Guidelines for the Grammar Exchange Newsgroup
For smooth functioning, and for easy and enjoyable interaction, the Grammar Exchange asks you to follow these guidelines:
Enter your subject in the "Subject" field. Please make it clear and specific. Here are some good examples of subjects:
Our discussions are limited to the English language and its grammar, vocabulary, usage, and idioms.
It goes without saying that both the topic starter and all the responders must stay on topic.
The Grammar Exchange welcomes discussion, but reminds members of this: It doesn't serve a useful purpose to post just ďI agree,Ē or a similar message to any topic. If you have extra information that supports your agreement and that would be of interest to others, go ahead and post it.
Messages from the original poster, acknowledging an answer or comment, are fine.
3. Posting links
You may, if you like, post a link that gives relevant very relevant information. Make sure that when you post, you answer the question appropriately and then, perhaps, give the link.
Please make sure that the link provides answers to the question, or adds related material. Please do your best to make sure that the link is reputable. Please do not just post a link as a response to a question.
Links that are deemed unreliable or irrelevant will be removed by the moderator.
4. Whom to post to:
Please post your message for the entire Grammar Exchange to read. It's OK to reference another writer in the posting, but please keep all correspondence and all references collegial and polite.
If you want to write directly to an individual, ask the moderator to request permission from the person you want to contact.
Occasionally, a member has a question or response that s/he may feel uncomfortable about posting to the entire group. You may send an occasional question directly to the moderator, who will try to address it privately, as time and appropriateness permit. Please do not send repeated private questions to the moderator, who will not be able to answer all of them..
Please use appropriate language, and standard English, spelling, and punctuation. While our Newsgroup is not like an essay contest, neatness does make the site more pleasant to look at.
At the same time, our group has some special features. One is that our readership consists of people whose English is at different levels. Do not feel shy if you are not a native speaker and believe that your written presentation needs to be perfect; the moderators will help you by editing it so that it is understandable and acceptable.
Please don't use all capital letters in the titles, and use them sparingly in your postings (probably just for target words and phrases). You can also format your posting with occasional italics and bold letters for emphasis and quotation marks where appropriate.
Please keep the content of your postings relevant and of reasonable length.
6. Tone and collegiality
The Grammar Exchange wants to encourage participation from interested readers. It is especially important that respect, politeness, and collegiality be observed at all times for the comfort and benefit of all.
There are standard "Netiquette rules" that most lists and newsgroups follow. These are published, among other places, at this site:
The Grammar Exchange excerpts here from those rules:
Please keep the context relevant and of reasonable length.
Please sign your messages. If you wish, include your affiliation, and the state or country you are writing from this is generally interesting to others.
9. Number of postings
You may post as many questions as you like, keeping in mind the guidelines for content. Sometimes, however, there may be a large number of postings from one poster at a time. If this number is deemed excessive, some of these posts may be removed and reposted at a later time. If there are many unanswered questions on the board, it may take longer than a few days to get a response.
When you respond to postings, choose carefully the topics you wish to respond to. The Grammar Exchange encourages informed response, but wishes to discourage writers who feel compelled to address every question.
10. For the record
We include the following doníts, just for the record: