Re: Improve SCOUTS-L posts *LONG*
Jon Eidson (eidson@UNIX4.IS.TCU.EDU)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 09:00:08 -0500
Much of what Elizabeth has stated is what I have been "preaching" every
so often. Let me add a few things:
-- Use PRIVATE email whenever possible. Feel free to post as much as
you want as long as it goes to the individual and NOT the list.
-- Do NOT quote. I find most people abuse it. One of my biggest
pet peeves about quoting is when someone "picks apart" a posting
and comments on every sentence.
-- Keep SIGNATURE lines short and simple.
The comparison of Scouts-L to a roundtable meeting is a very good one.
When you post, it is like publically standing up in front of over 2,000
people and speaking! This can be an awsome responsibility! Think
about what you are postings. Try to be accurate and to the point.
One problem with email is that you read your posting sequentially and
may not know that some has already replied with the same answer as you.
The solution is two fold: First post directly to the person who
asked the questions...this will keep all duplicate postings down.
Second, wait a bit before you post...save the note...finish reading
most of the postings to see if someone has responded...then reply.
Most people note that I dont post very much. This is mostly due to
(beside being busy) fact that someone usually posts a message that
reflects what I think.
Finally, you might consolidate all your postings to a single message
per day. As most know, there is a 50 message limit per day on the
scouts-l list. While I can change this limit, I kind of think of it
as a "get-a-life" or scouts-l overload limit. Just thougth you should
keep this in mind.
Keep the scouting spirit!
Yours in Scouting, Jon Eidson, Listowner Scouts-L
Jon Eidson (J.Eidson@tcu.edu) Information Services
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