Rules, suggestions, and guidelines for posting to the DML
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This document contains some rules, suggestions, and guidelines for
messages which are posted to the Dakota Mailing List. In general, these
are suggestions and guidelines, more than hard and fast rules. It would be
cool if everyone followed these suggestions all the time, but there is
certainly room for deviation. (I'll be the first to admit that I've
strayed from these from time to time.) :-) Well, here they are:
Replying to messages:
When replying to a message, please incude only the relavent portions
of the original message. For example, a post might bring up four or five
seperate points. If you're only going to address one of those points,
instead of quoting the entire original message, only include the portion
of the message which contains the point you're responding to. This will
greatly decrease bandwidth useage and it will make posts to the list
much easier to read. However, if a little snipping is good, more
snipping is not necessarily better. Be careful not to snip *too* much!
Leave enough of the original message so that the reader can tell what is
When replying to seperate parts of a message, it is a good idea to
insert your replies in with the original message, rather than responding
to all the points at the end of the message in a big block. For
Original message: Your reply:
Point 1 Original poster wrote:
Point 2 >Point 1
Point 3 Your response to point 1
Your response to point 2
Your response to point 3
Now, if someone wants to respond to your points, they just insert them
at the appropriate location. Be sure to leave some space between the
original message and your replies, to make it easier to tell the two apart.
These are not good. Please don't attach files to your posts. If
you've got something (ex: a picture, sound, etc) that you'd like
people to be able to see, you can either post it on your own WWW page and
give people the URL, or (if applicable), you can send it to me (via e-mail)
for incusion on the DML Home Page. My address is
NOTE: You might be sending binary attachments to the list without
even knowing it!! Some mailers (most of which are made by Microsoft) include
extra formatting information as an attachment which is incomprehensible by
standard e-mail clients. It shows up as gobbelty-gook for most people. One
such attachment is called TNEF. Another type puts a copy of the message at
the end, formatted completely in HTML. There may be others. You should go
through the options or preferences of your mailer and turn these things off!
Speaking of gobbelty-gook... Please make sure that your e-mail client
is set to send out your messages as ASCII or "plain text" format.
(As opposed to HTML, "rich text", "styled text", etc.)
Anything but plain text will show up as gobbelty-gook for a lot of people.
(Including all of the people on the digest version, which is about
half of the members on the list...) (Actually, the list filters are pretty
decent, and if you send a message to the DML which isn't plain text, it will
probably get bounced back at you.)
Note that if you use AOL 6.0, you don't have
much choice; HTML attachments are forced into every message you send. If
you have AOL 6.0, you should send your posts to the list to
email@example.com. That will run them through a program that will
strip out the HTML junk before sending it off to the list.
Threads and topics:
(Definition: A thread is a series of posts under the same subject.)
Oftentimes, a thread will mutate into something very different than what
the original post was about. If this happens, please change the subject of
the post (to reflect the new topic of discussion) when you reply. An
accepted method of doing this is to put the new subject at the beginning of
the subject, then the keyword "Was:", followed by the original subject.
This way, the subject gets changed to reflect the content of the post,
but people who were following the original thread will notice the change
and can follow the new thread, if they wish.
Old thread: Subject: K&N Filtercharger
New thread: Subject: Doug Thorley headers Was: K&N Filtercharger
Sometimes, a thread will mutate into something not related to Dakotas
at all. If this happens, please direct your response directly to the
interested parties (as opposed to the entire list). (By default, your
responses are sent to the list. You will have to determine who sent
the message, and cut and paste their e-mail address into the "To:" field.)
When posting, it is helpful to choose a good name for your post.
Try to pick a name that will give people some idea of the content of
While I'm on the subject of subject names, be careful about putting
words that are used in administrative commands in your subject. (i.e.
subscribe, unsubscribe, help, etc.) If you do, the list might think that
you're trying to send an administrative command to the list (instead of
firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will bounce your message to me for approval.
When I get your message, I can approve it and send if off to the list, but
it'll obviously take longer for your message to go through.
Flames, Bickering, And Other Such Nonsense:
Three words: DON'T DO IT! More words: If you feel the need to get
into a fightin' match with another DMLer, please do so via private e-mail.
There are about a thousand other DMLers who could care less about your
particular squabble. Plus, posts from the DML are archived for all eternity
and viewable by hundreds of millions of web surfers. The DML as a whole
has traditionally been quite good in this regard, but as our numbers grow,
naturally, the intimate nature of the list can start to deteriorate
somewhat. I don't think it necessarily HAS to be this way though, and
I'd really prefer if non-constructive posts of this nature were not spewed
across the list. Like I mentioned before, I'm not preventing you from
continuing your squabble, just please do it via private e-mail. I don't
like having to police the list, but I'm not going to let a vocal minority
screw up the list for everyone else, so if I have to resort to warnings
and bans, I will. How do you know if a thread is getting out of control?
Just think real hard before you send something out. Is your post a rational
one, based on facts, or is it full of personal attacks? Even if it is
rational, if we've heard it a million times before and all its doing is to
further a pointless argument, why post it again? A REALLY good clue is if
you notice other DMLers replying to the posts with messages along the
lines of "please take this off list", or "please stop this", its best to
comply and take it to private e-mail. Thanks! :-)
The DML Off Topic list:
The DML Off Topic list was created by Mike Clark (email@example.com) for
off topic posts. Basically this is a bunch of DMLers talking about
non-Dakota topics. On the DML Off Topic list, you can talk about whatever
you want! We DMLers have established quite a close-knit community, and
its really nice to be able to talk about other things with the people
we have come to know so well. Here is the info if you'd like to subscribe:
To subscribe, send a message to:
To unsubscribe, send a message to:
To send a message to the list, mail it to:
Or, you can subscribe, read the archives, etc. via the DML Off Topic
home page at
http://www.yahoogroups.com/community/dmlofftopic or the normal DML WWW Gateway.
If you have any questions, comments, corrections, etc., feel free to
mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!
Back to the DML Home Page
Jon N. Steiger / email@example.com