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GEN-NEWBIE-L is a discussion list where people who are new to
computers and genealogy may interact using a computer's email
program. It's kind of like a bouncing ball, with someone asking a
question and others suggesting answers, or asking more questions. We
discuss genealogy, family history, computer applications.
Administration will limit discussions to genealogy and/or computers.

Around certain holidays we may relax the list rules and allow posts that apply to that holiday.
Administration will post an OK when the rules are relaxed.

We are very tolerant, and willing to assist anyone who wants
"community coaching" about the Internet, genealogy, computers.
Our membership is international and everyone is welcome.

How do I get started?

It is generally a good idea to "lurk" for a bit when you are a new
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What can I post to GEN-NEWBIE-L?

What is ok:
Just about anything that concerns genealogy, computer applications and/or
family history.

Not ok:
Surname signatures. These are those signatures at the bottom of
someone's email message that list gazillions of surnames (last names) that
they are researching. Our computer cannot distinguish between the surname
signature and the message. It really messes things up if you're trying to
search for a particular name. So, if you know how, turn your surname signature
off.  If you don't know how, then ask your first question!

Not ok:
HTML. HyperText Markup Language. A real no-no, since it just makes
it impossible for many people to read your message. Plain text (no
colors or anything fancy)is the best way to send anything to the

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Attached files. With the wide variety of email programs in use,
attached files don't work for everyone. Plain text (no colors or
anything fancy) is the best way to send something to the list.

Not ok:
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received from other people, articles from books, current newspapers,
magazines, etc. It is ok to quote someone's email message if you
received it from Gen-Newbie.

Not ok:
Commercial posts. We aren't a billboard for the various publishing
companies, software retailers, etc., but we will accept a
one-time-only product or new mailing list announcement.

Not ok:
Flames. A derogatory or insulting comment that has been sent to
everyone subscribed to the list is absolutely not tolerated. It is possible
to disagree and remain civilized. The nature of this list is to
assist newbies in genealogy and computing. If you cannot be
tolerant of mistakes, errors, and "simple" questions, then possibly
this isn't the list for you. But in any case, our rule is one
flame to the list about anyone or any issue, and you're out.

Gen-Newbie-L can be a high traffic list. Unless you are fanatical
about checking your email every minute of the day, you'll see the
messages, and sometimes some of the responses to those messages, but
don't hesitate to contribute, even if you've seen several other
responses. We want to hear from everyone.

This list is not screened, and except for some rare instances,
messages come to you in their pure, unblemished form. We try to keep an eye
on things, but unfortunately, we can't do this for a living. If
you're having a problem, drop one of us a note and we'll do our best
to straighten things out..

So, welcome aboard. We're ready when you are!

Elaine Maddox
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Jack Webster
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April 18, 2005 revised letter