for Sci.Geo.Petroleum Beginners
Welcome to Sci.Geo.Petroleum! The computer
network is a great resource that can help you solve technical problems
in an efficient manner. Through the network, you can communicate with a
diverse pool of oil and gas professionals, including many of the world's
leading petroleum experts. Organisations can make use of the system to
efficiently disseminate the latest oil and gas news.
The benefits of Sci.Geo.Petroleum as
a professional tool are dependent on the cooperation of a large number
of individuals and organisations. Since the network is unmoderated, some
general rules and regulations, and standards of conduct must be adhered
to for everyone's benefit.
The following guidelines are intended to
assist first-time users to become familiar with the 'network etiquette'
or just 'netiquette' for short. Most of the rules
are simple common sense.
POSTING TO THE NETWORK:
Access to Sci.Geo.Petroleum is available here.
The computer network can also be contacted via e-mail across standard firewall
arrangements. Send your contributions or questions to 'firstname.lastname@example.org',
however in this case please remember to specify that all replies be sent
to your e-mail address (rather than just posted to sci.geo.petroleum).
When asking a question, consider offering to post a summary. Important:
Please avoid using the e-mail gateway if you have alternative means of
accessing Sci.Geo.Petroleum in order to minimise strain on the public gateway.
Additional e-mail gateways exist but are generally not well advertised.
In your message, please do not forget to
Also, please limit your text to no more than
72 characters per line. Most editors have a fill or format mode that will
accomplish this task for you automatically. However, make sure that it
actually puts ('hard') newline characters at the end of each line, rather
than just wrapping the displayed lines on your screen.
A subject line relevant to your message. People
should be able to get a good idea of what your posting is about just by
looking at the subject line. An unambiguous subject line is especially
important for archiving
Your name and the name of your organisation
A standard disclaimer, if appropriate. - 'these
are my opinions, not those of my employer' or something similar.
Oil and gas news
Information about new petroleum technologies
Short petroleum-related technical abstracts
Table of Contents of the latest petroleum-related
journals or books
Short executive summaries of new petroleum
Calls for papers
Conference calendars and programmes
Details of professional meetings
Information about short courses
Research seminar details
Announcements of new petroleum WWW pages
Information about oil and gas vacancies
General tips, questions and answers
Any quality input
By community consensus, the purpose of
Sci.Geo.Petroleum is to rather than to sell. The
network is maintained by non-commercial sources and is publicly accessible
at no charge. Vendors are encouraged to participate as long as their postings
have neutral information value. For example, a short
description of a tool or product is perfectly acceptable
whilst long product and price lists are not. It is further okay to bring
people's attention to commercial WWW sites where more product information
can be found, however please do not repeat the same messages over and over
again. Non-adherence to these guidelines will almost certainly result in
strong peer pressure and negative publicity. If you feel uncertain about
whether your message might be appropriate or not, simply contact the Sci.Geo.Petroleum
community for advice. Most users are both friendly and helpful.
Long messages (300 words or so) take up
excessive disk space at local news sites, which may limit the number of
other incoming messages, therefore please keep your text as short as possible.
The correct way of making long text files available is to encourage interested
parties to contact you via e-mail, or to come and visit your WWW site.
Needlessly repeated messages
It is okay to repeat some messages once
or twice, provided the messages are posted at least a few weeks apart,
have general information value and are of time-sensitive nature (e.g. conference
announcements). However, please do not post the same message over and over
again. Most people would have seen your message the first time around,
and in any case your message is archived
at the Petroleum Recovery Research Centre (PRRC) for future reference.
Job seekers are kindly asked not to make
their full professional details available on the newsgroup. A 3-4 line
summary stating the type of work you seek, the geographic region and your
brief professional background would be more appropriate. Interested parties
can get in touch with you via e-mail. Alternatively, please make your full
professional details available on your WWW site, with a short pointer in
Anonymous or rude messages
Not conducive to maintaining a professional
Heated discussions ('flame wars')
(Modified in part from John Norstad,
Keep your signature short and simple - four
or five lines at most.
Do not use copyrighted material without the
permission of the publisher.
Do not quote private e-mail in postings without
the author's permission.
Avoid unnecessary quoting. Edit the quoted
text to the bare minimum and only quote what is directly relevant to your
replies. Do not quote people's signatures but leave the short segment detailing
the original sender's e-mail address. It is important to minimise the size
of individual messages in order to reduce problems with insufficient disk
space at local news sites that can slow down new incoming messages, and
may prevent you from posting for a while when the local disk space is full.
Do not post messages individually to multiple
newsgroups. Post a single message with multiple newsgroups in the header,
each separated by a comma. Please avoid cross-posting to other newsgroups
When answering a question, consider a direct
When being sarcastic, use a smiley :-) to
avoid the danger of misinterpretation which could hurt people's feelings,
even when it is unintentional.
If you change the topic of conversation in
the middle of a thread, please change the subject header.
Avoid the exclusive use of capital letters
in your posts ("SHOUTING")
Please read the entire thread before following
up to an article in the thread. Often, you will find that someone else
has already answered the question or made the same point you were thinking
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Another good starting point to familiarise
yourself with the Internet is the newsgroup news.announce.newusers
in which many helpful tips are listed in the "Frequently Asked Questions"
(FAQ) files that appear on a monthly basis.
On behalf of the Sci.Geo.Petroleum community,
thank you for adhering to the above broad guidelines, and we look forward
to your contributions!
With kind regards,