The darkover-studies mailing list
I plan to create a new Darkover related mailing list. I had quite bad
experiences in the past with other darkover mailing list, so I'll try to
provide a very high quality mailing list. In order to do so, I think members
of the list should obey to some rules. The purpose of this page is to give a
preliminery version of these rules, so that Darkover site's readers can give
me some feedback before the creation of the list.
Purpose of the list
The mailing list darkover-studies is intended to host general
discussions about the Darkover world created by Marion Zimmer Bradley. We aim
at providing a high quality list.
- beginners questions are welcome as long as they are strongly
related to Darkover. We plan to add a FAQ as soon as needed.
- the list is meant for serious discussion and studying of strictly the
Darkovan universe, considered as a fictionnal place. No fluff is allowed;
discussion of MZB's non-Darkover works, general chatting, roleplaying and
fan-fiction should be kept on other lists created for such things. No flaming
will be allowed.
The list is currently unmoderated. Please follow the rules or we'll have to
add moderation. If you don't obey to the rules after repeated private warning,
you'll be removed from the list.
To be written (explanation on how to post, subscribe and unsubscribe, etc.)
The official language of the mailing list is english.
The mailing list software is configured to automatically reject posts in
non-standard format. You should keep in mind that a lot of people cannot read
easily HTML mails, attachment, etc. Your post MUST be made in plain text,
without any attachment.
How to make a meaningful post
In order to provide an interesting list, we need to rely on e-mail
titles. This is also the case when a member of the list has only time to focus
on some topics and does not want to discuss others. So please give to your
post a meaningful title!
- One subject = one mail
For reasons discussed in the previous section, it is quite important to write
only about one subject in each mail. If you want to ask several unrelated
questions, send several e-mails.
How to make a meaningful answer
- One answer = one mail
It is important to answer by one mail about only one
subject. Answering to several unrelated questions (coming from different
e-mails) in one mail is one of the best way to make the archive unusable.
- Title change
When during a discussion, the subjet is slowly changing, it is a good idea to
change the title of your answer (you can keep the original title between
brackets) in order to start a new thread.
- Text reduction
When you answer only to a part of a post, you should delete from the quoting
of this post everything that is not related to your answer, especially other's
signature (their name is enough).
Signatures are a bit boring (personnal opinion), so please keep them
reasonable: around 3 or 4 lines, no more. If someone wants to know more about
you, he or she can send you a personal e-mail. In fact, signatures are quite
useless in a mailing-list, since mails are always directed to the same
people. Reading a signature once or two is enough.
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