[PD] policy for handling unsubscription requests
IOhannes m zmoelnig
zmoelnig at iem.at
Wed Aug 11 11:39:19 CEST 2004
Lex Ein wrote:
> But (from "Netiquette") - "Follow any and all guidelines that the
> listowner has posted; the listowner establishes the local "netiquette"
> standards for her/his list."
> Well, there aren't any, so we could argue this until doomsday.
actually the listowner can set up a local netiquette and he as done so
new subscribers will get a reference link to a site explaining how
quotes should be done. anyone else gets the link at
probably there will be a real "local netiquette"-site in the future.
> all. Letting the reader understand the context is very important for
> easy reading. Therefore there should always be /some few/ lines
> reminding the reader about what kind of discussion he is into.
actually there should always be at least one line for "reminding the
reader": the subject
as for "some few" lines, this does not say anything about where they
should be (top or bottom), but as we are reading top-down and we need to
know the context before we understand an answer, this is a strong
argument for top quotes.
and bottom quotes tend to become TOFU.
> 1. Bloated .sig signatures desensitize people to any and all
> "below the line" text.
signatures tend to bloat because several "people" (e.g.: software) add
there signature to the same posting.
while there might be "interesting" (for *me*) information in the
signature (e.g: how to unsubscribe from a mailing-list) there is often
"uninteresting" (for *me*) information (e.g: that someone is using
hotmail (i can get the same information reading his email-address))
of course all of the unsubscribe information is also present in the
header of the mail (but i don't think we can get people to examine the
header of an email to turn off postings...)
> 2. 1 topic per posting,
> 3. The signature should have fewer lines, bolder, full width, and
i have stripped the signature down a bit
however, i don't like to bloat the signature with multilingual
the pd-list is an english only mailing-list. it should be ok to stay in
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