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Flames are angry letters or discussion group postings, usually sent in response to an offensive letter. A bozo filter (also called a kill file) allows a reader to avoid seeing mail from anyone he or she considers a bozo.
For readers who don't remember carbon paper: It's like the black stuff they put between the sheets of your Visa receipt, only in 8 1/2" x 11" pages. People used to put it between sheets of typing paper and make their copies at the same time as the original. It saved a lot of time at the copier, which was an especially good thing given that hardly anyone had copiers.
Actually, there's a controversy on the net -- not exactly raging, but ongoing -- over how important these issues are. Some people believe that electronic communication should be spontaneous and from-the-hip. They don't think anyone should worry about spelling or grammar. Others feel it's worthwhile to think before you post, and that bad spelling and grammar make a bad impression. Obviously, I belong to the second group. However, spelling and grammar flames are always bad form. See Rule 7.
You can retrieve Yurman's report, entitled "Email Courtesy," from the Red Rock Eater information archive maintained by Phil Agre. Just send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "archive send courtesy".
However, the last thing I want to do is cast aspersions on system administrators as a group. In general, sysadmins are overworked and underrecognized. Be nice to your system administrator and she'll be nice to you.
Phil Zimmerman created PGP, or "Pretty Good Privacy," an implementation of the public-key encryption concept for personal computers. PGP is currently embroiled in a patent dispute and availability of its freeware version is limited.
Connect with server rtfm.mit.edu and look for the directory called /pub/usenet/news.answers/law/Copyright-FAQ, files part1-part6. Or try ftp.cni.org, in directory
/CNI/forums/cni-copyright/other/FAQ. You can also obtain a copy via email. Start by sending a message to email@example.com with the command "help" in the body.
Some FAQs and related documents can be copied electronically but not printed without paying a license fee. Erik J. Heels' wonderful "Legal List" works this way. (It's available via FTP at ftp.cni.org, directory /CNI/forums/cni-copyright/other/FAQ/legallist.txt).