We're all busy, and we're all looking to get a lot out
of ServiceTalk. Think about that before you hit the send
button. Don't add to the clutter of emails that people
have to delete. On the other side of the coin,
reconsider if you think you're too busy today to add
your two cents to an important thread. Your perspective
and commentary might be just what ServiceTalk members
need. That said, here are some basic guidelines. Of
course, the most basic is to email to the group when you
have something of importance to say to the group, and to
email privately to members where appropriate.
NO TEST MESSAGES Please DO NOT post messages
to the list just to confirm that your account is active!
That sort of traffic isn't of any value to any member of
ServiceTalk. If you need to confirm that your account is
activated, then ask the list owner. We will confirm your
USE APPROPRIATE SUBJECT LINES Refer to the
make, model, chassis, or other significant qualifier in
the subject of your message
SIGN YOUR EMAIL Any email you send to our
lists should include your signature, or "sig-file". That
is to say that your full name and email address should
be at the bottom of every email. This assists other
members in contacting you directly when appropriate. It
is expected that so-called "sig files" will be used, and
only used in moderation. An appropriate signature line
should be no more than four or five lines at maximum.
PLAY NICE! Basic cordiality being required to
maintain a reasonable level of discourse on this list,
it is expected that all postings to the list will be
couched in friendly or at least business-like terms.
Foul or intemperate language will not be tolerated and
will be cause for permanent removal from the list.
Additionally, please note that private comments and
"flames" belong in private mail. Do not send private
mail through the list. For example, if you must say
"Thanks!", or "Me too!", please do so in private mail.
LIMIT QUOTES / USE QUOTES Limit quotations
from previous messages in replies to that which is truly
necessary to make your point.. On the other hand, please
make sure to quote some of the previous message. If you
post a fix, please be sure to quote enough text so that
members know what the problem was.
To those of you who are using AOL as an ISP and want
a way to include the original post with your response
without having to cut and paste -- If you go to
www.aol.com and read your main in AOL netmail, just
above the send to boxes is a check box that you can use
to include the original message in your response. You
just have to type in your screen name and AOL password
at the AOL netmail log in.
STAY ON TOPIC To keep the list focused, the
content of all messages sent to ServiceTalk should be
on-topic at all times. The purpose of ServiceTalk is to
provide a forum for the discussion of technical and
business topics of interest to professionals in the
electronics repair and service industry. All postings to
the list should be pertinent to that purpose.
COMMERCIAL MESSAGES You may post one
commercial message to the list on the 1st and 15th day
of each month. Any other commercial message is Spamming
and is prohibited. Spamming is defined as any commercial
posting, on- or off-topic, which is sent to the list for
the express purpose of soliciting the purchase of a
product. For our purposes, spamming shall also be
defined as any posting of a chain letter or any other
off-topic cross posting. The determination of what is
and what is not a Spam is at the discretion of the list
owner. Note that recommendation of a specific product as
a solution to a problem experienced by another
subscriber will not be considered spamming, as long as
the intent is clearly to solve a problem and not just to
randomly advertise a product.
NO ATTACHMENTS Do not post encoded binaries or
any file attachments to the list. If you really need to
share a file with the rest of the list, put it on an FTP
site or provide a link to it. Don't waste everyone
else's bandwidth with a huge unsolicited piece of mail.
Encoded binaries shall also be defined as any "rich
text" attachments sent by various POP mail clients
(e.g., Microsoft Outlook and so forth). Many POP clients
now come with rich text enabled by default--please
disable rich text before posting to the list.
RESPECT COPYRIGHTS Quoting full text of
copyrighted material in a posting to the list is
forbidden. You may abstract the material or provide a
link to the material, but please always respect the
copyright of the author.
PRIVACY The list of subscribers is copyrighted
by the list owners and may not be obtained or used
without prior written permission from the list owners
(said permission is NEVER given, so please do not ask).
The list of subscribers is secure from external review.
"Trolling" the list for addresses to add to Spam
mailings is prohibited (although in practice, it is
impossible to enforce this).