ADMIN: Revised and Rehashed Posting Rules

Subject: ADMIN: Revised and Rehashed Posting Rules
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 07:05:30 -0700


Following are the revised Posting Rules for TECHWR-L.
These changes do not reflect any change in focus or
emphasis on my part -- actually, with only a few exceptions,
things have been going pretty well lately.

However, the changes in terminology and some additions
should reduce some of the confusion and issues that
come up periodically.

Note in particular that these are now called Rules. I initially
avoided the term because I thought that guidelines was a
kinder and gentler way to convey the same gist. I was

Read these Rules thoroughly.

Any questions or comments, please address them to me

ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com

Revised 3/15/97

I strongly encourage everyone to read and understand these
rules before posting to TECHWR-L. I will, at my discretion,
remove people from the list for flagrant or repeated infractions.
If you are abusive to me or other list members, I also reserve
the right to remove you from the list.

CHECK THE ARCHIVES BEFORE POSTING! Archives are available at
and at

* If it is about technical communication and of general
interest, post it.
* If it is about technical communication and original and
humorous, post it.

* If it doesn't clearly and directly relate to technical
communication, don't post it.
* If it relates to _language use_ but not technical
communication, it probably isn't appropriate.
Don't post it.
* If it relates to _computer use_ but not technical
communication, it probably isn't appropriate.
Don't post it.
* If it continues an irrelevant thread in any way
(rebuttal, rebuke, rerun, revision, remark), don't
post it.
* If it is a personal message to a single subscriber,
don't post it. Even if mail to that person bounces.
* If you aren't sure, don't post it.
* If it is something cute, interesting, or funny that
you found on the Internet (e.g. Dr. Seuss on Tech
Writing, origin of spam), don't post it. I assure
you that most readers have seen it already.

* Check your facts on anything you post. Do not under
any circumstances post virus warnings or anything else
designed to be "forwarded to everyone you know" to this
* Do not directly attack anyone for anything on the list.
Take issue with ideas, not personalities, and do
NOT point out grammatical, spelling, or usage errors.
This forum is not the place to exercise editorial
* Please do post job ads -- they are welcome.
* Please do not post other ads in any form, for they are
not welcome. The one exception is for ads that directly
address a topic under discussion on the list. For example, if
a reader posts a question about snazzling software and
the company you work for makes Snazzler for Doors, posting
information about the product would be fine.
* Please make sure your E-mail address is included in
the body of the message you post to the list.
* Direct all commentary about this message to my
address, not the list.

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

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