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  1. Posters may not attack other list members for their choices or opinions, although they may suggest that certain opinions are worth evaluating or that there may be other points of view. We don't flame here - we respect the opinions of our fellow citizens. Because respect doesn't always mean saying "I agree", it's important to phrase challenges in such a way that it is clear that it is not the worth of the writer you are questioning, but rather the validity of the idea. What is a flame? It is important to recognize that to disagree respectfully, or to politely request a change of behavior, is not to "flame".


    NOT acceptable: "I can't believe you think that! No right thinking person could possibly believe something so stupid."

    Acceptable: "I have a different perspective on this. My family actually enjoys eating hockey pucks."

    NOT acceptable: "Listen you jerk - how can you be so stupid and listen to the idiots want a hockeypuckgarden?!? If you'd bothered to read up on hockeypuck gardens, you would never be arguing in favor of such stupid things."

    Acceptable: "What has led you to believe that people who live in Riverdale Park want a hockeypuckgarden? When I lived in Hockey Town, we had a hockeypuckgarden for one year, but no one maintained it and it looked horrible. I think a hockeypuckgarden is a bad idea."

    TownTalk will be a much more effective resource for all of us if we endeavor to keep it flame-free, and to avoid personal attacks.

  2. Think carefully when you respond to a post about whether you should "Reply to Sender", or "Reply to All" (which will send your e-mail to the entire list.)
  3. We recommend including your full name and e-mail address in the last two lines of each message sent to the list, to make it simpler for people to communicate privately with you via e-mail.
  4. Remember that people read this list using a very wide variety of hardware and software, and that some users are limited in their mailbox space or must pay according to the volume of mail they receive. As a courtesy, please configure your e-mail software to use "7-bit" encoding, and avoid sending attachments when possible. E-mail messages over 50 kilobytes currently require moderator approval.
  5. It is helpful to include part of the message to which you are reacting in your response, but please don't quote the whole thing. If your reaction is a simple "I agree", please send that privately.
  6. Please don't post chain letters or warnings about e-mail viruses. For more information on these and other hoaxes, see or
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