Etiquette for Using the Mailing List
An e-mail list is an interactive medium. The more you put into this list, the more you will get out of it.
Use these links to jump to a specific rule:
It's simple: Visit the Mailing List Page.
IT IS IMPERATIVE that you keep track of which e-mail address you subscribe to the list with so you can later change it or unsubscribe if you so desire.
Of course, if you have difficulty subscribing or unsubscribing, you may contact us for help.
Most mail programs can produce e-mail messages formatted with fonts, italics, and images. *Please* do not send such formatted messages to the list. They render the Digest version unreadable, not to mention the fact that they take up more bandwidth than plain text e-mails.
Some mail programs may send HTML-formatted messages by default. You will need to turn that feature off before sending a message to the list, if your mail program is set up that way.
Quoting is repeating a part of a message that you are replying to. Use quoting SPARINGLY to let people know which part of the previous message you are responding to. Choose a sentence or two that encapsulates the main idea you wish to respond to, and quote just that much, or paraphrase rather than quote, if the quote would be too long. Delete all unnecessary information.
If you highlight the relevant text of a message and hit "Reply," most e-mail programs will quote just that much.
A good rule of thumb is the "51% rule" - your messages should be AT LEAST 51% original text, and 49% or less quoted text. Sometimes it helps to put a Name in front of the quote, for instance:
>blah blah blah
>blah, blah, blah
What's all this blah blah, blah?
When your e-mail service is unavailable for whatever reason, and you are subscribed to the MusicK8.com Mailing List, the mail that is sent to your mailbox address is "bounced" back to us. It's akin to real world mail being returned to sender. We often receive hundreds of bounces per day.
If enough of the messages sent to you bounce back to us, you will be removed automatically from the MusicK8.com Mailing List, and, thus, you will stop receiving mail from the list. If you don't receive messages for 24 hours, or if you send a message to the list and it comes back to you saying you're not allowed to post to the list, you've probably been unsubscribed.
Remember, you're always free to resubscribe on the Mailing List Subscribe Page Most likely, that will be the last you have to worry about it.
If you are subscribed but still don't receive messages, it is highly possible that your Internet Service Provider or your school firewall is preventing mailing list messages from reaching you because it misinterprets them as Spam. You may need to specify that messages coming from email@example.com are not Spam. Contact your local ISP or school tech support for help.
Sometimes you may want to send a file to everyone on the list. We don't allow that. Put the file on a web page and post the URL, or send it to the administrator and we may post it in the MusicK8.com Idea Bank. No guarantees, though.
If you see that someone else has violated a rule on the list, please don't post a message to the list about it! If it really bugs you, write to us and we'll handle it.
If you see someone break a rule on the list, but you don't see a note from us chastising them for it, that's because we don't do that. When we find it necessary to remind someone of these rules, we usually do it in private e-mail.
Don't post material that you haven't created yourself. If you just saw a wonderful article and you think everyone on the list needs to read it, just post the URL.
Please do not bring your personal battles to the list. We will not get involved with any personal issues that are not directly related to the list. In particular, if someone has sent you private e-mail that you consider harmful, we have no jurisdiction over the problem, even if that other person is a list member.
Subscribers are not allowed to advertise on the Music K-8 list. This includes all forms of promotion, including press releases, product announcements, and anything else which has a purpose beyond that of the list.
If you wish to be included - maybe you want to receive a copy of a lesson plan someone is sending out to anyone interested - please e-mail the sender directly; don't e-mail the list with your "Me too." If you want to thank someone for help, that's wonderful - but, again, please e-mail the person directly.
Now and then something may come across your desk that seems of vital importance to the entire world, but PLEASE don't mail it to the list!
The MusicK8.com Mailing List archives link/address can be found at the bottom of every MusicK8.com Mailing List message. It can also be found in the Navigation Bar at the top of this (and almost every other) MusicK8.com page.
Mailing List messages are publicly accessible through our Mailing List Archives and can be viewed by anyone.
Make sure your subject line accurately represents the content of the message. If you reply to a message but change the subject, then change the subject line.
Two conventions are in common usage. First, if your message is not music related, prefix the subject with NMR. That way, list members who only want to read about music can skip your message. Second, if your message is an idea or suggestion, prefix the subject with ***. If you reply to an idea, remember to take out the ***, unless you're adding to the idea.
You are welcome to just "lurk" - that is, just read the messages that come from the list without posting any of your own.
We suggest that you post an introduction to the list as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. Then we'll all know who you are and what you're interested in discussing.
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