In Reply to: Message to everyone about posting... posted by Christopher Graff on January 30, 2001 at 13:57:26:
Having experience running my own E-mail list, I feel I have to say a few things. I know there are no "rules" per se on this message board, but I have a few suggestings in order to save heart-ache and misunderstanding between everyone on this board.
First, PLEASE READ COMPLETELY through and try to understand people's posts. This is one way to avoid misunderstandings as seen in a thread about the 3.73 LSD below. Careful posting and reading can avoid misunderstandings and problems later on.
Second, make an effort to learn. There is a reason why there are experts and pros here - because they made the effort to learn these cars and correct information about them. (Of course it could also be their jobs as well...) This is the only way you will understand these cars, or have fun working on them.
Third, please post correct information. If you don't know what you're talking about, don't assume. Yes, you should try to help (and please do so), but if you're assuming or guessing, please say so. Heresy and rumors have no place on this list. Wrong information can lead to many problems. In fact, wrong information about how to work on cars can lead to breaking something on the car, or even injuring yourself while working on them! Mind you, this is VERY serious business.
And fourth, please understand that even the pros and experts have other lives than being permanently attached to the list. Just because they didn't answer a/your question within 4 hours doesn't mean they don't want to or won't. Some of us are extremely busy, and even with our schedules we try to make time to help others.
I wish to avoid misinterpretation and other problems. All I ask is to consider these helpful points about posting messages. I have a lot of the same rules on my E-mail mailing list in order to avoid the troubles and problems that can arrive from so-called "bad" postings.
Thanks for listening. Good luck. Godspeed. Keep posting!
BMW M535i SIG