CALL FOR ORADLIST ETIQUETTE DISCUSSION
Allan G Farman
agfarm01 at LOUISVILLE.EDU
Thu Dec 12 11:07:08 PST 2002
Like Axel, and perhaps most recipients of ORADLIST, I too get excessive
spam mail. I, however, do not concur that the occasional mistake by
ORADLIST users in making replies is a significant cause of clutter.
Rather, such mistakes (made both by Axel and myself on occasion I must
note) are usually an embarassment to the sender.
Nevertheless, there are occasions that ORADLIST does become spam! As
far as I am concerned this happens when there are surveys, personal
questions or announcements to which the response should be made to the
originator rather than the whole list.
I would like to suggest the following etiquette:
(1) Surveys: These should be responded to ONLY to the originator. As a
courtesy the survey originator should provide a summary of the results
or collection of answers via ORADLIST.
(2) Announcements of meetings/call for abstracts should where possible
indicate a website for information and person for direct correspondence.
Such announcements should never be responded using the ORADLIST.
(3) Personal questions should be answered personally not via an
(4) The ORADLIST should not be used for seasonal greetings.
(5) The ORADLIST should only be used for personal announcements in very
special circumstances: e.g. the absence of a person highly involved ias
an organizer/official in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology for a leave of
3 months plus.
(6) Coments on the misuse of the ORADLIST should be referred only to
the person concerned - NOT to the whole list.
These are just my views, I would welcome criticisms and suggestions.
Allan G. Farman
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