Please, Follow the
"Netiquette" Rules and Conventions.
Many useful hints,
advices, rules, and conventions of "netiquette" can be found in the news.announce.newusers
newsgroup as well as on several "ftp archive computers" or within information
systems like Gopher.
Some examples for
such useful hints:
- Post your question
or contribution only to that news/discussion group or forum on-line
which is the most appropriate, because only then will you reach your
audience and receive useful answers.
- Put a short, but
descriptive and appropriate header into the Subject line of your posting,
because people will use this header to select your posting out of maybe
hundreds of other postings.
- Keep your posting
short, because many people do not take the time to read more than a
few screen-fulls of information. But: Do not omit necessary details.
- If you reply to
a question or follow-up to an article, include the essential parts of
the original question in your posting, but only the essential parts!
- Before you post
something to the net, ask yourself whether it is really necessary to
publish ("post") it to millions of people all over the world, or whether
it might be sufficient to "mail" it only to the person concerned.
- Remember the difference
between the "reply" and the "follow-up" functions (or whatever they
are called) of your newsreader program.
- Do not mis-use
the net for personal flames, silly jokes, commercial or political advertising,
chain letters, or anything that is illegal in one of the participating
countries. And never follow-up to any of these if they happen to occur.
Usually it is best to ignore them (hoping that someone else will take
care of the offender) and to put the offending subject line or author
name into your "kill file". If you must react, then use private mail
to the author or to his system administrator.