[ox-en] Administrative notes
- From: Stefan Merten <smerten oekonux.de>
- Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 20:28:35 +0100
A couple of technical things I want to ask you to check when sending
to the list:
* If you are starting a new thread, please write a new mail
Some people here are starting new threads by answering a message
they received from the list and just change the subject (if at all)
and remove the quoted text. This disturbs the thread archive of the
list because a completely unrelated thread gets listed under another
thread and thus is more difficult to find.
So, don't abuse an old mail as a cheap replacement of a missing
address book entry and write a completely new mail.
* If you send a mail to the list, care about the subject
The subject of a mail should give a quick impression of what the
mail is about. This helps people checking there mail and above all
makes the entries in the archive comprehensible (where at many
points the subject is the only thing listed).
So if you are starting a new thread by writing a new mail give it a
good subject line close to the content of the mail. If you're
responding to a thread with a subject no longer matching the content
feel free to change the subject to something more appropriate. It's
best to include the old subject by "(was: OLD SUBJECT HERE)" so the
link is clear. Responders to such a mail may drop the "(was: ...)"
If you have a couple of rather unrelated thinges you want to say,
send a couple of mails instead of folding everything into one. Then
people can respond to each content separately and thus a better
threading is easy.
* If you send a mail to the list check that the time of your computer
Again this is a problem with the archive. For instance Gus' computer
seems to be one day ahead of the rest of the computers in the world.
When someone responds to Gus quickly then the date of the mail of
the responder is *before* the date of the mail s/he responded to.
Again that disturbs the archive (and makes threaded reading
difficult because the responded to mail is listed after the response
So please check the time of your computer. For that it may be
necessary to set the time zone right if it is not set correctly.