Posting guidelines for SeeSat-L

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPEPL)
Tue, 02 Jul 1996 22:03:46 +0100 (CET)

Hi everyone,

As SeeSat-L maintainer, I would like to remind you of one of the
'unofficial' posting guidelines, which is that technical or background
information about payloads, rockets, etc... is only welcome on SeeSat-L
in as far as it is tied in with the broad theme 'visual observations'.
With 'tied in' I do not mean 'vaguely applicable to visual observations'.
Long texts with technical info should be avoided, instead a reference
to the source should be given (such as a URL, ftp-site, etc...).

I'm not pointing the finger at any one in particular, but the past few
weeks have seen many only semi-related posts by various authors. I just
wanted to rectify this situation before it changes the character of
SeeSat-L. So, no hard feelings, just call this message one of 'finetuning'.

If you're wondering where you can find these guidelines, send a message with
SUBJECT: help to
If this text leaves you wondering whether some of your posts are on or
off-topic, please contact either Walter Nissen (
or me. You won't be flamed - we don't like flames - but you might save your-
self the trouble of posting things that aren't wanted on the list.

On an another note, I've heard some comments by various newcomers (all
in private messages) that SeeSat-L isn't very responsive to newbies. We
*are* working on a FAQ for SeeSat-L (join us at UseSat-L if you want to
help us), but until it's finished, I would hope some of the 'old hands'
on SeeSat-L reply to  frequently asked beginners questions (by private

And newbies: don't dispare. The people on Seesat-L really are nice and
usually willing to answer your questions. If you don't receive a reply
to a question posed on SeeSat-L, just contact one of the people that post
regularly to Seesat-L. Personally, I'm always available for questions.
And, please download our help-file, it contains references to Web-
documents that may answer many of your questions.

If your question is how to unsubscribe to SeeSat-L, send a message with
SUBJECT: unsubscribe to

Bart De Pontieu --  Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching  --
Join us at Eurosom 2, Oct 19/20 1996 --
BWGS-coordinator -- Flash editor -- SeeSat-L administrator -- would-be-observer
   "Life is like a jigsaw. You get the straight bits, but there's something"
       "missing in the middle." -- XTC, "All Of A Sudden (It's Too Late)"