Mailing List Netiquette
It should go without saying, but say we will:
- Be respectful of the time and feelings of others. Reply to posts with courtesy and tolerance—everyone was once a newbie. Clarity of expression, concise and on-point postings, and correct spelling and grammar are always appreciated.
- Please use plain-text English. Avoid using attachments, as e-mail filters can remove them.
- When asking for help or coding advice, remember to include enough information for meaningful responses. List members are valuable resources that should be consulted with care. They are not Google or free programmers! Do your homework first (sometimes literally), then by all means ask.
- When following up a post, please think before you quote. Since everybody else on the list also received the original post, don't quote it entirely. Quote only the points that are really needed to understand your follow up. Make sure the quoted part is recognizable as such, by ensuring each quoted line starts with a > (or more, in cases of multi-level quoting). Please don't quote signatures, entire code examples, or entire posts. Be considerate of the time and disk storage of others.
- Also, please reply after the quoted text, not before it (as per RFC 1855). It's confusing to see a reply before the quoted context. Stick to the subject of the original post or change the subject line to match the new focus.
- Please don't have long, inflammatory, cute, controversial, or offensive signatures in your postings (see RFC 1855). The best bet is to avoid using a signature altogether. If you feel you must include a signature, the rule of thumb is no more than 4 lines of 80 characters each.