[Scribus] Scribus' Netiquette...
Fri Apr 7 18:03:40 CEST 2006
It's just a suggestion...
Use a descriptive subject
The openSUSE mailing list receives hundreds of emails a day. So if you have a
question or a problem to solve, please use a subject that summarises your
issue and also gives some detail. Here are some examples of subjects from
real message to the opensuse mailinglist:
Scroll horizontally by holding down Alt-key does not work
MD5s match MD5SUMS file, but not installation MD5 check
Learn to quote
When you reply to a message, please quote only the relevant part that you are
replying to. Everyone on the list has already received the whole message that
you are replying to, so there is no need to repost the whole message. The
quoting HOWTO gives a nice introduction to the art of mail quoting.
Posting your reply underneath the quoted text leads to a natural flow of
messages, and it is a general consensus that this is a preferred way.
There are times when top-posting is appropriate, for example if you want to
say "Thanks, this was the answer", its better to post this at the top of the
page. Reading the subject and the first line gives the problem and the info
that this is the solution.
Changing the subject without opening a new thread
Very often a long thread split in several ones (for example if there are
several answers to the same problem). In this case, add a flag to the subject
Re:kde icon blinks - is that an Xfree problem?
But if the discussion led to an totally different subject, stop, open a new
thread and go on.
Don't be aggressive
Most of the people on the list are friendly and helpful people. Please refrain
from using agressive and abusive language.
Understand that the audience is passionate about SUSE and openSUSE, posting
that you hate SUSE, the mailinglist, or other closely related things, will
most likely get passionate responses, don't take things too personally.
There are a lot of people on the list who's first language is not English, and
this sometimes leads to misunderstandings in excess of the normal
misunderstandings that are common in email exchanges.
Especially don't be agressive to new posters, but instead help them on their
way to become a part of our community, sometimes a private email may be
appropriate, to explain something.
Don't use a long signature block
Most people on the list genuinely want to help people out in solving any
issues they may have. Very large signature blocks at the bottom of emails can
hinder this as they often swamp the actual body of the email. A good
guideline is a maximum of four lines, each a maximum of eighty characters
across (plain text of course). For reference read Jargon File: McQuary Limit
It won't save the wales or stop the deforestation but it may help some species
of 'humans begins'...
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