Usage rules for the Tango-A mailing list
Subscription and other general information on the Tango-L and Tango-A
mailing lists is available on the Tango-L home page at
Last revised: 11 September 1999 with edits 10 April 2007.
Note: Since Tango-A is a "simpler" list in the sense that it consists
almost exclusively of announcements, the rules for Tango-A are simpler and
shorter than those for Tango-L. However, Tango-A lists members are
encouraged to read the Usage Rules for the Tango-L
mailing list as well, since applicable parts of those rules also pertain to,
and will be applied to, Tango-A.
- Nature of Postings (and Relationship to Tango-L)
- Announcements of Tango Events
- Where to Dance Tango in <Some City>?
- Tango Community Accommodation in
- Use of Geographical Topics
- Introduction to Topics
- Use of Topics in Postings
- Multiple Topics are Not Supported
- Topics Selection for Subscribers
- Followups to Announcements
- Frequency of Postings
- Content of Postings
- Formatting of Postings
- Relationship to other local lists
- Responsibility for content lies with posters
- Usage Policy
DETAILED POSTING RULES
- Nature of Postings (and
Relationship to Tango-L)
- Announcement of Tango Events. Tango-A is intended for Announcements of Tango events worldwide.
General-interest discussion of Tango that are not event-specific are
probably generally more appropriate on Tango-L. (If you have not subscribed to
Tango-L, you may wish to do so by reviewing the
These events could include Tango workshops or lessons, Tango weeks or
weekends, Milongas, classes, etc. Information on Tango events that
have interest only to a local geographical area are explicitly
permitted. In this regard, Tango-A complements Tango-L, since the
latter discourages announcements of local events and advertising owing to its more
global scope and its focus on discussion. Thus, articles should not be
cross-posted to both Tango-A and Tango-L since they are almost always more appropriate
on one or the other.
- Where to Dance Tango in <Some City>?
Since Tango-A is geographically organized (see below), postings
on "Where can I dance Tango in <some city>?" are also more appropriate
on Tango-A than on Tango-L (put a question mark at the end of the
"Subject" in this case to help readers identify it as a query).
- Tango Community Accommodations
in Buenos Aires. In general, advertising for travel-related
services (transportation and accommodation) that is not directly tango-related
is not permitted, although such
information may be included as part of an announcement of a tango tour or event. The only
exception, allowed by popular request, is that advertising for accommodation for Tango dancers
in Buenos Aires (only) is permitted as long as it is (a) offered
by someone in the Tango community (we don't want every real-estate agent in
Buenos Aires posting here) and (b) follows the once-in-three-months
frequency guidelines (it should use the geographical
Anything that is NOT directly related to Tango is not appropriate for
Tango-A (or Tango-L)--this includes commentary (positive or negative) about
how others post.
- Use of Geographical Topics
- Introduction to Topics.
Tango-A uses a "topics" feature to provide the ability
effectively to have several sublists by geographical area. It is important that
you understand how these work since (a) as a poster, you need to know
that all postings
need to specify the geographical area in which it is held, and (b) as a
subscriber, you may wish to customize the topics you subscribe to so that you
will only receive announcements for the areas of interest to you
(although you are welcome to subscribe to all topics if you are
interested, and indeed most subscribers tend to do that, perhaps because it is
the default, or perhaps because they are interested in what else is going on
in the Tango world outside their area).
The following topics have been defined, corresponding to the
geographical areas indicated. (The divisions have been selected
based on a combination of criteria including level of Tango
activity and "community of interest" consideration, and may
be revised based on usage, if a different division proves
to be superior.)
SA: South America.
NA-E: Eastern North America: essentially areas in the Eastern and
Atlantic time zones (USA or Canada), or adjacent to the Atlantic, e.g., Cancun,
Mexico or Carribean islands.
NA-C: Central North America: essentially areas in the Central and
Mountain time zones (USA or Canada) or interior to the continent, e.g.,
NA-W: Western North America: essentially areas in the Pacific Time
zone (USA or Canada) or adjacent to the Pacific, e.g., Acapulco, Mexico, or
EU-W: Western Europe.
EU-E: Eastern Europe.
AASP: Asia, Africa and South Pacific.
