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OT: Internetiquette

From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>

Ever notice how easy it is to get hot and bothered when you can't see or
directly speak with the person who is offending you?  And how easy it is to
chip in with your 2 cents worth even if you are not a party to the original

I urge the following, which I have learned from bitter experience:

1) If something that happens on the list offends you, don't blow your top
to the  list or even to the person who generated the offending post.
Contact the list owner and let him/her handle it.  In our case, it's John

2) As a routine matter, anything having to do with list protocol (such as a
failure to change topic lines, etc.) should be dealt with by the list owner.

3) If someone responds in an uppity way to one of your posts, let it go.
Or at least delay sending that riposte for a day or two, when you might
think better of it.

4) Try not to get excited about posts you might think are aimed at you.
The written word carries no inflection and so is subject to
misunderstanding.  When in doubt, do nothing.  That's always best.

5) Finally, consider all the time and bandwidth you waste by prolonging
such series of posts.

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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