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Chapter 2. Making People Your Best Resource  > Taking Part in Discussions

Taking Part in Discussions

After you get your first informational e-mail from the list, you will soon start to see e-mail appearing in your Inbox. When you get an e-mail from the list, responding is as simple as clicking the Reply button and writing your response. Here are a few tips for participating.

  • It’s often valuable to lurk for a while (read without responding) until you get a sense of the social norms that operate in the list. Are long responses tolerated? Do they use quote-backs? Are requests for personal assistance (e-mails directed back to the person individually versus the list as a whole) common?

    Note

    A quote-back is the technique of copying the original person’s posting and then putting your reply under it, rather than just replying and assuming that people know who and what you’re replying to.


  • Be careful not to change the address in the To: box. By default it may go to the list as a whole.

  • Understand the group norms and consider whether your information would be valuable to everyone before replying back to one specific person.

  • Put the address of the list in your Outlook contacts so you can initiate a message to the group more easily.

  • Be sure not to send a command (like unsubscribe) to the members of the list—they should go to the server instead.


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