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Most of the following customary code of conduct is not restricted to the Storytell list, but applies throughout the 'net.
Because people are joining all the time, and because people who've been on the list for a long time sometimes forget, for awhile we found ourselves repeatedly posting certain suggestions and requests. While they may look like a bunch of "thou shalt nots," we're a pretty mellow bunch, actually, and nobody's keeping score. But Storytell is an unusually busy list, and things go more smoothly when we tend to follow these
Please do not quote entire posts, just enough to show what you're talking about.
If you must use a long quote, make your comments at the top, or they may not be read.
Consider responding just to the writer-- do all 500 subscribers *need* to know "I agree"?
Be careful not to forward or quote a private (offlist) message to the list, unless you first get the sender's permission; this is taken very seriously. Look at the header: if it doesn't say "storytell" somewhere, it's private. (Conversely, if you are sending a private message to somebody on the list, tell them so in the message, it's easy to miss otherwise.)
Keep in mind, this is an international list. Local terms like "K-3" will not be intelligible to everybody.
In general, upper-case reads as shouting. PLEASE DO NOT SEND POSTS THAT LOOK LIKE THIS or nobody will listen to you, or even get sore; they'll just sigh & delete.
When a discussion heats up, ask the following questions before you post: "Is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?" If you still want to send something incendiary, wait a day or two.
If somebody reacts angrily to something you sent, even though it hurts, it's best to stay calm; usually it's a misunderstanding, and when it isn't, you lose credibility by flaming them back. There's a community here, and it's mostly on the side of civilized discourse.
Never ever send us anything that begins, "Send this to everybody you know." No virus warnings, chain letters, etc. These are *always* hoaxes &/or spam. Always.
If you're getting ready to quote
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we will all bless your heart if you take the time to clean the thing up.
Please do not attach anything. Do not open any attachments. It's an easy matter to copy-and-paste text into the body of your post, where it will get read by many more people.
(1) Attachments can and sometimes do carry a worm or virus. (Your computor will probably not catch this, unless you open it.)
(2) Some people are still on dial-up; gentle-spoken members of this list have been known to get almost abusive when faced with a ten-minute download.
(3) Many attachments cannot be opened by people who do not have your software.
Additional Formatting Concerns (contributed by Tom Farley)
(1) If you use Outlook Express for your emailer, please change the default setting "enriched text", which duplicates the text of your mail in HTML code below the regular text message. In addition to more than doubling the size of your message, the latter part comes out unreadable on most other mail readers.
(2) Some other mailers have similar features, as well as settings to send colored, bold, italic, or other stylized text, usually as an option rather than as a default. While it may be fun to use these with family and friends, please send only plain text to lists and newsgroups. Please deactivate the MIME and HTML coding of messages sent to any mailing list. Ideally, you should leave this feature off all the time, except when you specifically want to send formatted text, pictures, or audio files to someone you know has the capability of reading them. Please check that any preformatted signature files are also plain text, not HTML, and include no attached image files or reference cards.
(3) When you cite an URL for a web-page, consider giving the full form beginning with http://, rather than just the www. part. Prefixes like <http:> <mailto:> and <news:> are used by most mail programs to make that address into a blue, underlined clickable link. You can put < and > around these links in text to point them out, keep ordinary punctuation from being read as part of the link, and identify the ends of long URL's that break between two lines.
Announcements of your upcoming storytelling festival, new storytelling recording, book, newsletter, etc, are welcome until they are repeated, at which point they may begin to look like spam. Sending us your schedule, or telling us about individual performances & workshops, is iffy-- how many people are likely to be able (or interested) in attending? People hate spam, and your purpose may be thwarted. Much better to become a part of the community and slyly work it in-- people will want to know, then.
Posting stories here is welcome when they are oral stories, i.e. in form and language suitable for oral telling (not reading aloud) to an audience. Creative writing should be posted somewhere else unless it relates to the list purpose, described directly below.
STORYTELL, sponsored by the National Storytelling Network is a forum for discussion about storytelling. All persons interested in storytelling are invited to participate: professional storytellers, amateur storytellers, people concerned with the rich history of storytelling, people who enjoy listening to stories, and those who speculate about the place of storytelling in the 21st century. The list promotes collaboration among those interested in storytelling, reflecting diverse viewpoints from around the world. The list is a place for discussion of issues and interaction on topics of concern to the storytelling community. It can serve as a source for information on conferences, workshops, and events or a place to ask (and answer) questions about derivations of stories, intellectual freedom concerns, or organization of storytelling events. The Storytell community is diverse in many ways -- profession, age, ethnicity, geography, gender, class, etc. -- a fact participants might consider in posting and reading messages.
The NSN Official Storytell Page is here: http://lists.storynet.org/lists/info/storytell
The encyclopaedic (but no longer very active) FAQ-in-progress, maintained by Tim Sheppard,
http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/story/faq.html and requests your input.
This section was once very long, and one of the FMS's main reason for being, but is hardly needed now, it's easy.
compiled from members of the storytell list
This file has largely outlived its purpose, and is here mostly for historical reasons; none the less people keep finding it, and we'll try to keep the information. Suggestions/corrections are welcome