From: John Popelish
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Subject: Re: NG etiquette
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Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 04:00:06 GMT
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> Once again the term " etiquette" has arisen. Once again I am left wondering
> who is the authority on "etiquette" as it applies to NG's.
> Would the person or persons charged with the authority to develop or enforce
> "proper" NG etiquette please identify yourselves.
> Actually, if you can point me in the direction of a person or persons
> charged with the authority to develop and/or enforce etiquette as it applies
> to any topic, I would be pleased.
The etiquette is enforced in the long run, only by people quietly
ignoring you if you show contempt for the time and effort of others.
Usenet is a means of communication. Anything that improves
communication is valued by the people who use it, and top posting is
just bad for communication. So is quoting pages of text, just to make
a one line comment or to reply to a single point in the quoted text.
Remember that all these posts are archived on Google after they
disappear from your server in a day or two, so anyone who needs to
review the conversation can do so, easily. Anyone who has been
following the conversation just needs a few lines to remind them who
you are talking to, and what they posted that prompted a response
(with clear indication that you have clipped the text, if it might be
confusing... I use (snip), some use scissors %< ), *before* they read
your reply. Remember that your reply may well generate other replies,
so keeping the bits in order and maintaining the attributions of who
said what, helps it all to keep making sense. I also clip all
signatures and sigs, since the attributions at the top cover this
If you don't care a bit about how hard you make others work to figure
out who and exactly what you are replying to, expect your audience to
shrink drastically and people to remember that you have been a waste
of their time.