The UCPO Misc New Members' FAQ
This FAQ is not intended to give firm instructions for how to use soc-ucpo-misc, and we
have no official Acceptable Use Policy. However, as this will be the first mailing list of its
kind that many people will have been on, I've compiled some basic 'Netiquette' that should
help you to avoid pissing anyone off unintentionally (you can piss them off intentionally if you
How to filter your SUM mail
On joining the list, the first thing you're likely to notice is that mail can arrive at a
very high rate if enough people are bored. This can be a pain in the arse if you actually
need to receive important mail at the same time, so it's helpful to separate it into a separate
folder. The exact instructions depend on how you check your e-mail:
If you read it directly on Hermes, then you can filter the mail into a seperate
folder from your main inbox. Telnet or SSH into Hermes,
and select 5 (Config), 1 (Mail), 5 (Filter), 2 (Recipient). Enter firstname.lastname@example.org
and press enter. Enter something like 'UCPO Misc' for a mailbox name. Enter 'Q' until you get
back to the main menu. Your spam will now be delivered to your new 'UCPO Misc' inbox, where
you can easily delete it ;)
If you use Outlook Express, create a new folder called 'UCPO Misc' somewhere
in the directory tree view of OE. Now go to Tools/Message Rules->Mail..., choose 'New Rule', and select
'When the To or cc: line contains people'. Click on 'people' and add email@example.com. Choose
'Move it to the specified folder', click on 'specified' and select your new folder. Give the rule a name,
and your inbox clogging problems should be over...
If you use Kmail, the procedure is similar to the above, but using
'Settings/Configure Filters' to add a new filter rule, matching on 'To or CC' 'contains' 'firstname.lastname@example.org',
with action 'move to folder', 'apply this filter on incoming messages', and stop filtering on match.
Guidelines for posting to SUM
In general, SUM is a very tolerant list, with few restrictions on what can be posted. However,
this is based on the fact that everyone knows everyone else in real life, and so you cannot get away
with sending extremely offensive mail unless you want to lose all your friends. If you send really
offensive mails (especially anything racist, homophobic or otherwise bigoted), you will probably find
yourself suspended for a few days until you calm down. Repeat offenders will be permanently banned, but
this has never been necessary in the entire history of the list.
Don't send attachments of any kind to the list. This particularly applies to images, sounds and applications.
Hermes will automatically reject anything executable anyway - remember that many people read SUM over modems -
put whatever it is online and send a link to it instead (if you don't have any access to web space, I may be
able to help).
Don't post just for the sake of posting. Competitions to see who can send the most mails piss off everyone
else on the list that isn't taking part. Similarly, don't have conversations with one or two other members
over the list, a line at a time - use ICQ or something similar.
'Earn your bullshit' - you'll notice that certain list members get away with posting extremely pointless
or random things quite frequently. These are usually the people who've been on the list for years, are well
known to all the other list members, and who post a lot of interesting (or even sensible) things as well.
If you post similarly pointless stuff before anyone knows you in real life or online, you give a bad first
impression - and people tend to form opinions about each other much quicker online than is necessarily sensible.
Give it a few weeks, and people will start to accept your bullshit too...
Finally, always remember that your mail is being read by many more people than are actively posting. A lot of
members only post about once a term - so if you bitch about someone behind their back you could discover
they were reading every word. Bitching to peoples' faces online causes less trouble in the long run,
but if you start a flame war, don't be suprised if you get burned... flame wars seem to happen at roughly
termly intervals (especially near to exam periods).
Replying to posts
When you reply to a SUM post, there are several things to remember to avoid irritating people:
- Remove all the extra addresses from the 'To' and 'cc:' fields - the only address should be the list address.
Failing to do this means that people get several copies of each message.
- Remove other peoples' signatures and the irrelevant parts of the mail - include enough quotation that people
can see what you're replying to.
- Following on from this, don't 'top post' - put your reply under the relevant quote, not above it. When
people reply to each other several times, this allows people to understand who said what.
- Failing to do these won't get you kicked off, but people might complain at you if they're in a bad mood...
Basically - don't worry too much about posting. If you watch the list for a while once you've joined it,
you'll soon get a feel for how it works. Start off gradually so you don't piss anyone off by sending too much
spam, and soon you'll be posting like Nick :)
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