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Semantic Web / RDF lists: Crossposting and temperature

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 09:48:02 -0400 (EDT)
To: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, <www-rdf-logic@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0108150903190.27074-100000@tux.w3.org>

Dear cross-posters, lurkers and readers,

A couple of things:

 - I'm concerned that people have been giving in to the temptation to cross-post.
   If every interesting RDF thread were crossposted to both the Logic
   and main RDF list, we wouldn't have much need for multiple lists. I
   realise it is often hard to choose the most appropriate list for a complex
   thread, but do please try! When tempted to cross-post to the more
   specific RDF Logic list please take a look at the list scope (at [1])
   and decide which to use. Many people are on just one list; many people
   are on both. In each case, for a reason: they want to read everything,
   or they're rather tune in to a sub-set of the discussion. Relatedly,
   if you are participating in a crossposted thread that has drifted into
   general RDF discussion, please narrow the to:/cc: field when sending a
   followup msg.

 - The tone of a few messages lately has seemed a little heated. Even when
   exasperated, frustrated or just plain having fun, please do what you
   can to keep the temparature down. For example, sometimes list participants
   who know each other in real life may compose messages that take a lot
   of shared context for granted (in-jokes; friendly pokes etc.). On the SW/RDF
   mailing lists we're writing for a large multicultural, international
   audience where such subtleties may not always be appreciated. A
   friendly (but pointedly worded) exchange between collaborators may appear
   somewhat different to other would-be participants.
   I'm concerned that we don't let the fun of debate exclude or alienate
   folk from participating in these lists. If listmembers could bear this
   in mind when writing to the lists I'd be very grateful.

many thanks,


RDF/SW Interest Group chair

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-rdf-logic/
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