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The Netiquette Guidelines


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Staying On Topic

Stay on topic. We have several lists set up for your use, each with a different charter of acceptable subjects. Please review them before posting. If you have a question about whether a post will be on topic or not, please send it to the List Guides first, and they will be happy to help you.

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Playing Topic Cop

Do not play topic cop. The List Guides have the backing and authority of the Governing Board to make the lists run smoothly. Let them take care of problems as they arise. When people play topic cop on the lists publicly, it only adds to the noise-level of the list.

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Posting Job Ads on the Mail Lists

The Guild has an area set up specifically for posting RFPs, jobs wanted and jobs available. Because of this, we do not allow job postings to any of our mailing lists.

NOTE: The RFP area is not yet operational. In the meantime Job postings may be submitted by following the guidelines at the hwg-business list FAQ.

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Warnings of Content

Because members of the Guild span a wide range of ages, we ask you to please place warnings on all messages that direct members to a site that may not be suitable for younger members or that may be found offensive by our more sensitive members.

Please place an advisory notice if you are asking people to visit a commercial site. Some people construe being asked to such sites without warning as advertising. A notice will allow them to decide whether to visit.

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Crossposting

Do not post the same message to multiple lists (crossposting). Review the charter for each list and post your message to the most appropriate one.

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Language and Flaming

Do not post foul or abusive language to the lists. This includes obscenities, verbal harassment, or comments that would be offensive based on race, religion, sex, age or sexual orientation. Flaming is strictly forbidden on all lists.

Watch how you express your emotions and humor within the mail. Due to the lack of vocal and nonverbal clues to our speech here, we often need something extra to read into a message what was intended. Also, remember that we have members in over 100 countries, and that some members may not have a firm grasp of the English language.

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HTML Posts

Several releases of browser software are set up to send e-mail as HTML files by default, or to attach a file automatically to e-mail. Since some members cannot read these messages, we ask that you do not use this format when sending mail to the lists. If you need help turning this feature off, contact the List Guides for help. The e-mail FAQ provides solution to this problem for some e-mail clients.

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Edit Replies

When replying to a message sent to the list, you should remove as much of the original message from your reply as possible. At minimum, you should remove the author's header block and signature lines, with additional editing expected if possible. You may retain the author's name for reference.

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Private vs. List Mail

When replying to a message, decide if it's of general interest to the mailing list first. If it's not, please send it only by private e-mail to the author. This will keep the "noise" level down on the lists.

Also, watch the distribution of your message when you reply. Some e-mail programs will send the message to everyone (the original author and the list), which may not be desired.

For more information on general Internet-wide Netiquette guidelines, see RFC 1855.

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