When sending messages to the mailing list please have in mind that:
- Net bandwidth is scarce.
- Some people directly pay per line of received mail; most pay indirectly
due to communication/modem/provider/phone company time tolls.
- Most readers don't have time or patience for perusing lots of received
(sometimes junk) mail.
- Several providers limit the mailbox size; if the owner receives too many
large messages the mailbox discards any further postings.
Of course this does not apply to message posted to particular list members;
if you want to make an image public, just tell the list it's available
in a web/ftp site, or announce it and send it just to those who ask you.
- When replying and quoting a previous message please take a little effort
to *cut off unnecessary parts*. A message with a long quote followed by
a single line like "me too!" or "I agree" is distasting and wasty.
- Use meaningful subjects---"help" does not help too much :), be more
specific. A busy reader will likely discard any messages whose subject
does not catch his/her attention and interest. And please change the
subject when replying but starting a new interesting thread.
- Do NOT send attachments, several mail readers (the programs, not the
users) do not understand them correctly. And it (again) uses net bandwidth
and space in your mailbox.
- Do NOT send attached images.
- Do NOT send HTML encoded messages. Force your mailer to send only plain
text messages. In most mailers you can change this in the 'Preferences'.
Original posting by Carlos Alberto Furuti from Brazil.
Added the 'HTML encoded' part: Maarten van Gelder.
Last update: 13 August 2008
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