E-mail etiquette for lists
E-mail problems - General, formatting, HTML
E-mail problems - more.... Including security aspects
E-mail and IT abbreviations
Filtering incoming E-mail - typical "list" usage
AOL E-mail problems
Please be concise when writing, and format your posts:
- Turn off HTML encoding, MIME encoding, v-cards, attachments, and the like , as mailing lists are ASCII-text-only medium.
- Leave in the attributions and just enough of the previous poster's text, so others know who and what you're responding to. [snip] or /.../ are courtesies to other list members.
- If the subject has wandered from the original post, do not hestitate to change it. Example: "Subject: This is new [Was: old subject]"
- Type a response *below* the quoted material you're responding to, so it reads like a conversation. Please don't top-post (even the "rules" - RFC1855 - say so, as "this will make sure readers understand when they start to read your response")
- Reply comments should be interspersed with the quoted mail so that context is obvious. Care should be taken so that quote attribution, quote level and comments are obvious, while pruning unecessary content from the original quote.
- Delete the portions of the post that you aren't responding to, including the other person's .sig file, to save list server space and facilitate searching the archives.
- Use paragraphs shorter than 24 lines; leave blank lines between paragraphs; set line wrap to about 72 characters; your posts will then be readable on any size monitor.
- Use standard punctuation, capitalization, punctuation and spelling, so your posts are easy to read.
- Keep your own .sig file to fewer than eight lines (under four is best!), to save list server space.
The easier your posts are to read, the more people will read them.
Please be nice to the other posters to the newsgroup. Similarly, please don't flame others. Constructive criticism gets better results than insults.
Please send private responses over e-mail off-list. If you aren't sure if it should be said, take it to private e-mail. Better yet, don't post a followup or email a reply at all.
 If you need help turning off the HTML, either read the instructions that come with your e-mail software, or ask someone who has taken the time and made the effort to do so; if turning it off still proves impossible, use a different e-mail program. AOL problems are covered separately.
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