[Oeva-list] OT - My opinion of email etiquette

Tim Beltz dipron06 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 19:19:07 PST 2014

Well said Stephen Johnsen!  Well fwded Pat!!  Thanks Pat, I think it would be a good idea to emulate those rules on this list.

- Timothy

> Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:36:01 -0800
> From: patrick0101 at gmail.com
> Subject: [Oeva-list] email etiquette
> To: OEVA <oeva-list at oeva.org>
> Message-ID:
> I have recently received a few complaints about the behavior of a couple
> people on the mailing list. Our friends to the north (SEVA) just posted
> these guidelines for using their mailing list. I think there are some good
> recommendations here that we could adopt:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> I believe that the purpose of the SEVA email list is to disseminate EV
> relevant information and foster constructive conversation about electric
> vehicles.
> Let us remember at the end of the day, that we are all involved in SEVA
> because we think that more electric vehicles is a good thing.
> I believe we will be most effective if we keep that goal in mind and focus
> on what positive action we can take towards seeing more EVs. I do not think
> negative posts or bickering amongst ourselves will be of much value.
> A few more suggestions I have is to:
> -Focus more on facts rather than personal opinions, evaluations and
> judgements.
> -Instead of blaming and grumbling about what you do not want, focus on what
> you DO want and on what you could do to move closer to that.
> -Reduce the use of sarcasm and name-calling
> Finally, make sure the email subject line is a good description of the
> content inside:
> -If something may be only loosely related to EVs consider whether or not it
> is worth posting and if you decide to post it, please put "OT" in front of
> the subject designating it as "Off-Topic"
> -If you are going to significantly change the discussion direction, please
> consider also changing the email subject to reflect that. Such as: EV
> RENTALS (Was SEVA meeting minutes)
> When I read a subject like "Where is the post office?" It sounds like
> either someone might be asking for help finding a post office (not EV
> related), or I also hear what I interpret as a negative undertone which is
> focusing on blaming the US Postal service for something.
> I might simply delete the email without opening it. It turns out the
> article in the above email was a very EV relevant article about Fed Ex
> trying Electric Nissan NV200 delivery vehicles. An example of a more
> descriptive and positive title might be:
> "Fed Ex tests Electric Nissan Delivery Vehicles"
> As another example, the subject of: "BMW i3 Fan test drive review" was very
> descriptive and non-provoking about what was contained in that email. This
> is contrasted with another email subject from the same person that was
> simply titled: "This pissed me off!" which told me nothing about EVs or the
> content of the email other than that somebody was angry.
> I think for the most part the SEVA email list remains full of mostly
> positive, EV-related material. Let's all do our part to keep it that way
> and focus on what we agree upon which is the promotion and proliferation of
> electric vehicles.
> Sincerely,
> Stephen Johnsen
> Your SEVA President
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> Regards,
> Pat
> Sunlight will never cost $4/gallon

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