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Original Author: Melissa Wauford Maintainer: Margaret Gibbs [Last changed - 1997/06/16] [Changes since last posting - none] One of the following abbreviations should be used at the beginning of the subject line of all postings to rec.arts.tv.soaps.*. For example: Subject: DOOL - Update for Thursday or Subject: AMC: Tad and ? This will allow those who use rn or any other method of pre-selecting articles to determine whether they wish to read the article or not. For information on these methods see the monthly Frequently Asked Questions posting by Margaret Gibbs (email@example.com). The FAQ is available for anonymous ftp from rtfm.mit.edu in /pub/usenet/news.answers/tv/soaps/faq/part1 thru part4, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any or all of: send usenet/news.answers/tv/soaps/faq/part1 send usenet/news.answers/tv/soaps/faq/part2 send usenet/news.answers/tv/soaps/faq/part3 send usenet/news.answers/tv/soaps/faq/part4 in the body of the message. Remember that if you want to write about, for example, AMC and GH in the same article, half of your intended audience may filter out whichever abbreviation you put first. In such a case you should use the network abbreviation or, as a last resort, post the article twice. ALL - To be seen by all readers of whichever r.a.t.s.* group you are posting to. ABC - All ABC daytime soaps (PC, AMC, OLTL, GH) CBS - All CBS daytime soaps (Y&R, B&B, GL, ATWT) NBC - All NBC daytime soaps (DOOL, AW, SUBE) AMC - All My Children AW - Another World ATWT - As the World Turns B&B - The Bold & the Beautiful CITY - The City DOOL - Days of Our Lives GH - General Hospital GL - Guiding Light LOV - Loving OLTL - One Life to Live PC - Port Charles SB - Santa Barbara SUBE - Sunset Beach Y&R - The Young & the Restless BH - Beverly Hills 90210 CPW - Central Park West HF - Homefront KL - Knots Landing LGO - Life Goes On PP - Pacific Palisades SAV - Savannah SIS - Sisters Many of the soap subgroups use the abbreviation TAN (for tangent) to indicate postings which don't necessarily have to do with that soap but which should be addressed to that subgroup. General intra-group banter can then be differentiated from actual information and commentary on that soap. The TAN abbreviation should always follow the soap abbreviation, as in the following example: Subject: AMC: TAN: Unca Matt Discussion threads which stray off the topic of the soap should be renamed to include the TAN indicator. ==== copyright 1995-1997, Margaret D. Gibbs. Use and copying of this information are permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright notice is included intact. ==== -- Margaret D. Gibbs "Practice random kindness and email@example.com senseless acts of beauty"