Moderation: Subject lines and quotation
- One more moderation note (I will try, by the way, to preface all such
moderation posts as this with "Moderation:"):
Two of my biggest pet peeves about mailing lists are 1) excessive (i.e.,
_lazy_) quotation of posts in replies, and 2) inaccurate subject-lines.
Posts that violate the former will be rejected for revision. Good replies
should quote just enough of the antecedent post(s) to give the context, but
no more. I also ask that everyone develop the habit of giving the author and
the post number of all posts being cited: e.g., "In post 1234 Carl Hostetter
wrote: ...". And don't be afraid to succinctly and accurately paraphrase
rather than quote.
As for the second peeve, I'm not sure just now whether I can modify the
subject-line of posts myself; but if so I will as necessary. If not,
mislabeled posts will also be rejected for revision.
I should also point out, on this note, that it is not the goal of this list
to facilitate instantaneous communication. Haste is the enemy of
scholarship. If you need instant gratification, use Elfling or AIM (that is,
if you're not "graylisted" on Elfling like me :p). If it takes a few
iterations and/or a few days to make a post conformant to my standards, then
so be it.
Remember, the goal of all these requirements is to make the posts more
readable and the list more usable for all of us. Bear these goals in mind
whenever you're making a post, and good practices will follow.
| Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org |
| ho bios brachys, he de techne makre. |
| Ars longa, vita brevis. |
| The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne. |
| "I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take |
| such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about." |