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|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 21:53:12 -0500|
The last couple days both of my lists have had off topic posts. These things happen. Sometimes it's a mistake (that looks like a spam, or is the list manager making a mistake), sometimes its just plain off topic (impeachment), sometimes its someone who's fallen for a hoax (send this message about helping a kid to everyone). There is no end of possibilities. The first way to minimize the impact of such things is DONT REPLY over the list. Complain to the list manager, complain to the poster, (please be civil). Specific references on hoaxes to the list manager are appreciated. But replies over the list just prolong the off topic excursion. Second, consider carefully before posting to a list. Several hundred people may see your message. Consider the subject line. Avoid long quotes. If in doubt, wait a day to send it or consult the list manager. Third if something is off topic or does not interest you, ignore it or delete it and move on. Please DO NOT reply over the list to this message or any other that is not about the topic for this discussion. Generally it's preferable not to apologize for a mistake over the list. Please DO post messages about the list's topic. Fred, list manager -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] cohousing.org Minneapolis,MN 55411 (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM List manager of: Cohousing-L See www.cohousing.org and nbhd-tc the Twin Cities Neighborhood issues list. See www.freenet.msp.mn.us
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