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soc.culture.jewish.parenting FAQ: Newsgroup Policies and Procedures
Section - 2.6 What are some tricks to writing acceptable articles?

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  1. State your position (act); don't respond to a previous posting
     (react). 

  2. State what you think in a positive manner, not why some other poster is
     wrong. Contrast: Dubaldie was wrong when he said that ... to I believe
     that ... 

  3. Keep your posting within the charter. If you feel your posting is
     borderline, it helps if you include a note to the moderator providing an
     explanation of why you feel it fits within the charter.

  4. No medical advice is acceptable. Suggestions should be phrased as "What
     worked for our family was....." 

  5. Trim included material as much as possible. Especially since this will
     also be digested, this is a hard and fast rule we need to adhere to.

  6. If you can respond to a question in email, please do so. If you're
     looking for information, offer to collect responses via Email and post a
     summary. 

  7. Congratulations! and other one line posts in response to announcements
     should always be done in email. 

  8. Signatures should be 4 lines or less. Some posting software will enforce
     this. 

  9. Don't overtax the moderators. You don't need to respond to every article;
     choose your responses carefully.

 10. Treat your fellow posters with the same respect with which you would like
     them to treat you.

 11. Let subjects die gracefully. When you post, consider whether you are
     really *adding* something to the discussion.

 12. Avoid unsubstantiated statements that you cannot back up with
     citations. In a similar fashion, avoid the use of stereotypes. For
     example, not all Jews with beards are Orthodox, and not all secular Jews
     are Reform.

 13. Review your postings before pressing the send sequence. It is worth the
     time to spell check your post, and re-read it to make sure you're not
     saying something stupid. Reading an article isn't mandatory; if your
     article is attractive, it is more likely to be read.

 14. When a poster is making a fool of themselves, don't jump in. Let their
     words demonstrate the quality of their thoughts.

Some other recommendations:

* If you plan on being a regular, please introduce yourself. Tell us about you
  and your kids, and how you are involved with the Jewish community.

* Remember to leave room for all voices. It's good to be active on the group,
  but don't let your activity crowd out others. A good practice is to read all
  postings for a given day before writing any responses. 

* Even though you may disagree with a poster or a poster's practice, show
  respect for that person. This is really a corallary of "act, don't
  react". Instead of "reacting" to what the poster said by negating their
  statements, "act" by stating positively what you believe.

* Remember to edit the subject line to keep it relevant to the posting.

* Remember that not everyone is as familiar with Hebrew as you; translate
  uncommon terms.

* Remember that some folks get this group by mail. Trim quoted material (there
  is no need to quote signatures or disclaimers, for example). Format lines to
  80 characters. If you are editing your message in a word processor, avoid
  special characters such as bullets or typographical quotation marks.

* Give your posts a final review before posting. We all make mistakes, but why
  share them with the world.

* Cross post appropriately, and set the followups-to: line when necessary. If
  you are responding to a post that is starting to move into the topic area of
  another group (for example, general childrearing issues (misc.kids), or
  halacha (soc.culture.jewish), crosspost your article to the other group, and
  add a header line "Followups-To:" to set follow-ups to the other group.

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