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VRF-Please_Read

Question asked by VRFuser on Jan 5, 1997
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from: Greg Goebel / HP-MXD
      gvg@lvld.hp.com / 970-679-2305 / FAX 970-679-5971
to:   VRf
date: Monday, 06 January 1997 0956 MST

Hi All:

I've been getting suggestions from users that VRf procedures might be in some
need of tidying up ... please read the following guidelines below.  With
a forum of almost 200 users, some type of protocol is the only way to make
things workable, and a few minimal considerations should make the VRf a
better tool for use by all.

Thanks for your time and attention.

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Welcome To The HP VEE Email Reflector!

The HP VEE reflector allows you to communicate with other VEE users in
informal group discussions over the Internet.

While this is an extremely useful thing, note that it can lead to the
proliferation of trash email if misused; therefore the following guidelines
are suggested:

% Please provide a title and header that includes the acronym VRf ("VEE
   Reflector") so that the incoming mail is identified as for the mailing
   list and not for a specific individual.  For example, you might title
   a message as:

      VRf-Need_help

   -- and address it to "VRf" in whatever header you put on your message.
   This should reduce some confusion.

% It is highly recommended that you included a header or trailer of your own
   in the *text* of your message with your name, address, intended recipient
   ("VRf"), (possibly) topic, and a backup means of contacting you ... there
   are hundreds of people on the VRf with different types of emailers, and
   assuming that the information provided automatically by your own emailer
   will be as readily obvious on another is not valid.

   Furthermore, if the message is printed, stored to files, transferred to
   other email systems, or concatenated with other email (all common
   operations) then deciphering the origin of the message may become
   tricky or impossible. 
  
   An analogy is that when you send a letter through the mail you usually put
   a return address on both the envelope and the letter ... since the letter
   and the envelope can be easily separated or confused with other
   correspondence.  Similarly, adding a little insurance to email is no
   great bother and can help reduce confusion.

   A backup means of contact is particularly important, since email is one
   of the least reliable means of communication at the present time.

% Please send your messages as plain text ... some mailers will send
   formatted or encoded messages, and (again, because mailers are not
   highly standardized at present) it may be difficult or impossible to
   decode it on another mailer.  (If you must send binary files, uuencode
   is probably at the moment the best option.)

% Please consider your transmissions to the reflector well and make sure
   they are clearly written (and appropriate for broadcast transmission)
   before sending them out.  If you only have a message of interest to a
   single person, please send it directly to that person and not to the
   VRf.

% If you want to get off the reflector, please send a message to
   "pctm@lvld.hp.com" (not the VRf) with line:

   offvee / <address> / <name & fax etc>

   For address changes, contact "pctm" at the same location.

* Note that when you post to the reflector, your mail is (as explained) sent
to everyone on the list; this means that if anyone on the list is temporarily
or permanently out of communications, you'll get an error message from them.

Since the more people we have on the list, the higher the probability that one
of them is going to be out of service, you can usually expect to get some
failures on your mail and it will increase over time. 

There is plenty of activity on the VRf at this time, so if you don't hear
anything for a few weeks you should assume your address was broken and we
had to delete it.

[<>] gvg

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