Topical Postings

Subject: Topical Postings
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 1996 07:17:15 PDT

Open message to Joanna and others:

TECHWR-L is for technical communication issues.

That is,
Grammar AS IT CLEARLY PERTAINS TO technical communication is
acceptable, while grammar for its own sake is not.
Software AS IT CLEARLY PERTAINS TO technical communication is
acceptable, while software for its own sake or disconnected
from a technical communication application is not.
Any other issues AS THEY CLEARLY PERTAIN to technical communication
are acceptable.

Messages that do not fit any of the above categories are
Personal attacks of any sort (e.g. "those wacko, outrageous implied
or direct statements") ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. BTW, posting
personal messages to the list is also generally considered
extremely rude, Joanna.

As I've said before, I'm open to discussion of what constitutes
an acceptable topic of discussion, but refuse to be bamboozled or
railroaded by deliberately inflammatory messages from one subscriber
into changing the fundamental purpose of this list.

Joanna, if you or anyone else aren't comfortable with the restrictions
placed on acceptable topics on TECHWR-L, I'd encourage you to find
or create other discussion forums in which to discuss the topics that
you choose. (A list of lists was posted to TECHWR-L earlier this
week and is available from me on request.)

Quite frankly, I'm sick of the personal attacks, both
on-line and off-line, and will not tolerate them any longer.

I can and will remove people from the list for regularly
flaunting the rules. (It's only happened once in the past three
years, but I'll do it again if sufficiently provoked.)
If I remove a subscriber for violating the rules,
that subscriber will get a personal message from me stating
that they were removed and why.

TECHWR-L Listowner
ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com

BTW, in case you were considering other recourse, the
Oklahoma State University legal counsel will fully
support me in removing anyone from the list for
violating the rules. Been there, done that.

Eric J. Ray ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com
TECHWR-L Listowner

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