META: readalong list rules

David Dyer-Bennet dd-b at dd-b.net
Mon Jun 10 20:46:35 PDT 2002

Here's the current draft of the readalong list rules.  Please point
out any serious omissions and oversights quickly!  Note that Chris
Turkel is listed as in charge of the list.  I haven't seen any other
suggestions, and he volunteered, and I see no problem with him, so
right now that's what's likely to happen.  So if you have a strong
objection to that that you want me to take into account, you need to
let me know (email is okay if you don't want to be mean in public).

	    Welcome To The Dragaera Readalong Mailing List
			   V0.1 10-Jun-2002

This list is a spinoff of the Dragaera list, <dragaera at dragaera.info>.
It's for people who want to do group reads of Steven's books and
discuss them as they go along. 

Day-to-day operation is handled by the list guru. All decisions of the
guru are final until he changes his mind.  The current [10-Jun-2002]
guru is Chris Turkel <zizban at adelphia.net>.

"On topic" material for this list includes picking the next book for
the group read; discussing the book during and after the read;
moderate amounts of "community" discussion; and such digressions as
are more trouble to suppress than to ignore.

Spoilers for the book in question will certainly come up during the
discussion.  If you don't want to see spoilers, you should avoid this

This discussion must be conducted reasonably civilly. In particular,
personal attacks are forbidden. Do NOT tell somebody that they're a
poo-poo head; you may, if you wish, tell them that their claim to have
found Devera on page 184 of _Dragon_ doesn't stand up to examination. 

When replying to a message on the list, relevant portions of the
previous message should be quoted.  The *entire* message should
generally not be quoted, unless you're responding to each bit of it.
New material should be placed *below* the old material it's responding
to, not above.  In other words, normal Usenet quoting conventions
should be observed. 

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