Periodic posting of Scuba-L guidelines and information of Tue Jan 1 09:00:01 EST 2002 This is a periodic posting of Scuba-L guidelines and information. If you follow these guidelines you should be able to avoid some common missteps and your life in Scuba-l should be much more pleasant and less riddled by certain local customs. Please save this post for future reference. TO LEAVE THE LIST: >From the SAME email account from which you subscribed to SCUBA-L send the following text: SIGNOFF SCUBA-L To the following address: [log in to unmask] (Note that this may be a different address than the one you signed up at. They moved the list while you weren't looking.) Here is a convenient URL: mailto:[log in to unmask] NOTE: this address is different from the one you are using to post messages to the list ([log in to unmask]). Many services are available using the web interface. In particular, you can get a password for and sign off a userid you no longer get mail at. 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As a general guideline, it is "three strikes in a 30 day period" and you are out. This rule specifically covers attacks on list members, recent former list members, and suspended list members. Normally, initial suspensions are for 30 days. Joining the list and immediately sending disruptive posts will not be tolerated. Suspensions can be appealed through the list owner. A single rebuttal posting may be sent through the list owner who will insure that it conforms to the list guidelines and negotiate content until it does. Alternatively, another list member may post the single rebuttal, but they take responsibility for the content and for insuring that it is civil in tone and does not contain personal attacks. At that point, further conversation about the suspension should be taken offline. If you feel that the above rules impinge on your freedom of speech, there is an alternative scuba list that does not impose rules of civility on its participants. It is called scuba-se, and can be found through catalist or at this web address: http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=SCUBA-SE&H=RAVEN.UTC.EDU -=-=-=- "When thou enter a city, abide by its customs." -- The Talmud. This quote is taken from a netiquette web site (link below) and applies to all mail lists and newsgroups. It is especially true here. Before Posting to any mailing list or newsgroup it is a good idea to read the list for a few weeks. This will allow you to understand the list culture and have a better understanding of the unwritten rules of conduct. Scuba-l is full of unwritten rules of conduct. Some general guidelines that will serve you well in Scuba-l: --All scuba topics are welcome-- rec., tech, wreck, dive travel, beginner, equipment, etc. --ADVERTISING IS NOT ALLOWED. Posting to Scuba-l for the purpose of promoting a commercial venture is not welcome, even if it is done only a single time. Such a post will result in a reply from some members of the list requesting all members boycott your business forever. It is acceptable to state a business name, contact info, web link, etc. in your .sig. An occasional, non-repetitive ad of personal gear for sale is acceptable but please place "FS" in the subject line. --DO NOT forward jokes, virus warnings, general Internet info, and other non-scuba related items to the list. You are not performing a public service. If you want to share such things with friends on the list, do so privately. We have seen all of the jokes and most virus warnings are hoaxes. --When sending messages to the list, be sure to have your emailer preferences set to PLAIN TEXT instead of HTML. Additonally, all posted content should be 7 bit and not encoded in either base64 or quoted-printable. Any encoding will result in some percentage of the readers of your message being unable to read it. If you understand mime, the only acceptable content-transfer-encoding is text/plain. If you find that you can't do this, you should send your postings to mailto:[log in to unmask] instead of sending them directly to listserv.brown.edu. Your posting will be run through a program that processes it into plain text and forwards it to the list. If this does not work for some reason, please contact the list owners at the mailto:[log in to unmask] address above. --DO NOT post binaries (Photos, etc.) or attachments to the list. --DO NOT 'quote' an entire message in your reply. DO include some information as to WHOM and to WHAT you're replying. Be selective. Attribute correctly, accurately, and concisely. Many people attach automated signatures to their e-mail. Do not quote these, unless you find them pithy enough to comment on. See the netiquette link below for details on how to effectively quote and otherwise post to a mailing list. --You are new here. Before you correct the behavior of others on the list, be sure you have spent sufficient time reading the list. Each list has its own culture and the behavior you criticize may be part of that generally accepted on this list. It is no defense that you are a mailing list/newsgroup veteran -- you are new here. BEFORE MAKING YOUR FIRST POST visit the following sites. Read them. These sites will help you understand better some general netiquette items as well as some LOCAL cultures, as in a new neighborhood or new city. http://www.primenet.com/~vez/neti.html A good general netiquette site. http://scifi.squawk.com/ned.html The NED FAQ. Never ask: What is a NED? http://www.arches.uga.edu/~harold/ned.html Who are all these people? http://www.ivydene1.demon.co.uk/nedfuc.htm What are these FUC's? MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION: --You can search past scuba-l postings on Dejanews by searching in the forum "bit.listserv.scuba-l". http://www.dejanews.com/home_ps.shtml However, deja's archives are reported to no longer be current. By sending "index scuba-l" and then "get" commands to [log in to unmask], you can get recent archives. The amount of space allocated to listserv archives is limited. --Before posting a question you might find the rec.scuba FAQ very helpful. http://scifi.squawk.com/scuba.html TO POST A MESSAGE TO SCUBA-L: Post in plain text and send the text of your post to: [log in to unmask] Enjoy Scuba-l!