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Improving p5p: respect your readers’ time

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Neil Bowers
May 8, 2021 21:33
Improving p5p: respect your readers’ time
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There are roughly 500 subscribers to p5p. This number might surprise you, as many rarely post, but all of them will get your message, and presumably you'd like them to read it. Remember time zones, and that reading p5p isn't part of their job description.

Treat your emails as a lightning talk being given to a large conference: draft, then sleep on it, and review in the morning. If you're not sure, ask someone else to read a draft.

Much of this is basic list or meeting etiquette:

• Be clear and concise.
• Don't post the same message over and over.
• In general, one topic per email.
• Don't send a barrage – give other people a turn.
• Trim irrelevant parts of emails you're replying to.
• Stick to p5p-relevant subjects.

What's the point you want to make? Write that down in one sentence. Does it stand alone? If not, work back from there.

Provide code, data, and research that provide an objective basis for your argument.

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