ADMIN: Posting Rules, and Technical Communication

Subject: ADMIN: Posting Rules, and Technical Communication
From: Administrator at TECHWR-L <admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 20:01:32 -0700


Sorry if the last admin message (yesterday) was
too oblique. Let's be blunt: If it's not about technical
communication, don't post it to TECHWR-L.

With the new site design, there are lots of opportunities
to have fun exchanges about things that tend to
interest people in this community. For example, the
poster who started the off-topic thread on
"Friday question: Your fave game" could have posted a
blog and asked for comments, or posted a link to a story
about such things, or a poll about the top 10, or whatever.
Something like that would generally be fine.

However, mailing lists are pretty invasive, push-type
technologies, and we need to have some consideration for
those who signed up for technical communication discussions
and keep TECHWR-L to those. I know there are a lot of people
who didn't want a day full of irrelevant discussions to
delete. (I discarded the off-topic messages that were still
in the moderation queue.)

For that matter, let us know and we'll be happy to create a
TECHWR-L-No-Rules list--or whatever--for the community. For
a lot of reasons, I think that might be a fine idea.

But please keep TECHWR-L focused on technical communication
issues, and don't continue to post messages like
"Friday question: Your fave game" on TECHWR-L.

The TECHWR-L Staff, who seem to remember having posted a similar
message around 14 years ago.


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