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                  Copyright 1995-1996 by Christine S Ng
                    Copyright 1996-1997 by Lars J Aas

Recent changes : 

97-01-21  *  Posting day changed to Wednesday, since Friday didn't work
             out too well.

97-01-17  *  Finally got the FAQ reapproved for *.answers

96-11-15  *  New maintainer of this FAQ

96-09-15  *  New archived FAQ: rec.arts.movies.tech (Section 1.2)
 

                                Summary 

This is a guide for posting articles to the rec.arts.movies.* hierarchy. 
It summarizes answers to commonly asked questions on how to find the 
right groups to post articles in the existing rec.arts.movies.* groups.
It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to any rec.arts.movies.*
newsgroups.

Copies of this article may be obtained by anonymous ftp to rtfm.mit.edu
under < ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/movies/newsgroups-faq >.
This document can also be viewed at :
< http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu:80/text/faq/usenet/movies/newsgroups-faq/faq.html >
via a WWW browser.

Comments and suggestions on this FAQ are welcome and should be directed
to Lars J. Aas <larsarus@idt.ntnu.no>.

This document is compatible with common newsreader digest handling 
functionality.


Subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION ONE : General Information (1.1) What movie newsgroups are there ? (1.2) What other general movie-related FAQs/Info that are posted to the movie newsgroups regularly ? (1.3) What is the standard Netiquette ? (1.4) If I have something to tell all movie fans, should I crosspost ? (1.5) What do I do when the thread has evolved into a topic that is no longer appropriate for the newsgroup ? (1.6) My post fits into two groups ? Where should I post it to ? [intelligent use of the "follow-up" function when posting] (1.7) What should I do if I don't have all the groups in the hierarchy ? SECTION TWO : Specific guide for posting some common rec.arts.movies.* topics (2.1) Where should I ask which movies actor <X> starred in? (2.2) Where should I talk about Oscars, Cannes, Sundance or other movie award ceremonies (such as adult-oriented ones)? (2.3) When I want to talk about actor <X> in movie <Y>, to where should I post it ? (2.4) How do I decide if a film is current or past ? (2.5) To which group should I post my personal N Best/Worst films of the year ? (2.6) I just saw movie <Y> in a theater and I want to make comments about this movie, so that's movie-going, right ? Answer : NO (2.7) Where do I ask what is a good "first-date" or "Nth-date" movie ? (2.8) Where do I advertise "Movie Posters For Sale" ? (2.9) I want to ask about how the special effects of a film was produced. Should I post it to .tech or .production ? (2.10) What are some of the topics being discussed in .misc ? (2.11) Where should I compare films of all times ? (2.12) Where do I ask about availability of movies on video and questions specific to the video versions of movies ? (2.13) Where do movie quote quizzes, trivia contests, etc., belong ? (2.14) Where does discussion of the rec.arts.movies.* heirarchy itself belong, such as comments/debate on any of the topics in this FAQ, or discussion of splits or new newsgroups within the hierarchy ? SECTION THREE : Other movie-related resources outside the Usenet arena (3.1) Where are some of the movie-related WWW sites ? (3.2) What movie mailing-lists are there? SECTION FOUR : Hints on how to present your article SECTION FIVE: Further reorganization of the rec.arts.movies.* hierarchy ? (5.1) When is the earliest day a subsequent split can be considered ? (5.2) In what newsgroups should the initiation of such proposals be discussed ? (5.3) Where can I obtain more info on creation of Usenet newsgroups ?
Subject: SECTION ONE : General Information
Subject: (1.1) What movie newsgroups are there? There are a number of movie related newsgroups and they can be roughly categorized into three main groups : Group A : rec.arts.movies.* Group B : Other movie groups in the Usenet rec.* hierarchy Group C : Movie groups outside the Usenet rec.* hierarchy This FAQ is primarily oriented toward the newsgroups in Group A. A short summary of each of these groups is below, followed by a listing of those newsgroups that fall under Groups B and C.
Subject: Group A : rec.arts.movies.announce [moderated] This moderated newsgroup contains information on up-to-date events in the world of movies. For example: new movie announcements, celebrity news, award ceremony news, award ceremony results, film festival news, film festival reports, official blockbuster charts and anything that is newsworthy. What is newsworthy will be up to the moderator's judgment. Moderators: This newsgroup is being moderated by a team of moderators, with Colin Needham <cn@ibmpcug.co.uk> as the coordinator. For article submission, send email to <rama@ibmpcug.co.uk>. For questions about articles submitted, clarification of the guidelines and other group related messages, send email to <rama-request@ibmpcug.co.uk>. rec.arts.movies.current-films This newsgroup is for discussing the contents (plots, quality, meanings, goofs etc.) of movies that have been released recently and also for discussing upcoming movies (movies in production or not released yet for other reasons). Any films that are currently showing at a first-run theater somewhere in the world should be considered to be current films. This would mean that Americans who have just rented a US film from the "New Releases" section in a video store should post their comments to rec.arts.movies.current-films because the film may still be in-release in Europe and Asia. The rule of thumb to use is : "A film is still current if it is within 1.5 to 2 years after its world premiere." rec.arts.movies.past-films This newsgroup is for discussing the contents (plots, quality, meanings, goofs etc.) of movies that are more than a couple of years old. This means all the old classics, all the old non-classics, from Casablanca to Blade Runner, from His Girl Friday to Die Hard, from Back to the Future :), from Psycho to The Godfather. In other words any movie that hasn't been released in the last couple of years. rec.arts.movies.reviews [moderated] This is a low volume newsgroup where formal reviews of movies are regularly posted. Submission of reviews of both current films and older films are welcome. Moderator: Evelyn Leeper <evelyn.leeper@att.com> rec.arts.movies.people This newsgroup contains discussions of actors, actresses, directors, writers, composers, film critics etc. with focus on their skills, styles and other characteristics of the person(s) discussed. It also contains celebrity gossip. rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys Lots of us love to try to name and discuss films with various specific qualities: movies with toilet scenes, movies featuring 30's big band music, movies with funky opening credits, actors/actresses with the best/worst quality. This newsgroup encompasses all of these discussions, as well as top ten, top twenty, & top (pick a number) lists; surveys asking readers about their favorite comedy/horror/mystery/science fiction film ever or actors/actresses; and other threads in which the intent is to get a lot of people to name a lot of movies or actors/actresses. rec.arts.movies.movie-going This newsgroup is about the movie-going culture and theater experiences, and is the place for questions like : "Where do you sit in the theatres?", "Why do you watch the credits?", "The cinematic experience has died", "How come men are afraid to cry when they watch movies?" rec.arts.movies.tech This newsgroup is for movie fans interested in the technical aspects of movies and movie-making but are not actually interested in producing movies themselves. Topics in this group includes all technical issues which are approached from the point of view of the film-goer (aspect ratios, sound systems, etc.) and also some topics on how movies (special effects) are made. rec.arts.movies.production This is a special newsgroup for people who are interested in making films. Topics that are discussed here include finding proper site locations, filming contracts and budgets, where to get film equipments, what consititute a good film school, etc. This newsgroup is primarily oriented towards people actually producing films themselves. rec.arts.movies.erotica This is a moderated USENET newsgroup dedicated to the intelligent and mature discussion of erotic films and videos -- hardcore, softcore or mainstream, gay or heterosexual. Discussion should be limited to reviews of current and not-so-current releases, gossip, behind the scenes stories, social, economic and legal issues surrounding erotic films, and discussion of actors and actresses (and directors and producers and...). Unacceptable submissions include spams, commercials and binaries. Moderators: Jeff Knapp <director@gti.net> Imperator <imp@primus.paranoia.com> Brad Williams <brwi@ix.netcom.com> Peter Van Aarle <aarle@bart.nl> Tim Evanson <tevanson@netcom.com> Article submission address: rame@paranoia.com Administrative contact address: rame-request@paranoia.com rec.arts.movies.misc This newsgroup serves as a catch-all group in the rec.arts.movies.* hierarchy. Any topics that do not fit well into any other rec.arts.movies.* groups should be posted here. rec.arts.movies.local.indian The rec.arts.movies.local.indian newsgroup is open to discussion of all subjects related to Indian movies and the Indian film industry. The newsgroup is restricted to any specific language or region. This newsgroup has been created exclusively for fans of Indian movies. Readers who wish to discuss internationally distributed Indian films may wish to use rec.arts.movies.current-flilms or rec.arts.movies.past-films instead.
