[Pw_forum] PWSCF Netiquette: Please use some form of name / affiliation

Axel Kohlmeyer akohlmey at cmm.upenn.edu
Fri Aug 25 01:09:01 CEST 2006

On 8/24/06, Nicola Marzari <marzari at mit.edu> wrote:
> Dear All,
> a modest proposal - it would be great if people were to identify
> themselves more explictly in these postings. This helps a lot in
> understanding the user base, the environment, and just in getting to
> know you personally.


> Also, we all feel better in discussing with a person, than with an
> email alias. Once I discovered that a poster was working in my same
> building...

furthermore, using a real name increases the chances to get a
serious reply. it is just human nature that one cares more about
somebody who behaves like a real person than some abstract.

> We all have concerns about privacy, and e-mail spam. To avoid that,
> you can concoct simple rules so that your email address cannot
> be harvested (e.g.  marzari at mit.edu could be transformed in
> mit at marzari.edu, or anything like this), use a spamscreen, or
> still use an email from a generic account, but at least put
> your name and affiliation.

absolutely. i consider using the real name and affiliation part of
the 'contract' of working with free (scientific) software. after all,
if people publish a paper with their work, they don't use an
alias for _that_, right?

finally, this correlates well, with derek's idea of having a collection
of papers published that use the codes in the QE package.
apart from the usefulness for newcomers, this list could be
extremely helpful in securing funding for people working on
QE as developers, as more usage and publications demonstrate
the usefulness of the work to improve the code.

this way everybody benefits.

best regards,

>                         nicola
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