[CLUG-announce] CLUG Lists: Be polite
jonathan at clug.org.za
Tue Jun 12 20:23:36 SAST 2007
This message is of relevance to those who make use of the CLUG mailing
Changes have been made to the mailing list rules, which applies to
the clug-chat, clug-tech, clug-work and clug-noise lists
served on the CLUG mailing list server.
Previously, "Be polite" was rule number 6 under the netiquette section.
We have promoted this to the number 1 rule, under both the content and
the netiquette sections to emphasize how important it is.
Being polite is important to an on-line community, and that applies to
CLUG too, since a large part of the participation occurs on-line.
* If you have web access, please attempt to perform a web search
before posting a question. Great search tools already exist, such
as the Google search engine
* If someone asks a question that may be easily referenced, do not
use abbreviations such as RTFM or JFGI. Instead, give some
pointers and explain to the user that there are great tools for
finding help, such as on-line documentation and specialised
* If you happen to disagree with someone, please take the argument
off-list. We love to read differences on opinion on technical
issues. When it becomes personal though, we're not interested in
reading who's mother has hair where. If you have serious issues
with a person, give them a phone call or arrange to meet them in
person, but don't use the list to fight personal battles, everyone
has to give their ego a rest sometimes.
* If you happen to disagree with the CLUG list rules, please contact
the CLUG committee and your request will be evaluated, but
don't blatantly ignore the rules simply because you don't like them.
CLUG is a vibrant and energetic community, and we prefer to think of
ourselves as friendly, professional individuals who provide assistance
to like-minded people. Let's not get a reputation for being otherwise, a
small minority of people may cause some noise and make everyone look
like monkeys. So if someone does step out of line a bit, please
remain polite, and attempt to help them communicate better.
Keep in mind that the list rules are there to make the lists easier for
people to follow, and more fun for everyone who participates. It is not
the intention to restrict or punish people, however repeat offenders and
trouble makers will be dealt with in the appropriate manner.
Your co-operation is appreciated, have fun!
 mailto:clug-committee at clug.org.za
 Not that we have anything against monkeys, per se
 Andre Truter and High Horse have volunteered their services
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