Subject: Groups B and C Group B : Other movies groups in the Usenet rec.* hierarchy ^^^^^^^ rec.arts.sf.movies rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting / .games / .info / .misc rec.arts.startrek.current / .misc / .reviews rec.arts.disney.* (.animation / .misc / .announce , etc) rec.music.movies rec.video.releases Group C : Movie groups outside the Usenet rec.* hierarchy ^^^^^^^ alt.cult-movies alt.sex.movies alt.cult-movies.evil-deads alt.movies.scorsese alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror alt.movies.spielberg alt.asian-movies alt.movies.tim-burton alt.movies.silent alt.movies.kubrick alt.movies.visual-effects alt.movies.branagh-thmpsn alt.binaries.sounds.movies alt.movies.chaplin alt.movies.monster alt.movies.independent misc.writing.screenplays alt.movies.cinematography alt.movies.terry-gilliam alt.movies.bruce-lee alt.movies.christian-bale There are also many other alt.fan.* groups for many actors/actresses that you may wish to check out as well. Some of them are listed below : alt.fan.woody-allen alt.fan.actors alt.fan.tarantino alt.fan.mel-brooks alt.fan.monty-python alt.fan.schwarzenegger alt.fan.winona-ryder alt.fan.jodie-foster alt.fan.julie-roberts
Subject: (1.2) What other general movie-related FAQs/Info that are posted to the some of the movie newsgroups regularly ? Some of these movie-related info are listed below : rec.arts.movies.* Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) rec.arts.movies.current-films Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) rec.arts.movies.past-films Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) rec.arts.movies.tech FAQ rec.arts.sf.movies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Movie Database: Frequently Asked Questions List Movie Ratings Report Summary LIST: Crazy Movie Credits LIST: Movie BIOGRAPHIES list LIST: MOVIE TRIVIA: in-jokes, cameos, signatures MOVIES: ALIEN FAQ part 1/4 MOVIES: ALIEN FAQ part 2/4 MOVIES: ALIEN FAQ part 3/4 MOVIES: ALIEN FAQ part 4/4 BLADE RUNNER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) BRAZIL (Movie, 1985) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Terminator/Terminator 2: Judgment Day FAQList Rocky Horror Theater List Elijah Wood Mini-FAQ The above FAQs can also be viewed at : < http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet-faqs/bygroup/rec/arts/movies/top.html > using a WWW browser. Other FAQs/info include : Movie ratings report summary The movie ratings report and ballot are posted regularly to rec.arts.movies.announce (summary only),rec.arts.movies.misc, rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys,alt.cult-movies,rec.arts.sf.movies rec.arts.movies.production FAQ * Posted to rec.arts.movies.production only. rec.arts.movies.announce FAQ Posted to rec.arts.movies.announce only. BEST OF DOLBY SURROUND MOVIE LIST Posted to rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys. Disturbing Movies FAQ 1.0 Posted to rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys,alt.cult-movies rec.arts.movies.current-films,rec.arts.movies.misc, rec.arts.movies.movie-going,rec.arts.movies.past-films Tim Burton FAQ Posted to rec.arts.movies.people,alt.movies.tim-burton The rec.arts.movies.erotica FAQ Posted to rec.arts.movies.erotica and alt.sex.movies. This FAQ can also be viewed at: http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet-faqs/bygroup/alt/sex/movies/top.html or at http://w3.gti.net/director/faqindex.html Adult-movies oriented lists Posted to rec.arts.movies.erotica. These can also be viewed at: http://home.eznet.net/~rwilhelm/asm/library or http://www.cris.com/~Abend/biokeeper
Subject: (1.3) What is the standard Netiquette ? Although there is no authority controlling Usenet, there are generally accepted traditions called Netiquette. Users may wish to refer to other appropriate FAQs for details. They are available by anonymous FTP in rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.announce.newusers/* or check out : < http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/bngusenet/news/announce/newusers/top.html > via a WWW browser. A few that are most likely to be immediately helpful are: A_Primer_on_How_to_Work_With_the_Usenet_Community Answers_to_Frequently_Asked_Questions_about_Usenet Emily_Postnews_Answers_Your_Questions_on_Netiquette Rules_for_posting_to_Usenet When posting, please remember that people all over the world are reading your words, so, carefully consider your postings ahead of time. Specifically, 1) There is no need to repeat similar information in similar subgroups of the same hierarchy (i.e. multiple groups in the rec.arts.movies.* hierarchy). ** DO NOT CROSSPOST **. Doing so will only increase the volume of traffic on the net and increase the amount of scaning that other users have to do. There are also costs associated with article transmission and storage. Unecessary crossposting will only increase those costs. Follow the general rules of Netiquette (Usenet etiquette) described in the news.announce.newusers postings above. 2) Always post your articles to the most appropriate subgroups in the hierarchy. 3) Use a meaningful subject line. 4) If for some reason, you must crosspost your article, divert all follow-ups to the most appropriate subgroup (choose ONE group) instead of to all groups that you are crossposting to. For example : Newsgroups: rec.arts.movies.current-films,rec.arts.movies.people Follouwup-To: rec.arts.movies.people Subject: Is Cruise any good in Vampire ? (You should also mention in your post in which group that the followups will appear so that people can follow your thread.)
