[thelist] Signatures and Technical Terms (was: Best source for Freelancing Projects)

j.d. welch so.there at showtunepink.com
Sat Mar 1 18:24:01 CST 2003

On Saturday, Mar 1, 2003, at 13:11 America/New_York, David Bindel wrote:

> Is it acceptable to include technical terms (such as CSS, PHP, MySQL,
> etc.) in a signature, or would it be more tactful to abstract the
> terms a little to make them perhaps more understandable to the
> non-developer?

well, i feel it is best to generally abide by 'old standard'
guidelines, like
http://www.math.fu-berlin.de/~guckes/mail/sig.etiquette.html for
.signatures; i think including a laundry list of all the things you do
is going much too far; who you are, what you do (designer vs. perl
hacker vs. DBA, etc.) and a link to your resume/portfolio/personal site
is sufficient, imo.

i particularly hate signatures (for list postings, anyway) that include
a three-line fortune-style quote or a huge paragraph of legalese about
the intended audience and acceptable use of an email.  there's enough
garbage appended to every post as it is.

    J.D. Welch			|  so.there at showtunepink.com
    graphic designer    	|  http://www.showtunepink.com
    web developer       	|  http://kitschparade.ath.cx
    i'm available 		|  http://www.showtunepink.com/resume.html

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