21606File - Z-Netiquette
- Apr 1, 2004Dear fellow Z enthusiasts,
Here are some message posting guidelines designed to make our Z_Scale forum
experience more enjoyable for one and all.
1. Stay on topic and be courteous and respectful at all times in tone.
Profanity or abusive language will result in the immediate deletion of the
offending message and the author will be placed on probation (moderated message
2. Edit message length
In our excitement to reply to a posting, we often write a short (or medium or
long) reply and hit the SEND key. As multiple messages are replied to in the
same manner, the length of the posting grows with the accumulated crud of
repeated content. As Z-scalers, you know how much we hate crud!
It is not difficult to take a few seconds to delete or highlight and delete
redundant material in your replies. This extra effort will greatly reduce
message length and the frustration many members experience when receiving these
sometimes massive missives. Remember, many members do not have high speed
connections and many pay for their connection time (that is not to say that
high speed users appreciate wallowing through useless repetition).
3. Avoid "one-liner" replies
Unless we are conducting a poll, it is of little interest to the membership
that you share the opinion of others in a reply to the group. Of course,
incremental information is always welcome. A thank you note that includes how
you plan to make use of information supplied to you by other members is also
welcome. Please avoid one liners if at all possible.
4. Include relevant material when replying
Use your editing skills to include relevant text when replying. Cutting and
pasting is very easy. Highlight the text and use the Ctrl-X or Ctrl-C
combination to place the text into temporary computer memory. Position the
cursor where you would like to insert the text and use Ctrl-V to insert it.
Text removal is even easier: highlight text that you wish to remove and hit
the delete key.
5. Use descriptive message headers or titles
It is often difficult to understand the content of a posting from the original
title or header of the thread. If your posting represents a new subject or
theme, please remember to change the message header to reflect the subject of
NOTE: this message will appear monthly as a reminder to new and less new
members alike. It is not meant as a criticism of any individual member. Your
suggestions for improvements and additions to this ADM message are welcome at
all times. Send comments to the listowner.
Enjoy your trainZ,
Listowner and moderator
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