Mailing List Rules

Content

  • No Politics or Religion
  • Off Topic messages are not permitted.
  • Don’t post me too! emails – they are not useful in any way
  • Don’t post Thank you emails
  • Don’t spam the list (use the wapa-offers list for mails of a commercial nature)
  • Send them directly to the person – not to the list unless they contain additional information that would be useful to anyone following the thread.
  • Also, messages like “Thanks, I will try this” are not useful. Rather try it first, and then report back on whether it worked or not.

Netiquette

  • Don’t start a new thread / discussion by replying to an old email
  • Decent email programs will consider your message to be part of the old thread and members won’t see your message.
  • Changing the subject isn’t enough – there are headers in your message that link to the one you replied to.
  • Don’t perpetuate long threads unnecessarily
  • We have lots of members but that doesn’t mean we all want to read 3 screenfuls of mail every day
  • Research your topic before you post
  • If googling the subject line of your message answers the question, you shouldn’t have posted the message ?
  • Write nice text emails
  • Turn off HTML
  • We don’t want fancy flashing colours and fonts – just your message.
  • Limit lines to 70 characters
  • If you must use Outlook, you will have to use the Enter key to achieve this.
  • Don’t attach files
  • (except for small text files where relevent) – i.e. scripts
  • Rather put other files up on your own website.
  • Edit Quoted Messages
  • Cut out irrelevant sections of the message you are replying to
  • Put your reply below the question. Do not Top-Post.
  • Choose a descriptive subject
  • i.e. none of “Help!”, “Questions”
  • Keep your signature short (under 4 lines)
  • No disclaimers please.
  • Don’t send winmail.dat attachments, send standard MIME attachments. How to disable winmail.dat for Outlook users.
  • Don’t Cross-post
  • That means don’t send your email to more than one mailing list (any list, anywhere).
  • Be polite – No swearing please
  • Remember your email is being read by hundreds of people.
  • “Flaming” is far less useful than posting a good solution to a problem.
  • See also RFC 1855 – the Netiquette RFC
  • See also Configuring Mail Clients to Send Plain ASCII Text