All Forum Users Please Read

Nov 28, 2006 at 4:34pm

All Forum Users Please Read

There have been a dearth of posts lately that COMPLETELY change the
subject line when posting a reply in a thread. DO NOT DO THIS. This
makes the thread hard to follow for the mailing list users. I will be
modifying our forum software to prevent this behavior if forum users
can’t adhere to this posting requirement.

Also, since you are not just using a forum, but rather using a forum
that is also a mailing list, it is considered poor form to add replies,
especially short, one-sentence “Me, too” replies that do not quote a
relevant part of the thread you are replying to (well, “Me too” replies
are bad form in any case, but hopefully you get the point). When
combined with a changed forum subject line, this makes threads very
difficult to follow for the mailing list users. I suggest you not do
this, because a significant part of the collective knowledge that exists
in this community uses the mailing list, and when you do this sort of
thing, you ensure that they a. at the very least, won’t read your post
and b. at the most extreme, will add your email address to their
killfiles, which is an old-skool way of saying they will start filtering
out your posts.

Also, please use ACCURATE SUBJECT LINES. Case in point: if your question
is about using the K slider, do NOT make your subject line “NEW PERSON
HELP”. BTW, message to all new persons: announcing yourself as such will
automatically ensure that your post is not seen by a significant chunk
of the community. It is in your best interest not to self-describe as a
newbie in the subject line!

Also, and I shouldn’t have to make this point, but please DO NOT POST
FRIVOLOUSLY. It’s very nice that you want to thank someone or think that
something is funny, but post after post after post of these makes for a
poor discussion.

Thanks in advance, forum users, for recognizing that you are also on a
mailing list, and changing your behavior accordingly.

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