|[FAQ] ShadowRN FAQ, part 2/3
|Tue, 30 Sep 1997 16:53:10 -0700
Part 2 of 3
Originally Compiled : A very long time ago, by Robert A. Hayden.
Last Update : October 1, 1997
Fearless Leader : Mark Imbracio <mark@******.net>
Asst. Fearless Leader : Adam Jury <fro@***.ab.ca>
FAQ Flunky : Dvixen <dvixen@********.com>
In Part 1 :
2. THE OTHER ITRIBE MAILING LISTS
3. OTHER SHADOWRUN PLACES TO CHECK OUT
In This Part :
5. POSTING GUIDELINES
A. General Posting Guidelines.
B. Replying to Previous Posts
D. Chain Letters
E. File Attachements
F. Mailing List Advertising Policy
G. Posting Formats
In Part 3 :
6. SHADOWRUN SLANG
7. THE SHADOWRN THEME SONG
Shadowrun, SRTCG, and the Matrix are property of the FASA Corporation.
Thanks to them for giving us something to keep our brains thinking. (Buy the
stuff, make Mike happy!)
By nature of the topic of this list (cyberpunk fiction and role-playing), it
should be warned that discussions often contain violent, sexual or adult
themes, as well as anarchistic political discussions. The responsibility
(blame?) for each posting falls entirely into the hands of the original
poster. The listowners, postmaster, and the iTribe administration assume no
liability for the contents of postings.
You *may* put a link to the FAQ page :
http://coastnet.com/~dvixen/shadowrn.html or to any of the pages that the
FAQ's are located (.../shadowrn/srnfaq1.html, srnfaq2.html, srnfaq3.html) or
their text counterparts. But you may *not* put a separate copy on your web
site. The Admins and the FAQ Flunky are not responsible for those twonks who
put incorrect or out of date FAQ's for the mailing list on their own sites.)
5. POSTING GUIDLINES
5.A General Posting Guidelines.
While the topic of this list is specifically related to Shadowrun, it has
been determined that the topic encompasses far more than the specific rules
within the FASA manuals. Part of the all-important part of any role-paying
game is the atmosphere that the players find themselves in. Often, this
cannot be adaquately explained within the written rules.
To this end, there is a very liberal posting policy with regards to topics.
This is to allow everyday babble and observations to create a virtual
society of sorts on the list, and to give all who participate in and
opportunity to explore that society.
Thus, you will often see postings that are only vaguely related to
Shadowrun being posted. Often this has to do with politics (especially
information politics) or with recent technological breakthroughs. While
there are no hard-set rules with regards to what off-topic postings are
permitted, it should be reminded that we all come here because of our
interest in Shadowrun, so postings should at the very least be of interest
to all, and be within the umbrella of being source material for the
Officially, the following actions will take place with regards to off-topic
1. Non-Shadowrun threads that live for more that 24 hours will be pointed
out by the listowners. At that time, either make the thread once again
Shadowrun relevant or take it to private email.
2. If after 48 hours, the thread still continues, the listowner will start
deleting people from the list. If that happens, you are free to come back,
but at the very least, the deletion will serve as a warning to stay
Persons who repeatedly violate the rules and disrupt the use of the list by
others will be be dealt on a case-by-case basis, but action can include (but
is not limited to): temporary removal from the list (for example, six
months), permanent removal from the list or notification to the violator's
sysadmin or service provider.
5.B Replying to Previous Posts
(adapted from a Frequently Reposted Message by Doctor Doom)
When one seeks to juxtapose one's own views with an earlier message, i.e.
reply to an anterior posting, one should:
1. Facilitate differentiation between original and cited material by
denoting text from the former correspondence with initial line characters
(">" and "]" being typical), rather than simply append one's own
2. Quote, or cite, only those lines pertinent to your reply or commentary,
that is to say, avoid repeating the entire message. With over 200 messages
some days coming through SHADOWRN, this is extremely important.
3. Quote the earlier posting previous to insertion of one's own script,
*rather* than including the preceding post at the end of your message.