MISC: In addition, a MISC topic exists, that should only be used when
there is no fit for any of the other topics, i.e., when it is an
announcement that, by its nature is not geographically oriented.
E.g., announcement of a new source for purchase of Tango music
on the Internet.
ADMIN: This is a special topic for use for postings by the
administrator only, for important administrative information
about Tango-A. IMPORTANT: If you ever change the topics
your are subscribed to, make sure that you never remove the
ADMIN topic as you could miss the infrequent but important
- Use of Topics in Postings.
All postings must specify as its topic the one geographical area it
applies to. If the event is close to a border between areas, you must choose
the more applicable one of the two. Note that this does not limit your potential
audience since those who are interested in areas outside their "home"
area are free to subscribe to the topics corresponding to all the
areas that interest them, while still only subscribing to one list.
(By default, new subscribers are subscribed to all topics.)
Topics are specified by preceding the subject line with the topic name
followed by a colon. E.g.,
Subject: NA-E: New Milonga every 2nd Sunday in New York City
NOTE: If no topic is used (or if the colon is omitted or the topic
abbreviation is mis-spelt), the postings
will not go to any list members, so please make sure to specify the appropriate
topic in the correct format!
- Multiple Topics are Not Supported.
When the Tango-A list was originally hosted on the listserv server, multiple
topics were supported. However, they are no longer supported (and
indeed was found to be of little use for Tango-A) and the use of multiple
topics will result in your posting not being seen by the intended audience!
- Topics Selection for Subscribers
The preceding paragraphs describe setting the topic when you
submit an article to the list; the following paragraphs specify how
you set the topics you want to receive.
Followups to Announcements
|By default you are subscribed to all topics, so you will get all
mail to Tango-A as long as the subject is preceded by one of the
defined topics: SA, NA-E, NA-C, NA-W, EU-W, EU-E, AASP, MISC, ADMIN|
|If you subscribe to the digest version of the list, you will
always receive all mail posted to Tango-A on all topics regardless of
what topics you select (this is because the server creates a single digest
for the whole list, and not a customized digest for each user). So if you
truly want your Tango-A mail filtered by geographical region, you cannot
also use the digest feature.|
|To add or remove topics to your Tango-A subscription, you need to take
the following steps:|
- Go to
http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/tango-A and login under the
"Tango-A subscribers" section (at the bottom of the page, where it says
"To unsubscribe from Tango-A, get a password reminder, or change your
subscription options enter your subscription email address:" If you
have forgotten your password, you will be provided with the option of
having it emailed to you.
- You will be presented a list of various subscription options to
change (this may be a good time to review the rest of them too ...).
Towards the bottom of the page is a section entitled, "Which topic
categories would you like to subscribe to?"
- Check the ones you would like and uncheck the ones you don't want.
Make sure the ADMIN category always remains checked!
- Click on the "Submit My Changes" button on the bottom of the form.
- After this has been processed, click on the "Log out" button at the
top of the form.
Followups to announcements that are directly pertinent to the original
event, are informative in nature and of general interest to the
same group that the original announcement was directed towards may
also be made to the Tango-A list. (If the followup is more discussive in nature,
it may be more appropriate on Tango-L.) Note that the list processor will recognize the format:
Subject: Re: NA-W: Your subject here
as belonging to the topic "NA-W" even though it is preceded by "Re:".
Frequency of Postings
To avoid excessive volume and repetitious information, the following
are the maximum frequencies for postings on tango-A.
One-time special events: One advance posting + 1 reminder close to
the date. Additional postings may be made for major changes (e.g., a
One-time major special events (e.g., Tango congresses of 1 week or
longer):. Up to 4 postings as more details are available and as
reminders. Additional postings for unexpected changes (cancellations,
Regular Monthly events: Once in 3 months (or when there is a change)
Regular Weekly events: Once in 2 months (or when there is a change)
Start of multi-week class sessions: Once per session but no more
frequently than once per month (or for changes
Announcements other than forthcoming events: (a) An announcement that
is by its nature 1-time but doesn't fall into the category of a
forthcoming event (e.g., announcement of a new Tango research project)
may, of course, be announced when it occurs or at the appropriate
time. (b) Announcement of a regular or permanent Tango resource
(e.g., source of Tango music) may be made once every 3 months, or if
there is a significant change (change of address, phone number to order, etc.)
