[SLUG] Mailing List Policies

From: paulf@quillandmouse.com
Date: Sun Jan 01 2006 - 01:01:01 EST

Revised 2002-10-08 R2.0


1) Technical (Linux or computer-related) questions and answers.

This is the primary reason for this list-- to provide mutual assistance to
SLUG members with technical questions.

2) Announcements of upcoming SLUG events and summaries of recent events.

Self-explanatory, though the SLUG Announce list is really the preferred
forum for announcements.

3) Official communications from SLUG officers to members of SLUG.


4) Linux advocacy.

Self-explanatory, but remember that bandwidth on the list should primarily
be for #1 above.

5) Linux or computer related humor or news.

Humor is acceptable, so long as it is tasteful and does not chew up too
much bandwidth. Racial, religious, male- or female-chauvinist humor is not

6) Commercial offerings.

Allowed on a very restricted basis, as follows:

a) You may advertise your goods and services in your tagline or signature.
b) You may advertise stuff you're _giving_ away.
c) You may discuss or recommend commercial offerings by someone other than
you, your company, or some company you're connected to in some way.

Otherwise, see #6 below.


1) Flames.

Just don't. Take it off the list. Don't say something to someone in email
that you wouldn't say to their face, and don't use this list to insult
them. See the SLUG Politics list.

2) Slurs.

These may or not be part of flames. Slurs of racial, religious, or sexual
nature are unacceptable, even if you aren't flaming someone on the list.
Likewise, while we generally are not fond of certain software companies,
it really serves no purpose to refer to them by epithets. If you believe
that they deserve your contempt, express your opinion and use the actual
name of the company. See the SLUG Politics list.

3) Pornography or advertisements for it.

It's a family list, okay?

4) Politics/Religion

While we don't want to restrain anyone's right to free speech, this isn't
really the correct forum for political or religious discussion. See the
SLUG Politics list.

5) HTML email.

It is established internet policy that HTML email is unacceptable. This is
doubly true here, where our list is run by Majordomo, which "bounces" all
HTML email off the list.

6) Commercial Offerings.

If you want to advertise your wares to SLUG members, you'll need to do
it on the SLUG For Sale page, at http://www.suncoastlug.org/forsale.html.
That webpage was created for the express purpose of allowing you to offer
your goods and services to other SLUG members.


Traditionally, internet list servers and admins are sensitive about useless
waste of bandwidth. You can do your part by "trimming" text in replies
that isn't pertinent to the point you wish to make. This includes
extraneous sig lines not pertinent to your communication.

This list is not "moderated". Email sent to the list is not filtered by a
person before it appears on the list. It simply goes directly to the list,
which the list admin monitors. Keep this in mind when you post something--
there's no one to stop you from saying something stupid to hundreds of

However, since membership on this list is a privilege, it can be revoked
by the list administrator. The list admin may decide that your posts don't
follow these guidelines, and he or she is allowed a certain flexibility in
this. If he decides action must be taken, he may do any of the following
(in order of severity):

1) Notify you by private email of the infraction.

2) If this doesn't work, email the list regarding your conduct as a public
warning to you and others of like mind.

3) Un_subscribe you from the list.

4) Publicly announce your un_subscribing from the list.

If you believe you have been treated unfairly by the list admin, you may
appeal to the SLUG president. He will get both sides of the story and make
a decision on the matter, which is final.

This list is provided as an unmoderated internet service by Networked
Knowledge Systems (NKS). Views and opinions expressed in messages
posted are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the
official policy or position of NKS or any of its employees.

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