[fosscomm] email format (was

Venkatesh Hariharan venkyh at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 22:39:12 PDT 2009

On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 10:22 AM, Raj Mathur<raju at linux-delhi.org> wrote:
> On Wednesday 15 Jul 2009, Guru गुरु wrote:
>> [snip]
>> I am sure there are good reasons for 'posting format' rules like top
>> line posting, news along with link, snip etc etc. for more efficient
>> communication etc. However these are not universal rules that govern
>> mailing lists.
> Whether they are rules or not, I'd personally suggest a more easygoing
> attitude towards posts on this mailing list.  I've participated on other
> mailing lists where the members aren't techies, and found that things we
> (techies) tend to take for granted are major stumbling blocks for non-
> techies.
> So let's just relax, pull up that beer/soda/martini/coke and watch as
> etiquette is flaunted with impunity.  List rules can evolve over time,
> and apart from a few (like not spamming, no ad hominems, etc.) they
> should be treated more as guidelines with adherence left to the
> discretion of the poster.  Shouting down a non-tech person for not
> following perceived rules is a total no-no in my book.
> To go one step further, I'd suggest that the putative committee that
> determines the rules/guidelines for this list be composed only of non-
> tech people.  We techies should be free to give our suggestions, but
> they would not be binding in any way, and while we ourselves can use
> inline comments, article references (or whatever the bugbear du jour is)
> in our own posts, we should only expect them from others at their
> choice.
> Educative, pro-active list etiquette: yes; forced etiquette: no.
> Regards,
> -- Raj

Wonderful mail, Raj! I would like to see a list that is friendly and
inclusive. The whole objective of FOSSCOMM is to bring in more people
into this movement. Therefore, I agree with you 100 percent!


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