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List Policy

Things To Know About the TLUG Mailing List Before You Join

This guide was written in the hope that it will make diving into the TLUG community as easy and trouble-free as possible for the new members. "The TLUG mailing list" refers to the main technical list. TLUG also has tlug-admin, which is used for discussing the group's administrative matters. This guide is specifically for people who are joining the "main", technical mailing list.

0. What is the TLUG mailing list about?

This mailing list is a technical list, and it serves as a forum for Linux, *BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD) and general open source discussions.

1. Who is the TLUG main mailing list for?

Everyone who is interested in discussing Linux, *BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) and/or open source development is welcome.

2. I want to post a question.

First of all, read this wonderful resource: USENET and Mailing List posting netiquette. In short, if you're posting a question, try to do some research before you post it. Describe your environment. Define your problem and attach logs whenever possible so that it is easier for others to diagnose the problem. Otherwise expect to be told to RTFM.

Other things to avoid (all of which are stated in the aforementioned Netiquette document):

Some other fine resources on LUG mailing list etiquette (which also apply to technical mailing lists in general) include:

3. What the TLUG mailing list is *NOT* about

This is a self-help community, not a support center. We exchange knowledge and engage in casual technical conversations. We do not have obligations to support any software, code fixes, or guarantee any kind of service. Neither is TLUG an anti-Microsoft think-tank, and thus Microsoft-bashing posts to our mailing lists with no other virtue should not be considered on-topic.

4. Who runs the TLUG mailing lists?

All work to maintain TLUG mailing list, update TLUG web site, and to organize meetings and nomikai gatherings is done by volunteers.

5. What are the members like? I hope they're friendly.

You will find that 97% of the list population are friendly and conventionally polite people. About 3% have a more direct style of speech. That 3% typically have passionate beliefs about Unix/Linux system administration, which derive from their real-life experiences. What they say, therefore, tend to include more facts than mere opinions or personal preferences. Just because they sound a little blunt, it does not mean that they're "arrogant", "snobbish" or "stomping on newbies." If you are having trouble understanding this, please refer to ESR's How To Ask Questions The Smart Way.

6. I think the people on this mailing list are rude!

Do not take it personally when a technical discussion develops into a heated debate. Keep it technical. And remember that there is an important difference between calling an idea stupid and calling the person that espoused said idea stupid.

7. What's all this gibberish these people are talking ?

Consult the Jargon File if you're new to the Unix/Linux terminology and culture.

8. I'm new to Unix, can I join TLUG ?

Of course you can! Newbies are valued members of the group, so long as they're willing to try out things and learn. People who don't make that effort, or expect help from others and take it for granted may not feel very comfortable on this list.

9. I'm new to Unix, but want to contribute to the "community"

Newbies' perspectives are generally valued because they give hints as to what improvements can be made to the existing system, organizational or technical. Present them in a constructive manner, rather than insisting "I want this app to work on Linux just like it does on Windows!" or "Why is Linux not as intuitive as Windows ?"

If you have used different computer platforms in the past, please keep this in mind:
"Users with experience with other OSes/windowing systems will often find "the Unix way" unintuitive, confusing, or inefficient. If you can be helped with a simple operational or configuration change, the response is likely to be low-key and helpful. If it involves design changes or substantial additional code, the response is often surprisingly vehement opposition on principle!"

10. TLUG's rights

TLUG retains the right to warn list members, and if necessary unsubscribe them without notice, if their postings are found to be inappropriate, if they draw many complaints from other list members, if they have a history of abuse, or if there is risk that the operation of the mailing list will be made more difficult by those individuals.

In general, TLUG's list moderation staff uses the Three Strikes Rule to govern our mailing lists:

  1. First offense:You receive an on- or off-list reply (depending on the inflammability of the situation) from a moderator, explaining your offense and warning you that it is unacceptable on TLUG.
  2. Second offense:You receive a warning saying that if you commit another atrocity, you will be kicked off of the list.
  3. Third offense:You are unsubscribed and banned from the list. For good.

Many thanks to Ayako Kato for writing this document in the first place, and to Stephen Turnbull for proofreading, making suggestions, and helping her put this guide together.
This revision was done by Josh Glover, and all comments, corrections and constructive criticisms should be sent to: listmaster@tlug.jp