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The following rules of netiquette apply to replying, and generally apply to
email, the newsgroups, and mailing lists.
Replying and Forwarding
The basic rules of replying and forwarding are listed below:
- Reply to sender. When someone asks a question or posts an offer for
information or services to a mailing list or newsgroup, then you should send
an email directly instead of posting a reply to the whole list or newsgroup which
takes up a lot of bandwidth for people that aren't interested in the topic.
Replying to the sender is also a good idea because the original sender may not
see your reply if they don't carefully review the list or newsgroup for replies,
which happens more often than you might think.
- Minimize forwarding. If you receive an email to several people and
need to reply, you should pare down the addressee list to those that need to
know or may be interested in the what you have to say, to do your part to reduce
overall volume of email. However, copy more people rather than less when in doubt,
in case people need to know the information for reasons you aren't aware of.
- Forward when necessary. Make sure you don't forward an email
who was copied on the original email, a mistake which is easy to make if you don't
first check the whole list of of To: and CC: addressees.
Summarize For the Group
Fri May 7 22:13:32 1982
I am interested in collecting
all references and information available on network based distributed UNIX systems.
Candidate examples include Bell Labs F/S UNIX and UCLA LOCUS. I am primarily interested
in network based (multimachine) systems, although multiple processor bus oriented
systems may be discussed also. Please mail all info and pointers to me directly,
I will summarize to the net if there is interest.
Naperville, Ill (312)979-7303
If you post a question to a list or newsgroup, and you get several answers
sent directly to you, and they would likely be of interest to the list or group,
then write a brief message summarizing all of the responses and post it for the
benefit of others.
Check Current Information Before Replying
Often someone will send an email or post a message, only to send a retraction
or changed information a short time later. Always check your recent email or the
most recent posted messages before replying to someone else's message, in order
to make sure the situation has not already changed, and that your response is
still on-topic and useful.
Reference Past Communications
Include a portion of a message that you are replying to when it is relevant.
However, don't include more than necessary, otherwise people will give up reading.
Use the word <snip> to indicate deletions.
Acknowledge Important Communications
If someone sends you an important email, it is polite to send
them a quick acknowledgment so they know you got it. For example, if someone
an email asking "can we
set up a teleconference tomorrow at noon?", then it would be polite to send them
a note before the end of the day, for example saying that you are working on
a room, so that you don't leave them wondering if you got their message.