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From renato gallo <morph...@dido.net>
Subject Re: [Admin] Extended Netiquette
Date Thu, 18 Nov 1999 16:17:44 GMT
Stefano, have I done something wrong??
if yes excuse me........

Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:

> People,
>
> 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
> program/machine/bandwidth
> 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
> out-of-place.
>
> 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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