Mailing List Etiquette
A few tips when submitting to this or any mailing list.
- Make your subject short and descriptive. Avoid the words "help" or
"Samba" in the subject. The readers of this list already know that a)
you need help, and b) you are writing about samba (of course, you may
need to distinguish between Samba PDC and other file sharing software).
Avoid phrases such as "what is" and "how do i". Some good subject lines
might look like "Slow response with Excel files" or "Migrating from
Samba PDC to NT PDC".
- If you include the original message in your reply, trim it so that
only the relevant lines, enough to establish context, are included.
Chances are (since this is a mailing list) we've already read the
- Trim irrelevant headers from the original message in your reply. All
we need to see is a) From, b) Date, and c) Subject. We don't even
really need the Subject, if you haven't changed it. Better yet is to
just preface the original message with "On [date] [someone] wrote:".
- Recipients who repeatedly send mailer daemon or vacation
messages to list posters will be unsubscribed without warning. Correctly implemented vacation programs should not respond to mailing list postings.
- Please be aware that mail to these lists will be distributed to
many subscribers, and will be permanently and publicly archived.
In general we will not remove posted messages from the archives.
Exceptions are described in our archive
- Please don't reply to or argue about spam, spam filters or
viruses on any Samba lists. We do have a spam filtering system
that is working quite well thank you very much but occasionally
unwanted messages slip through. Deal with it.
- If you use the Internet,
and especially if you post to a public mailing list, you may
receive spam or viruses. You should either use some kind of filtering, or post from a disposable address. Do
not whine about it on the list.
- Never say "Me too." It doesn't help anyone solve the problem.
Instead, if you ARE having the same problem, give more information.
Have you seen something that the other writer hasn't mentioned, which
may be helpful?
- If you ask about a problem, then come up with the solution on your
own or through another source, by all means post it. Someone else may have
the same problem and is waiting for an answer, but never hears of it.
- Give as much *relevant* information as possible such as Samba release
number, OS, kernel version, etc...