ADMIN: Info, Unsolicited Email, and Rules

Subject: ADMIN: Info, Unsolicited Email, and Rules
From: Eric Ray <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2000 05:25:26 -0600


First, for all of you who have received solicitations from a
Robert/Bob Otoka from Micro Tech Professionals as a result
of your TECHWR-L Postings, I'm sorry. The offender has been
permanently removed from the list, and we're pursuing other
action as well. The offender had been a TECHWR-L subscriber
for at least a year, and certainly _knows_ what expected
standards of behavior are with regard to culling addresses
from the TECHWR-L archives...he just chose to abuse the

(My personal opinion is that you'd be better off
looking for a contract agency among those who post ads to
the TECHWR-L Premium Announcement list or who post jobs
to Employment Central on the Web site, rather than using an
someone who has demonstrated a willingness to disregard
contracts and rules in order to find new clients.)

We know that you didn't subscribe to TECHWR-L so your email
address could be picked up and used against your wishes,
and we do everything we can to stop it. Contact me offline
with questions.

For a quick reminder of the Rules, Responsibilities, and
general administrivia, just send an email to
send-techwr-l-welcome -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
and you'll get the latest version back in email.

In other news, please take a few minutes to read through the
rules (below) and think about them when you post your
next message.


Revised 1 June 2000

I strongly encourage everyone to read and understand these
rules before posting to TECHWR-L. TECHWR-L has nearly
5000 subscribers and many more readers, so it is necessary
to maintain a fairly tight definition of acceptable behavior.
Any list member may be removed from the list, at the
listowner's discretion, for flagrant or repeated infractions.
Additionally, if you are abusive to the listowner or other
list members, you may be removed from the list.

Send all announcements, job ads, and similar messages to
ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot-

CHECK THE ARCHIVES BEFORE POSTING! Archives are available at and at
and at and at

* If it is about technical communication and of general
interest, post it.
* If it is about technical communication and original and
humorous, post it.

* If it doesn't clearly and directly relate to technical
communication, don't post it.
* If it is an ad of any sort, don't post it. Contact
ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com about the right way to advertise to
* If it relates to _language use_ but not technical
communication, it probably isn't appropriate.
Don't post it.
* If it relates to _computer use_ but not technical
communication, it probably isn't appropriate.
Don't post it.
* If it continues an irrelevant thread in any way
(rebuttal, rebuke, rerun, revision, remark), don't
post it.
* If it is a personal message to a single subscriber,
don't post it. Even if mail to that person bounces.
* If you aren't sure, don't post it.
* If it is a test message, do not post it. Ever. Contact
the listowner if you have problems posting or with your
subscription, or send a test message to
techwr-l-test -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com to check your mail settings.
* If it is something cute, interesting, or funny that
you found on the Internet (e.g. Dr. Seuss on Tech
Writing, origin of spam), don't post it. I assure
you that most readers have seen it already.

* Check your facts on anything you post. Do not under
any circumstances post virus warnings or anything else
designed to be "forwarded to everyone you know" to this
* Do not directly attack anyone for anything on the list.
Take issue with ideas, not personalities, and do
NOT point out grammatical, spelling, or usage errors.
This forum is not the place to exercise editorial
* Please make sure your E-mail address is included in
the body of the message you post to the list.
* If responses are sent to you--not to the whole list--please
summarize and post the entire summary back to the list.
A summary should include attributions so others can pick
up conversations offline if necessary with original posters.
When you send a summary back to the list, use the word
"SUMMARY" as the first word of the "Subject" line."
* Direct all commentary about this message to my
address, not the list.


Eric J. Ray TECHWR-L Listowner
ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com

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