5. If you have not used Netnews before

Please read the articles in the group aa.read.this.newsgroup.first. They are also available from the local Netnews Home Page

They give information about what Netnews is (and is not), and how to work with the Netnews community.

The group news.announce.newusers contains additional information.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Netnews at Oxford is posted regularly to several local newsgroups.

Finally, mark, read and inwardly digest the following points about using Network News:
  1. Never forget that the person on the other side is human.
  2. Don't blame system admins for their users' behaviour.
  3. Never assume that a person is speaking for their organization.
  4. Be careful what you say about others.
  5. Be brief.
  6. Your postings reflect upon you; be proud of them.
  7. Use descriptive titles
  8. Think about your audience.
  9. Be careful with humour and sarcasm.
  10. Only post a message once.
  11. Summarize what you are following up.
  12. If appropriate, reply by email rather than posting a follow-up.
  13. Read all follow-ups and don't repeat what has already been said.
  14. Double-check follow-up newsgroups and distributions.
  15. Be careful about copyrights and licenses.
  16. Cite appropriate references.
  17. When summarizing, summarize.
  18. Mark answers or spoilers.
  19. Spelling flames considered harmful.
  20. Don't overdo signatures.
  21. Limit line length and avoid control characters.
  22. Please be sensible about advertising.

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