ADMIN NEW: Posting Rules

Subject: ADMIN NEW: Posting Rules
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 1997 07:36:33 -0600

What's New: Changes and additions about job postings.
Frankly, I'm appalled that so many list subscribers work
so hard to discourage job postings. If you don't like
the job, don't apply, but DON'T COMMENT ON IT.

There are a number of people on this list who are looking
for a job because they'd like a better one. There are also
a number looking for a job because they need one. Give
them a break.

I've already heard from a hiring manager who will think twice
about posting to the list. While I think that's a little extreme,
if I spent a week getting personally attacked and watching my
company get attacked because I posted a job ad
(that I likely had no control over the content of), I'd be leery too.

I'll take any measures necessary to ensure that these postings
do not continue.

BTW, if something in a job posting really grates on you or you think
it merits discussion on the list, have the decency to address the issue
in a separate e-mail, with a different subject, and possibly even to
omit the company name. Just note that you've seen a job posting
that says "all employees must wear Mickey Mouse Ears" and you
wondered what others think of it. That's it.

Revised 4/27/97

I strongly encourage everyone to read and understand these
rules before posting to TECHWR-L. Any list member may
be removed from the list, at the listowner's discretion,
for flagrant or repeated infractions. Additionally, if
you are abusive to the listowner or other list members,
you may be removed 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
| put the location and general job description in the
| Subject line. E.g. something like
| JOB: Sr. Tech Writer, SF, California, USA.
| * Do not post job ad critiques. If you don't like the
| job, don't apply. If you have an issue with the
| terminology or phrasing, take it up off-line
| with the company.
* 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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