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[REBOL] Re: Contribution `rules'

From: gjones05::mail::orion::org at: 22-Jun-2001 15:21

From: "David Ness"
> I am a newcomer to the Rebol List. Is there a > brief description anywhere of what is regarded > as `good taste' in communication on the list?
To my knowledge, no. The main rule that is implicit is to be respectful of differences of opinions. There seem to be very few holy wars on this list, and I believe that it is due to the respect that is given.
> (1) What about Jeopardy quoting? (i.e. answers > `above' questions) On comp.lang.perl.misc they > are an anathema, but here they seem to be common.
Alex Trebec does not frequent the list, and, again, there seem to be no specific rules. The REBOL list members are very polite and helpful for the most part. Posts seem to be addressed no matter what the order or lack of order prior posts are presented. Amazing, really.
> (2) What suggestions are there about trimming > prior posts. On most of the lists I participate in, > previous responses are supposed to be trimmed to > the minimum necessary to understand the current > communication. Here it seems to be quite common > to quote previous responses in total.
Guess what? Again, no rules. A few of our European members who pay for connections by the minute will occasional remind us to be considerate, which is very understandable.
> I'm happy to try to make my posts conform to > any suggested `standard', and am equally happy > if there are no such standards. I just don't want > my habits from other newsgroups to cause offense > here.
A few suggestions may help get the most out of the list. a) If you are developing a rather complex program, and are having a problem with only one small aspect of the program, it seems to be generally easier to assist if you will distill down the essential feature about which you have a question. These questions seem to get much quicker responses than listing 2000 lines of code that also require files not available to others. b) Watch for lines wrapping when you get answers back. It makes it appear as though the "help" was not very helpful. Hope this was helpful. --Scott Jones