[rescue] Proposed new mailing list rules & guidelines

Carl R. Friend crfriend at rcn.com
Sat Jun 26 20:42:36 CDT 2004

   On Sat, 26 Jun 2004, Bill Bradford wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 26, 2004 at 07:48:01PM -0400, Carl R. Friend wrote:
> >    What about ways of "enabling" otherwise impossible-to-get
> > "licenses" from dead licensors, companies, &c?  Some of those
> > things really should be preserved somehow.  For instance, has
> > anyone here seen a "legit" compiler for the Clipper platform
> > available for sale in the past five years?  How about a license
> > for DECNET on MIPS (or VAX) ULTRIX?
> Good question.  Any suggestions on a rewrite/reword?

   This is a rather thorny issue, and may be open to rather hostile
response by "intellectual property" companies (like Intergraph,
ex-makers of the above-mentioned Clippers (even though they bought
the technology from Fairchild)) that specialise in, and make their
living from, lawsuits.  Quite honestly, I'm not exactly sure how
to approach this, but I have a sneaking suspicion that any notion
of a "policy" shouldn't be codified because it might bite somebody
at some point.  I suspect that common sense should rule here.  That
said, "Rescue" should most assuredly *NOT* become a "warez" purveyor.

>   Typos occasionally happen.  We tolerate them in normal quantities,
>   but if you're going to send a mail to hundreds of people, please
>   try to spell correctly.  Avoid using shorthand abbreviations or
>   "IM Speak" such as "r u", "l8", etc.

   That looks good.  Thanks for having a sense of humour.

> The current version :
> * Please post in plain ASCII text, no more than 72 characters per
>   line.  This is because many subscribers read their mail with
>   text-based mailers (mail(1), mutt, pine, emacs) and they find
>   HTML-formatted messages or lines that stretch beyond 72 characters
>   often unreadable.  DO NOT POST IN ALL CAPS.  MIME email will be
   Violation ----------+

   If one is to shoot a MIME does one need to use a silencer?

>   converted to plain text (and any attachments removed) before delivery
>   to the list.

   Darn good idea.

> I'll post the current version on http://www.sunhelp.org/listrules.txt 
> in the next five minutes.

   So my "helpful" suggestions have already missed the window, eh?

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