|COHOUSING-L POSTING GUIDELINES - PLEASE READ||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson WB0YQM (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 9 Mar 95 09:44 CST|
>From Fred H. Olson sysop of Cohousing-L: Hi, Like many mailing lists Cohousing-L generates a lot of messages that fill subscribers mail boxes. Keeping the number of extraneous messages is a high priority. It seems to me that recently there has been an increase in the number of inappropriate messages posted to Cohousing-L. NOTE: This message is not intended to be a criticism of any particular poster so relax. (But watch it the future :) (BTW, I occasionlly post something inappropriate by mistake -- sorry about that.) Two particular types of inappropriate messages on Cohousing-L recently: 1) messages that would more approrpriately be sent directly by personal email to one person. Or responses to these! If you have a question for a particular person and the reply would not be of general interest, please send email to the person directly. 2) brief, trivial responses usually only serve to clutter up the list. Please avoid. Below are two guidelines borrowed from another list's policies that I'd also encourage here. (From Shahrukh Merchant merchant [at] anuxv.att.com , sysop of the ballroom list): 3. ETIQUETTE WHEN ASKING QUESTIONS: Request that answers be sent directly to you, and offer to post summaries of responses. Questions are fine--the access to a large number of people who might answer them (though not necessarily consistenly :-)) is one of the biggest assets we have in the list. However, they also have the potential for generating a lot of list traffic with bits and pieces of answers. A good way to "get the best of both worlds," and also for those who ask for the information and presumably benefit from it to "return the favour" to the list, is to offer to post a summary or compilation of the information back to the list. E.g., "Where can I go ballroom dancing in Albuquerque, New Mexico? Please send e-mail responses directly to me, and I will post a summary of responses back to the list, combined with my own observations and experiences when I return. I have checked the Dancers' Archive, but couldn't find what I wanted--I will also add the new information to the Dancers' Archive file and send the update to Eileen." [Now *there's* a socially reponsible posting!] Not only does this reduce piecemeal traffic, but your compilation may make an excellent article for inclusion in the Dancers' Archives, or FAQ, or even so that other interested people can store all the pertinent information in one mail message. 4. AVOID TRIVIA: Please refrain from trivial responses (usually characterized by being 1-2 lines long). This is not to encourage you to be verbose if you can make a point concisely, but most 1-2 line responses of late have seemed rather trivial. When one is asking several hundred people to go through your message (and the dozens of lines of quoted material that typically accompanies these trivial messages), would it not behoove one to put at least a little thought into the content? Examples of trivial messages (unless accompanied by some further elaboration): "Me [sic] too!" "I'm not sure if I would agree with that." "Ha, Ha!" "I was wondering that too." These are probably appropriate if sent *just* to the original poster, but it really does little more than clutter up mailboxes if sent to the whole list. (Many _questions_ ARE 1-2 lines long and appropriately so--this guideline is not intended to apply to questions.) Fred -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] uci.com (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM 1221 Russell Av N, Minneapolis,MN 55411 Sysop of COHOUSING-L listserv; COHOUSING URL's: mailto://listserv [at] uci.com (w/ msg: Info Cohousing-L) gopher://gopher.uci.com/ TC FREENET PUBLIC TEST PHASE: May 1, 1995 URL's: mailto://info [at] freenet.msp.mn.us http://freenet.msp.mn.us:8000/
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