The Simple Rules for the Zoss Pens List
JUST A FEW SIMPLE RULES
There are only a few rules we
ask everyone to follow when using the firstname.lastname@example.org free internet
mailing list for pen collectors. They are simple but important to
our ability to maintain a civil and orderly list, since it is so large.
These are occasionally reworded to make them easier to remember but
essentially have been the same for about 10 years.
The rules mostly have to do
with being civil but the ones about "getting even" and "warning people" also
have a lot to do with keeping the pens list out of disagreements that
might result in litigation.
1. KEEP THE MESSAGE
Try to send all messages
in PLAIN TEXT. If you don't
know how to fix this there is a place with help - click
do not send messages with attachments.
As a matter of courtesy and practicality, do not send "confirm
receipt" or "confirm
to the pens list.
2. TAKE CARE WITH MESSAGE
is a pens list. Try to keep most messages pen-related - stay
on topic. Ignore
off-topic messages and don't compound a small problem by sending
a public reply, thus building a thread off to nowhere.
Be especially nice to new list members and those who are just
starting out with pen collecting. All of us were once innocent
and we must refrain from making fun of questions that are very
basic or otherwise naive or a new subscriber may leave without
ever gaining knowledge and confidence. The motto of the list
has always been "be
this especially applies to newcomers.
When you reply to a message please
edit your reply - cut out a lot of the unnecessary re-quoted stuff. This
is especially true when
you reply from a digest. Cut off all of those other tag-along
Opinions expressed in
the list messages are those of the writers and not those of
the list publisher.
3. EXERCISE CARE REGARDING
not use the list as an enforcement tool to collect debts, "warn" people
about someone you've had trouble with, "SPREAD THE WORD" about
your problems or disputes, attack or publicly criticize
a brand, dealer, or an individual, etc.
Use private e-mail if you want to warn people. A public message
like that creates a situation where someone might target the list
even though we had nothing to do with the offending
one-sided message. Help protect the list by sending those messages,
if you must, directly to individuals or place them somewhere else
- not here.
Those who push the envelope regarding civility, and who regularly start disputes
by posting "baiting" comments about individuals will find they are no longer
welcome in the community.
4. COMMERCIALISM IS
ALLOWED BUT SUPPORT THE LIST
Lively sale and trade
activity is a part of a thriving hobby but I have had to rein in the activity because of abuses. Some of this section is new information. If you are a collector, your commercial messages are allowed and welcome in moderation (not too often, nor too long, nor too frequently). If you buy or sell using the list, or derive benefit from the list, please consider an occasional voluntary donation to help support the list. However, if you are a dealer (and I don't just mean those with storefronts but also those who trade regularly beyond maybe a short message every month or two) then you're in business and posting sales and promotional messages on this list should be part of your business expenses. Pay your way, please, fair is fair. Even so, more than a reasonable number of messages will cause subscribers to get upset with your overuse. Best in that case to buy an advertisement on the site. There are several ways to help support the list - click here for ideas.
the people who advertise on the pens list. If you'd like to consider
support by advertising you'll find the details here.
Thanks so much for being nice.
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