ADMIN: Posting Rules Violations

Subject: ADMIN: Posting Rules Violations
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 06:01:18 -0700


We seem to be having some real problems with
off-topic postings. These are exacerbated by
the off-topic posters apparently ignoring
comments, admonishments, and warnings off-line.

To address this problem, I will simply suspend
posting privileges (without removing anyone
from the list) for certain repeat offenders
FIRST, then ask questions later. Posting
privileges will not be reinstated until I have
adequate assurance that the poster will follow
the rules. This is kind of drastic, but it will,
I think, eliminate the possibility that people
post offtopic messages, ignore messages from
me, then continue to post messages.

One of several events that has provoked
this is the message posted Friday about the
boat and the lighthouse--it wasn't about technical
communication, wasn't original, was something
found on the Internet and posted all over the 'Net,
and at least three people posted followup messages
commenting on it.

Each of those people received messages from me
reminding them of the posting rules. I've received
no acknowledgement of any of those messages,
my request for acknowledgement notwithstanding.

Frankly, with 3300 subscribers and probably nearly
4000 readers, we don't have time for inconsiderate
individuals to waste everyone else's time with off-topic

I'd strongly suggest that everyone read the rules


Revised 10/19/97

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
and 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.
* If responses are sent to you--not to the whole list--please
summarize and post the entire summary back to the list.
A summary should include attributions so others can pick
up conversations offline if necessary with original posters.
When you send a summary back to the list, use the word
"SUMMARY" as the first word of the "Subject" line."
* Direct all commentary about this message to my
address, not the list.

* Eric J. Ray, ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com,
* TECHWR-L Listowner, co-author _Mastering HTML 4.0_
* _HTML 4 for Dummies Quick Reference_, and others.
* RayComm, Inc., currently accepting contract inquiries.

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