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IMPORTANT INFORMATION about news.newusers.questions

News.newusers.questions is a newsgroup in which newcomers to newsgroups and the Internet in general can ask questions and hopefully get useful answers. The newsgroup is moderated, which means that all postings are reviewed before actually being placed in the newsgroup.

ADMIN: Changing to MODERATED Status ... What you need to know about the changes to the newsgroup

Administrative Statement ... Operating procedures, moderation criteria, how to contact moderators

Charter ... The official charter for the newsgroup, passed by a Usenet-wide vote

How to Post to NNQ ... Extended guidelines for what is considered acceptable in this newsgroup

Jon Bell's help files and newsgroup policy ... This takes you to Jon Bell's web site

Do This First: Test Properly

Welcome to news.newusers.questions! (weekly posting) ... A helpful weekly post to the newsgroup

Where to post your very first message ... It probably isn't where you would think it would be!

A Place to Test Your Posting Skills ... Why you shouldn't post tests to news.newusers.questions

Where to post test messages ... Hint: look for groups that say "test" in them

Test your posting ability at misc.test ... This takes you the newsgroup

Test your posting ability at alt.test ... This takes you the newsgroup

Quoting Text in Replies ... Something to test in the test newsgroups above

What You Need To Know

Making Money Fast Schemes ... You could lose your account in a heartbeat -- watch out for these scams

What is Spam? ... And why not to do it

Advertising and Selling ... Only takes place in special groups -- be prepared

Announcing Your Web Page ... Try your .signature file instead of using 200 newsgroups -- trust us

How to cancel an article that you've posted ... Hint: it's best to not post it in the first place

Help in Your Language ... If you aren't that great at English, try these groups

Writing Style on Usenet ... How to make your posts really easy to read!

Searching for Information

Finding Information on the Net ... The best way to begin searching for info

FAQS = Frequently Asked Questions ... THE sources for information on the newsgroups

How Newsgroups Work and Function

What newsgroups are and how they work ... It's complicated, but fascinating

Why newsgroups are not e-mail ... There's some big and small differences between the two

Disappearing Articles ... Yes, they will disappear eventually. Here's why

Crossposting Information ... How and when to do it, why and when you shouldn't

Finding Other Groups

Finding Other Newsgroups ... Here's how to do it

Where to find lists of newsgroups ... There are tens of thousands, worldwide

Master list of newsgroup hierarchies ... From alt.* to za.* and even further

Find new newsgroups ... This takes you the newsgroup news.groups.questions

Subscribing to Other Newsgroups ... Mostly for Netscape, but others may find it helpful too!

How to go to soc.penpals or any other newsgroup ... If it's a newsreader, the instructions are in this document

Public News Servers ... Where to look if your site doesn't get a group you want ... WWW access to newsgroups on the secure server at Netscape ... WWW access to newsgroups on the server at Microsoft

Creating New Newsgroups

Where to find out how to create a newsgroup ... Places to look before you go about creating one

Creating New Newsgroups ... Creating a group that reaches everyone is harder than you might think

Creating New Newsgroups ... HTML copies and links to the official documents

A User's Guide to the Changing Usenet ... Helping to create groups through voting for others' proposals

Newsgroup charters ... These are the "rules" for each newsgroup created in news.announce.newgroups

Making New Friends

Chat Areas and Penpals ... Explaining different ways to "talk" with people on the net

Personals and Requests for Girlfriends/Boyfriends ... If you want to make "special" friends

Meet new email contacts in soc.penpals ... This takes you the newsgroup

Socialize with others in soc.misc ... This takes you the newsgroup

Learning About Other Cultures ... Learn about people in many soc.culture.* newsgroups

Travelling to Other Places ... How to get there once you've met people

Computer Software and Troubleshooting

How to help us help you ... Information you need to give us when you're looking for computer help

Computer Problems and Questions ... Places to get you started

Finding an Offline Newsreader ... Because staying online for hours is really expensive

Pictures, Sounds, and Document Files ... These need to be posted in special places only

Cipher's Mac World ... This takes you to Cipher's web site (A Mac Paradise!)

Quick Links

Search Engines

Yahoo! index of web search engines
Yahoo! index of all-in-one searches
Yahoo! web page search
AltaVista web and news search
Dejanews newsgroup search

Tucows winsock software search
C-Net shareware software search

InfoSpace people and place search
Switchboard people and place search
Mapquest place and location search

Internet Movie Database film, video, and television search

FAQ search based on news.answers FAQs and periodic posts


local.test testing newsgroup

alt.answers reference newsgroup (alternative newsgroups)
alt.config alt.* group creation newsgroup
alt.test testing newsgroup

comp.answers reference newsgroup (computer software and hardware newsgroups)
comp.infosystems.www.announce newsgroup for announcing your web site

humanities.answers reference newsgroup (literature, philosophy, humanities newsgroups)

misc.answers reference newsgroup (miscellaneous topic newsgroups) for the sale of non-computer items
misc.test testing newsgroup

rec.answers reference newsgroup (recreational, entertainment, and hobby newsgroups)

sci.answers reference newsgroup (scientific and mathematical newsgroups)

soc.answers reference newsgroup (social sciences, religious, cultural, and historical newsgroups)
soc.misc general discussion newsgroup
soc.penpals penpal and pen-friend newsgroup
soc.personals personals newsgroup

talk.answers reference newsgroup (high-traffic discussions about politics, religion, and other controversial issue newsgroups)

news.answers reference newsgroup for all of the above hierarchies
news.announce.newusers periodic postings for new users of the internet and newsgroups
news.announce.newgroups posts regarding proposals for newsgroups and the votes and results that follow
news.groups for the discussion and creation or modification of new or existing newsgroups
news.groups.questions for finding newsgroups and mailing lists on a given topic
news.newusers.questions questions and answers about usenet, newsgroups, and the internet in general

Web Pages and FTP Sites

FAQ search based on news.answers FAQs and periodic posts

RTFM FAQ depository ftp site for news.answers and other FAQs

Newsgroup charters for all of the past and current "Big 8" newsgroups
Newsgroup charters at the new site

OneLook Dictionaries, The Faster Finder many dictionaries, find definitions of all sorts of words