What do you think about group selection
"You" or "You"? The salutation
Using German automatically raises the question of whether you should "duzen" or "siezen" other network participants in news and mail. Very easily: In Mausnet ™ you make a name for yourself.
Of course, it can also happen with us that you get married once. Then the following applies: whoever saves wants (at least for the time being) to be sied himself. As a matter of courtesy, one should not start with "you" straight away, but ask beforehand whether this is okay for the other person.
Real name or pseudonym? The sender
With many Internet sellers it is possible to hide one's true identity behind a pseudonym. Experience has shown that emails are often written with a feeling of anonymity, the content of which is neither particularly useful nor polite.
In the Mausnet ™ there is Real name obligation. Each user registers himself with his real name on his home mouse and has his real name in the e-mail address.
As a result, you can vouch for the value of the mail with your “good name”, but also that you can also greet the sender appropriately: Instead of “Hi [email protected]” we say “Hello Sabine ! "Or" Hello Martin! ".
Public group or private mail?
If you give the author a Public mail (ÖM) want to communicate something, you should consider whether this enriches the ongoing discussion and whether it could also interest others - or not Personal mail (PM) would be more appropriate.
It is also better to use PM to point out spelling errors, technical problems, obvious errors or netiquette violations.
It is usually impolite to also post replies publicly via PM. You should decide: either PM or ÖM, but not both. If you do, you should make it clear at the beginning of the message.
In general, if you want to communicate something that should also interest many other people, use public mail in groups. Otherwise, Private Mail is more appropriate.
On Topic or Off Topic? The group selection
Choose the group you are writing to carefully. Not every topic fits into every group! If possible, you should read this group yourself or, if this is not possible, put a corresponding note in the mail that you should be answered by PM.
Whenever possible, only write in a Group. A "cross-posting" of an article in several groups, possibly with related content, is not welcome in the Mausnet ™.
The groups »« and »« have been set up especially for buying and selling in order to keep corresponding items out of all other groups. Please respect that!
The mail subject: The subject line ("Subject:")
When composing an email, please also pay attention to the content of the subject line. The subject of the mail should be briefly described here so that a reader can decide whether it is of interest to him or not.
In long discussions it can happen that the topic that is being discussed differs from the original subject. Please change the subject line accordingly. It is a good habit to add the old topic as well;
In the case of replies to such emails (comments), the old topic should be removed from the subject. An example:
In the case of a comment, your mail program offers you the previous subject by default: »«. The discussion has long diverged to the subject of "dog biscuits".
So change the subject to: "". Comments on your mail should then only have the subject "".
See also the subject entry in the dial-up lexicon
A person like you and me: the recipient
When composing your mail, please remember that the messages are not read by computers, but by other people.
A few simple rules:
- Greet the recipient.
- Be polite.
- Express yourself as understandably as possible.
- Be honest when you don't understand something.
- Say goodbye in a friendly manner.
It's all in the form: Responsive emails
Remember that nobody likes to read long texts. Keep your email short and concise and break down longer texts clearly.
Upper and lower case letters make the text more legible.
Paragraphs (separated by blank lines) serve to structure and loosen up the text.
In addition, periods and commas should be taken for granted.
Better to avoid justification, as you never know how the recipient set the mail display.
Another option for design are the e-mail attributes that are common all over the Internet and that are recognized and correctly displayed by many mail programs: Simply by enclosing one or more words with the characters * (asterisk), / (slash) and _ (underscore ) are the attributes *fat*, /italic/ and _underlined_ to put.
Nowadays, so-called "long lines" are standard in e-mails. This has the advantage that it is no longer the sender who determines the length of the line, but the recipient or his mail program, which then breaks the long lines to the width of the display set by the user.
If your frontend (the mail program you write with) does not handle long lines, please set a line length of a maximum of 70 characters so that recipients with small monitors can also read your mail comfortably.
Better to look twice than go into the air once!
The risk of misunderstandings is particularly high with a written medium. Make sure several times that the author of the email you want to reply to meant what you think. In particular, you should pay attention to whether irony, sarcasm or a similar variant of humor was used without marking it with the smiley symbol :-).
Be careful with humor, irony and sarcasm!
People can have very different ideas about humor. Therefore, make sure that your ironic remarks are marked in such a way that no misunderstandings are provoked. Remember: facial expressions and gestures cannot be seen in a written medium.
