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=========================================== Frequently-Asked Questions

1. General questions about

    Q. What is

    A. (AMP) is an unmoderated Usenet newsgroup for the 
       discussion of the musician Prince, who used to go by an 
       unpronounceable symbol. The usual ASCII representation of his symbol

    Q. Why wasn't the newsgroup renamed?

    A. When he changed his name, it made sense to change the name of the 
       newsgroup. Unfortunately, he chose a name that has no ASCII 
       representation, and Usenet is still an ASCII world.

       There were other reasons for leaving as is, one of
       them has also been mentioned by others: how would new fans/Usenet
       newbies find> or whatever (or, as has
       also been suggested)?

       And probably the most overlooked reason for leaving
       alone was purely technical: overwhelmingly, most systems carrying
       Usenet news are UNIX systems; some of the characters often used to
       represent the symbol have special meaning to UNIX and should never be
       used as part of a newsgroup name (or any other file/directory name).
       Of course, now that he's once again calling himself Prince, the issue
       is moot.
       [credit: Tim Buck]       

    Q. Who founded AMP, when and why?

    A. Ron Jarrell created the newsgroup (on behalf of Tim Buck) on May 9th,
       1993 as an unmoderated alternative to the Prince Mailing List (which 
       became moderated due to abuse).
       [credit: Raymond Meyll, Tim Carlson]

       For more info, see:

    Q. Does AMP have a charter?

    A. Yes. While reading it, keep in mind that it was written in that short
       period after Prince's "retirement" but before his name change. At the
       time, Paisley Park Records was still in operation and Paisley Park
       Studios was available to the public as a rental facility.

       Without further ado, here is Tim Buck's charter for AMP:

           Despite the recent press release from Prince saying he is 
           retiring from studio recording, Prince is still an important 
           force in the entertainment industry. His recording label, Paisley
           Park, will still go on, and he is not going to stop writing 
           music. His album contract with Time-Warner is still valid, and he
           has enough material for an estimated 50 albums in the vault at 
           Paisley Park. Paisley Park Studios is becoming one of the most 
           popular recording locations for many new and established artists.
           Prince is still around.

           With that introduction, here is, a forum for 
           free-form discussion about Prince, his music, his label Paisley 
           Park, and other artists on Paisley Park. The emphasis is on news 
           about just what is Prince up to (like "When is the new album 
           coming out?", "Who just signed to Paisley Park Records?", etc.) 
           but discussion is welcome on any topic related to Prince.

    Q. What other newsgroups exist for discussion of Prince?

    A. You may find that your news server carries and, but both groups have little-to-no traffic. Why
       didn't catch on as a "Big Eight" replacement for
       AMP? Good question.

       Although it isn't for discussion per se, 
       alt.binaries.multimedia.prince was created as a place for AMPers to
       post and retrieve binary files (such as images and sound clips). 

       German-speaking enthusiasts might enjoy checking out Also, Prince-related posts often appear in

    Q. How can I access AMP?

    A. For starters you'll need some sort of access to the Internet. Most
       of the time Usenet is part of the deal. If your news server doesn't
       carry AMP, ask the administrator to add it; chances are he/she will
       be agreeable if you ask nicely. You can choose from a wide variety
       of programs for reading and posting.

       Failing the above, many Web-based services offer access to Usenet.
       The most popular one is Deja (, which allows 
       you to read and post from your Web browser.

2. culture

    Q. Can I post about Prince-related merchandise I want to buy/sell/trade?

    A. Go ahead. Such posts are a familiar part of the group. But be advised
       that you may get flamed if you do something like asking an
       excessively high price for a common item, or offering for sale
       pirated copies of officially-released recordings still in print.
       Generally you will be okay, though.

    Q. What can I do to prevent getting ripped off in online transactions?

    A. If you're considering a transaction with an unfamiliar person, you 
       may want to check the Bad Traders list maintained by Rudedog.

       For more info, see:

    Q. What about bootlegs?

    A. Bootleg recordings circulate pretty freely in AMP without
       interference from anti-bootlegging forces. But they are illegal in
       most places, so buy/sell/trade them at your own risk.

    Q. What are CD-Rs?

    A. CD-Rs (some people omit the hyphen) are recordable compact discs that
       will play on most standard CD players. CD-Rs are popular among AMPers
       for making digital copies of bootleg CDs and even creating "homebrew"
       live/outtake releases.

    Q. Who/what are the "Naysayers"?

    A. After people began to complain about the long-delayed release of the
       Crystal Ball set, O(+>'s Website (
       displayed a message asserting that "naysayers will eat words on toast
       when the Ball drops!" Disgruntled fans on AMP immediately dubbed
       themselves the Naysayers. This highly informal group has been 
       critical of some of Prince's recent business practices and music

3. About this FAQ

    Q. Why doesn't this FAQ answer questions about Prince?

    A. The General Prince/O(+> FAQ answers such questions, and to avoid
       repetition they are not duplicated here. The Website is
       the official home of the General Prince/O(+> FAQ (and this FAQ as

       Additionally, the General Prince/O(+> FAQ is posted to, alt.answers and news.answers on a monthly basis.

       For more info, see:

    Q. Is this the only FAQ for AMP?

    A. No. Another FAQ was written in 1994 by Bret Gorsline. He handed it
       off to Chris Reayoul in early 1995, who in turn passed it on to
       Raymond Meyll later that year. That FAQ hasn't been updated since
       late 1995 and is seriously out-of-date. However, it makes for a nice
       "historical" document.

       For more, info, see:


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