E-mail Discussion Group

Discussion of Savoyard activities in the Triangle area in North Carolina

Lord High Chancellor

g-s@duke.edu is an unmoderated electronic mailing list dedicated to discussions of Savoyard activities in the Triangle area in North Carolina. It is intended as a local supplement to SavoyNet, not a replacement.

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ETIQUETTE: Ground rules for the proper lady and gentleman

On-line etiquette is a recurring topic on most on-line mailing lists and news groups. While there are no hard and fast rules, we sometimes forget that electronic mail is little different from any other form of human communication. If you wouldn't stand up and make a remark in front of an assembled group, you probably shouldn't post that same remark to an electronic mailing list. Moreover, many people use electronic mail for business as well as personal purposes, and that has an effect on individual preferences and expectations.

Here are a few points of online etiquette -- guidelines, if you will -- that may not be immediately obvious, especially to the e-mail neophyte. They have been borrowed shamelessly from a similar document offered by SavoyNet, and edited for the local context.

  1. Stay on-topic. Posts can be humorous, light and entertaining; or, they may be deep, serious and scholarly. But, whatever else they may be, each posting should have a bearing, however tenuous, on the subject of G&S or the activities of the Triangle area Savoyards. Off-topic posts can be particularly bothersome to people who have to manage a large volume of electronic mail on a daily basis.
  2. Keep quoted material to a minimum. This refers to e-mail replies, where the text of the previous message is included in your reply. You can generally assume that subscribers have read earlier posts. Therefore, you need not quote extensively in your reply. Do so only as much as needed to establish the context for what you want to say. At the very least, edit out salutation and signature lines. Often, you can get along without quoting at all.
  3. Eschew frivolous posts. A frivolous post is one which says little more than "I agree," "Me too," or "Wow!" Remember, your post is going to a large number of people. Many of them have significant time, space or financial limitations on the amount of email they can keep up with. While this should not deter you from making a contribution that you consider meaningful, you should avoid posts that make no perceptible contribution to a discussion.
  4. Remember private email. Not all replies are of general interest. Use private email if your reply is more appropriate to the original poster than to the entire list.
  5. Conduct quizzes and surveys by private email. A request that is likely to generate numerous short responses, many of which are likely to be redundant, is best handled by private email. The original poster should specifically ask for email replies in her original message. After replies have tapered off, it is then appropriate to post a consolidated summary to the net. A good example would be "Who wants to make a trip to hear Sos-and-so sing such-and-such?" Post the original question to the list and solicit private replies (not replies to the list), then post a summary or follow-up later.