There are many software lists to join on the internet, so we try to keep this list focused on design issues. It has been host to many interesting discussions over the last several years about design usability issues, business resources, spec work, copyright, accreditation, fees for services, industry nomenclature, and more. Please refer to our user policy and Listserv Etiquette below.
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For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a listserv (or mailing list) allows you to subscribe via your email program, and then receive all the correspondence that other people exchange via email on the listserv. When mailing lists keep on target with their subject matter, they are a great (and fast) way to exchange information between people with a common interest. Everything that you write to the list will get broadcast to everybody else on the list, so if you have something that is not of general interest, or is specific to one person - send a private e-mail directly to that person, not to the list.
Anyone can subscribe to the Listserv- it is open to the public. Not every subscriber makes posts to the list - there are observers and contributors, designers, clients, students, administrators, educators and others. Don't assume that your messages are going to a private audience.
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5. DON'T SHOUT IN YOUR MESSAGES (all caps is considered shouting and will be perceived as rude) Use them sparingly for emphasis only (see #1).
6. Be polite. Without the visual and audio clues of speech, if your words could be taken the wrong way, they will be. Be clear and civil, and remember that irony and sarcasm really don't carry over well with plain text. Remember, some of our clients are on the list as well.Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal material.
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- We encourage design discussion rather than tech talk on this list.
- From the GDC Listserv threads “InDesign Tutorials and books” and “Paragraph Composer”