HPSCHD-L's Purpose and Scope
Guidelines for Contributors
HPSCHD-L is an electronic mailing list whose members
discuss musical, technical and historical aspects of
stringed keyboard instruments of all kinds:
harpsichords, clavichords, fortepianos, virginals,
and all similar instruments except the modern piano.
The list is an open forum for all topics related to
these instruments, including their theory and
principles of construction, decoration, and history
and evolution from their earliest beginnings through
Other topics for discussion include performers on
these instruments, performance practice, literature,
pedagogy, care and ownership.
We may also stray to include ads of
instruments/music/recordings for sale or wanted,
discussion of performances or recordings, and
Requests for advice or information are encouraged,
and stories of your experiences and knowledge are
In short, if it is interesting and about early
keyboard instruments or music, this group would
like to hear about it.
That said, contributors are reminded that the list
is not intended as a vehicle for casual
chatter -- other more suitable venues for this
In this same vein, contributors must be willing to
stand behind their postings.
Just as we require subscribers to provide their
real names when subscribing, so must all postings
be properly identified as to their authors.
Signing a posting with a sobriquet or nom de
plume is unacceptable.
If you are so uncertain of the merit if a posting
as to be unwilling to attach your name to it, then
it probably isn't worth submitting.
There is no room in this forum for unidentified
messages tossed over the transom.
Since its establishment, the list has had a
tradition of friendliness, civility and
professionalism in our discussions.
While we disagree occasionally sometimes
vehemently our exchanges are expected to
be free of "flames" and personal insult.
Topics Suitable for List Discussion:
Topics aside, the overriding criterion for
acceptability of a posting is that it be of
1. Harpsichords, clavichords, or fortepianos
as musical instrument. This includes all forms
of these instruments: virginals, spinets,
clavicytheria, tangent pianos, muselars,
ottavinos, etc., etc.
Within this general topic would appear discussions
Technical descriptions of instruments
Construction, restoration and maintenance
Program selection, performance, technique and
Recital and concert announcements
Stories and anecdotes whose central topic is
early keyboard instruments or music.
Contributions here must show some evident effort
in their writing and be reasonably expected to be
of interest to a clear majority of the membership.
Topical humor is not excluded but it must have
some substance beyond a one-line quip.
Announcements of meetings, workshops, master
classes, and the like, and employment
Such announcements should be brief, inviting
interested readers to correspond privately for
Commercial announcements and gift offers.
Here is where good judgment is essential.
The list must not be used as a replacement for
the Want Ad Digest or craigslist.
On the other hand, there are readers who
do want to hear about the availability
of new CD's or instruments for sale.
Restraint must be the guiding principle and
brevity the keyword.
Include only enough in the announcement to make
clear what it is you are offering and provide
further information through private inquiry or
the poster's web site.
While there are instances where repeating the
announcement once is appropriate, anything more
amounts to spam and must be avoided.
Topics Unsuitable for List Discussion
Subscribers who feel a need for discussion of
these excluded topics should seek a forum
See what's available in the alt.music and
rec.music newsgroups hierarchies.
Or form your own discussion list.
We will be happy to direct you to service
providers who can host such lists at modest cost.
Replies consisting of merely a "me-too" or which
otherwise do not significantly advance the content
of the thread.
In any event, quoting a previous post must be held
to an absolute minimum.
Replies containing unnecessary quotation of previously
Quote only enough to provide a context for your
reply, or the point(s) your reply addresses.
It should seldom be necessary to quote
an entire posting, much less (heaven forbid) the
entire previous day's digest!
If you don't know how to edit the quoted material
in your response, learn how to do so before posting.
Complaints about other people's postings.
Address your complaints to the
at HPSCHD-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org if you want them to
Private messages to other list subscribers.
Don't post such messages to the list because you
don't know the subscriber's address.
Forwards of private correspondence.
Network etiquette requires that private email never
be reposted in a public forum without explicit
consent of the original author.
Use of bizarre formats and encoded files.
Don't post encoded files to the list (base64,
uuencode, zip, tar, or otherwise).
If you have an encoded picture you think others
might like to see, announce this to the list and
invite people to ask you directly for it.
Graphically encoded text should never be posted to
any list unless there is a very special
reason for doing so.
Run your scanned text through an OCR program
or type it in, assuming that you have
any right to distribute it at all.
(See next item.)
In the same vein, don't post MIME attachments.
Unless you own the rights or have explicit
permission from the owner, give a citation and let
those who are interested look it up for
Note that brief quotationsa paragraph or
twoare ok, but anything much beyond that
General chat activity.
HPSCHD-L is not a "chat" list.
Virus alerts and the like.
While these postings are undoubtedly well-meant,
they are off-topic, and almost certainly hoaxes.
If you are the recipient of such a message from
somewhere and think it might possibly have some
validity, check it out at
General information concerning virus hoaxes and myths
can be found at
Gone/back notices ("I'm going on vacation until ...").
The list owners reserve for themselves an
exemption from this rule since subscribers often
need to write to them about subscription-related
List-mechanics questions ("How do I unsubscribe?").
at HPSCHD-Lemail@example.com .
And, finally, flames, responses to flames, rants,
name-calling and other ad hominem attacks,
strings-vs-electronic food fights and the like.
With the volume of traffic having grown to what it
is at present, the list owners are not able to
read every posting that is submitted.
They will, however, be attentive to complaints
written to them privately about postings that do
not meet these criteria.
Subscribers who cannot find a way to stay within
them will be set to NOPOST.
The list owners have an overriding responsibility
to manage the roster in a way that maintains the
overall well-being of the list and its membership
as a whole as opposed to the needs and desires of
any individual member.
How that responsibility is to be carried out is
determined solely by the owners; subscribers who
disagree with the way the list is managed must
vote with their feet.
Last modified April 12, 2009.
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