74648File - Z-Netiquette
- Aug 1, 2014Dear fellow Z enthusiasts,
Here are some message posting guidelines designed to make our
Z_Scale forum experience more enjoyable for one and all.
1A. Ebay auction posts are not permitted. List members are familiar with
Ebay and will hunt for goodies if they are so inclined. This does not
preclude private for-sale announcements with requests for off-list replies.
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 posting).
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 your posting.
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 listowners
Enjoy your trainZ,
Your Z_Scale helper team.
Listowners and moderators.
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