Are there any rules, conventions or etiquette for posting in a newsgroup?
Where might I find such? I am new at this and have been reading you for the
past six months. For example, I am curious about posting at the top or
bottom of a reply. I do not really see any pattern. I do not anticipate
posting much but do not want to offend.
--- Karl Warner
If you don't want to offend anybody, you should never ever post anything and
juts lurk in the shadows like most of the cowards do.
The very subject of the merits of top posting verses bottom posting will end
up in a heated debate.
Your ISP should have provided you with a copy of netiquette to read or at
least a link to it.
I prefer bottom posting, others top. Do not post pictures to a
group unless "binaries" is in the name
(alt.binaries.pictures.gardens) of the group and then keep the
size in the 100 to 200KB range so people on dial-up can
appreciate your picture. Stay on topic and do not spam the
group. I am sure others will offer their opinions.
Travis in Shoreline (just North of Seattle) Washington
USDA Zone 8
Some newsgroups have FAQs, I don't know if this one has. A few rules:
---> Single most important rule: Be Paranoid About Security! <--- --> Use a good virus scanner, and set it to scan all your messages,
incoming and outgoing. (This is even more important for e-mail);
--> use a spyware sniffer;--> use a firewall;--> scan and clean your machine regularly.
Otherwise, here are a few etiquette guidelines:
a) make your subject line as descriptive as possible, especially when
asking for help or information.
b) snip (delete) parts of the post that aren't relevant to your reply.
c) "bottom posting" is preferred, ie below the post you reply to. Some
people get foamy at the mouth when they see a top post, I just get
d) be polite, which means mostly "Give the other poster the benefit of
the doubt." OTOH, if someone gets abusive, it's your decision whether to
give as good as you got. But I ignore flame-wars, and usually filter out
senders of abuse, regardless of who started it.
e) use emoticons: nobody can hear your tone of voice. :-)
f) try to be brief.
g) post pictures to "binaries" newsgroups, not to text-only ones (like
this one.) Many ISPs actually remove binaries from posts, or block such
h) set your browser/newsreader to send text only -- not HTML. Some
newsreaders treat HTML as attachments, some people have set their
newsreaders to reject HTML as possible virus carriers, etc.
That's about it.
Michelle, even more important is to trim. I can stand a top-poster if that
person manages to trim out everything but the essential part of the previous
posts. You requoted an entire post to insert a couple of lines in the
middle. That's worse than top-posting, IMO.
Yes, there are some conventions for newsgroup posting. The conventional
term for 'proper' behavior on-line is 'nettiquette.'
Newsgroup specific: http://linux.sgms-centre.com/misc/netiquette.php
The exhaustive version: http://www.albion.com/netiquette /
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Here are some links on the web:
Further, you may be interested in this page:
One neither top-posts nor bottom-posts. Instead, the correct way to reply is
to trim the previous post to just the points you wish to address, and to
intersperse comments appropriately.
AhHa! Thank you, Claire. (Now if I can just get the hang of operating this
irritating machine.) And thanks to all who replied. Those links are keeping
me occupied through an otherwise gloomy winter.
Well, winter just started, so you may have time too read this one too:
Welcome, and if I may venture a suggestion your rule number 1 should be
not to pay too much attention to people who criticize too much :>)
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