The subject should be as complete a description of the problem as is possible
in 60 characters or so. Compress and distill. Important: The PICList uses topics to help keep track of various
threads and off-topic posts. Therefore, your subject line must start with
ONE (and only one) of these labels:
mailto:SPAMpiclistTakeThisOuT at mit.edu?subject=[EE]
This label is for topics that, while not necessarily about SXs, are of general
interest to the Embedded Engineering community. How to hook
something up to a microcontroller or other computer (not related to the SX
or virtual peripherals), how to measure something, how something works, news
about companies involved in EE, etc...
- be a detailed description of the problem in as few words as possible.
- If you have a web page, post a verbose description of the problem to it
and put the full URL of that page in your post (include the http:// ) along
with a summary of the problem.
- include what you are trying to do (overall), what you expected to have
happen at this point, what you are seeing, and how you are seeing it (what
test equipment, etc...)
- Include specific part numbers, code snippets (not the full source, please),
and signal descriptions.
Finally, read your message over again, check the subject line and press send.
You may not see your message echoed on the PIClist, and it may take more
than a day before anyone responds since most people only read their PICList
mail once a day and they are all over the world. If no one responds after
a few days, read the rest of this page, and Myke Predko's
general list guidelines at
www.piclist.com/../listguide, rethink your
post and add a "Nobody responded to my last post, what am I doing wrong?"
to the beginning and send it again.
The PICList uses topics and topic filtering to try to allow a greater range
of discussion while still respecting the fact that many hardcore engineers,
who are valuable resources to the list, may have little time to read off
topic posts and need a reliable way to filter them out so that they can spend
what time they have concentrating on the topic they are most interested in.
Despite our name, the PICList also hosts discussions related to other embedded
Topic tags must be at the start of the subject line and enclosed in brackets
"[" and "]". For example, the current topics are:
Which should be at the start of the subject line for most postings to the
PICList. This says that a PIC microcontroller (or clone like the SX line)
is directly involved, connected or the entire subject of your post. Any person
who works with PICs would want to read it...
This is for advertisements of a commercial product or service. Don't SPAM,
do post [AD]
If you don't use one of these, other people will not see your posts. People
who are interested only in the PIC itself listen to [SX], people who are
also interested in general engineering issues still listen to [SX] and also
listen to [EE] and people who are also interested in anything PICListers
have to say also listen to [OT]. People who are interested in buying or selling
also listen to [BUY] and [AD].
So: Please pick ONE that matches the subject of your post and type it at
the start of the subject line and then continue. Putting a topic tag in,
filters the post IN to that topic rather than filtering it OUT of the other
topics. Ok? Let me say that again...
Putting a topic tag in, filters the post IN to that topic.
The point of this is that it will reduce the likelihood of people posting
comments about the space program with [SX] at the start of the subject line.
It also breaks up the PICList in to "Channels" where each topic can be turned
on or off with a command to the list server. If you are very busy, then you
can only turn on the [SX] channel and turn the others off. Just tell the
list server to only send [SX] topics by changing your Mailman options at
the PICList Mailman