SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: listserv taxonomy(was: List
RE: SIGIA-L: listserv taxonomy(was: Listserv process suggestion)
From: Cinnamon Melchor (cmelchor_at_sapient.com)
Date: Mon Dec 10 2001 - 13:18:13 EST
| -----Original Message-----
| From: Jay Linden [mailto:jeigh_at_rogers.com]
| But from long experience
| (I've been
| on listserv mailing lists for over ten years), they almost
| never work.
| They deter participation.
Actually, DC Webwomen <http://www.dcwebwomen.org/mlist/listguide.html> has
been using such a subject header quite successfully for years and years
(since 1996, when the group started as DC Webgrrls). The two most
pertinent-to-this-discussion rules are these:
Use an ALL CAPS Header
Each post to the list should contain an all-caps header in the subject line.
Using a CAPITALIZED HEADER makes it easier for members to scan posts and
read or delete as suits them.
QUESTION or Q: (for posting questions or answers)
JOB: (for job postings)
SUMMARY: (to summarize answers which have been posted to a question
SITESEEING: (to recommend a site), and
Look at the headings used in other posts, you'll get the idea.
Example: [DCWW] QUESTION: What is XML?
The headers ADMIN:, WORKSHOP:, and MEETING: are reserved for Steering
Committee members only.
Post A Summary
If you post a QUESTION to the group, you owe the list a SUMMARY. When you
receive answers, remove the responders' names and submit a summary. Lines or
the words, "Reply #1" are good ways to separate the different answers.
| Best bet is to simply encourage people to use clear subject lines, and
| to modify them if the discussion drifts from the original subject.
I certainly agree with you there!
Cinnamon Melchor | Sapient
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Arlington, Virginia 22201
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