View Full Version : A question of Etiquette

01-17-2003, 09:50 AM
Since I'm a total newbie here I would like to ask about sending EMails to the members here. A number of threads here have led me to want to ask questions to specific people primarily about the machines that they have mentioned that they own. Often the questions I want to ask have nothing to do with the subject matter in the thread so it seems inappropriate to try and change the subject. So my question is:

Is it considered generally acceptable practice here to send off the EMail or should I ask someone specifically within a thread if I may Email them with questions??



Ian B
01-17-2003, 10:10 AM

When anyone registers on this forum, they have the option to "Keep your email address viewable to other users when you post notes" - I'd guess that anyone specifically not wanting emails would click the "No" option here.

Just my thoughts


01-17-2003, 10:11 AM
Start a new thread with the question so we all can share in the process.

Neil Peters

Ragarsed Raglan
01-17-2003, 01:15 PM

Guess your confusing 'etiquette' and 'good manners' here. Remember the French invented 'etiquette' to make others feel uncomfortable, whereas the British invented 'good manners' to make people feel relaxed and at ease. [That's this weeks non PC remark!!]

Sometimes a deviation within the thread is the spice of a thread, it triggers other contributors memories, leading to stories, accounts of past times, and endless witicisms, we all learn from these anecdotes. Those that want to concentrate on the serious side of a thread can still 'pull it back into line' whenever they want.

Don't be shy - go for it in the open ~ we all want to know what Thrud's sisters meatloaf recipe really is!!


Forrest Addy
01-17-2003, 01:20 PM
Yup what Niel says. Start a new thread.

This is a public forum. Given the number of people who look in and the variety and extent of their experience, there's no telling what serendipity might bring you.

01-17-2003, 01:56 PM
RR,I really like your definitions of etiquette and good manners!! I have been to both London and Paris. Nuff said!

Al Messer
01-17-2003, 02:12 PM
Bob, Feel free to send me an E-mail anytime you want.

Paul Gauthier
01-17-2003, 02:26 PM
E-mails are fine.

Paul G.

mike thomas
01-17-2003, 02:47 PM
E-mails are fine, new threads are fine, side trips are fine. Mike

01-17-2003, 03:18 PM
Feel free to email me as well! But don't underestimate the benefit of just thowing a topic or a question out there. The knowledge base is unbelieveable and all appear more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise! Don't be shy. There's a Chinese proverb that goes something like this "A man who asks a question is only a fool for a minute. the man who fails to ask is a fool for a lifetime." Jump right in, the water's fine! Be safe!

John B

[This message has been edited by jr45acp (edited 01-17-2003).]

01-17-2003, 04:02 PM

I have been fortunate enough to have lived and worked overseas for 11 years during which I made many wonderful trips to London and only one trip to Paris. Thanks for reminding me why!


01-17-2003, 09:11 PM
E-mails are fine but I'd prefer letters with cash or money orders inside.

01-17-2003, 11:23 PM
E-mail doesn't bother me at all if you got a question I'll try to answer it as best I can.After all I thuoght thats what this is all about poeple helping people. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

01-18-2003, 09:24 PM
Please post!. Some of the most fun, most enlighthening things have come about becasue of a "off the thread" comment. Follow one of those "one thing leads to another" discussions and yo never know where you will end up! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif. Of course if it Thruds hair you are intersted in . please email him!!!!!
Steve http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

01-19-2003, 03:47 AM

Like the others I am a willing to help where I can - ask away. I may be a gorilla, but I occasionally use a bidet...look Ma, a drinkin' fountain!. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Spin Doctor
01-19-2003, 11:48 AM
E-mail away. If I can help I will. You also might want to try posting on the Practical Machinist site. There's quite a bit of cross polination that goes on back and forth. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

01-19-2003, 04:18 PM
I agree with chief, Email is fine with me, I'd be glad to help if I could, but cash would also be fine. Spin doc. is right there is alot going on between the two boards.
Thrud, that really paints a pretty picture.

01-19-2003, 06:47 PM
When I said "POST" i was not saying do not e-mail me, though I can't think of anything I am expert at. I think if the person has his E-Mail listed, he is saying he/she doesnt mind it being used. Shucks, on consideration, I'd be proud and honored to be asked by E-mail (or any other way) any question I might answer, even if I am not knowledgable (as opposed to opinionated) http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif