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The FreeBSD mailing lists serve as the primary communication channels for the FreeBSD community, covering many different topic areas and communities of interest.
Who is the audience for the FreeBSD mailing lists?
This depends on charter of each individual list. Some lists are more oriented to developers; some are more oriented towards the FreeBSD community as a whole. Please see <link xlink:href="http://lists.FreeBSD.org/mailman/listinfo">this list</link> for the current summary.
Are the FreeBSD mailing lists open for anyone to participate?
Again, this depends on charter of each individual list. Please read the charter of a mailing list before you post to it, and respect it when you post. This will help everyone to have a better experience with the lists.
If after reading the above lists, you still do not know which mailing list to post a question to, you will probably want to post to freebsd-questions (but see below, first).
Also note that the mailing lists have traditionally been open to postings from non-subscribers. This has been a deliberate choice, to help make joining the FreeBSD community an easier process, and to encourage open sharing of ideas. However, due to past abuse by some individuals, certain lists now have a policy where postings from non-subscribers must be manually screened to ensure that they are appropriate.
How can I subscribe?
You can use <link xlink:href="http://lists.FreeBSD.org/mailman/listinfo"> the Mailman web interface</link> to subscribe to any of the public lists.
How can I unsubscribe?
You can use the same interface as above; or, you can follow the instructions that are at the bottom of every mailing list message that is sent.
Please do not send unsubscribe messages directly to the public lists themselves. First, this will not accomplish your goal, and second, it will irritate the existing subscribers, and you will probably get flamed. This is a classical mistake when using mailing lists; please try to avoid it.
Are archives available?
Yes. Threaded archives are available <link xlink:href="http://docs.FreeBSD.org/mail/">here</link>.
Are mailing lists available in a digest format?
Yes. See <link xlink:href="http://lists.FreeBSD.org/mailman/listinfo"> the Mailman web interface</link>.
Mailing List Etiquette
Participation in the mailing lists, like participation in any community, requires a common basis for communication. Please make only appropriate postings, and follow common rules of etiquette.
What should I do before I post?
You have already taken the most important step by reading this document. However, if you are new to FreeBSD, you may first need to familiarize yourself with the software, and all the social history around it, by reading the numerous <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/docs/books.html">books and articles</link> that are available. Items of particular interest include the <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/index.html"> FreeBSD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)</link> document, the <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/index.html"> FreeBSD Handbook</link>, and the articles <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/freebsd-questions/article.html"> How to get best results from the FreeBSD-questions mailing list</link>, <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/explaining-bsd/article.html"> Explaining BSD</link>, and <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/new-users/article.html"> FreeBSD First Steps</link>.
It is always considered bad form to ask a question that is already answered in the above documents. This is not because the volunteers who work on this project are particularly mean people, but after a certain number of times answering the same questions over and over again, frustration begins to set in. This is particularly true if there is an existing answer to the question that is already available. Always keep in mind that almost all of the work done on FreeBSD is done by volunteers, and that we are only human.
What constitutes an inappropriate posting?
Postings must be in accordance with the charter of the mailing list.
Personal attacks are discouraged. As good net-citizens, we should try to hold ourselves to high standards of behavior.
Spam is not allowed, ever. The mailing lists are actively processed to ban offenders to this rule.
What is considered proper etiquette when posting to the mailing lists?
Please wrap lines at 75 characters, since not everyone uses fancy GUI mail reading programs.
Please respect the fact that bandwidth is not infinite. Not everyone reads email through high-speed connections, so if your posting involves something like the content of <filename>config.log</filename> or an extensive stack trace, please consider putting that information up on a website somewhere and just provide a URL to it. Remember, too, that these postings will be archived indefinitely, so huge postings will simply inflate the size of the archives long after their purpose has expired.
Format your message so that it is legible, and PLEASE DO NOT SHOUT!!!!!. Do not underestimate the effect that a poorly formatted mail message has, and not just on the FreeBSD mailing lists. Your mail message is all that people see of you, and if it is poorly formatted, badly spelled, full of errors, and/or has lots of exclamation points, it will give people a poor impression of you.
Please use an appropriate human language for a particular mailing list. Many non-English mailing lists are <link xlink:href="@@URL_RELPREFIX@@/community/mailinglists.html"> available</link>.
For the ones that are not, we do appreciate that many people do not speak English as their first language, and we try to make allowances for that. It is considered particularly poor form to criticize non-native speakers for spelling or grammatical errors. FreeBSD has an excellent track record in this regard; please, help us to uphold that tradition.

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