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In the MausNet, you usually do "duzen" each other - that means nothing for English readers because they do not know the difference between "duzen" and "siezen" ;-) ("duzen" means calling each other with "du" and is used between friends or any other people you know well and corresponds with the English "you"; "siezen" has no equivalent in modern English anymore and is used normally: if you're working, especially whenever you speak with anyone who's position is higher than yours, and when you talk to anyone you do not know really).
In all but some partly imported Groups the current language is German; English is tolerated at times. Whenever a subject does not fit with the one of the message which started the thread, the subject should be changed into another which fits better. If you get completely off the Group's topic you should switch over to another Group, if possible without chanceling the concatenation.
Answers to asked questions (which are not marked with a "Re:" in front of the subject in the MausNet) should, if they are of common interest, be written in public; only if it becomes very precise you should go on with PMs. If you yourself ask a question and get replies, you should send an answer in form of a ÖM in any case (courtesy) to signal that you have noticed the comment. If necessary, you can write one answer for more than one replies and sum up the comments like that.
You should never start angry abuses (flames) or become really unkind in any way. Besides, you should respect that there are certain rules in some Groups to encode anticipations (Spoiler, e.g. in SciFi Groups about TV serials). At this the methods "ROT 13" is most common; at the same time there are "ROT 18" and "mirror", too.
April 8, 1999