Information on Mailing Lists

I recently joined a couple mailing lists, one for CentOS, and another for Cygwin. Since both of those pieces of software are now more prevailent in my life, I need as much help as I can get. Now, the rules for using mailing lists are bascially the same for any old mailing list, but these are aimed at CentOS. For any other mailing list, use the same philosophies and rules and you’ll achieve a pleasureable experience with mailing lists. Below these links are from the CentOS mailing list website which will be listed also. Here are the sites I have mentioned.

<a href=”http://www.centos.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=16&#8243; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>CentOS Mailing List Page</a>

<a href=”http://www.gweep.ca/~edmonds/usenet/ml-etiquette.html&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Mailing List Etiquette FAQ</a>

<a href=”http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>How to ask a question the smart way</a>

<a href=”http://www.caliburn.nl/topposting.html&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Why is bottom posting better than top posting?</a>

The top-posting vs bottom-posting topic is basically, do i put my reply on the top or the bottom. I’ve noticed a lot of modern email sites, or programs put the reply on the top, but you can easily change it to the bottom. I feel the main reason for top posting these days is to keep the new information on top, so we don’t get lost in the rest of the email. With mailing lists however, you want to make it as much of a readable story as you can, hence, bottom posting. With work settings, that is not preferable as most of anyone who gets an email wants the BLUF stuff, Bottom Line Up Front.

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