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1. Anything which is not likely to be of interest to the majority of list members, private email should used for such matters. This includes replies to questions put to the list for specific information.

2. Internal affairs of member organisations.

3. Long articles about anything. If there is a web page the URL should be posted, if not then the article should be offered by email for anyone requesting it.

4. Repeated advertising of any commercial products or services, an initial mention is acceptable.

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1. All posts to the list must be in English. However, as most subscribers do not use English as their first language, short phrases in other languages will be acceptable - but only if you are really stuck and you think someone else on the list could translate it for the rest of us.

2. All posts must comply with the 'on-topic' rules. If your post is not very obviously on-topic it would be helpful to explain, briefly, why you think it is appropriate to the list.

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5. Commercial advertising of any sort is not acceptable. Recommendations of products or services in which you have no personal financial interest may be appropriate if they comply with the on-topic rules (See also signature files below).

6. Signature files attached to the end of emails should comply with the traditional internet standard of a maximum of four lines. This can include references to commercial concerns provided it is just contact details and not worded as an advertisement. However, repeated use of any signature file can become irritating and should be omitted if you post often.