This article is from the College marching band FAQ, by Adam Elman email@example.com, Meredith McClurg firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Neschleba email@example.com and Craig Moe firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Think before you post. As we mentioned above, many people from all over
the country participate in this group, and an even larger number read the
posts without actually participating ("lurk"). Usenet is a public forum,
and anything bad you say about someone will likely get to that person, no
matter how computer-clueless you believe they are.
5a) Everybody in my band thinks this way. (rec.arts.marching.band.college)
This is a somewhat special case of "think before you post." While
disclaimers are generally implicit on Usenet, and few will actively
believe that one member of a band speaks for the entire group unless that
person claims specifically to do so, the fact remains that most people
will form opinions of your group based on what you say.
This is not to say that you shouldn't feel absolutely free to post any
opinions you want; Usenet has always been committed to free speech.
However, for your own good and for the good of your band, be sure that you
know and make clear to others when your own opinion may differ from others
in your band. If you're concerned, you may want to speak to your own band
management/staff for guidelines.