[ADMIN] posting guidelines

From: Bart De Pontieu (bdp@blackadder.lmsal.com)
Date: Wed Sep 19 2001 - 02:10:47 EDT

Hi All,

Below you find a reminder of the posting guidelines of SeeSat-L.
I think we've all seen satellite imagery of the tragic events last week
by now, since they are all over the Web (any news-site will have them).
Moreover these messages are not related to visual satellite observing.
Please help keeping the list as focused as it has always been by not 
sending off-topic messages. 


SeeSat-L is a busy list with over 600 subscribers. The list-owners 
want the list to remain focused on VISUAL satellite observing. 
SeeSat-L is intended to be a low-to-moderate volume list with high
information content about visual satellite observations. A lot of 
information on visual satellite observing is already available on 
the Internet. A good starting point is
All previous messages to SeeSat-L have been archived on 
the WWW (www.satellite.eu.org/seesat/). 
If you decide to post a message to the list, please make sure 
you follow these guidelines:

a. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you send binary/encoded messages 
to SeeSat-L. We want only plain text (ASCII) messages on SeeSat-L. 
I.e. no images, no html-documents, and so on.
Be careful when you 'attach' files to your message. These 
attachments can be encoded ! Also, many mail-programs 
automatically encode your messages into html. Those messages are 
not welcome on SeeSat-L as they are not readable by many 

b. Messages to SeeSat-L need to have an Obligatory Visual
observing Satellites Content. If you are posting a message to 
SeeSat-L which does not have an OVSC, you're making a mistake! 
Do not send messages with "Off-topic" or "OT" in the Subject! 

c. Discussions about any aspect of visual (!) satellite observing 
are welcome of course. This means that messages about RADIO
observations are OFF-TOPIC. On-topic are messages 
describing such things as orbital elements, visual observations,
methods for observing/calculating, prediction software, news about 
satellites (if it is tied into VISUAL observing), and so on.

d. Please AVOID:

- reporting too many 'I saw this satellite' messages without any 
'added value' to it. Yes, Iridiums do flare up, and yes MIR
*is* bright. But that's no longer news. Exceptional MIR and
Iridium observations are welcome though. What is added value?
(Flash) Timings, positions of satellites in the night-sky, seeing
satellites under difficult/exceptional circumstances (e.g. first
sightings, in the vicinity of other satellites), and so on. 

- replying to long messages with wise-cracks or one-liners such 
as 'I agree', 'You are wrong', and so on. Remember this list is
read by over 600 people!

- quoting excessively. All readers are subscribed to the list
and you can expect them to have read the message you're replying
to. Please just quote those parts that are relevant to your

- sig-lines longer than 4 lines.

- commercial advertisements.

- using the old, outdated domains in the e-mail addresses of the
list(s) such as blackadder.lmsal.com,
cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de even if messages seem to originate

e. Suggestions:

- If you have just subscribed to SeeSat-L for the first time, 
we appreciate it if you send a short introduction about yourself 
and your interest in satellite observing to the EXPLOSIVE address 

- please always include your geographical coordinates (latitude,
longitude) and the exact time of observing (+ timezone) if
you report observations of unknown satellites.

- when in doubt, please ask the administrator (see below) whether
messages are on-topic or not.

- SeeSat-L can also be received in digest-form. The digests are 
sent out daily or if the submissions exceed 32 Kb. Send a message 
with as SUBJECT field the word 'help' to the following address 
for more details on the digest form: 

- a help-file with more details can be obtained by sending
a message with as SUBJECT field the word 'help' to the 

If you have questions or problems, please address them to the maintainer
of the list: Bart De Pontieu at bart@satellite.eu.org


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