Elliott Mitchell (mitcheec@CTRVAX.VANDERBILT.EDU)
Fri, 6 Jan 1995 14:45:00 -0500

During the time the good folks at Cornell have been so good to us by
developing Cu-SeeMe, I've eagerly grabbed each new version as it comes out,
and have spent many hours prowling the reflectors and meeting new friends
and influential people.

Over that time, I've compiled a personal list of points of netiquette, some
suggested by other users, some demanded by reflector operators, and some I
just figured out for myself.

For example:

I don't turn off all the lights in my office, shine one desk lamp on my
face and spend hours admiring how I look when I cock my head at different

I don't leave my camera turned on sending overnight pictures of my empty
office to a reflector, no matter how much I might believe that thousands of
CUsers yearn to come across such an image...

and I don't send pictures to a reflector without first checking to see if
there's something going on that the abrupt appearance of my face would
disrupt, or if there's anyone on a reflector that might want to see the
abrupt appearance of my face, or if the reflector is already so crowded
that the abrupt appearance of my face would only serve to slow things down.

I don't claim any particular honor for having observed these caveats, I
just do them.

This afternoon -- after not having looked in for some time -- I attempted
to check out the public Cornell reflector and was shown a greeting, the
text of which I have taken for the title of this message.

Over the last few years I've become increasingly assured that there is an
inverse relationship many people's abilities and interests in computers and
other machinery, and their abilities and interests in the area of human,
civil communication.

I guess I've found another piece of evidence to support my beliefs.


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