- Be Polite
- No Politics or Religion
- including anti-Microsoft / anti-Telkom ranting
- Off Topic messages are not permitted.
- Don't post me too! emails - they are not useful in any way
- Don't post Thank you emails
- Send them directly to the person - not to the list unless they contain additional information that would be useful to anyone following the thread.
- Also, messages like "Thanks, I will try this" are not useful. Rather try it first, and then report back on whether it worked or not.
- No Press Releases.
- Be polite
- Remember your email is being read by hundreds of people.
- "Flaming" is far less useful than posting a good solution to a problem.
- Don't post questions too often.
- Don't start a new thread / discussion by replying to an old email
- Decent email programs will consider your message to be part of the old thread and most CLUG members won't see your message.
- Changing the subject isn't enough - there are headers in your message that link to the one you replied to.
- Don't perpetuate long threads unneccessarily
- We have lots of members but that doesn't mean we all want to read 3 screenfulls of mail every day
- Research your topic before you post
- If googling the subject line of your message answers the question, you shouldn't have posted the message :-)
- Search the CLUG mail archives
- Write nice text emails
- Turn off HTML
- We don't want fancy flashing colours and fonts - just your message.
- Limit lines to 70 characters
- If you must use Outlook, you will have to use the Enter key to achieve this.
- Don't attach files
- (except for small text files where relevent) - i.e. scripts
- Rather put other files up on your website or the CLUG wiki.
- Edit Quoted Messages
- Cut out irrelevent sections of the message you are replying to
- Put your reply below the question (see Top posting)
- Choose a descriptive subject
- i.e. none of "Help!", "Linux question", or "Re: Clug-tech digest, Vol 1 #490 - 19 msgs"
- Keep your signature short (under 4 lines)
- No disclaimers please.
- Don't send winmail.dat attachments, send standard MIME attachments. How to disable winmail.dat for Outlook users.
- Turn off HTML
- Don't Cross-post
- That means don't send your email to more than one mailing list (any list, anywhere).
These rules are specific to each list.
- Press Releases. We don't post press releases on principle, start your own announcements list.
- However, we might announce events that are of interest to the community (e.g. discounted LPI exam sessions, and Geeky Parties)
- Your message must be related to Linux or Free Software.
- It must be a technical question or answer.
- Keep your messages relevant to Linux or free software.
- You are offering or looking for OSS-related work.
- Your message should not fit under the charter of another list (that would undermine the other lists)
- Off Topic? What does that mean? :-) -- OT messages are the bread and butter of this list.
- You may post about music events here.
- You may post windows-related questions here.