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Please, Follow the "Netiquette" Rules and Conventions
Many useful hints, advices, rules, and conventions of "net
etiquette" have been put together to help you
in communicating with the millions of people that form the Usenet
community and to make the best use
of the Usenet. You can find them 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 newsgroup which
is the most appropriate, because
only then will you reach your audience and receive useful
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.
Remember that people on other computers around the world cannot
guess what type of computer,
operating system, and program you are using. Never say "my
program" or "my computer", but
specify "elm under HP-UX" or "MS-Word 4 on a Macintosh" or the
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
Do not mis-use the net for personal flames, silly jokes,
commercial or politcal 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
Please, help to keep the Usenet helpful and useful, and use the net
to spread knowledge, friendship and
peace! Thank you for your co-operation.