Re: ADMIN: Posting Rules Reminder

Subject: Re: ADMIN: Posting Rules Reminder
From: Dick Gaskill <dickg -at- AG3D -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 13:04:07 -0700


Would it be possible to add something to the list rules? That the
poster include his or her NAME in the body of the message.

You have a rule about including the email address, but email addresses
often do not include the individual's name. I've seen messages that
just list a name-code such as user123 -at- aol -dot- com -dot- I don't know about
anyone else, but for me, it's definitely helpful to know who I'm talking
to when replying.

Dick Gaskill
Dickg -at- ag3d -dot- com

From: Eric J. Ray [SMTP:ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM]
Sent: Friday, April 10, 1998 7:37 AM
Subject: ADMIN: Posting Rules Reminder (was Re: Does anyone
need this book on the C programming language?)

>I post this at the risk of being off-topic and having Eric ban
>from TECHWR-L. If it is off topic, please hold the
>flames, as I'm sure I'll be in enough hot water with the list
>administrator. 8-).

Just as an FYI for everyone, as I periodically get emails
wondering "why didn't you do something about ...",
I've revoked this subscriber's posting privileges.
Generally, I don't announce off-line warnings or administrative
sanctions, but this seems to call for a comment.

This subscriber's latest message testing the administrators will
administrate comes on top of several off-line discussions
about appropriate postings AND complaints from this subscriber
about blatant commercial messages. I'm not inclined to play

Had this been a one-time occurrence, it would have
gotten only an off-line warning. Had this been a repeat
offense but apparently done accidentally or by someone who
truly didn't understand the rules, it would have gotten a
very strong warning. As I have no doubt that this subscriber
understands the rules AND refuses to follow them
AND complains vehemently about messages like the one
quoted in part above, I've suspended his privileges.

As a reminder, here are 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.

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,
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
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
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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