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2.4 How do I compose a good subject header for my post? (alt.quotations newsgroup)




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This article is from the Quotations FAQ, by Sir Hans dok@fwi.uva.nl Jason Newquist jrnewquist@ucdavis.edu with numerous contributions by others.

2.4 How do I compose a good subject header for my post? (alt.quotations newsgroup)


Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.
Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)
"Mountolive" (1959) 7

Stay to the point, indicate if you are requesting something, and if
you follow-up to something, check whether the header is still relevant.
If it isn't you should edit the header so that it has your subject, but
keep the old one there in square brackets.
Many people type the kind of post in caps, followed by a colon and then
a brief explanation. For example:

REQUEST: Shakespeare
ANNOUNCE: quotations web page
QUOTES: Tom Stoppard

more colorfully...

**IDENTIFY**: mystery quote on bananas

You get the idea. Bad subjects include ``quotations'' or ``help'', as
this doesn't tell the public much of anything. If you are specific,
odds are you will garner more responses then just a general cry in the
dark bleakness of cyberspace.

 

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