[vdr] Mailing List Etiquette
clemens at 1541.org
Sun Feb 27 09:06:45 CET 2005
This is the (updated) 'official' vdr-mailing-list-etiquette-reminder.
Please take this as a serious advise. The VDR mailinglist is
getting quite large and it shouldn't become a pain in the ass to follow.
Take the time to read it, especially if you are new to mailinglists in
Mailing list email should fit the following criteria:
* Trim quoted material to the minimum needed to clarify what you're
* Add a blank line _before_ and _after_ each quote for better
* Make sure you are attributing material to the correct person
(i.e. make sure the "On 19/07/2002, Joe Bloggs said:" is correct)
* Write your responses _after_ the quoted text, not before. If your
mail client makes it difficult to do this, get a new one.
* Make sure lines are wrapped at maximum 76 characters (to fit an 80
character wide screen), even if the text had been quotet several
* Use ">" at start of line to mark quoted text.
* Set your mail client to "english headers" to avoid subjects like:
"AW: Antwort: Re: AW: AW: AW: Re: Some Topic allready trunkated"
If you see one, don't just add another "Re:" but remove
all "AW:" and other chained "Re:".
* Use a descriptive subject! A message titled "A small wish"
doesn't tell what it is about. Better use something like
"should do xyz" or "crashes when doing xyz".
* Always write one separate message per topic. some people (especially
those who matter) might not read mixed-up and lengthy threads.
* Start a new thread when posting a new subject.
* Make emails as short as possible whilst keeping them comprehensible.
* Don't post in either HTML-only or in Text and HTML. If your mail
client doesn't support this, change it.
* Don't top post.
* Don't give a one line answer having quoted the whole post.
* Don't use a too long signature.
* Don't reply where you should have started a new thread.
* Don't break threads by sending a new mail, where you should have
* Don't test post. Send your test posts to "echo at fu-berlin.de" or
similar reply machines.
* Don't use lengthly disclaimers. If not possible, use a freemail
* Don't quote disclaimers and other footers.
This can really be summed up in one phrase - 'be polite'.
Allways use your 'Real Name' when posting to mailinglists or newsgroups.
If you think something is off-topic, don't reply to the list although
you may want to send a short and *polite* note to the person privately
telling them which list would be more appropriate; don't just say -
"that is OT here".
Before asking a question, please Have a look at the mailing list
archives at http://www.linuxtv.org/pipermail/vdr/
If someone flames or trolls the list, don't reply - it wastes everyones
bandwidth and time.
Don't reply to spam which gets through to the list - just ignore it when
* The ultimate guide to most matters to do with email etiquette is
RFC-2822 which can be found at:
* A german site set up by some usenet-people, who take it even more
serious with netiquette.
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