Here is Draft number two of the mailing list FAQ. It is still an in progress work... so tell me what you think of it. Please. -- Erm... Yeah. Whatever. CircleMUD Mailing List Frequently Asked Questions (created July 9th, 1996) Version 0.2 Authored and Maintained by: Alex Fletcher <firstname.lastname@example.org> Herein lie the answers to the following questions: Q1: What is the CircleMUD mailing list about? How do I post an article? Q2: How can I subscribe/unsubscribe to the mailing list? Q3: Are there any subject conventions I should follow? Q4: Is there an FTP archive? Q5: Are there any resource archives for the mailing list? Q6: How often are articles processed? How are they processed? Q7: What other things should I know? Q8: Where can I find this FAQ? Q9: What is the history of this FAQ? Q1: What is the CircleMUD mailing list about? How do I post an article? The CircleMUD mailing list is for CircleMUD implementors and administrators to gather together to discuss coding techniques, ideas, methods, and solutions, as well as other CircleMUD related discussions such as lib related items (the world, help files, etc), changes needed for Operating Systems, bugs and problems, and so forth. Common netiquette rules apply on the list, especially those related to flaming, advertising, quoting, and large sig files. Flames are not welcome on the list itself. If you feel the need to flame someone, please send it to them only. Commercial advertising is also not welcome on the list. If you feel the need to advertise your mud, start the subject with [AD]. When quoting previous pieces of mail, only quote what is needed, do not quote the entire message, that just wastes bandwidth and the readers' time. Finally, sig files should be kept to a minimum if at all possible. To post an article, simply send it to: <email@example.com> Q2: How do I subscribe/unsubscribe to the mailing list? To subscribe to the mailing list send a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with any subject and the message body should be simply 'subscribe circle'. To unsubscribe from the list send a message to <email@example.com> with the words 'unsubscribe circle' as the message body. DO NOT send subscription/unsubscription requests to the list in general. There are hundereds of people on the list, and it will only irritate a ton of people who have no power to remove you from the list. Q3: Are there any subject conventions I should follow? As noted above, there are some subject conventions that are often followed on the mailing list so that people can choose what they want to read. AD: This should be used for Mud Advertisments and the like. INFO: This is more of an administrative use, but can also be used to inform people of a new code release, change on the FTP site, or some other piece of interesting information. CODE: This should preface an article that is generally about a piece of code, either release, or one that has a bug in it. NEWBIE: This should preface a 'dumb question', or one that you think has an obvious answer but is eluding you. ADMIN: This header should be used when discussing administration methods and ideas for muds. LIB: This header should be used when discussing the db portion of CircleMUD, including, but not limited to, the world. You are welcome to suggest other subject prefaces. Q4: Is there an FTP archive for the mailing list? Currently the only archive of the list is located at: ftp://ftp.circlemud.org/pub/CircleMUD/list/ This is not kept totally up to date, but gets updated somewhat haphazardly. Q5: Are there any resource archives for the mailing list? Several resource archives are available to CircleMUD administrators. The main archive is the CircleMUD ftp site and web site. These are located at: ftp://ftp.circlemud.org/pub/CircleMUD/ http://www.circlemud.org/ There is also a secondary archive with some code snippets and the official CircleMUD FAQ located at: http://cspo.queensu.ca/~fletcher/Circle/ Q6: How often are articles processed? How are they processed? Posts to the mailing list are automatically processed by the listserv and sent out to the members of the list. Currently, there is no daily digest method available. Q7: What other things should I know? (1) Posts that use mime base64 encoding, uuencoding, rot13 encoding and the like are a pain. Please use standard octet-stream encoding. (2) It is not necessary to PGP-sign your posts. Q8: Where can I find this FAQ? This FAQ is posted approximately biweekly on the mailing list unless otherwise requested, and can be found online at: http://cspo.queensu.ca/~fletcher/Circle/list_faq.html ftp://ftp2.circlemud.org/pub/CircleMUD/list/list.faq Q9: What is the history of this FAQ? This FAQ was first created on July 9th, 1996 by Alex 'Furry' Fletcher <firstname.lastname@example.org>. All corrections, updates, and other submissions should be sent to that address.
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