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FYI: Debian mailing lists' code of conduct

On Tue, Oct 30, 2001 at 02:01:07AM -0800, Debian WWW CVS wrote:
> CVSROOT:	/cvs/webwml
> Module name:	webwml
> Changes by:	joy	01/10/30 02:01:07
> Modified files:
> 	english/MailingLists: index.wml 
> Log message:
> 	copied the code of conduct from the Debian FAQ to this page, added a
> 	few bits that are assumed these days (like no HTML), s/do not/try
> 	not to/ WRT flaming, forbidding it is completely hopeless :)

(The above is a mail from debian-www-cvs.)

I found the Debian mailing list code of conduct list in the Debian FAQ the
other day (it was pretty well hidden, in a subsubsection :). It was there
for a long time (at least several years) and it sounded pretty reasonable,
so I moved it to the web page, like the CVS log says above.

Anyway, this is it:

Code of conduct

   When using the Debian mailing lists, please follow these rules:

     * Do not send spam; see the advertising policy below.
     * Send all of your e-mails in English. Only use other languages on
       mailing lists where that is explicitely allowed (e.g. French on
     * Make sure that you are using the proper list. In particular, don't
       send user-related questions to developer-related mailing lists.
     * Never send your messages in HTML; use plain text instead. Avoid large
     * Do not use foul language; besides, some people receive the lists via
       packet radio, where swearing is illegal.
     * Try not to flame; it is not polite.

I've sorted the rules (maybe guidelines would be a better word?) in the
decreasing importance, I think everyone will agree. But I still feel
obligated to post here so that we can discuss the details if necessary.

I suppose some people might barf about it forbidding foul language and
flaming. We all know that that's more wishful thinking than real rules, but
I still feel it should be listed just so that the newbie posters don't start
doing it instantly, thinking nobody will mind.

     2. That which causes joy or happiness.

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