For this purpose, there are a number of symbols on the Internet known as smileys; the most common are :-) and :-(. If you don't know what these smiley symbols mean, just put your head on your left shoulder and look again ... :-)
The following applies to the reader: If a text appears ambiguous or illogical, consider that it could be meant ironically or sarcastically. If in doubt, please PM the author for an explanation instead of emailing a comment immediately.
What did who say Quotes
In the Mausnet ™ there is the so-called Comment chaining. This means that comments and replies to e-mails are automatically linked to them so that you can scroll from mail to mail (as in a database or on the WWW from page to page).
No system is infallible and so it can still happen that the reference mail is not linked or cannot be found.
It is therefore a good habit to literally quote short excerpts of the text that you are referring to (quotes) and to put them in front of your own text passages that refer to it. In this way, the reader of a message knows what you are referring to in your statements, despite the lack of reference.
Some hints about this:
- Be careful to quote only what is necessary so that the reader does not lose context. Quoted text (quote) is only a reminder, more important is what you have to say on it. Therefore only quote text that you also refer to.
- Make sure that the initials of the person quoted come before the quotes. This enables you to quote opinions from different authors.
- Instead of quoting the text verbatim, you can also give a short summary. Put them in square brackets .
- Use the ellipsis [...] when removing passages from the quotation. But be careful not to rate in a meaningful way.
- Quote never signature or signature! This unfortunately widespread bad habit is just as undesirable for us as it is in other networks!
- If possible, do not re-quote text that has already been quoted.
- Own and quoted text (quotes) should be separated by a blank line.
No need for haste! Take your time!
Each article should be read and revised at least once in its entirety before it is finally sent.
Sometimes it is also advisable to oversleep an email again. Often it is easier to spot gaps and weaknesses in a mail the next day.
Stupid sayings and annoying business cards: footer
This is usually text that the software automatically appends to the mail text. Footers usually contain information about the software used, political or social statements or simply sayings that the sender likes, and somewhat less often information about the user himself.
It remains to be seen to what extent such statements are meaningful or legal, but in any case this type of expression of opinion is inconsiderate, since it is indifferent to the author whether others want to read his mustard or not. It's as if the writer smeared his views all over the walls of houses.
In addition, these slogans, which are usually attached by filters, are superfluous data ballast, which is secretly reflected in the recipient's phone bill and a faster-filled hard disk. Remember that a single footer is only between two and four hundred bytes in size, but if you only receive 100 footers in group mails a day, you are already loading 30 kilobytes. Calculated over the year, there is a lot of useless traffic.
For these reasons, among others, footers are generally undesirable in Mausnet ™.
Thanks for the effort of others: Pass on your knowledge!
If you have publicly asked a question in a group and received answers via PM, the result of which might also interest other people, summarize this (meaningfully abbreviated) and let others benefit from the answers.
Accordingly, the following applies to the readers: If you want someone to publish a summary, ask them to do so by PM, in no case publicly (comment).
Remember: It is considered impolite to just ask questions and ask for answers via PM in a non-reading group. Nobody likes to read groups that only ask questions and have no answers.
No binaries and multipart articles!
Binary files (graphics, music, executable programs, etc.) are undesirable in the Mausnet ™ groups. Refrain from distributing binary files in ÖMs and instead only point out corresponding download options in the public program parts (ÖPT) of the mice or via FTP or WWW.
The same applies to so-called "multipart" articles. Some news reader software encodes (mostly using MIME or UUE processes) the mail text content in various alternative file formats (normal text, HTML, Word-Doc, etc.), although most network users can only display plain text. Be considerate and only offer download sources for alternative display formats. In Mausnet ™ only normal text is used.
Be careful with commercial items!
A certain amount of commercial information is tolerated on the Internet. For example addresses of companies that offer a certain product that someone has asked for.
On the other hand, the dissemination of pure advertising information (bulk, SPAM and junk) is outrageous and sometimes even illegal. Especially if a certain volume is exceeded or an unsolicited email is sent.
Remember: This is a non-commercial network, and nobody wants to pay the broadcast costs for unsolicited advertising.
Pay attention to the legal regulations!
Make sure that you do not break any laws with your emails.
The network is not a legal vacuum!
- Your ÖMs are read by a great many people. Be cautious about what you say about others. Insult, defamation and defamation are punishable by law!
- Publishing PMs is - apart from possible legal consequences - rude and should not be done without the explicit consent of the author.
- Pay attention to the copyrights! Be careful when quoting other people's works!
- If you are unsure whether you might be violating someone else's rights, PM him / her beforehand asking what he thinks of your intentions.
- Do not commit crimes and do not call for crimes!
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