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Re: Welcome to iris-talk@onelist.com

From: "Mary Laraby" <linkerup@jps.net>

 "OT-BIO: ", 
Mary Cox-Laraby
I'm amazed at the information on the confirmation email.  I love irisis! 
All of them I've ever seen.  My mother raised a beautiful purple bearded
iris when I was a child and sparked a life long interest in me.  I'm
looking forward to learning from all of you who know so much more than I

> From: iris-talk-owner@onelist.com
> To: LinkerUp@jps.net
> Subject: [iris-talk] Welcome to iris-talk@onelist.com
> Date: Monday, September 28, 1998 9:20 PM
> To unsubscribe from this list, go to the ONElist web site at
> http;//www.onelist.com, and select the User Center link from 
> the menu bar on the left. This menu will also let you change 
> your subscription between digest and normal mode.
> iris-talk@onelist.com is an internet mailing list devoted to 
> discussion on garden irises. Both experienced irisarians and 
> beginners are welcome. If you grow, breed, or study irises, or 
> just want to join the conversation, you are invited to subscribe.
> iris-talk@onelist.com was created on June 25th, 1998 by
> John Jones(jijones@ix.netcom.com) as a temporary adjunct to 
> the IRIS-L@RT66.com owned by Tom Tadfor Little(telp@rt66.com). 
> It has since replaced that list
> New subscribers are encouraged to post a message introducing
> themselves.  If you do so, please begin the subject line of your
> message with "OT-BIO: ", followed by your name, so that other
> list members will know it is your introductory message.
> iris-talk@onelist.com is an unmoderated list. This means the
> list owner does not personally review each message to decide 
> if it's appropriate. This responsibility rests with the subscribers.
> Please note the following policies.
> These are not laws or restrictions, just suggested practices that
> (if most of us follow them) will make the list more useful,
> manageable, and pleasant for all. Please show your "good
> citizenship" by reading these guidelines, keeping them for
> reference, and using them when you post to the list.
> a. General Posting Guidelines (aka The Ten Commandments)
> 1) Junk Mail. Do not post messages that are circulating through
> the internet at large. This includes virus warnings, humor, chain
> letters, charity appeals, etc. This is not the place for them.
> 2) Matters for the List Owner. If someone posts something you
> think is inappropriate, or if you want to make a comment
> regarding problems with the list culture or the list policies,
> you are encouraged to refer the matter to the list moderator, off-
> list (at jijones@ix.netcom.com), rather than posting to the list about
> it. This will keep our discussions more polite and also more
> iris-oriented. Be tolerant...even of those who do not follow
> these guidelines. Often it's best to just let it be.
> 3) Potentially Offensive Subjects. Do not post anything with
> political or religious content, even if there is some tenuous
> connection with irises. Some people have very strong feelings on
> these topics, and there is no reason to risk starting a heated
> debate over something that is rather clearly off-topic to begin
> with. By the same rationale, avoid using profanity, even in jest.
> 4) Flames. Do not flame! When does a discussion become a flame?
> That's a judgment call, of course. Examine your emotions as you
> type. If you're "worked up" over the message you're replying to,
> don't send. Wait a day and think it over.
> 5) Subject Lines. CHECK the subject line before you send, even if
> you are replying to a previously posted message. If the subject
> line accurately reflects the content of your message, leave it
> alone! If it doesn't, change it!
> 6) On-List/Off-List. CHECK the recipient line before you send. If
> it says "iris-talk@onelist.com" the posting will go to each and every
> subscriber on the list. Often, this is what you want. But if the
> message is personal, off-topic, or of very limited interest, it
> should probably be sent to one (or a few) particular recipients,
> off-list.
> 7) Attachments. Do not send binary attachments, such as digitized
> images, to the list. 
> 8) Message Length. Watch the size of your message. When replying
> to a previously posted message, trim the quotation down to the
> minimum needed to establish context.
> 9) Subject Tags. Use the official subject tags (see below)
> whenever possible.
> 10) Try not to bother the list with something you can easily 
> find on your own, without involving 300 other people.
> b. Subject Tags
> Here is the list of subject tags, which I encourage everyone to
> use to preface the subject lines of their messages to iris-talk.
> Please use the tags as they are given; do not invent variations.
> If the practice loses its consistency, it will also lose much of
> its usefulness. I know this is a long listing, but that is a
> reflection of the breadth and variety of our discussions. Don't
> be intimidated; they will become quickly familiar after a short
> time. Try to use the tag that fits your message best. It is often
> appropriate to combine a tag from the first set (types of irises)
> with one from another set. If nothing fits, don't worry. The tags
> are not mandatory.
> TB:    tall bearded irises
> MED:   median and dwarf bearded irises
> AR:    arilbred and aril irises
> SIB:   Siberian irises
> LA:    Louisiana irises
> JI:    Japanese irises
> SPU:   spuria irises
> PCN:   Pacific coast native irises
> BULB:  bulb irises (Dutch, reticulatas, Junos)
> SPEC:  iris species (particularly those not covered in another category)
> REB:   reblooming irises
> SA:    space-age irises
> HIST:  historic irises and history of iris development
> CULT:  culture
> HYB:   hybridizing
> REF:   references (books and society publications)
> SHOW:  iris shows and related topics
> IRC:   IRC chat sessions (currently Friday nights)
> AIS:   American Iris Society business and issues
> PHOTO: iris photography
> COMP:  iris-related computer topics (record keeping, photo digitizing,
> CAT:   iris catalogs and discussion of commercial nurseries
> AD:    iris-related advertisement (ads not related to irises are *not*
> welcome!)
> OT-PLANTS: other garden plants (not irises)
> OT-ART:    iris-motif art and craftwork
> OT-HUMOR:  iris-related humor
> OT-CHAT:   personal messages and conversation (consider taking it
> OT-BIO:    introduction from a new subscriber (please follow with your
> ADMIN: list administration issues (reserved for the list owner)
> A copy of every message sent to iris-talk@onelist.com is kept in the
> iris-talk archives. There are two archive locations. The first is
> maintained be Onelist and may be accessed through the Onelist homepage
> http://www.onelist.com 
> and clicking on the "Find a List" button at the upper left of the
> page. Enter "iris-talk" into the search window, click search. Then
> click on the name of the list, and select archives. The Onelist
> archives are a collection of the daily message digests. The search
> engine is not very utilitarian.
> The second archive is orders of magnitude more useful. It is kept at:
> http://www.mallorn.com/lists/iris-l/
> This is a combined archive of all Iris-L messages and all iris-talk
> messages stored and accessed as individual messages. The search engine
> is full featured and capable of complex search criteria.
> iris-talk@onelist.com is the LIST ADDRESS, used when you want
> to post a message for everyone to read.
> John Jones (jijones@ix.netcom.com) is the LIST OWNER, a human 
> being who is your point of contact for questions or problems.
> Enjoy the list!

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