FreeBSD 4.8 questions

Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. kdk at
Fri Nov 7 20:11:33 PST 2003

Nickyrock wrote:

>Is this where I ask for help configuring my mouse, and sound card, and nic card? I read all documentation before writing this email. I just want to be sure where to direct my questions before asking them.
>thank you

I suppose the answer is yes.  Have you subscribed to the
list?  It's a good idea, IMHO, to subscribe and try to get a
'feel' for the way a list works before you do many postings.

I'll try and give some advice, just in case "Netiquette" wasn't
a required subject in whatever school you're from ;-)

1.  Some folks still read email with "text only" mailers and
at low screen resolutions.  So, wrap your lines (ie, hit "enter"
key) every 80 characters or so, or someone may complain
about your message format.

2.  While we're on that subject, your mailer may have the
capability to remember that when you send mail to the
questions list, it should only use plain text.  The afore-
mentioned "folks" would appreciate that, also.

3.  You mentioned you've read the docs ... that is great!!
Do you mean the "Handbook"?  It's quite possible to get everything
going just with the handbook.  How about the man pages?  Do
you know about 'apropos'???

Also try visiting a good search engine, and doing a site-specific
search at  (Good Search!
---so say the masses .... )

4.  Once you've read the docs, try doing what they say, and
report any confusion or questions or problems that result,
along with:

    a concise description of the problem
    actions or changes occuring prior to the problem becoming known
    what may have created the problem, if known
    what you've you tried to do to fix the problem

5.  Remember that everyone on the list is a volunteer with
there own problems (whether computer-related or not) and don't
go 'over the top' with what you post....

Kevin Kinsey
DaleCo, S.P.

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