Subject: (1.4) If I have something to tell all movie fans, should I crosspost ? If you think your post is "newsworthy", you may want to submit it to rec.arts.movies.announce only. If the post is not accepted by the moderator, he will probably inform you the best place to post the article. If there is a comment that you want to make and want everybody to know about it, you should choose the group that fits your topic the best. [If you think your post fits into two(or more) groups, refer to Section one, Question 5 on how to use the "follow-up" function when posting.] [Please also refer to the standard Netiquette described in Section One, Question 3.] If there isn't one that fits your post at all, your post should be discussed in rec.arts.movies.misc. DO NOT CROSSPOST IT TO MULTIPLE GROUPS IN the rec.arts.movies.* HIERARCHY. It is unnecessary as most people read more than one group. With as many newsgroups as there are, nearly no postings belong in more than one!
Subject: (1.5) What do I do when the thread has evolved into a topic that is no longer appropriate for the newsgroup ? When that happens, you should move the discussion to the most appropriate newsgroup and maybe even change the subject line as well. There are several ways to execute this transition : 1) Do one last response of this thread in the original newsgroup. Somewhere in the post, mention that you think the discussion should be moved to a new newsgroup. Set the follow-up of the post to this new newsgroup. (i.e. in header, put, Followup-To:new_newsgroup) 2) If only a few people are involved in this particular thread, email to inform the several individuals about the change of the forum for future discussion. Better yet, do both (1) and (2). , if the thread is "dying", don't bother to followup on it to get it into another newsgroup. Your post will only keep the thread alive a bit longer.
Subject: (1.6) My post fits into two groups ? Where should I post it to ? [intelligent use of the "follow-up" function when posting] This should rarely happen. If it does happen and that there is no way you can identify one particular newsgroup, you may wish to do the following : 1) Decide which newsgroup is subscribed by the audience to whom you want to target your post. 2) Then, send the post to both newsgroups. Mention in which newsgroup you wish to discuss this thread in the future. Set all follow-ups of the post to the newsgroup in which you want to discuss this thread. For example : Subject: Is Cruise any good in Vampire ? Content : The poster could possibly be a fan of Tom Cruise and would like to know if he was good in the film _An_interview_with_the_Vampire_. The main interest is Tom Cruise. IF the time of the post happens to be when the film has just been released, only people who have seen the film will be able to answer that. Solution : Post to rec.arts.movies.current-films and rec.arts.movies.people set follow-up to rec.arts.movies.people (i.e. in header, put, Followup-To:rec.arts.movies.people) NOTE : If the film involved in a similar example has been out for quite sometime (i.e. if it is a past film), many people would have seen the film and you would only need to post it to rec.arts.movies.people. The bottom line is : Post it to the most appropriate newsgroup. There is NO NEED to crosspost it to both groups. With as many newsgroups as there are, nearly no postings belong in more than one!
Subject: (1.7) What should I do if I don't have all the groups in the hierarchy ? If your site does not carry some of the subgroups in the hierarchy that you wish to read, you can send email to the Usenet newsgroups mainatainer at your site and request them to start carrying the those subgroup(s) at your site. If you do not know how to contact that person, you can try sending email to : news@name_of_your_domain usenet@name_of_your_domain news@news.name_of_your_domain or other similar variations. If all these fail, you can try sending a bug report from your newsreader. Good luck.
