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discussion that is not appropriate in the other GNU mailing lists and
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Some important points from that: Assume other participants are posting
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people actually said, not to exaggerations of their views. Your
criticism will not be constructive if it is aimed at a target other
than their real views. If in a discussion someone brings up a tangent
to the topic at hand, please keep the discussion on track by focusing
on the current topic rather than the tangent. If you think the tangent
is an important and pertinent issue, please bring it up as a separate
discussion, with a Subject field to fit, and consider waiting for the
end of the current discussion.

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The maintainers don't read this group; they won't see your complaint.
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who can do something about the problem will see it.

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Someone from the Free Software Foundation will attempt to follow this
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Remember, "GNUs Not Unix" and "gnUSENET is Not USENET". We have
higher standards!

Note that sending technical questions about specific GNU software to
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