[gmx-users] still Netiquette on the gromacs user list

David van der Spoel spoel at xray.bmc.uu.se
Fri Feb 24 13:30:22 CET 2006

paloureiro at biof.ufrj.br wrote:
> Hi,
> sorry for continuing on this point...
> But I entirely agree with Daniela's point of view.
> I have been a subscriber of the users list for 3-4 years and have seen 
> several
> examples
> of what I would also call arrogance and pre-judgement in certain replies.
> So I would like to give a "moral support" to this apparently isolated
> opinion :-)

I agree that some restraint is necessary for those answering on the 
list. However I also understand that some people that are usually very 
helpful get frustrated when they feel someone asks questions in an 
unfriendly manner while it is clear that they haven't done their 

There are obviously quite some questions which can be found in the 
manual or by searching the mailing list. We should more rigorously point 
to those resources if people ask such questions. On the other hand we do 
not want to shy away people from posing questions. The software is not 
perfect, and never will be (but almost...)

Finally I would also like to request some restraint regarding 
"religious" messages. In some countries it is rude *not* to start a 
conversation with a sentence like "in the name of god". I would like to 
request those that feel an urge to respond to such sentences to simply 
ignore it. Happily the list has not seen any spam or religious fanatics, 
or much off-topic discussion. I am happy that over 1000 people on five 
continents are subscribed to the list and together try to help each 
other in performing MD.

If you'll excuse me, I go back to fixing bugs now.
David van der Spoel, PhD, Assoc. Prof., Molecular Biophysics group,
Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University.
Husargatan 3, Box 596,  	75124 Uppsala, Sweden
phone:	46 18 471 4205		fax: 46 18 511 755
spoel at xray.bmc.uu.se	spoel at gromacs.org   http://folding.bmc.uu.se

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