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Re: newbie

On Tue, 24 Jun 2003, John wrote:

> On Sun, 22 Jun 2003, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > On Sun, 22 Jun 2003, afme ihug co nz wrote:
> > 
> > > Hi folks, totally new to L Rh, be warned <g>
> > 
> > cool. then the first lesson you should learn is to use a meaningful
> > subject line.
> Taking some care over your English wouldn't hurt either. I gave up on
> it.
> And, pls wrap your lines at about 72 chars: a lot of us read email in an
> 80-char window, and lines that are one and a half lines long are very
> aggravating.

without getting into specifics, i already got an offline blast from
the original poster, complaining about my lack of tact or social grace
(or something to that effect) regarding chastising newbies for a
breach of normal mailing list etiquette.  (part of his defense was
that i should have cut him some slack as he was a newbie.  i
will not even get into the internal contradictions involved in
a self-proclaimed mailing list "newbie" on an anaconda development 
mailing list. :-)

anyway, even newbies have an obligation to understand the most
basic rules for ML etiquette.  to wit, a short summary:

1) use a meaningful subject.  i have already configured my procmail
   filter to scrap postings that say simply "help" or "urgent" (and,
   now, "newbie" :-).

2) wrap lines at ~72 columns.  you may use a microsoft mailer.
   there's no reason *we* have to suffer for it.

3) do not top post.

4) do not post in HTML.  no, this is not negotiable.  (and yes,
   my procmail filter tosses any posting whose first line is

5) remove unnecessary content from your responses.  as in, be
   brief, concise and specific.

there's more, but this is generally considered to be a good start.


p.s.  and why don't i use upper case?  because i was told years
ago that unix was a lower-case operating system.  i took that
literally. :-)

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