Class Rule 1:Send your questions to class, not just to the instructor.

When you want to ask a question, you must send your questions to the entire class via the mailing list. Do not send general questions only to the instructor. Also, when questions are sent to the mailing list and you receive one, you are required to do your best to try to respond to your classmate's questions. It is in this way that we will conduct our classroom discussions. Thus, your participation in this answering process is a COURSE REQUIREMENT.

To encourage you to do this, you need to know that the instructor will not respond to a student's general questions until someone else in the class has sent a response. Being able to answer someone else's questions is a means for you to think through the material you are studying and is considered to be a study tool for all of you.

Of course, if you have a question that is personal in nature (i.e., regarding your own test score, etc.), you may send this question to the instructor directly. If an instructor sends you the reply privately, you should also reply privately.

Class Rule 2: Put your full name in your e-mail.
Some of your e-mail addresses are totally different from your real names. Because of this, it is nearly impossible for me to get to know you if you do not provide your full name on your e-mails.

Class Rule 3: Don't write "please reply to my message as soon as possible."
I usually send replies to messages within a reasonable period. In the past, some students have sent e-mails to me at times like 3 A.M. in the morning. At the very end, they write "please reply to my message as soon as possible." And to make things worse, these students then send another e-mail in about 10 minutes writing, "Please reply now!"

This makes me feel that student expectation of me is that I check my e-mails every single second 24 hours a day without sleeping. If this is what you expect from me, you are mistaken.You can usually expect a reply within a reasonable amount of time if it's between 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday. But do not expect a reply from me beyond this time. However, this doesn't mean that I will write back immediately. Sometimes I have meetings all afternoon. This means I cannot check my e-mail all afternoon. Similarly I have face2face classes and other work which I am required to do.

In the past, some students told me "I didn't receive your reply within one hour. That's too late." I'm not aware of any online instructors who guarantee their reply within one hour after the question e-mail has been sent out. I know some internet service providers make such guarantees, but they have multiple number of staff and they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. However, I certainly make no such guarantee. One person with a teaching load of other courses and several other responsibilities cannot possible make such a commitment. The best I can tell you is "I will reply within a reasonable amount of time."

If you have something important, you should call me at my office. If I'm not in my office, you should leave a message along with a phone number where you can be reached.

Class Rule 4: Be polite to other people (It's netequette) when you write and when you are online.
A short message something like the following is not acceptable:


>"What are the lab hours?"


There's no full name in the e-mail, no acknowledgement to the person who will answer this question, and no greetings. This kind of e-mail lacks politeness and is rude. Don't send any e-mail without putting your full name and showing appreciation to other people.
Also, when you send out your e-mail, be sure to put an appropriate subject in the subject field. Don't simply use "reply" function of your e-mailer. When you use the "reply" function to start something new, be sure to put an appropriate subject in the subject field.
Also, if you are sending a reply or referring to something talked about in the past, be sure to include the previous message so that people can easily make a reference to talking about.
When you search "netiquette" online, you encounter many hits. This is a good netiquette site.

Class Rule 5: Search the class archive.

Answers to some of your questions can be easily found if you search the e-mail archive. The mailing list bulletin board has a search function. Type in the word you are looking for and you can probably find answers easily. This saves your time and other people's time.

Class Rule 6: Include the URL when asking a question.
When you have a question regarding a web page, you need to include the full URL. This is because there are so many files (over 600 files) on Adagio, and it's hard to locate the page if you don't have the exact URL. For example, someone sent me the following question.


>What is ga?


This e-mail not only does not follow class rule 4, but it lacks other pertinent information making it possible for other people to answer the question. There's no way one can answer this type of question because this question is too vague. Write your question in your e-mail like the following including the URL.


>Hello Class,

>I'm wondering if someone can help me with the following question.

>On the following page
>There's a particle "ga." I'm not sure the difference between and .

>Can someonoe help me understand the differences?

>Thank you very much for your time.
>John Doe


This e-mail starts nicely and acknowledges efforts by other people. The question is clearly phrased with the URL. This is the format I would like everyone in class to follow.

Also, when asking a question, especially, if it's a tech related question seeking help, you must provide as much detailed information as possible.

For example, it's next to impossible to give any kind of help if an e-mail is like the following.


I cannot record anything on my computer. Help?


People reading this can probably sympathize with you, but it's not possible to offer any help. There's no information regarding what kind of computer you have, (Mac or Windows, for example, laptop or desktop, etc.); there's no information of what operating system you have, (Mac OS X, 10.12.6, Windows X, etc.). Also, there's no mention of which program you used when you tried to record. You also need to describe what kind of problems you have, such as any error messages you get, or what happened such as "the application simply quits", etc. The next e-mail is a good example of seeking tech assistance.


Hello, people in Japanese class.

I'm having problems when I try to make a sound recording. I'm trying to make a sound recording for June 10th assignment (, but I cannot record anything.

On this page, I believe I'm supposed to see a recording interface but I don't see anything close to a recording interface. I get no error messages when I access this page. This is the description of my computer

MacBook Pro (late 2014 model),

Mac OSX 10.12.2, Firefox 50.0.1, Internal microphone works with other applicants.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

John Doe.

Class Rule 7: After test/quiz, don't send an e-mail to the instructor saying "My answer is right, but the server graded it as wrong. Also answer your quizzes in hiragna, katakana, not in kanji."

The server automatically grades your answers when you send in your test/quiz. However, the server cannot be 100% correct. The main reason is that an individual user (which means "you") sometimes doesn't type in correctly and inadvertantly puts an extra space, etc. The instructor manually checks every answer. Don't send an e-mail claiming "The server didn't grade my test/quiz right. Can you check my answers." Click here to read more about this. Answers should be sent in Hikaraga, Katakana (when necessary) not in kanji unless otherwise specificed. It's because quite often students tend to select the kanji not learned yet because the computer selects the kanji. Also, the purpose of the quizzes is to see if you can type the words/vocabulary/sentences in Hirakaga and Katakana.

As long as you are subscribed to the mailing list, you will follow all of the rules when you sent your e-mail even if you drop the course. In the past, there were students who kept the subscrition to the mailing list even after dropping the course. They claimed that since they are not part of the "course," they don't have to follow the class rules. They sent "not so nice" e-mails to the mailing list. This is not nice. When you drop the course, it's your responsibility to unsubscribe from the mailing list. The instructions of how to unsubscribe from the mailing list is given at the bottom of every single e-mail you receive from the mailing list. As long as you are subscribed to the mailing list, you need to follow the class rules.