Diatribes, protocol, etc. (fwd)

Coral-List Administrator jch at aoml.noaa.gov
Fri Jul 3 11:29:09 EDT 1998

Approved: zooid511

From: Coral Health and Monitoring Program <coral at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
To: coral-list
Subject: Diatribes, protocol, etc.

Dear Coral-Listers,

	Please find attached the protocol for posting messages,
protocol, etc. for coral-list, in case you forgot.

	I know it is tempting, when someone flames you in front of others,
to flame back to the same wide audience so you can defend yourseld, and I
am probably more guilty than anybody else for this (and have thoroughly
embarassed myself in the process), but please try to limit public
diatribes, flaming, etc. as best you see fit.  Whenever possible, flame
back via personal email to that person, then maybe if that person sees
fit, he/she can re-broadcast to the list that he/she was a jerk, and that
now he/she sees the light.

	Posting to a listserver messages that were sent to you in
confidence is definitely not cool.  Please do not do that, because if you
do, your karma is likely to catch up to you, and the same thing will
happen to you!

	One other thing, if I may...If you have very lengthy text that you
feel would be of benefit to the list, I will volunteer our server as a
home for the text via anonymous FTP, but please try not send a whole book
via the listserver (okay, that's a little exagerated), as it bogs down the
server and budens people who have to PAY for each email message they
receive on a per character basis.

	Hey, this has been a very informative, lively debate of late, and
I think some very valuable discussions have come out of this.  This really
makes this listserver of real good use to coral health researchers and
laypeople alike, and I think it furthers our cause.

	Take care, and keep up the good work!

	Jim Hendee
	coral-list administrator
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