FAQ for Cohousing-L
This file contains Cohousing-L specific questions. Most questions
related to Cohousing-L mailing list policies are answered in
the FAQ for Justcomm mailing lists. Cohousing-L is managed
along with other mailing lists by Communications for Justice - Justcomm
Note: This document started 4/20/05 and is still under construction;
proposed questions and comments welcome. Many answers are incomplete or
absent so far. If you are anxious for an answer...
Email Fred: fholson at cohousing.org
What are Cohousing-L posting guidelines? .
o Posts should be about Cohousing ("on topic")
o Observe generally accepted Netiquette. See for example Nettiquette at Wikipedia
o Avoid Trivial posts. See this 1995 post COHOUSING-L POSTING GUIDELINES
o Inline_replying with minimal quoting is encouraged; Top-posting (aka bottom-quoting)
is discouraged tho it is the default for Microsoft and other mailers :(
See also "excessive quoting" questions in "Posting policies" (next point).
o Posts should follow "Posting policies" at FAQ for Justcomm mailing lists
o Posters are stongly encouraged to include their location and community name in messages.
Is advertising acceptable on Cohousing-L? .
Brief messages about houses and other things or services for sale -- not really
"advertising" -- are welcome on cohousing-L; subject to some limits and guidelines:
o Items need to be directly related to cohousing.
o One time -- no more than one advert message per month (an ongoing monthly message is not
o There is no charge.
o The subject line should be informative and if relevant indicate location
Example: Subject: Minneapolis - house for sale, Monterey Coho
o Since subscribers are familiar with cohousing you do not need to explain cohousing
o Conform to usual message guidelines - moderate length (a few screenfuls max),
no attachments -- no pictures -- but ...
o Include a URL (including the "http://" part ) of webpage with detail, pictures etc.
o Include contact information - email and phone.
o Include asking price (for unit in cohousing include association dues)
o Send your message to cohousing-L@cohousing.org
Questions to Fred, list manager: fholson at cohousing.org
Note that a very BRIEF mention of anything in one's "signature" -
3-4 lines at the end of an on-topic message is also acceptable.
http://cohousing.org accepts paid advertising separately.
How do I resolve a problem I'm having with the mailing list? .
First see FAQ for Justcomm mailing lists which has these sections:
o Posting problems
o Subscription related questions
o Miscellaneous mailing list and Introductory questions
What alternatives are there to getting all cohousing-L messages by email?
See Too much Cohousing-L email? Try C-L-Summary
What's the history of cohousing-L? .
See History of Cohousing-L Bad link finally really fixed 11/2/06!
How is Cohousing-L related to The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) ? .
Cohousing-L is an independent effort but we cooperate closely including
sharing the Internet domain cohousing.org - see next question for details.
Who owns the domain cohousing.org? .
In 1996 Fred Olson registered the domain cohousing.org
(in the name of the Twin Cities Cohousing Network) to give Cohousing-L
a permanent email address and continues to own the domain. The web pages at
www.cohousing.org were originally done by Stuart Staniford-Chen. They are now
maintained by The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US)
Fred is the "Admin contact" for the cohousing.org domain and maintains email addresses
there including a number related to Coho/US. Now Fred maintains web pages at several
subdomains including fholson.cohousing.org : Fred's Link page
Can I get a cohousing.org email forwarding alias ('permanent' ISP independent address)? .
See E-mail Forwarding Aliases
Fred's Link page