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Mailing list guidelines


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Please use a meaningful subject. There is no use in " bug found", "gnubg", "help" or "Please help" as subject. If you really want to be smart put a
or any other meaningful category in front of your own subject.
For example:
 | Subject: bug: gnubg crashes when loading Snowie .mat file


Please don't use html e-mails. A few e-mail programs like Outlook Express send html per default. It is easy to change this in the option menu. Further information can be found at


Your signature should be no bigger than four (4) lines and start with a
"-- "
(Yes, this are two hyphens (minus signs) followed by a space).
Do not include graphics, logos, pictures or other strange images as part of your signature.
If you quote text of another posting, it's not necessary to quote his signature also.


The object of quoting is to make it possible for a reader to see an exchange of e-mails as though they were listening to a conversation. The reader should normally not need to go back and read a previous e-mail to see what point you are replying to, nor should they need to scroll backwards and forwards in your e-mail to find the different parties to a conversation.
Ideally when responding to someone else's e-mail, you should quote only enough of that person's e-mail to let the reader know what the other person wrote that you are responding to. Remove any other text that isn't relevant to your reply. Some topics can develop into threads of 10 or more e-mails and no-one wants to read the same irrelevant portions 10 times while following the thread.
If you are responding to more than one topic in someone else's e-mail, then quote each of those topics separately and put your responses immediately below the associated topic.
Please avoid top quouting and full qouting. What do we mean? A few MS Windows
e-mail programs (like Outlook Express) always quote the original e-mail in full at the bottom of the reply and put your cursor at the top when you begin composing a reply. The result is referred to as top quoting - all the responses come at the top and the reader has to scroll down to see what it is you are replying to. Failure to remove those portions of the original e-mail to which you are not replying is referred to as full quoting. In the worst case, a lengthy exchange of e-mails could end up with 10 or 15 copies of the original e-mail. Top quoting and full quoting are some of the most annoying behaviours in mailing lists.
With "good" quoting you will greatly enhance the readability of this list and our liability to help. Here is an example of qouting how it should be:

| Adam wrote:
| > Here is a bunch of text by someone. This was originally a 25 line
| > paragraph, but [snip irrelevant portion]
| Now you, as the author, respond to those points, right here.
| If you have more to quote, do so:
| > Someone still had a couple more points to which you wanted to
| > reply, so you quote them [but still snip unneeded stuff]
| and respond to it.
| Your sig then typically follows (but DON'T quote Someone's sig,
| unless that is what you are responding to... and if so, you'd better
| make sure that it is relevant to a Lawhead mailing list, or that it
| is a miniscule fraction of your otherwise completely on-topic post.)

When you answer to a posting, please always use the "reply" or "reply to list" button. This will keep a thread readable like

| ---- original posting A
| --------|-- direct answer to A (B)
| ---------------|-- direct answer to B (C)
| ----------------------|-- direct answer to C
| --------|-- direct answer to A (D)
| ---------------|---direct answer to D

Also write new posts instead of replying to very old posts and change the subject. This will ensure correct threading.


No. Don't send attached files to this mailing list if they are bigger than appr. 10 kb. Exception: You are asked to do so (mostly in a direct e-mail, very seldom to this mailing list. I.e. it may happen that someone asks you to send one of your match files.
If you have access to a webpage, put your file on it and send us the url.

Bug reports

Much as the developers would like to see nothing but praise and astonishment from the users, bugs do occur and they form one of the main purposes of this list. A good bug report makes it much easier for a developer to find and (one hopes) fix a problem. What's needed:You may also use for reporting a bug. If you you are clever (and we know you are) you may search the page mentioned above or the mailing list archive at if your bug already has been reported and if there is already a solution or workaround.
posted at 17:52:57 on 09/30/04 by webadmin - Category: General