ADMIN: Re: Why I like this list but not OT (long)

Subject: ADMIN: Re: Why I like this list but not OT (long)
From: Administrator at TECHWR-L <admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com>
To: Mary Arrotti <mary_arrotti -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 06:02:48 -0700

Mary Arrotti wrote:

A while back, I read a good article about what & when to post - it
referred to speaking in an auditorium. Basically. the gist was to ask
a few questions before posting - something along these lines...Is it
relevant to tech writing? Have you added something to the topic? Are
you saying something more than "me too"?

Ah, yes--the Inappropriate Posting Scenario. You'll find that here (and
it's quite germane, in my opinion).

It seems to be time to dredge the old rules up from the archives--
oldies, but goodies, I think.

POSTING RULES FOR TECHWR-L (for Technical Communication issues)
Revised 12 December 2006

We strongly encourage everyone to read and understand these
rules before posting to TECHWR-L. TECHWR-L has over
5000 subscribers and many more readers, so it is necessary
to maintain a fairly tight definition of acceptable behavior.
Any list member may be removed from the list, at the
listowner's discretion, for flagrant or repeated infractions.
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* Note the TECHWR-L Terms of Service, a copy of
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Repeated offenses or particularly flagrant ones
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* Check the archives to see what was said about
this issue the last time it was discussed. After
more than ten years, there aren't too many topics
that haven't been covered before. That does not
mean that you can't reopen discussions--that's
often a good idea--but it does mean that you should
be adequately informed before you do so. Archives
are available at .

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interest, post it.
* If it is about technical communication and original and
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Don't post it.
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Don't post it.
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Writing, origin of spam), don't post it. I assure
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