Subject: SECTION TWO : Specific guide for posting some common rec.arts.movies.* topics
Subject: (2.1) Where should I ask which movies actor <X> starred in? You shouldn't. Check The Internet Movie Database which can be accessed via a World Wide Web "browser" : < http://uk.imdb.com/ > (European users preferred) < http://us.imdb.com/ > (USA/rest of world preferred) < http://it.imdb.com/ > (Italian users preferred) < http://ballet.cit.gu.edu.au/Movies/ > (Australian users *only*) or via email to <movie@ibmpcug.co.uk> with subject "HELP" The "Movie Database: Frequently Asked Questions List" is posted to the movie newsgroups regularly. Copies of the Movie Database FAQ may be obtained by anonymous ftp to rtfm.mit.edu under < ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/movies/movie-database-faq >, or by sending e-mail to <movie@ibmpcug.co.uk> with the subject "HELP FAQ" If you are interested in adult video performers, there is a web based searchable database at: < http://home.eznet.net/~rwilhelm/asm/dbsearch.html > This database is maitained by Peter van Aarle, one of our moderators of rec.arts.movies.erotica. Dan "The Bio Keeper" Abend also maintains adult performer biographies at < http://www.cris.com/~Abend/biokeeper >
Subject: (2.2) Where should I talk about Oscars, Cannes, Sundance or other movie award ceremonies (such as adult-oriented ones)? TYPE A: All movie award ceremonies except those that belong to type B. TYPE B: Adult-oriented movie award ceremonies TYPE A: All movie award ceremonies except those that belong to type B ^^^^^^ Predictions and comments on Oscars or other movie award ceremonies are popular topics. These topics are mostly related to current movies and actors/actresses/directors of the films invovled. Depending on the subject of your post, the most appropriate groups should be either rec.arts.movies.current-films or rec.arts.movies.people. Choose one of these to post. If you think your comments are related to both the actor(s) and the film(s), you may wish to just send it to rec.arts.movies.current-films. There is no need to crosspost to both groups as most readers subscribe to more than one subgroup in the hierarchy. Please also refer to the standard Netiquette described in Section One, Q3. If you want to make general comments on the award show (like if the Oscars show was entertaining) or talk about your opinion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in general, rec.arts.movies.misc could be a better place. Many readers also like to ask for various lists of past Oscar winners. These posts should be directed to rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys. The main idea is that, choose the most appropriate group to post your article. If none of the newsgroups fit the article, the article should probably belong to .misc. There is no need to crosspost your article to several groups in the same hierarchy. TYPE B: Adult-oriented movie award ceremonies ^^^^^^ The Adult Video News and gay Video Guide magazines each have their own award ceremony. It would best be discussed these events in rec.arts.movies.erotica .
Subject: (2.3) When I want to talk about actor <X> in movie <Y>, to where should I post it ? The decision of where to post this type of articles requires a judgement call. The poster will have to decide the focus of this thread. * If your main interests are about the acting ability of actor <X> as illustrated in movie <Y>, and possibly other movies that actor <X> has been in as well, you should post it to rec.arts. movie.people. * If your main interests are about how actor <X> has influenced the quality of movie <Y> and would like to discuss things specific to movie <Y>, you should post it to rec.arts.movies. current-films or .past-films. * If you cannot decide on the focus of your post, maybe you should just post it to one of the *-films group. There is no need to crosspost. Most people subscribe to more than one group so they will see your post. Please also refer to the standard Netiquette described in Section One, Question 3.
Subject: (2.4) How do I decide if a film is current or past ? As stated in the charters of the newsgroups, a film is current if it is being shown in a first-run theater somewhere in the world. Since it takes approximately 1 to 2 years for films to travel around the world. The rule of thumb to use is : "A film is still current if it is within 1.5 to 2 years after its world premiere." This would mean that Americans who have just rented a US film from the "New Releases" section in a video store should post their comments to rec.arts.movies.current-films because the film may still be in-release in Europe and Asia.
Subject: (2.5) To which group should I post my personal N Best/Worst films of the year ? The newsgroup rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys is the group for this type of threads. Rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys is a group where people post surveys of movies/people over a variety of topics like : "best car chases?", "The latest 50 movies I saw", "5 Fav Actors & Actresses", "Top 10 all-time movies", "Name your most underrated movie". However, if you are interested in making lists or surveys on adult- oriented movies, they should probably be posted to rec.arts.movies.erotica.
Subject: (2.6) I just saw movie <Y> in a theater and I want to make comments about this movie, so that's movie-going, right ? Answer : NO If you would like to make comments on films that you just saw in first-run theaters, rec.arts.movies.current-films is the place for that. That group is where people engage in dicussion and analysis of the plots, contents, meanings of films that they have seen. In rec.arts.movies.movie-going, you talk about the movie-going culture. Why people sit at the back of the theaters, why people talk in theaters and any "more casual" conversation related to movie-going but not specific to any particular films.
