Date: 12/23/17 5:28 am From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> Subject: ADMIN: List Protocol & Etiquette
Good morning and happy holidays KSBIRD-L!
Not sure if you've noticed it but message volume on the list has taken a jump over the past 6 weeks or so. I guess that might have something to do with Snowy Owls, White-tailed Kites, Whooping Cranes, Pacific Wrens... well, you get the point!
Between lots of exciting birds to report and the excitement of trying to get a quick message out to the list from the field on your phone, we've had a few hiccups in protocol and etiquette, if you will, recently. A lot of us will be doing a LOT of birding between now and early January, so please take a moment to note the following. A lot of these are simply to help maintain clarity and minimize confusion. Some of it is also to help keep the archives cleaner for when people in the future go back to the archives to research past bird sightings (which happens far more often than you may realize!)
Please remember to include your name in the body of the message. Some people don't use their full name or use a nickname for what shows up in the message header. KSBIRD-L asks folks to use their real name as we have found that anonymity too often leads to lack of respect. I would prefer that you also use your home city locale in a signature block as many people still like to know where your home base is so that new subscribers can connect with other birders in their area.
Please make sure that your subject line actually pertains to what your message is all about. Sometimes we hit reply to get a message off to the list quickly, but if that message has nothing to do with the subject that is in the subject line, it is confusing. Also, please don't start the message in the subject line and then continue it in the body of the message. This disjoint can be a little confusing at times.
Avoid abbreviations. Birders are notorious for using shorthand and assuming that everyone thinks like they do. Don't assume. In my own notes I may write FOS TuVu, MR and know very well that I'm saying "first of season Turkey Vulture in Morris County". But if I use that in the list someone(s) will be left in the dust without an understanding of what it means. While four letter codes and county abbreviations are handy for someone to use in their notes, please avoid using them on the list. The list is about Kansas Birds, but you'd be amazed at how many people OUTSIDE of Kansas read it, especially on the mirrored sites like the American Birding Association's Birding News site: http://birding.aba.org/ (By the way, this is a great site to study up before visiting a new state/area - virtually all the lists like KSBIRD-L are mirrored there. You can read the lists without having to subscribe to them.)
I appreciate all the great reports that have been coming in and I also recognize that some of us have old, fat, arthritic fingers that sometimes don't work well on smartphone sized "keyboards". But cooperation by all will provide better understanding by all and a better sense of community!
Again, enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate this month and especially enjoy the birds!
Merry Christmas! Chuck
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