All Forum Users Please Read


    Nov 28 2006 | 4:34 pm
    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also a mailing list, it is considered poor form to add replies, especially short, one-sentence "Me, too" replies that do not quote a relevant part of the thread you are replying to (well, "Me too" replies are bad form in any case, but hopefully you get the point).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.
    w