Path: wabbit.cc.uow.edu.au!news.une.edu.au!news.cs.su.oz.au!harbinger.cc.monash. edu.au!newshost.anu.edu.au!newshost.pcug.org.au!usenet From: email@example.com (Andrew Clayton) Newsgroups: aus.net.news,aus.general Subject: Re: aus.talk.*, and RFD: aus.ltuae --> aus.talk.ltuae Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 02:15:42 GMT Organization: AUUG Inc. (Canberra) & PCUG (ACT) Inc. Lines: 170 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> References: <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com> NNTP-Posting-Host: ts66.pcug.org.au X-Newsreader: Forte Free Agent 1.0.82 Xref: wabbit.cc.uow.edu.au aus.net.news:2228 aus.general:20131 >Phil Herring <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>Such is the full import of your suggestion... I haven't created a 'charter' for the aus.talk.ltuae newsgroup. There doesn't seem to be any around to have a squiz at. I guess it would go something like this: aus.talk.ltuae is an unmoderated newsgroup where the subject of discussion is 'Life, The Universe, And Everything'. People who participate in this newsgroup will be able to say almost whatever they like. The rules are, for the most part, arbitrary, with the exceptions being 1) Don't crosspost other people's email into the newsgroup. 2) Don't flame non-players, i.e. people who don't post in aus.ltuae are not valid targets. 3) Don't mention Creationism Vs Evolution, unless you don't mind appearing in hundreds of twit-filters/killfiles. The vast majority of postings will be irrelevant and irreverant. Jargon, ritual, and obliqueness rule the day. Here is the Weekly FAQ notice; From : Statistician 3:640/547 18 Aug 95 01:31:28 To : All 19 Aug 95 19:24:40 Subj : What is LTUAE? ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER HERE! LTUAE stands for Life, The Universe And Everything. From this you would gather two things. Firstly, that the works of Douglas Adams (in particular, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) figure prominently in this conference. Secondly, that anything and everything does get discussed here. This is a conference for fun. For entertainment. Here are some handy hints (alphabetically) : Flaming ------- This recreational pastime (often called zorching) is the habit of several of the more robust inhabitants of ltuae. Flaming is the careful abuse of all and sundry for any reason, however trivial. Newcomers be warned! You will usually be lulled into a false sense of welcome, then flamed excessively. This is generally considered to be great fun. Get a vivid image of a large party, where all the guests are carrying baseball bats, and engaging in general mayhem. Occasionally, a pair of them will hold the bat behind their back, and have an idle conversation for a time... Some newcomers like to step into ltuae with a bang, by flaming on entry. This requires great stamina and should only be attempted by those with great intestinal fortitude. How to start ------------ Read the conference for a week or two before entering messages. Treat ltuae as an adventure game. Work out who the major players are. Watch for regular names. See who likes to discuss what. Then look for a message that has something of interest in it, and reply to that. Don't be afraid to break into conversations. Everyone else does. Wait a week or so for the replies to come in, and then reply to them. Then you're in. Objectionable Language ---------------------- You may occasionally see the use of what has been coyly termed by the police as "objectionable language". If this offends you, then you have several courses of action. You can complain about it to the author. You can discuss it with the author. You can ignore it. You can accept it as a valid means of expression. You can leave the conference. Quoting ------- With over 100 messages per day in the newsgroup and anything up to a week before your message reaches its destination, it often becomes difficult to tell what people are talking about when they reply to messages. It is desirable to quote enough of the message so that your correspondent understands what you are replying to, but not too much which is tedious to read through. Rules and regulations --------------------- There are none. HOWEVER, if what you say or do annoys people, then you can expect a great deal of abuse. Basically, the conference is self-regulatory. If it feels good, we do it. If it doesn't feel good, we shout about it. We'll let you know if you do something wrong. Although there are no rules, there are two suggestions for playing in LTUAE. 1. Have fun. 2. Entertain us. Topics ------ Anything and everything gets discussed in ltuae. White space ----------- This is what helps break up messages into readable chunks. Split your message up into reasonably sized paragraphs. Put blank lines between paragraphs. (Sometimes you will have to enter a space to achieve this.) Space your message out. If it looks attractive and readable, it will get read. If it looks like one big indigestible lump, it will not get read. UUencoding __________ UUencoding is a way of sending binary files through echomail. The files will appear across multiple messages and will look like this:- begin 644 filename M=&%P92 \;W!T:6]N?&-O;6UA;F0^*PT*#0I/<'1I;VYS.@T*"2TP+BXW"0E$ ETC. You can re-create the original file on your system with a program called uudecode. UUencoded postings in LTUAE are often used to send GIF pictures to all participants and are encouraged if you have something which will entertain us. Acronyms -------- Here are a few of the more popular acronyms that are used in this area. B,B,B Bastard, Bastard, Bastard BOC But Of Course BTDT Been there, Done that BTW By The Way FOAD Fuck Off And Die fRo Fuck RIGHT Off FROAD Fuck Right Off And Die FRZ Fanatic Religious Zealot (Free Range Zucchini) IMAO In My Arrogant Opinion IMBO In My Bloated Opinion IMHO In My Humble Opinion IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion KHIABHOF Kick Heels In Air, Bangs Head On Floor LOL Laugh Out Loud MCCOTW Most Clueless Comment of the Week NOBA Not Only But Also TANSTAAFL There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch TSOHF Total Sense Of Humour Failure TWILTUAE This Week In Life The Universe And Everything TWOTW The Wanker Of The Week ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing ROFLGO Rolling On Floor Laughing Guts Out SFSF Stupid Fucking Smiley Face SWMBO She Who Must Be Obeyed WEIL Wide Eyed Innocent Look WTF What The Fuck WYLASOMTGWTC Would You Like A Saucer Of Milk To Go With That Comment? Regards and welcome David Andrew Clayton Canberra, Australia. email@example.com I post, therefore I am. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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