We have recently resurrected and reworked some very simple guidelines to aid MLUG members in participating in our group in a friendly and constructive way.
Code of Behavior governing the Montreal Linux Users Group (MLUG)
Shamelessly copied and modified from OCLug.on.ca -nick
Before subscribing to the mailing list, please read over the guidelines below. Following these simple rules of etiquette will make your experience as part of MLUG much more pleasant and rewarding. You may even make some new friends.
1. Topics - Please try to keep on-topic. We are a Linux users group, so we care about subjects relating to Linux, UNIX/GNU software development, Free and Open Source software applications that run on Linux, and the like. If you feel they are appropriate, off-topic posts may be marked by putting [OT] in the subject line to inform people that it will not be a Linux-related discussion.
2. Signal to Noise Ratio - When posting a follow-up to an existing thread, please trim superfluous information. Everyone following the thread will need context to follow your contributions, but excess reading material is cumbersome and difficult to read. A good place to start is trimming the MLUG tag lines from the bottom of posts.
3. Plain Text Only Please - Please do not post in HTML, as many mail clients will not correctly display HTML mail. HTML also interferes with accessibility for the visually-impaired. If you would like to reference an image or external document, please include a plain text URL (e.g.: [WWW] http://www.linuxsymposium.org) in your email message.
4. Attachments - Please limit attachments to OpenPGP signatures. If you wish to post a document please post a plain text URL to the location of the document.
5. Signatures - It is a traditional courtesy to keep your email signature to 5 lines or fewer.
6. Read your post before you hit send. - Remember that those email addresses belong to actual live people with feelings and their own tendency toward knee-jerk reactions. If you take your time and compose well written messages, and avoid personally attacking the people behind the addresses, they will respect you and do the same. Remember -- everything you say is archived and there for everyone to see; politeness will go a long way to giving you a good reputation on-line.
7. If you are making an announcement relating to an external organization that organization should be clearly identified in the post's subject.
8. When responding to a thread on the mailing list make sure you post relates directly to the original post in the thread. If you are going off on a tangent start a new thread.
Website submissions and articles
1. All articles and news items submitted must be related to Linux activities and news.
2. All content will be moderated by the web master before publishing.
Internet Relay Chat/The MLUG IRC Channel
The MLUG IRC channel has been established for MLUG members and Linux users who want to talk about Linux. It is meant to be used in conjunction with, not as a replacement for, the MLUG mailing list. Although it is a public channel users are expected to behave responsibly and follow the usual rules of netiquette. Abusive scripts, bots and general bad acting may result in being banned from the channel. Of course, we all know that mluggers are always courteous and behave with proper decorum, so this should not be an issue. How to Use MLUG IRC
We are not going to try to explain how to use IRC here; for this you might try one of the many excellent tutorials on the subject that are available on the web. You might try An IRC Tutorial or the more comprehensive An IRC Primer. Neither will we tell you how to use your IRC client software. For this you should consult the documentation that came with it.
The MLUG Channel is available from FreeNode irc.freenode.net
Point your IRC client application to this server and use the /join command to enter the #mlug channel. If you are using a console-based client such as Bitch X, an appropriate command might be something like this:
Bash-2.04$ BitchX nick irc.freenode.net
where 'nick' is your chosen nickname. This is followed with the /join #mlug command.
Note that you must have identd installed and configured or the server will not allow your connection. Check your distribution to find out how this might be done. Some will install it by default.
Once you have connected to the server you can begin your chat session.
Do's and Don'ts
* Do join the MLUG channel when you are at your computer. Even if you are not intending to use chat you can use the /away command. Check in from time to time to see who is there and if there is any discussion that interests you.
* Do configure your client in such a way as to be visible - many clients will set you as invisible by default. The intention should be to let users know you are present on the channel.
* Do use your real name so that the /whois nick command will inform users of the person behind the nickname. This is especially important for those who log on to their host machine with a nickname user name. Of course this is not obligatory; it just makes it easier for users to know who is there.
* Do send a greeting to the channel when you join, particularly if you have not switched off invisibility.
* Do reply to others greetings if there are only a few people on the channel. That way they know someone is listening. If there are more than 5 or 10 people you can skip the greeting reply to avoid a screen ful of "hello's". And forget about auto-greets, they suck.
* Do use the /away message command so others will know not to expect a reply right away. If possible, add a time when you expect to return.
* Do use the /signoff or /quit message command so users will know when you have left the channel.
* Don't use the public channel for private discussions. Use the /msg nick message, query or the /DCC chat nick; /msg =nick message to initiate a private chat session.
* Don't use /DCC SEND and GET unless you know what you are doing, especially with someone you do not know.
* Don't use the MLUG channel for off-topic discussion. Of course we don't want to put excessively strict limits on the subjects of chat; but we are, after all, a lug. If the channel is quiet, no problem; but if it is busy, users might not appreciate unrelated discussion.
* Don't use excessive profanity or abusive language.
* Don't carry on flame wars. Stick to normal case conventions; upper case is for proper nouns, names and the first word of a sentence.
* Don't use prejudicial language that targets any race, religion, sex, or ethnic origin.
* Don't dump endless amounts of useless information on the channel. Think about what you want to say before you type, and be concise.
Duties, Responsibilities and Authority
Although MLUG does not have a defined hierarchy or levels of authority, we acknowledge the following:
1. People who have duties in MLUG inherit authority by performing those duties, the web master has authority over the content of the website, the mailing list manager has authority over posts and subscribers, the IRC channel owner has authority over users in the chat room, and so on.
2. Those individuals have the right and the responsibility to act swiftly and decisively regarding any complaints from members or non-members.
3. We recognize Mr. Alan Truesdale and Mr. Paul Tatham as individuals with authority, which they inherited through founding the group, and through continuous work related to the organization in areas outside of the organization's cyber-presence. They will always have the final word in any matters that cannot be settled otherwise, this authority is granted although they do not have any specific duties at the time of this writing.
4. Failure to comply with the Mailing List Rules, the IRC Rules or the Website Rules has to be dealt with swiftly, the offending member or non-member will be warned ONCE, if the offense is repeated, said person will be banned from all MLUG venues.
MLUG Ad-Hoc Committee
Mailing List Manager