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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject [Admin] Extended Netiquette
Date Thu, 18 Nov 1999 15:12:35 GMT

netiquette is a nice thing because it is a set of protocols and
contracts that allow people to better interacts. Also, some of these
have reflection on other contracts with other resources.

Here a reminder of things you might want to think about:

1) try to reduce your message size: this inludes eliminating big
signatures, quoting non-relevant parts of mail threads, sending
HTML-mail, attaching unnecessary information (like vCards and such),
cross-posting. You should also try to summarize your sentences and
reduce unnecessary verbosity.

This has a number of major impacts:

a) it reduces the amount of work done by the mail list
b) it reduces the amount of time used for dial-up users to download
email (which also reduces costs in european countries where the phone
bill is per minute!!).
c) it increases the signal/noise ratio of the mail list
d) it improves communication/focalization in general

2) try to quote a message "below" the actual quote. It is hard,
sometimes, to understand what you are referring to without. This is
somehow related to "out-of-context" information. This is the same reason
why you quote the message in the first place.

3) try to synch your messages: sometimes broken mail clients or broken
timezone configurations break the chronological order of things. Please,
even if you use to follow your mail on a thread basis, consider that
some people use time-order instead and receiving messages out of order
may breaks the whole discussion and make your comment look 

4) try to use 72 chars for line wrapping. This helps readability even on
old text-based terminals/mail-clients.

5) try to look at your own messages when they get back: are you able to
read them? are you using non-standard line wrapping columns? How would
you react on receiving your own mail?

It's up to you to make sure that you receive the correct amount of
understanding and recognition. It is up to you to behave politely to the
other people on this list.

Please, understand that these are not "imposed" upon you. I just wanted
to spend a second to improve the signal/noise ratio so that everyone can
live with it easier.

Thank you for your patience and for stating out the obvious to someone

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<stefano@apache.org>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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