Subject: (2.7) Where do I ask what is a good "first-date" or "Nth-date" movie ? This is a survey of good "first-date" or "Nth-date" movies and the best place is to post it to rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys. But, if you want to talk about your movie-going experience during your first date (or Nth date) you discuss that in rec.arts.movies.movie-going.
Subject: (2.8) Where do I advertise "Movie Posters For Sale" ? At present, we do not have a rec.arts.movies.marketplace or rec.arts.movies.collectibles. So this type of posts belongs to rec.arts.movies.misc.
Subject: (2.9) I want to ask about how the special effects of a film was produced. Should I post it to .tech or .production ? Threads on special effects of films should be posted to .tech. This is where the technical aspects of movies are being discussed. In rec.arts.movies.production, the emphasis is on how to get a film produced, from getting contracts to finding site locations. Dicussions are generally not about any specific films.
Subject: (2.10) What are some of the topics being discussed in .misc ? Newsgroup rec.arts.movies.misc is the catch-all group of the hierarchy. This doesn't mean that things there are unimportant, they just cannot be classified to any specific subjects at this time. You may want to subscribe to it in case something of your interest is posted there. Possible topics include : "Movie posters for sale" "Who's in the new Columbia logo?" "Where can I ftp scripts from?" "RFD: rec.arts.movies.people split" "Best WWW site for movies?" "CD-ROM Movie Database 'Cinemania' - any good?" "What is a 'Cult-movie' anyway?" "Starting an Arts Film Series" "Movie Database Programs for MS-DOS/Windows" "Latin coversation in Tombstone" "Rare & Cult Videos *Updated*" "Cinema Indonesia in Chicago" "Where can I find the script for Blade Runner ?" "E-mail zines list update" "Info on US film distribution needed" "What do you know about 70's Culture???" "Movie Posters FS" "FS:Laser Discs for Sale "Updated"10-11-95" If you think your thread belongs in .misc, then it automatically means that it doesn't belong in anywhere else. So, there is no need to crosspost a misc-post to someother groups. Similarly, threads that belong to elsewhere need not be crossposted to .misc either. Please remember to minimize bandwidth.
Subject: (2.11) Where should I compare films of all times ? Rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys is the newsgroup that is devoted to doing surveys of this kind. Eventhough the charter of rec.arts.movies.past-films encompasses many films that have not been released in recent time, it is intended for the discussion of the contents plots and meaings of individual films. Extensive comparison of _many_ films in threads like "your most under/overrated film" should be discussed in rec.arts.movies .lists+surveys.
Subject: (2.12) Where do I ask about availability of movies on video and questions specific to the video versions of movies ? Newsgroup rec.video.releases is devoted to such topics. This group covers availability of movies on video and questions specific to the video versions of movies. This is the place to ask "When is Pulp Fiction coming out on video?", "Is Evil Dead available on LaserDisc?", or "Is there a letterboxed transfer of Phantom of The Paradise around anywhere?" Note that availability of hardcore films (such as those produced by Wet Video, Venus 99 or Evil Angel) should be brought up in rec.arts.movies.erotica. Mainstream erotic movies (for example: Henry & June, Animal Instincts, etc.) should be brought up in rec.video.releases. The charter of rec.video.releases is limited to topics on video releases, so please don't post _general_ threads about movies, regardless of age.
Subject: (2.13) Where do movie quote quizzes, trivia contests, etc., belong? These topics are within the domain of lists and surveys so you should post them to rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys.
Subject: (2.14) Where does discussion of the rec.arts.movies.* heirarchy itself belong, such as comments/debate on any of the topics in this FAQ, or discussion of splits or new newsgroups within the hierarchy ? Issues related to the organization of the rec.arts.movies.* hierarchy, or questions/comments of this FAQ (e.g. posting frequency, contents, definitions of charters, etc. ) should be discussed in rec.arts.movies.misc. The follow-up of this FAQ has been set to rec.arts.movies.misc. Initiation of further organization in the rec.arts.movies.* hierarhcy (splitting of a rec.arts.movies.* groups or creation of new subgroups) should be discussed in the affect newsgroup(s) and in rec.arts.movies.misc as well. If you are interested in such activity, please also refer to SECTION FIVE of this FAQ.
