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Mailing List Netiquette

  1. POSTING

    Keep your questions and comments relevant to the focus of the list.

    Do not send or forward personal email from another person to the list without their permission.

    Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading. *Asterisks* surrounding a word also can be used to make a stronger point. Capitalizing whole words that are not titles is generally termed as SHOUTING!

    Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Use the /Sarc to end text that can be misconstrued.

    A one-line response can go in the subject. Enclose it in square brackets [like this] to denote there is no text to follow. (This is useful for answering requests for WWW addresses, "800" numbers, etc.).

    Acronyms can be used to abbreviate when possible, though over-using acronyms can be confusing and annoying to the reader.

    Examples:

    • IMHO= in my humble/honest opinion
    • FYI = for your information
    • BTW = by the way
    • IIRC = If I remember correctly
    • GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike.
  2. SUBJECT LINE

    Please use a relevant subject to enable the readers to determine the content of your message before opening it. Blank subject lines serve no purpose.

  3. TRIM DOWN YOUR QUOTES

    When quoting another person, edit out whatever isn't directly applicable to your reply.

    This makes the email easier to read.

  4. ME TOO and THANK YOU

    Don't send "Me Too!", "Thank You", etc. messages to the group! Send those out to the individuals email address directly. A private "Thank You" is nicer too!

  5. WELCOMES ( for social lists)

    When people join an Email group, it is great that members want to welcome these people into the group and make them feel at home. Doing this on low volume lists helps to stimulate conversation. On high volume lists though, it is suggested that these people be welcomed using their private email address rather than have several welcome messages cluttering up group related discussions.

  6. MANNERS

    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. People disagree, sometimes strongly. Please do state your opinion, clearly and freely in an objective maner.. Please also understand that others are also free to express their opinions.

  7. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

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

  8. ATTACHING FILES

    Compress your file sizes. Have a virus checker on your machine. If you don't then don't send attachments Don't open up attachments from email senders you don't know. You can save the attachment to desktop and use notepad to open it to see if it is relevant. Notepad has no macro functions to transmit a virus. Total message size should not be over 8 megabytes in order to avoid size filters on various mail systems. Ideally an email is less than 200 kilobytes in size.

  9. COMMERCIALS/ADVERTISING

    DON'T! Sending out unsolicited commercial e-mail or posting inappropriate commercials is called 'Spamming'. Unsolicited means sent to an Email list not designed specifically for the purposes of advertising.

  10. VIRUS WARNINGS - CHAIN LETTERS

    Don't open any email that presents you with a virus warning from your virus checker. Delete communications from unknown parties that prompt you to fix your computer. If you get a chain letter, just delete it. Don't infest it onto mail systems.

  11. Email client and HTML mail.

    Mail into a discussion list should be text and not HTML mail. Not all list members will have HTML mail enabled.

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