From: Ziana Astralos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 26 2002 - 18:14:02 MST
On Tue, 26 February 2002, "sineo" wrote:
> [quoting the list guidelines:]
> > Posts about the list, or its rules, should have
> > the pre-fix "META:". We encourage the use of other
> > prefixes indicating the content of a post.
> > Examples include, PHIL:, MATH:, SCI:, CHAT:, etc.
> Is there some list of subject prefixes that should
> be obeyed on this list or I can made'em up with my
> own desire?
> What do you think about posting list rules once a
> week with list of such prefixes to make people use
> them? Or are they just too cramping and you don't
> won't to use them?
You can use whatever prefix seems appropriate.
Insisting on use of specific prefixes is imo far more
trouble than it's worth, and could get carried away...
as these posts from about a year ago parody:
--- From: Terry Donaghe (Terry@Donaghe.com) Date: Tue Jan 16 2001 - 09:24:30 MST Subject: PREFIX: More Suggested Prefixes IRR: for Irrelevant posts having nothing to do with Extropianism NONSEQ: for nonsequitir posts which might have something to do with Extropianism or might not - reading makes you ask, "Where the hell did that come from?" NOTGUN: for posts which have nothing to do with guns or firearms in general PRIMGUN: for extropian discussions about flint-lock rifles and other ancient firearms HURL: if you need to talk about lethal projectile weapons other than guns, use this prefix (Extropian Archery, Camel Flinging, etc) BIGGUN: reserved for talking about firearms ranging from elephant guns up to battleship weapons FAKEGUN: talk about faux guns here ONTOPIC: for discussions which are actually on topic RAMBLING: insane rants and raves POWERTOOLS: for important extropian discourses on powertools PRIVATE: talk about your privates X: Custom prefix - follow with no more than 3 characters representing whatever you wish - don't bother to explain. Please use the "|" character to concatenate the various prefixes which will describe your post. Ex: IRR|NOTGUN|FAKEGUN|PRIVATE: The "Flamethrower" This would be an irrelevant posting which would not be about firearms, but would be about fake guns and something to do with your "privates" region. Perhaps a pseudo-medical story. --- From: Joseph Sterlynne (email@example.com) Date: Tue Jan 16 2001 - 11:24:01 MST Subject: Re: PREFIX: More Suggested Prefixes Terry's suggested prefixes: IRR NONSEQ NOTGUN PRIMGUN HURL BIGGUN FAKEGUN ONTOPIC RAMBLING POWERTOOLS PRIVATE X > Please use the "|" character to concatenate the > various prefixes which will describe your post. Ex: > > IRR|NOTGUN|FAKEGUN|PRIVATE: The "Flamethrower" Come on. You expect people posting to mailing lists--- where you actually have to type!---to write subject lines like that? It would actually be something like: IRR|NoTGUn /FAKEeGN|PRIVIT(sp?): The `Flamethroewr" was (was:Re:arrrgh)) So, anyway, if I've understood your above prefix suggestions then I should be able to post, say, LIRR|NOGUNRI|FAKEGUM|HURD|OCTOPIC|BIGGUS|PRIVATE: Urp which would be about a low-ranking soldier taking the Long Island Railroad toward the site of a massacre in Korea while working on the GNU (_not_ GUN) kernel and looking at an eight-photograph layout of a character from _The Life of Brian_ after finding some plastic for-display-only chewing gum and eating it. --- From: Harvey Newstrom (mail@HarveyNewstrom.com) Date: Tue Jan 16 2001 - 13:06:24 MST Subject: HUMOR: More Suggested Prefixes I just realized that a logical tree structure or path- name would useful. This would allow the reader to determine which subtopic is being discussed, find the relationship between topics, and filter on whole categories. Thus, a flame about the recent elections could have the prefix of "POLITICS/GOVERNMENT/PROCESS/ELECTION/PRESIDENTIAL/2000 /STATE/FLORIDA/BALLOT/SUBTYPE/BUTTERFLY/COMMENT/NEGATIV E/REPLY/LONGISH:" What could be more user-friendly? --- From: Charlie Stross (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Wed Jan 17 2001 - 09:30:22 MST Subject: Re: HUMOR: More Suggested Prefixes We obviously need relative pathnames, so that we can signal topic drift by saying something like ../../POSITIVE/BENEFITS ("let's look on the bright side of this ...") or ../../FLAME/HOT/HOTTER/HOTTEST ("your granny wears army boots and your dad smells of elderberries!"). Oh, and we need national or cultural signifiers: USA, NOTUSA, APPLEPIE, COMMIESUBVERSION, BELGIUM and so on. --- From: Michael S. Lorrey (email@example.com) Date: Wed Jan 17 2001 - 11:17:03 MST Subject: Re: HUMOR: More Suggested Prefixes Heck, while we are at it, why don't we just set up a nice, well planned out news server with all the categories set up.... --- Thus the absence of a focus on strict adherence to rules about subject prefixes. ;-) Aumentar! Onward, ----------------------------------------------------- Ziana Astralos GCS/MC/IT/L/O d- s-:- a? firstname.lastname@example.org C++++ UL P+ L+ W+++ N+ K++ w+ M-- PS+++ PE Y+ T.E.C.H. PGP-- t+@ 5++ X R tv+ http://www.extrotech.net b+++ DI++++ D+ G++ UF+ ----------------------------------------------------- __________________________________________ Launch your own web site Today! Create a Web site for your family, friends, photos, or a special event. Visit: http://www.namezero.com/sitebuilder
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