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see the suggestions below for effectively formatting your message.
An example of the recommended subject line style follows
3/22 Immigrant Rights, Human Rights, and the Economy by Aviva Chomsky (Sun)
Numerical dates alone are prone to mistakes; you should include the day of the week, such as Saturday, Oct 5th. Most folks think in terms of names, not numbers. (e.g.: "Wanna go hiking on Sunday?" versus: "...on Oct 6?") This also forces you to verify dates using a calendar where discrepancies will become apparent.
Subject headers are the most important part as most readers will only look at the header to decide whether they will open the message. Plus, putting the date first allows sorting by date on the topica site or in your act-ma mailbox.
They also influence how
Start with the date (e.g. 9/28) and end with the day (e.g. Sat)
Take a look at the archived listings to see the ease in finding an event if the correct date form is used.
Keep subject headers short and to the point, or they will be cut off
after a certain point,
leaving the readers in the dark.
Beware of the common mistakes:
(try to view your header from the perspective of someone that isn't familiar with the speaker or issue.)
Subject header examples that required editing:
You must double check phone numbers before you ask your readers to call e.g. a senator by verifying those numbers (call yourself, or check the person's website).
Please do not include long attachments to you announcements, you can post a link to them instead.
Some users are still using modems and it is rude to send them huge files. Attachments do not make it to the web listing repository, so a number of views will not be able to see them.
Always include web links to your organizations. Don't
waste that easy access opportunity. The prefix http://www. makes a web
address clickable in most email browsers, hence it's much more likely that
people will actually go there.
If you include email addresses consider making them clickable by adding the mailto: prefix, as in mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
You can use the act-ma web repository to create a quick link for you event like the one below. This is useful for adding your event to other calendars. (See the Links section for other local calendars.)