[Ilugc] Mailing List Guidelines: Monthly reminder

ashwin kesavan ashwin.chn at gmail.com
Sun Aug 1 21:32:26 IST 2010


Mailing List Guidelines: Monthly reminder


1. English is the medium of communication in this mailing list, so use
only english in the mailing list.

2. Use a proper subject line.

3. Do not troll in the mailing list

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

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

5. 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?

Use interleaved, trimmed posting

 Hi,
 --- Foo Bar<foo.bar at gmail.com> wrote:
 > could design good
 > application forms using tex

 Sure.

 > CTAN doesn't seem to give me anything.

 Check this example (Observing Time Application Form):
 http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php

 --
 Bar Foo

6. 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

7. Do not post HTML messages

8. Do not recycle messages

9. Do not send attachments

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

11. 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

12. 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

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

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

15. Don't send season's greetings or birthday or social networking site
 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.

Reference:
http://www.shakthimaan.com/downloads/glv/presentations/mailing-list-etiquette.pdf


with regards,
Ashwin K.


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