e-Prog Mailing List Netiquette

(for on-line discussion in groups such as e-Prog)

1. Staying On Topic - This list is set up for your use, with a charter of acceptable subject matter as shown in the list description.  Please help us provide a high signal-to-noise ratio by keeping off-topic posts to a minimum.

2. Editing Replies - When replying to a message sent to the list, you should remove as much of the original message from your reply as possible.  Please include only that content necessary to provide a logical flow from the original message. At minimum, you should remove the author's header block and signature lines, the Onelist footer message and additional text as possible.

3. Language and Flaming - Posting extremely foul or abusive language aimed at a fellow list member is forbidden. This includes obscenities, verbal harassment or comments that would prove offensive based on race, religion, sex, age or sexual orientation.  This mailing list is rated PG-13. (**see below)

Note: Watch how you express your emotions and humor within your mail. Due to the lack of vocal and non-verbal clues, we often need something extra to read into a message what was intended - such as emoticons or descriptive words.  Also, remember that we have members from all over the world, and that some may not have a firm grasp of the English language.  Sometimes it helps to use an 'emoticon' to express what you *feel* beyond what the words *say*.
(see http://www.nmia.com/~lhxavier/emoticon.htm or http://www.xnet.com/~gwilliam/emoticon.html)

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**Just to give an example of what PG-13 means, here's an article describing how it is used to rate films. You'll have to extrapolate that as to how it applies to a mailing list.

PG-13: Rating of Champions by Amy Wallace
(Copyright 1997 / The Los Angeles Times; Tuesday October 7, 1997)
The PG-13 rating was created in 1984, after some filmmakers and viewers raised concerns about films that seemed too intense to be rated PG but not graphic enough to be rated R. Increasingly, a PG-13 rating--"Parents strongly cautioned: Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13"--is seen by the industry as a key ingredient in the creation of a blockbuster. Below is a sampling of the general guidelines the Motion Picture Assn. of America rating board uses to make its decisions.
* Any drug use content initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. There are no scenes depicting drug use in PG-rated films.
* Nudity of a nonsexual nature is OK for PG-13 movies. But if nudity is sexually oriented, the film will generally be rated R.
* If violence is too rough or persistent, the film will be rated R.
* A film can qualify for a PG-13 rating even if it includes what the MPAA calls "one of the harsher sexually derived words"--but only one use, and only as an expletive. If such a word is used multiple times, or even once in a sexual context, then the film will almost always be rated R.  One recent exception is "My Best Friend's Wedding," in which Julia Roberts utters the F-word in a sexual way. Originally rated R, the film was rated PG-13 after an appeal.