Keep in mind that some discussion lists may have members from many countries.
Recognize and accept cultural and linguistic differences
- 4) NO personal messages. If you want to talk to your friends about the
party Saturday night, take it to PRIVATE E-mail. Most subscribers do
not care what you will be wearing.
- 5) Do not cross post (post one message to several forums using the CC: functions of your email program.
- 6) When responding to a message it is considered good form to
quote the text you are about to discuss. But excessive quoting is
unnecessary and counterproductive. Quote only that text that deals directly
with the point you wish to make.
- 7) Don't join a list just to post inflammatory messages.
- 8) Keep your questions and comments relevant to the focus of the discussion group.
- 9) 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 publicly.
- 10) 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.
- 11) Flames (insults) belong in private mail, if they belong in mail at all.
Discussions will often result in disagreements. Rebuttals to another
person's comments should always be made in a rational, logical
and mature manner, whether they are made publicly or privately. What is a
flame can range from the obvious (ranting and raving, abusive comments,
etc.) to the not-so-obvious (comments about how many "newbies" seem to be
on the list these days, "RTFM!" exhortations, etc.).
For more on Internet netiquette go to:
The Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette
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