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The list is administered by Anthony
Burkitt in Australia.
Here is the charter:
1) Discuss Meccano in its many forms.
2) Marklin and other constructional systems are Meccano compatible systems, and as such are reasonable subjects in the discussion of Meccano. The primary focus of discussion should be Meccano itself, however.
3) Within the constraints of (1) and (2) any subject is acceptable, i.e. model building, history, part repair, possible new parts, reviews, questions, answers etc.
4) Bad language is not acceptable, not only because there may be children involved, but I don't like bad language. Comments intended to provoke others in any negative fashion are also not acceptable, for similar reasons.
5) Listings of Sales, Wants and Swaps is OK if not commercial, including advice on where to find parts.
This charter will be enforced at the sole discretion of the administrator, so it is important that everyone participating agrees with it. If you have any comments or ideas feel free to air them to the group.
One of the things that helps make a mailing list work is if we have some feel for what the other people on the list are like. A way of doing this is to send a short autobiography to the list (if you haven't already done so). So if you feel comfortable with the idea send us a short Meccano autobiography (meccanography?) - nothing personal, just about how/why you got hooked on Meccano, what you like to do with it etc. The other thing that can help is including your town and
state/province/country along with your signature at the end of a submission. Some people have privacy and security concerns with both of these ideas so if you do, don't feel obligated to do them. You can happily remain truly "virtual".
The International Society of Meccanomen has an excellent world wide web site dedicated to all things Meccano. To access this site visit this web page: http://www.internationalmeccanomen.org.uk/
Another great web side to visit is the Meccano web ring which links together almost all other Meccano related web sites:
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3. In summary please use Netiquette.