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[admin] Mail List Policy, Usage, Etiquette, etc. & Top-posting

From: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 10:22:46 -0400
Message-ID: <4FC4DBB6.2060400@nokia.com>
To: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
A recent manifest spec thread lead to a discussion about the group's 
"top-posting" policy which is a good segue to remind everyone we do have 
some expectations on the usage of the group's mail lists and I'll quote 
it here ...

[[
<http://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/wiki/WorkMode#Mail_List_Policy.2C_Usage.2C_Etiquette.2C_etc.>

*WebApps' members appreciate and encourage frank technical discussions 
on our mail lists but all discussions must be done in a respectful 
manner. Please note this respect requirement is codified in the Process 
Document via the following participation criteria "Social competence in 
one's role 
<http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/policies.html#ParticipationCriteria>". 
Additionally, seePositive Work Environment Task Force 
<http://www.w3.org/2007/06/PWET-statement-of-principles.html>and if you 
did not attend/Kindergarten/, we expect our list participants to adhere 
to the basic principles inAll I Really Need To Know I Learned In 
Kindergarten <http://www.peace.ca/kindergarten.htm>.*


We also expect our mail list participants to adhere to the following:

  * Follow basic/Netiquette/
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netiquette>such as avoiding typing in
    ALL CAPS
  * Messages should be encoded usingplain text
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_text>
  * Messages should not usetop-posting
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style#Top-posting>. See
    theWHATWG's top-posting guidelines
    <http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/FAQ#Should_I_top-post_or_reply_inline.3F>for
    more information.
  * Subjects should be prefaced with the name of the spec (for
    example:/[DOM4] Blah, Blah, Blah/)
  * Attachments must follow theW3C Guidelines for Email Attachment
    Formats <http://www.w3.org/2002/03/email_attachment_formats.html>,
    in particular:
      o Avoid unnecessary email attachments.
      o Use an attachment only when it is likely to benefit to
        recipients. Otherwise, place the information (in plain text
        format) in the body of your message.
      o If an attachment is necessary, avoid formats that are virus
        prone, proprietary or platform dependent. For example, whenever
        possible you should use HTML instead of MS Word, PowerPoint or PDF.
      o FollowWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines
        <http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/>(WCAG)

]]

-Thanks, AB
Received on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:23:10 GMT

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