This article is from the Religion-Shamanism FAQ, by Dean Edwards, Stef Jones, Jilara, Jane Beckman, Ann Albers with numerous contributions by others.
The following suggestions are offered for your consideration before
A. An option in requests for specific information (how do I reach
someone, where is this quotation to be found, etc.) is to ask
explicitly that all replies be mailed directly to the poster, who may
then post a summary if it is of general interest. This would result
in only 2 messages (or perhaps just one) being seen by all
subscribers, which could be desirable in some contexts. Likewise,
responses to such requests may, in some cases, be most appropriately
addressed just to the original poster.
B. Please use line lengths of no more than 70. This keeps your text
within the 80 character per line limit of most terminals, in both your
initial article and in any follow-up articles, where it is customary to
prefix each line of quotation from another article with a few
additional characters to indicate the material is quoted.
Please be merciful to email mail systems by limiting articles to 50
KiloBytes in length. Posts that exceed this limit should either be
pared down or subdivided; or one could submit an announcement of the
item instead, asking that readers respond via private mail in order to
obtain the actual item.
(Note: some email gateways have only an 8K gateway!)
C. If you quote a previously posted article, please limit the amount of
quoted text that you include. One may generally assume that readers
have already seen an article to which one is responding. Therefore,
you need only quote as much as required for establishing a context.
D. Please choose your Subject: heading carefully!
E. If responding to an earlier article, it is not best to respond
to each paragraph therein. Rather, if there one statement that
succinctly summarizes the earlier viewpoint, use that or a
F. It is useful if articles are written in such a manner that it is
relatively easy to discern fact from opinion.
G. A signature statement is not considered to be a part of
the article submitted. Percedence for this is found in net
etiquette where it is standard practice that excessively
long signoff statements (more than four lines in length) are not
considered goo practice> and as such are not a part of the body
of an article. Signoff which are excessive or violate a section of
the charter for the newsgroup will be removed by the moderator
rather than returning the article itself to the user for charter