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Guide to TIG etiquette

I'll post the following here to the group once, and make it available
on the website.  Thanks to Bill Hogan for suggesting it.

It is a guide, and is not meant to stifle our often-lively discussion.
Suggestions for additions welcome.


Guide to etiquette on the Telecine Internet Group	

* When you try to determine whether to reply to someone via private
e-mail or with a posting to the entire group, remember to "praise in
public, criticize in private."  It's OK to disagree technically but be
careful not to attack the person with whom you disagree. 

* Before you send your posting, ***double-check the addressee***.
This is extremely important, as 1) you may inadvertently send very
private thoughts to 800 people around the world, perhaps jeopardizing
your job, and 2) you may be-- and in fact many times are-- much better
off just sending your reply to the original poster, not the whole

* When posting a followup message, *always* try to minimize the number
of lines of quoted material from the previous message.  Quote only for
contextual clarity.

* Use a descriptive subject.  For example, a message subject of
"telecine" tells the reader nothing about the contents of your
article since the mailinglist is about telecine.  Other examples of
subjects which are so broad that they become useless might include
"Help," "A Question," "Color," "Cintel," or "Philips". Maybe "Help on
DUI window placement" or "Cyan: is it closer to green or blue?"  In a
busy mailinglist some users decide which messages to read from the
subject line alone.  Also, the entire message database is archived on
the World Wide Web, and descriptive subject lines are extremely useful
when there are several hundred messages on the screen.

* Many subjects have been discussed before, and are available as
archived threads.  Look at
'http://www.alegria.com/telecine/engineering.html' for the
archive/webpage search engine and complete message archives, dating from
May 15, 1994.  Your post will be added, immediately, to the archives.

* Include your name and preferably, also your job title/location in
your posts.  Many subscribers at AOL and other providers have no
identification string in the 'From:' header field, so an unsigned post
can be impossible to attribute.  If you post without signing your
message, expect to be treated anonymously in return, i.e. you may be

* When being especially "flame-buoyant", some find it helpful to go to
the bathroom before actually sending.  Then, the tone often changes
considerably. :-) Take a break before posting something in anger or
that might hurt or anger others.

* Don't overdo signatures.  A signature that is longer than the
message itself is considered to be in bad taste.

* Try to use 70 or fewer characters per line, as this allows quoting
without exceeding the normal 80-column line limit.

* Try not to use control characters, 'quoted-printables', or other
8-bit data.  It will not be passed by most mail servers and gateways.

* Be considerate with your use of network resources.  Your individual
usage may not seem like much compared to the net as a whole, but in
aggregate, small savings in disk or CPU add up to a great deal.  For
instance, messages offering thanks, jibes, or congratulations will
only need to be seen by the interested parties -- send these by mail
rather than posting them. The same goes for simple questions, and
especially for any form of "me too" posting.  Each message sent via
the TIG is relayed out to hundreds of other sites, so make your
message count.

* Advertising is not permitted on the main TIG mailinglist.  If, in
your zeal for a particular product, you want to deflect impressions of
impropriety, disclaim your message at the end, e.g.: "I am not in the
employ or service of the manufacturer(s) above".  Advertising by
manufacturer/vendors who have contributed to the TIG is permitted on
the telecine-announce list, 'telecine-announce at alegria.com'; this is a
digested mailinglist published every three days or so, and sent to TIG

* Remember-- this is an international network of several hundred
professionals... your current or future employers may be reading your

* Enjoy and make use of the TIG, it can be a powerful resource.

Rob Lingelbach          |  2660 Hollyridge Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068
rob at alegria.com  	| "I care not much for a man's religion whose dog or 
rob at info.com		|  cat are not the better for it."  --Abraham Lincoln
rob at cloister.org		KB6CUN   http://www.alegria.com

mailinglist digest available......posting guidelines on the webpage