ADMIN: Dakota Mailing List Ettiquite [Monthly Posting]

From: Jon Steiger (
Date: Mon Jun 01 1998 - 00:00:03 EDT

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   body. Or, you can use the WWW gateway on the DML Home Page.

  Rules, suggestions, and guidelines for posting to the Dakota Mailing List

   This document contains some rules, suggestions, and guidelines for
messages which are posted to the Dakota Mailing List. In general, these
are suggestions and guidelines, more than hard and fast rules. It would be
cool if everyone followed these suggestions all the time, but there is
certainly room for deviation. (I'll be the first to admit that I've
strayed from these from time to time.) :-) Well, here they are:

   Replying to messages:

        When replying to a message, please incude only the relavent portions
    of the original message. For example, a post might bring up four or five
    seperate points. If you're only going to address one of those points,
    instead of quoting the entire original message, only include the portion
    of the message which contains the point you're responding to. This will
    greatly decrease bandwidth useage and it will make posts to the list
    much easier to read. However, if a little snipping is good, more
    snipping is not nescessarily better. Be careful not to snip *too* much!
    Leave enough of the original message so that the reader can tell what is
    going on.

        When replying to seperate parts of a message, it is a good idea to
    insert your replies in with the original message, rather than responding
    to all the points at the end of the message in a big block. For

     Original message: Your reply:
        Point 1 Original poster wrote:
        Point 2 >Point 1
        Point 3 Your response to point 1

>Point 2

                                        Your response to point 2

>Point 3

                                        Your response to point 3

      Now, if someone wants to respond to your points, they just insert them
  at the appropriate location. Be sure to leave some space between the
  original message and your replies, to make it easier to tell the two apart.

   Binary attachments:

    These are not good. Please don't attach files to your posts. If
you've got something (ex: a picture, sound, etc) that you'd like
people to be able to see, you can either post it on your own WWW page and
give people the URL, or (if applicable), you can send it to me (via e-mail
or FTP) for incusion on the DML Home Page. My address is, or the FTP site you can send them to is (Put them in the /pub/incoming/mailing-lists/dakota

    NOTE: You might be sending binary attachments to the list without
even knowing it!! Some mailers (most of which are made by Microsoft) include
extra formatting information as an attachment which is incomprehensible by
standard e-mail clients. It shows up as gobbelty-gook for most people. One
such attachment is called TNEF. Another type puts a copy of the message at
the end, formatted completely in HTML. There may be others. You should go
through the options or preferences of your mailer and turn these things off!

   Threads and topics:

   (Definition: A thread is a series of posts under the same subject.)
   Oftentimes, a thread will mutate into something very different than what
the original post was about. If this happens, please change the subject of
the post (to reflect the new topic of discussion) when you reply. An
accepted method of doing this is to put the new subject at the beginning of
the subject, then the keyword "Was:", followed by the original subject.

   For example:

   Old thread: Subject: K&N Filtercharger
   New thread: Subject: Doug Thorley headers Was: K&N Filtercharger
   This way, the subject gets changed to reflect the content of the post,
but people who were following the original thread will notice the change
and can follow the new thread, if they wish.

   Sometimes, a thread will mutate into something not related to Dakotas
at all. If this happens, please direct your response directly to the
interested parties (as opposed to the entire list). (By default, your
responses are sent to the list. You will have to determine who sent
the message, and cut and paste their e-mail address into the "To:" field.)

    When posting, it is helpful to choose a good name for your post.
Try to pick a name that will give people some idea of the content of
your post.

    While I'm on the subject of subject names, be careful about putting
words that are used in administrative commands in your subject. (i.e.
subscribe, unsubscribe, help, etc.) If you do, the list might think that
you're trying to send an administrative command to the list (instead of and it will bounce your message to me for approval.
When I get your message, I can approve it and send if off to the list, but
it'll obviously take longer for your message to go through.

   If you have any questions, comments, corrections, etc., feel free to mail
me at Thanks!!


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