Hence, observers may see what instigated one's reaction, and following that,
specifically what one's reaction or reply actually was. In line with this is
the popular procedure that "intermingles" the respective texts, by which one
replies to specific lines of text individually, followed by another
citation, followed by more response material, and so forth.
4. Indicate the prior posting's authorship by identifying said message's
originator at the beginning of the earlier material, and not by the
inclusion of the (typically) multiple-line signature file.
I only mention this in interests of the greater good and due to the fact
that others have made similar complaints. It is poor Net etiquette for those
who choose to plow through the volume of mail this list produces and to have
to contend with such obviously unnecessary verbiage -- especially those
members who must actually PAY for electronic mail service.
The New Hacker's Dictionary defines the Flame as:
1. vi. To post an email message intended to insult and provoke.
2. vi. To speak incessantly and/or rabidly on some relatively uninteresting
subject or with a patently ridiculous attitude.
3. vt. Either of senses 1 or 2, directed with hostility at a particular
person or people.
4. n. An instance of flaming. When a discussion degenerates into useless
controversy, one might tell the participants "Now you're just flaming" or
"Stop all that flamage!" to try to get them to cool down (so to speak).
Flaming is highly discouraged on the SHADOWRN list, because in the end it
only wastes everyone's time, bandwidth and quota, and seldom if ever leads
to any resolution of problems. If a discussion reaches the point where
people are calling everyone names or insulting, a warning will be issued
from the listowner saying something along the lines of "take it to email".
If the flamers continue to flood the list with their hate-mail, they *will*
be deleted from the list.
One of the other problems is that often someone "insults" someone in a
satirical way. This is something that happens quite often in the real world,
but the real world has the benefit of body-language and tone-of-voice to
show that it is only polite joking. Cyberspace doesn't have that feature.
In order to make sure that your humorous flame isn't taken seriously, make
sure you include a smiley or some other indication to show that you are only
5.D Chain Letters
Do not send chain letters to SHADOWRN. This includes virus warnings, 'Good
luck/forward this to 10 friends' emails, etc. If you think it is necessary
to post to the list, please check with the list managers first for
5.E File Attachements
*Never* attach a file to any document sent to the SHADOWRN list. If
somebody wants to see a document you wrote up, send it privately to those
who want it. The reasons for no attachements are very simple. Some people
pay for space on a server, and a 100K MS word document would not usually be
appreaciated. The other reason has to do with software and internet
protocols. People on the list use many different mailers on many different
platforms. Elm and Pine for Unix are both used, Eudora for Win/Mac, Pegasus
mail, Ms and several others are all used. Soem of the mailers don't
interpret the attachment correctly, and all that is recieved is 100k of
5.F Mailing List Advertising Policy
The Shadowrun mailing lists accept commercial advertising for payment. We
offer a fee waiver if you can show us the canceled check for a $1000 (U.S.)
or more donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. One donation per
advertisement, please. If you don't wish to donate, simply post your
advertisement to the list, and the operator of the mailing lists will bill
$1999 (U.S). The list operator will donate this amount, minus the expense of
collecting it, to EFF. Please note that the lists are distributed
automatically - messages are generally not read or checked in any way before
they are distributed.
By the act of posting your advertisement you agree to accept responsibility
for the fee, you agree to indemnify the mailing-list operator against any
legal claims from you or others in connection with your advertisement, and
you agree to pay any legal and business expenses incurred in collecting late
payment. Our liability to you is limited to a good-faith effort to deliver
Reduced rates and/or waiver of fee are available for Shadowrun related and
selected other topics of advertisements. You must consult the mailing-list
operator in advance of posting for any reduction or fee waiver.
5.G Posting Formats
Please, please post only in straight, plain text. No html, no attachments,
nothing but plain simple easy to read text. Many mailers do not support the
new html formats, ans besides html mail takes up more room.
Dvixen Code-word : Weevil-chuck. dvixen@********.com
First High Priest of the Church of the Squooshy Ball.
FAQ Flunky of the SRcard and ShadowRN Mailing Lists
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