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soc.motss FAQ v2007.09


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Archive-name: motss/faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly (8th day)
Last-modified: 2007/09/08
Version: 2007.09
URL: http://www.soc-motss.org/doc/faq/faq_intro.html
Copyright: Public Domain
Maintainer: Jess Anderson <anderson@facstaff.wisc.edu>

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      | Introduction
      |
      | Welcome to soc.motss, the oldest newsgroup for lesbian and
      | gay people. This FAQ introduces our unique discussion
      | environment.
      |
      | The easiest, most effective approach is to spend time in
      | listening mode, that is, to read the articles and observe
      | what goes on in soc.motss. You'll gain a feel for the range
      | of viewpoints expressed and for our varied personal styles.
      |
      | You don't have to be gay or lesbian yourself to participate,
      | but bigots are not welcome. Soc.motss has zero tolerance for
      | homophobia, sexism, misogyny and racism. If you're clear
      | about that, feel free to join any discussion that interests
      | you or to start a new topic.
      |
      | If you decide to stay around, the complete FAQ (see below)
      | explains the group's history, in-group lingo and much more.
      | It tries to help you feel at ease in our midst. However,
      | there are a couple things you need to know right away:
      |
      |    * The acronym "motss" stands for "members of the same
      |      sex". It's not the most obvious name, but it's the
      |      original one and it has stuck. There are various ways
      |      to pronounce soc.motss: the two most common ones are
      |      "soash-mahts" and "sock-dot-mahts".
      |
      |    * Soc.motss is definitely NOT for discussion of whether
      |      homosexuality is good or bad, natural or unnatural,
      |      moral or immoral; other groups exist expressly for
      |      debate on those topics.
      |
      | The problems most often encountered by newcomers are these
      | (for more detail, see
      |
      |    http://www.soc-motss.org/doc/faq/faq_problems.html)
      |
      | and avoiding them will spare you emailed or posted protests
      | from the cohort:
      |
      |    * Do not cross-post, that is, post both to soc.motss and
      |      to another newsgroup at the same time.
      |
      |    * Don't post commercial messages, personal ads, pictures
      |      or multimedia files.
      |
      |    * If your posting software is MIME- or HTML-capable, turn
      |      that feature off so you post in plain text only. Adjust
      |      your line length to 60-65 characters and type a
      |      [return] at the end of each line.
      |
      | This is enough to get you started. The complete FAQ is online
      | at 
      |
      |    http://www.soc-motss.org/doc/faq/faq_overview.html
      |
      | It's a series of 34 web-based documents with a link index that
      | makes it easy to browse.
      |
      | Send corrections or comments concerning any aspect of the
      | FAQ to the FAQ Maintainer, faq@soc-motss.org.
      |
      | The FAQ is in the public domain; it may be freely copied for
      | any purpose. It comes without warranties of any kind. This
      | introduction is posted on the 8th of every month to soc.motss,
      | soc.answers and news.answers.
      |
      | 8 Sep 2007
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