Mailing list Guidelines

The mailing list

Our mailing list, found here is where all the communication related to Chennaipy happens.

For those who are new to mailing lists, it is a common way for everyone in the group to communicate. A mail that is sent to the mailing list is sent to everyone who is subscribed to the list.

The great part about this is the ability to reach a lot of people but also at the same time one should remember that "With great power, comes great responsibility".

Mailing lists demand a certain degree of discipline so that the communication is streamlined and consistent. The major reason for this is because mailing lists are archived. Which means that years down the line, someone would probably be looking at it. This demands that standards be followed when sending mails to the list.

In fact, they are a simple set of things to keep in mind. With a little bit of patience, mail chains can be very readable and a great source of information.

Shakthi Kannan has a great presentation about mailing list etiquette. Here is the link: Mailing list etiquette.

I would recommend everyone to go through that presentation before posting to the mailing list. If you have any questions about it, please post it in the list itself :)

At Chennaipy, we are not very stringent on these practices but it is something that is good to cultivate as we become better developers since almost all of the major projects use them as their main line of communication.

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