I have various things; one section of my FAQ is entitled "Why are
people always arguing" ...
e) Why are people always arguing?
They're not, but it does sometimes seem like that. When you post,
please make sure that you bear the guidelines in mind. In addition, the
following points should be remembered:
There are real people on the other side of the screen, and they can
be hurt or upset just as much as you.
You don't have to have the last word. If you feel that you must,
please do so in private mail.
uk-motss has hundreds of members, in different countries, of
different ages, genders and sexualities. What appears reasonable or
wierd to you may look very different from another perspective.
Don't launch into an argument if you're not prepared to be
challenged - in particular, theories need a sounder basis than 'Of
course' to be valid.
Try not to say something on uk-motss that you wouldn't say to people
in a crowded room, face to face.
When writing for uk-motss, be clear and concise. If you intend
something to be humourous or ironic, read it carefully before
sending. What seems obvious to you may not be to others. Personal
insults are seldom seen as ironic by the person insulted. You may
wish to use smilies (the ":-)" symbol) to indicate humour, but
remember that telling someone you wish they were dead can hurt
regardless of whether or not you put a smiley after it.
Most good books about the Internet have a section on 'Netiquette,' which
will form a sound basis for posting to uk-motss. If you have access to
Usenet News, look for the guidelines that are posted regularly to
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email@example.com and uk-motss
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