Version 1.6 30.08.1994
The Netiquette for the ZaMir Conferences
This is the net etiquette for the exchange of the ZaMir
conferences between the
ZaMir Transnational Net email systems
and other email systems and networks. The netiquette is defined by
the ZAMIR email systems. The ZaMir conferences
originated in the ZaMir Transnational Net.
The Content of the Conferences
The ZaMir Transnational Net aims especially to serve people
working for: the prevention of warfare; the elimination of
militarism; protection of the environment; the advancement of
human rights and the rights of peoples regardless of race, ethnic
background, sex or religion or political convictions; the
achievement of social and economic justice; women's rights; the
elimination of poverty; the promotion of sustainable and
equitable development; more and better democratic structures in
society, especially the advancement of participatory democracy;
nonviolent conflict resolution and to aid the communication
between all people, especially for refugees. All groups and
individuals who are in agreement with these aims will be actively
encouraged to join and use the ZaMir Transnational Net.
The ZaMir conferences have been developed and are exchanged with
the above goals in mind. Any email system and user that supports
these goals is welcome to use these conferences.
We the originators of the ZaMir conferences kindly ask that the
users of these conferences fulfill the following requests:
The purposes of the conferences for each conference (a short
description) will be posted by the moderators in languages of the
regions where ZAMIR email systems are located and additionally
also in English.
- These conferences are mainly for the exchange of
information, opinions and proposals for action. There are
a few binary conferences which are only for programms
that are necessary to access the email systems. These
conferences are not to be used for the exchange of
- We must use a unique, common name for the conferences and
therefore will use an English name -- to preclude a bias
toward any one language form this region. This does NOT
mean that English should be used in the messages lin the
- The main languages to be used in these conferences are
the languages of the people living in the Balkan region
which includes the country formerly called Yugoslavia.
This includes Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian,
Hungarian, Serbian, Slovenian, and other languages of the
region. Additionally, English may be used.
Further notices for users
- Each user is completely responsible for the text that s/he has
written. Therefore, they should protect their password from use by
- The subject description should be a clear. Avoid sending
nonsense messages. Avoid using a large amount of graphics in the
messages. Please do not use large "signatures" on your messages.
- Unneccessary crossposting is to be avoided. It is sufficient to
post a message in only one conference in each network. To call
attention to important messages please use pointers in the ALERTS
conference or if necessary in another subject conference.
- Unneccessary quoting is to be avoided. Normally, the amount of
text quoted from another message should not be proportionately
large in relation to the text of the users message.
- Please, do not quote out of context. It just causes misunderstandings.
- The source of every quote should be clearly identified.
- Personal messages that you receive may not be made public without
the express permission of the author.
- Complaints about others' errors shouldn't be posted in public
conferences. Before sending an angry reply to someone, let the
message cool overnight in your computer. Then read it again
before sending it. This may help to prevent unnecessary "flames"
against other users.
- Insults, libellous statements, discriminatory statements against
minorities, sexist and racist statements, and texts which call
for the carrying out of illegal actions should not be tolerated.
Users who disregard these rules of tolerance and respect to other
person's identities will be politely but publically warned.
- If the violations continue then the system administration should
disconnect the user from the /ZAMIR conferences. If a system
operator allows such users to continue ot use the /ZAMIR
conferences, it will also be warned and if need be, disconnected
from the network.
- No advertisements (for buying and selling) should be placed in
the /ZAMIR conferences.
The maximum legnth of messages/files in all conferences is 64
kilobytes. The splitting of binary files is prohibitted. A
special agreement must be made for any exceptions in order to be
certain that the transport of larger messages will function. (The
only exception now is for the few binary conferences that will be
used for the transport of programms necessary for the use of the
The maximum length of personal messages that are routed (i.e.
forwarded through other email systems) is 100 kilobytes, although
users are encouraged to limit their messages to 10 KB since
larger messages may get stuck in some networks and therefore may
be delayed or lost.
As most of the messages in the ZaMir conferences are written in
languages that include characters not found in the ASCII code
(<127) it is necessary that systems carrying these conferences
support these additional characters. The practical measures
concerning this issue must still be clarified, but we would ask
that the email systems carrying the ZAMIR conferences make
translation information and software available for their users so
that they also may easily read the special characters >127 ASCII.
We (ZTN) will help to provide keyboard and monitor drivers (that
are used in our region) and a translation table for the character
sets so that the messages can be readable on your email system
software. We will also attempt to help the system operators with
any information about character sets and available drivers in
order to facilitate the reading and writing of messages in our
languages. A translation file (fonts.mbx) for Zerberus v5.2 is
For the System Operators
Some conferences are READ ONLY. That means only certain groups
(for example a media organisation) may write in that conference.
The sysop must set up his/her system to ensure that these
conferences may only be written to by authorized users.
The ZaMir conference coordination can supply this information.
Censorship of content must never take place. Only technical
(for example, length of message) limitations are allowed.
All users of the ZaMir conferences must have an email address
that is internationally reachable. This enables all users to also
write private emails to any user of the conferences.
All users of the ZaMir conferences should be identifyable as
real persons. Anoymous users are not to be allowed to write in
the the ZaMir conferences. The system operator should know the
name and address of all the users of these conferences.
Requests for the ZaMir conferences should be sent from your
system operator to the ZaMir conference coordination of the ZaMir
Transnational Net. This is taking place in the conference
/ZAMIR/NET/SYSOP@ (any of the ZaMir systems) We will help you
find the closest server for the conferences. Any changes in
routing of the ZaMir conferences must be agreed upon with the
ZaMir conference coordination.
We will not provide the ZaMir conferences
to systems that cannot fulfill the above
The Zamir Transnational Net