ANNELIDA dynamics and etiquette

Geoffrey Read Geoffrey.Read at
Tue Nov 21 21:06:59 EST 1995


I would like to welcome all subscribers who have joined over the last few
days. I can already see that this list has the potential to be a very useful
tool from the traffic so far.  Replies to postings should be made to the list
if they are likely to be of general interest. 

As 'discussion leader' I have the precarious privilege of being able to
comment on list interactions publicly. Please don't respond to this message by
posting to ANNELIDA list, though you can reply privately if you wish. I'm
really happy with the way things are going and am sure that you will all adapt
quickly to the new environment. 

By the way, and most of you know this, the convention for quoting another
message is to use these things at the start of each line of the other person's
text. But please quote only the essential parts of the first message.

>  blah, blah ...
>  etc, ...

To anyone who is finding a few e-mails per day too difficult to handle, I
suggest you unsubscribe and re-subscribe later -- silently -- we don't need to

Here are the guidelines again. Some have been 'violated' already and perhaps
those not exposed to mailing lists before can now better appreciate why I put
them together. I missed out these (I thought they were implicitly stated or
too obvious to need mentioning): Don't quote private mail to the list without
permission; Don't post messages unrelated to worm research (or if you do
explain why and we will indulge you); Be very careful with what you write in
case it can be misunderstood, and be very careful that you are not
over-reacting to an innocent remark.  ;-)

GUIDELINES: Your colleagues get a lot of e-mail and will be grateful if you 
make it easy for them to read it all. Please follow these simple hints on 
posting to ANNELIDA. 
ALWAYS fill in the subject line in your e-mail and always make it 
INCLUDE your name and e-mail address at the bottom of all messages. 
IGNORE any message you receive that is off-topic (not about worms or worm 
research). Do not complain about them to the list or respond to such  
complaints as in doing so you become part of the problem. This applies  
particularly to advertising (or 'spams' as they are called), to 'how do I  
subscribe' messages, and to messages sent to the list by mistake. I will  
deal with all these privately if necessary. 
ETIQUETTE. We will not waste our colleagues' time with trivial repartee. 
But we will not worry overmuch if occasionally other people's standards 
slip in this matter. Most of the time we will all be very polite and 
certainly we will never send angry personal messages to the list. 
INFORMATION OVERLOAD? Too many messages? Messages are too long? Very 
unlikely to occur on ANNELIDA, but this is a *discussion* list and will 
probably have occasional bursts of activity. Avoid information you don't 
want by ignoring it, rather than asking everyone else to do without it as 
well. However, people planning to send or forward very long messages to the 
list should be aware that others may be paying real money for the volume of 
mail in their mailbox.

   Geoff Read <gread at>
   Annelida resources =>

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