Since it has been a long time, and we've had a number of new subscribers I
thought this would be a good time to remind subscribers to read the list
guidelines available online. http://www.nanfa.org/guidelines.shtml The
list has been fairly actively lately which is great as it means there has
been a lot of good stuff to discuss. I am definately not trying to
disencourage people from posting, the more posts on fish the better. But
with any increase in traffic comes an increase in "noise" that is
I have pasted some of the more relevant bits-in-the bottom of this email.
We currently have over 170 subscribers and many of them do not need to
read posts that have nothing to do with anything, let alone nothing to do
with fish. Quite a number of recent posts have been perfectly acceptable,
others a bit more marginal, and a few have been totally irrelevant.
Before you hit send please consider whether anyone else besides one or two
people would have any interest in reading your comment. As a general rule
if it is less than 4-5 lines in length then it probably isn't. You can
always send it to the relevant person directly. Another point is to
remind members that NANFA encourages people to sign off their emails with
their name, drainage basin and state to foster a better sense of where
And if you are wondering why I am sending this it is because I am the
defacto day to day email list manager. If anyone would like to take over
day to day management of the lists then please contact me as I'd love to
have someone else be involved in this.
Lastly, please do not respond to the list about this email as it has
nothing to do with fish. :-)
Provo River, Utah
Although some off-topic wanderings are normal and will be tolerated if
they are not excessive, here's an excellent rule of thumb: IF YOUR POST
DOES NOT MAKE A RELEVANT REFERENCE TO A PARTICULAR FISH SPECIES OR GROUP
OF FISHES, CHANCES ARE IT IS OFF-TOPIC.
We also request that list members minimize unnecessary posts to the list.
At times list volume can be high and some members get put off by the
volume of emails they receive. When you post a question to the list,
please try to not answer each response individually. Instead, combine your
responses into one message, or respond to each answer personally with a
private email to the relevant list member. Also, it's a good netiquette to
avoid single line responses such as "I agree" or "I'd also like to know
the answer to that one."
A short signature including your name, state, and drainage basin-in-the
end of your email will foster a sense of community and can help forge
contacts with others from your area.
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