(c) Announcements of Tango-related accommodation in Buenos Aires may be
made once every 3 months, or if there is a significant change of information
or an unexpected vacancy.
Content of Postings
In addition to the information needed for list members to attend the
events in question, all announcement postings should contain the
|Full name of poster (pseudonyms may not be used)|
|Name of organization|
|Telephone number of poster or organization|
|Relationship of poster to event (organizer, friend of organizer,
unaffiliated member of local Tango community, etc.)|
("Where can I go dancing in <city>?" postings do not need to contain
the above information.)
Formatting of Postings
Tango-A is primarily for postings on Tango events and secondarily
for updates on those events and for inquiries on where one can
find Tango in particular regions of the world. Objective review of
an event, or pertinent and informative review of teachers are
permitted; however, "bashing" of an event or a teacher (e.g., by a
competing organizer, or someone acting on behalf of a competing
organizer), is not permitted. See the
Tango-L rules on No Flames and
In all cases, announcements and followups should stick to being
informative. Brief biographical information on teachers (in the case
of a class or workshop) are fine, but no "marketing hype," please.
(You may include a link to a web page that has additional information,
more verbose details on detailed timing and description of workshops,
etc., if you wish, as well as all the marketing hype you want!)
This is a summary of the formatting requirements. For further
details, please see the corresponding section in the
Tango-L rules on formatting.
Relationship to other local lists
|Plaintext formatting (no HTML)|
|No attachments of any type (including V-Card and MS Exchange attachments)|
|Limit your signature to 3 lines.|
|Don't quote the entire message you are responding to (just the few
lines that are truly directly pertinent to your response).|
Lists for local communities serve a useful community-building function
in addition to being a resource since these lists often serve just
one city. Where local lists exists, members of those communities are
encouraged to continue to use them, and also encouraged to cross-post
announcements to Tango-A as appropriate.
security mechanisms available to the list administrators, they attempt to
keep the membership of this list private, i.e., the list of members is not
openly available. However, anyone posting to the list has his or her email
address publicized to all members of the list, and potentially to the entire
Internet by virtue of publically accessible archives of this list. This may
subject the list member to unwanted email ("spam") or similar abuse, over
which the list administrators have no control. Human error, on the part of
the administrators or this list or the computer systems that support it, may
also inadvertently make the contents of the membership available to a wider
audience than intended.
Posters of articles to this list should not assume any privacy with respect
to the contents of their postings. Specifically (a) postings cannot
be withdrawn once they have been made; and (b) postings are archived
on one or more archives on the Internet (which the administrators may have
no control over) and which may be publically accessible or searchable by
commonly available search engines, not just to the membership of this list
but to the entire Internet community..
- Responsibility for content lies with posters.
This list is only a distribution medium. Submitters are wholly
responsible for the content and appropriateness of all mailings made to
- Usage Policy.
All members of the Tango community worldwide are invited to join
Tango-A as guests of the list maintainers and the sponsoring
organization, subject to their agreement to observe the list rules,
as they exist at the time, and as they may be modified from time
List members' privileges on participating may be limited,
suspended or eliminated, at the sole discretion of the list
administrators or sponsoring organization, or person(s) delegated by
them, for any actions inconsistent with these list rules or the
spirit of these rules, or actions that may jeopardize the computer
facilities or networks supporting this list or those of its other
Any subscriber or poster to the list agrees with all the terms and
conditions stated in these rules, including any modifications that may be
made from time to time. Although the list administrators attempt to limit
and retain full authority to remove members from the list or restrict
their access to the list, with or without cause, list members acknowledge that this is
an open and public list and the list administrators, list owners, and
sponsoring organizations are not responsible for the policing of this
list or their members, or for the content or source of information that
appears on this list. Any members subscribing to this list agrees to unsubscribe
immediately if they do not agree with all the usage rules stated her, and
agree to seek help in unsubscribing if they cannot do so themselves by
sending an email to tango-Aemail@example.com requesting such assistance.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the operation
of Tango-A, please send e-mail to <tango-Afirstname.lastname@example.org>.