Date: 1/8/19 6:59 pm
From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...>
Subject: [cobirds] Moderator note - signatures and subject lines in CoBirds posts
Dear CoBirders,

Thanks for all your contributions to this email list. Here are two points
that need attention:

1. A point of list rules: *all CoBirds posts should have a signature line
with your full name and city*. The actual rule for this Google Group calls
for listing your *state*, too, but this really seems much less necessary...
but so easy to do. Many make a consistent effort to include this
information, but including a signature line is still regularly overlooked
by posters. It is a matter of communication courtesy, and helps to put the
report in some context. Plus names are not always evident from email
addresses, and sometimes birders post from an email address that lists
someone else's name (such as a spouse, as most commonly the case). So
please give your name and city at least with every post.

2. A point of list etiquette: Please, when appropriate, *include a county
name in your subject line when reporting birds*. This is helpful for
readers to place the report. The list has a large number of members, some
new, some older, some near and some far. Readers may not be familiar with
the location you mention, or may be uncertain of county. If it is not easy
to include the county in the subject line (or maybe there are multiple
counties), then at least mention the county as you mention the location in
the body of the email so it is clear. As always, use good judgement and err
on the side of being helpful to the reader.

The official CoBirds "rules of the road" are here:
https://cobirds.org/CFOPage.aspx?pg=2

Thanks everyone,

David Suddjian
CoBirds list moderator
Littleton, CO

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