[Ilugc] Monthly reminder: mailing list guidelines

Shakthi Kannan cyborg4k at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 1 09:02:21 IST 2007


This is a monthly reminder on the mail posting
guidelines:

1. Use a proper subject line.

2. Do not troll in the mailing list

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll

3. Use [OT] for off-topic, non-technical discussions.
But, don't misuse this to start flame wars or to troll
in the mailing list.

4. Do not top-post:

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top-posting

Example of a top-post:

   Because it messes up the order in which 
   people normally read text.
   > > Why is top-posting 
   > > such a bad thing?
   Top-posting.
   > > What is the most 
   > > annoying thing in e-mail?

Always use interleaved posting. Trim the post you are
replying to and interleave your replies so that each
part of the reply is under the quoted part that you
are replying to. Further please leave a gap of one
line between the matter you are quoting and your
reply.

   what is your name?
   regards
   xyz

trimmed and replied as:

    >what is your name?

    my name is ilugc

and not as:

   >what is your name?
   >regards
   >xyz
   my name is ilugc.

5. Do not over-quote:

Example of an over-quote:

>>> On Friday you said
>>>  blah blah blah
>> On Saturday you said
>>  foo foo foo
> On Sunday you said
>  foobar

6. Do not post HTML messages

7. Do not recycle messages

8. Do not send attachments

9. Do not attach obnoxious, nonsensical legal
disclaimers. If your company uses disclaimers, don't
use your company ID for the mailing list.

10. Do not reply to a digest. (If you are in digest
mode and want to reply to a post use ILUGC Gmane blog
interface.

Link:
http://blog.gmane.org/gmane.org.user-groups.linux.ilugc

11. Search for answers for your questions/problems in
google.com or any other search engine before posting
your query to the mailing list.

If any of the above are not clear to you, Please read
the detailed list guidelines:

Link:
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

12. Do not post messages in all capital letters. Mails
in CAPS is considered rude and is similar to shouting
during a conversation.

13. If you or your company is into GNU/Linux
migration, or you want help into GNU/Linux migration,
check here:
http://www.chennailug.org/wiki/?title=GNU_Linux_migration

14. If you are looking for GNU/Linux distro CDs please
check here:
http://www.chennailug.org/wiki/?title=CDs_for_Grab

15. Following these guidelines could be helpful
http://people.debian.org/~enrico/dcg/

16. Don't send season's greetings or birthday invites
to the group. Its not mailing list etiquette.

We must use the above guidelines to maintain better
readability, proper archives, efficient bandwidth
usage, etc.


 
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