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This is the introductory posting for the moderated newsgroups
alt.answers, comp.answers, de.answers, humanities.answers, misc.answers,
news.answers, rec.answers, sci.answers, soc.answers, and talk.answers
(hereafter collectively referred to as "*.answers"). It explains the
purpose of the newsgroups, what kinds of postings can be found in them,
how to submit new postings for them, how to participate in the mailing
list for periodic posting maintainers, and where to find archives of
Comments about, suggestions about or corrections to this posting are
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avoid misunderstandings about what you are suggesting.
Subject: What is news.answers?
The news.answers newsgroup serves as a repository for periodic
informational postings (many of which are called "Frequently Asked
Questions", or "FAQ's") from other Usenet newsgroups. It's a place to
collect answers, not to ask the questions themselves.
Although it's difficult to say exactly what qualifies as a posting
that belongs in news.answers, the basic description is, "any article
which answers common questions and is meant to be read by human
beings." Furthermore, postings cross-posted in news.answers should
have subject lines that describe their content, with key descriptive
information first. For example, an FAQ posting for rec.games.chess.misc
should have a subject line saying something like "rec.games.chess.misc
FAQ" or "Chess FAQ," not "Frequently Asked Questions About Chess".
For example, the comp.unix.questions "Unix - Frequently Asked
Questions...." postings and the news.announce.newusers "Emily Postnews
Answers Your Questions on Netiquette" belong in news.answers, as does
the README file from comp.mail.maps. However, the comp.mail.maps map
postings do not, since they are not primarily intended for human
Periodic informational postings from any hierarchy that travels using
"Usenet mechanisms" may be appropriate for cross-posting to
news.answers (i.e., news.answers is not limited to postings from the
comp, sci, misc, soc, talk, news, humanities and rec hierarchies).
Where there is any ambiguity, the *.answers moderators will decide
whether or not a posting belongs in the newsgroup.
There are several reasons why this newsgroup exists. They i