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Re: Removals from the list
Having discussed the situation with both parties,
I have put them both back on the list, effective now.
Welcome back, cousins. Any recent discussion you may have missed
is available to you through the archives,
And, may I suggest that everyone gathered here in the mud puddle
in the middle of the cow pasture take a moment to reread the brief
list of advisories that you saw posted on the gate as you came in.
A copy is appended.
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sure that your email is going out in a fashion that everyone can
read, and that means plain text electronic mail,
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* Similarly, don't end every question in multiple question marks???
It makes you look like an idiot??? And don't end every sentence in
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idiot!!! You may think it's cute and expressive, but it will cause
many people to ignore you entirely.
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* Do some background reading on the web pages, especially the ones
on genealogy, which include links to many related web servers
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because it is impossible to predict who among the many subscribers
may know something about your query.
* When you post your query, tell us all you can about dates or
approximate dates of your oldest ancestor, where they lived and
who they married. Include county names whenever you can. We hope
to be able to search on locality one day and having county names
will help to link up people.
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search might not not be able to answer you immediately or they
might not yet be a subscriber to the list.
* Also enter yourself in the web form GuestBook, courtesy
* Please don't just listen in and not let us know your information.
You very likely have something important to share with others.
Etiquette for posting historical information to this list
* Do some background reading on the web pages, such as those on
history, the FAQ, and the Sinclair 2000 gathering.
* Join a clan organization so you will get a clan newsletter.
* Be careful with copyrighted information.
* Cite your sources.
* Speak up! Your historical tidbit may be just as fascinating as
anything about a famous historical personage.
Don't be afraid to ask; we're all learning here.
Do not send virus reports to this list. Most virus reports turn out to
be hoaxes, so forwarding a virus report without examination is like
shouting fire in a crowded theater. To find out which are real and
which are hoaxes, myths, and urban legends, try these URLs. But do not
send virus reports to this list.
real viruses http://www.datafellows.com/virus-info/
more hoaxes http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html
urban legends http://www.urbanlegends.com/
Related Web Pages
Much related information may be found in
* the Clan Sinclair web pages, sinclair.quarterman.org/,
* in Paul Sinclair's history and genealogy pages,
* in the Clan Sinclair Trust web pages www.clansinclair.org/,
* and in the Clan Sinclair Association U.S.A. web pages,
or through the many links they contain.
The list maintainer is John Sinclair Quarterman (jsq). Please
note, once again, that what gets discussed in the list is determined
by the members of the list. I am not a moderator; I do not decide what
gets posted or not. I merely set up and maintain the mechanics of the
list. The content of the list is up to you, the subscribers.
>From the List to the Web Pages
[Clan Sinclair] Messages posted to this list often find their way
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fact, the great majority of the material in those web pages came from
the list. The web page maintainer asks permission before using
material in the web pages, with the exception of brief anonymous
excerpts for use in the comments about the list and the
comments about the web pages.
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