Use your full name as username and not a nickname. Give your affilitation in a "signature" and/or in your profile.
Place your message in the appropriate forum and use a descriptive topic. Busy folks who only check once a week the new topics can find topics that are of interest to them. "Map Query" communicates much less than "Query: Map of Barbados".
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Postings with commercial contents belong in the forums Announcements and Map Dealers in the General Group. The general consensus of several discussions on the MapHist listserve on this matter can be expressed in some guidelines.
- Announcements of new reference material for sale.
- Announcements of new dealer catalogues (in print or on a WWW site). Name, brief description of catalogue content (no list of important items) and e-mail address for requesting catalogues only.
- Announcement of library de-accessions.
- Announcements of exhibitions or gatherings of mapsellers or collectors.
Peter van der Krogt
MapHist Forum administrator
Explokart Research Program
University of Amsterdam & University of Utrecht