Subject: SECTION THREE : Other movie-related resources outside the Usenet arena
Subject: (3.1) Where are some of the movie-related WWW sites ? As new movie-related WWW sites are created every minute, a complete list of all WWW sites that have appeared in the newsgroups cannot be provided here. The best place to start is probably the list of alternative WWW access from the Internet Movie Database at : < http://us.imdb.com//Movies/alternative_access.html > For more info on the Internet Movie Database, refer to (2.1) of this FAQ. Also, if you are interested in adult-oriented movies, the adult movie web site maintained by Dan Abend at < http://www.cris.com/~abend/biokeeper > should provide a good starting point. There is also another good site maintained by Jeff Knapp at < http://w3.gti.net/director/links >.
Subject: (3.2) What movie mailing-lists are there? A collection of movie related mailing lists can be viewed from a WWW browser at : < http://web.mit.edu/cstng/list/movies-mailing-lists.html >
Subject: SECTION FOUR : Hints on how to present your article Here are some hints to help you to make your post more attractive : 1. While doing a follow-up on a post, you may want to edit the content of the pervious post. There is no need to quote ALL of the content of ALL previous messages in a thread when creating a short reply. Doing so will force readers to scroll through about two pages of the same text quoted over and over again in subsequent replies, which often include only 1 or 2 lines of new comment. For those that have the capability, please try to quote just the passages to which you are responding, not the entire long message or thread. 2. Some newsreaders are limited to 80 columns. So, if someone types very lone lines (132 to 255 characters), readers may have to press End/Home or scroll horizontally to read each line. If your software doesn't word-wrap when you type, you could help us out by putting a carriage return before the 80th character. 3. Some people put the name of the newsgroup to which they are posting in the subject line. This could be annoying since readers cannot tell what is the content of that post. Please try to use a meaningful subject line that describes the content of your post.
Subject: SECTION FIVE: Further reorganization of the rec.arts.movies.* hierarchy ? (5.1) When is the earliest day a subsequent split can be considered ? The earliest subsequent split of newsgroups in the rec.arts.movies.* hierarchy is Dec, 1995. (5.2) In what newsgroups should the initiation of such proposals be discussed ? When there are demonstrated needs of additional newsgroups or further divisions in rec.arts.movies.*, interested individuals should discuss/debate such activities in the affected subgroups within the rec.arts.movies.* and to rec.arts.movies.misc as well to generate discussions among readers. Examples : Splitting an existing subgroup : If you are interested in further division of rec.arts.movies.people into rec.arts.movies.people.actors and rec.arts.movies.people.directors, you should post your threads to rec.arts.movies.misc and rec.arts.movies.people. If you are interested in creation of forums for art films or independent films within the hierarchy, you should post your threads to rec.arts.movies.misc, rec.arts.movies.current-films and rec.arts.movies.past-films. Creation of new subgroups : If you are interested in creation of rec.arts.movies.marketplace, etc, you should post your thread to rec.arts.movies.misc only. Once a feasible and acceptable proposal for further reorganization has been worked out among readers, you should then proceed to take the official steps involved in the creation of Usenet newsgroups. This will involve moving the discussion to news.groups. Please read (5.3) for further info. (5.3) Where can I obtain more info on creation of Usenet newsgroups ? Individuals who wish to propose changes in the hierarchy should read the official Usenet newsgroup creation guidelines : "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup" at : < ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/creating-newsgroups/part1 > or at : Guidelines for Usenet group creation < http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/creating-newsgroups/part1/faq.html > Some other useful resources are available at : UseNet Group Mentors < http://www.uvv.org/uvv/ > ------------------------------------------ Subject: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The maintainer of this document would like to thank those who have contributed to this FAQ. Particularly, Christine S Ng <cstng@mit.edu> David Kirchner <david6@netcom.com> and Evelyn Leeper <evelyn.leeper@att.com> who were involved in the creation of the first version of this FAQ. List of other contributors: Joe McCauley <mccauley_je@VNET.IBM.COM> Steve Davis <stevedtx@prima.win.net> Allen Braunsdorf <ab@nova.cc.purdue.edu> Jeff Knapp <director@gti.net>
Subject: CLOSING This FAQ is as of now being maintained by Lars J. Aas <larsarus@idt.ntnu.no>. Comments and suggestions for improvements are welcome.

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