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2. SUBJECT LINE
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3. OFF/ON TOPIC POSTING and FILTERING
Messages on the list are divided into On and Off topic [OT]. Messages which fall into the Off topic category are more chatty messages and generally messages which are not strictly relevant to new media. Many subscribers choose to set up filters on their email client and then filter their BNM messages into the relevant On of Off topic folders for reading at a later date. This way important messages can be easily picked out.
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To turn this feature on, go to your subscription settings http://brightonnewmedia.org/list/listinfo/bnmlist and login. In the big grey box of subscription options you'll find "Which topic categories would you like to subscribe to?" and simply tick the relevant checkbox. You can choose from either "Off Topic Postings only" or "On Topic Postings only" and not ticking either will deliver all of the BNM posts as normal.
4. TRIM DOWN YOUR QUOTES
When quoting another person, edit out whatever isn't directly applicable to your reply. Don't let your software automatically quote the entire body of messages you are replying to when it's not necessary. Take the time to edit any quotations down to the minimum necessary to provide context for your reply. Nobody likes reading a long message in quotes for the third or fourth time, only to be followed by a one-line response: "Good Idea!" This saves reading time, disk space, network bandwidth, and makes things faster and easier for everybody.
5. ME TOO and THANK YOU
Don't send "Me Too!", "Thank You", etc. messages to the group! Send those out to the individuals email address directly. A private "Thank You" is nicer too!
Resist the temptation to "flame" others on the list. Remember that these discussions are "public" and meant for constructive exchanges. Treat the others on the list as you would want them to treat you. People disagree, sometimes strongly. Please do state your opinion, clearly and freely in an objective manner. Please also understand that others are also free to express their opinions.
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8: VIRUS WARNINGS - CHAIN LETTERS
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