[wp-hackers] PROPOSAL: Use sunmanagers etiquette to help reduce
list S/N ratio
zamoose at gmail.com
Sat Oct 6 12:22:52 GMT 2007
I don't know how many of you have experience in the Sun/Solaris admin
community, but the Sun Managers list is usually a great place to go to
get information and solutions to your problems
It is a bit more specialized in its intent than wp-hackers, for
certain, but I believe several of the rules they uphold might be
1: This list is NOT moderated! Every message that is sent to the list
will be passed on to every member of the list.
2: Requests to have addresses added or removed from the list should NOT
be sent to the entire list. Instead, addresses should be added
or removed via the web page at http://www.sunmanagers.org
Similarly, test messages of any sort should not be sent to the list.
4: All responses are to be mailed back to the questioner and are NOT to be
sent to the entire list. Any response to a list message sent to the
list, rather than to the person asking the question, will be deleted
without notice. The person who originally asked the question has the
responsibility of summarizing the answers and sending the entire
summary back to the list. When a summary is sent back to the list,
the word "SUMMARY" should be the first word of the "Subject" line.
5: Discussions on ANY topic are not allowed and will not be tolerated.
If you want to discuss something, take it to the appropriate Sun
6: If it is not specifically related to Sun system management, then it
does NOT belong on this list. Requests for vendor recommendations
are tolerated, provided that the hardware in question is something that
system managers normally purchase.
9: Requests for software (free or otherwise) should be limited to
software that is directly related to Sun SYSTEM MANAGEMENT ONLY.
10: Read the appropriate manuals BEFORE posting, including the "Read
This First" documents. Oftentimes the manuals contain answers for
12: A posting to sunmanagers is not a general invitation to email the
poster -- if you wish to send email to a sunmanagers poster, the email
you send should be related to the posting, else it will be unsolicited
email and may be treated like any other unsolicited email (e.g. spam).
Sunmanagers is not to be used to collect email addresses of people who
manage Sun systems. Those who do this not only violate the list's
policy, but risk seriously offending the very people they are
attempting to reach.
13: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...Think before you send a message! Ask yourself
"is this really appropriate?" There are enough other newsgroups
and mailing lists around to cover the marginal topics. Perhaps there
is another forum that is more appropriate? Check the list of Sun
specific newsgroups included in the FAQ. Perhaps your message would
be more appropriate there?"
I know that's a lot to read through, but the rules are presented in
plain language and might make a very good jumping-off point for a
similar revision of wp-hackers, particularly rules #4 and 13.
What do you all think? Draw up something similar and post it
prominently on the list page, reference it when folks get out of line,
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