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Netiquette for the mailing list
When sending messages to the mailing list please have in mind that:
- Net bandwidth is scarce.
- Some people directly pay per line of received mail; most pay indirectly
due to communication/modem/provider/phone company time tolls.
- Most readers don't have time or patience for perusing lots of received
(sometimes junk) mail.
- Several providers limit the mailbox size; if the owner receives too many
large messages the mailbox discards any further postings.
Of course this does not apply to message posted to particular list members;
if you want to make an image public, just tell the list it's available
in a web/ftp site, or announce it and send it just to those who ask you.
- When replying and quoting a previous message please take a little effort
to *cut off unnecessary parts*. A message with a long quote followed by
a single line like "me too!" or "I agree" is distasting and wasty.
- Use meaningful subjects---"help" does not help too much :), be more
specific. A busy reader will likely discard any messages whose subject
does not catch his/her attention and interest. And please change the
subject when replying but starting a new interesting thread.
- Do NOT send attachments, several mail readers (the programs, not the
users) do not understand them correctly. And it (again) uses net bandwidth
and space in your mailbox.
- Do NOT send attached images.
- Do NOT send HTML encoded messages. Force your mailer to send only plain
text messages. In most mailers you can change this in the 'Preferences'.
Original posting by Carlos Alberto Furuti:
Added the 'HTML encoded' part: Maarten van Gelder.
Last update: 09 March 2000
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