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The following sections are covered in Part 2 (of 4): Part II: Other soap resources on the internet 12. Soap mailing lists 13. WWW (World Wide Web) pages pertaining to soaps 14. Is there an ftp archive for rec.arts.tv.soaps.* from which I can retrieve past posts? Part II: Other soap resources on the internet Subject: 12. Soap mailing lists Is there a mailing list for my soap? Some kind folks in r.a.t.s.* keep mailing lists for people with flakey or non-existent newsfeeds. Many of these mailing lists do *not* have anything in them which is not *also* on r.a.t.s.*, so if you have no trouble getting r.a.t.s.* posts, _please_ don't overburden the volunteer mailing-list keepers. Also be aware that some of these mailing lists are very high-volume, so if you have little disk space, they could easily overwhelm you. Many of the lists are _not_ run automatically, (ie "subscribe DOOL" might not mean anything to the DOOL-spoiler list-maintainer), so be careful how you request to be put on a list. Here are the mailing lists I know about, what they include, and who to contact to get on the lists: for AMC: AMC updates posted in r.a.t.s.abc; Mary Allison Wu <email@example.com>; Send mail to Mary stating to send updates to Your Name <your email address within arrow-brackets>. for AMC: r.a.t.s.abc posts about AMC; Liz Bauer <firstname.lastname@example.org> for AMC: non-r.a.t.s.abc discussion about AMC; Contact Jen Boscacci <email@example.com> for AMC: non-r.a.t.s.abc newsletter about AMC; Contact AdamLiza@juno.com for AMC: non-r.a.t.s.a, for Tad/Liza fans; send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Margaret Bergen) with the words Subscribe T&L in your subject line. for AW: r.a.t.s.misc posts about AW; Lisa Klobucar <email@example.com> for ATWT: non-r.a.t.s.c ATWT weekly newsletter go to: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/atwtnews for B&B: non-r.a.t.s.misc discussion about B&B; Stubborn Wench <firstname.lastname@example.org>. send e-mail to email@example.com with nothing in the subject line, and the first line of text should be: subscribe bold-l your-mailaddress for B&B and Y&R: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion; Kamal Larsuel <firstname.lastname@example.org> Contact: email@example.com (to subscribe, email's subject should be blank, and the body of the message should be "subscribe dblink-list your-email-address" (no quotes). for BH: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion about "Beverly Hills, 90210"; To subscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the message "subscribe 90210" or "subscribe 90210-digest" (no quotes) for BH: non-r.a.t.s.m. newsletter about Beverly Hills 90210 Contact: Xfox1121@aol.com for CITY: non-r.a.t.s.a. discussion about The City; Cari D. Burstein <email@example.com> To subscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the message "subscribe" OR to subscribe to the digested version of the list, email email@example.com with the message "subscribe" (to submit articles, email firstname.lastname@example.org) for DOOL: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion about DOOL; (Melissa Towler <email@example.com>) To subscribe, send the word "add-" (add plus a hyphen) to firstname.lastname@example.org. for DS: non-r.a.t.s. discussion about Dark Shadows; Contact: email@example.com (Bernie Roehl) Also: regular synopses of episodes currently on the Sci-Fi cable channel; Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for EE: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion about East Enders; Contact: email@example.com (Tammi A Yiakoumatos) for GH: GH updates posted in r.a.t.s.abc; Pat Herman <firstname.lastname@example.org> for GH: non-r.a.t.s.a. GH discussion; Terri <email@example.com> for GH: non-r.a.t.s.a., for Stefan fans; Yvonne <firstname.lastname@example.org> To subscribe, send a message to MAISER@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu with SUB GH-STEFAN in the body. for GH: non-r.a.t.s.a., for Nikolas fans; Yvonne <email@example.com> To subscribe, send a message to MAISER@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu with SUB GH-NIKOLAS in the body. for GH: non-r.a.t.s.a., for Stefan Cassadine and Katherine Bell fans; Yvonne <firstname.lastname@example.org> To subscribe, send a message to MAISER@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu with SUB GH-CRYSTAL in the body. for GH & PC: non-r.a.t.s.a., for Kevin and Lucy fans; Taiyin and Cagey <email@example.com> http://www.taiyin.net/lists/ To subscribe, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe kevin-and-lucy" (no quotes) in the body. for GH & PC: non-r.a.t.s.a. discussion about Port Charles/General Hospital Taiyin and Cagey <email@example.com> http://www.taiyin.net/lists/ To subscribe, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe port-charles" (no quotes) in the body. for GL: non-r.a.t.s.* GL discussion: Go to: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/GLdiscuss for GL: non-r.a.t.s.* GL weekly newsletter Go to: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/glnews for MODEL: non-r.a.t.s.* weekly updates & newsletters about Models, Inc. Email email@example.com with no subject line, and put in the body of the message (with nothing else) SUBSCRIBE models-inc for MP: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion about Melrose Place; To subscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the message "subscribe melrose-place" or "subscribe melrose-place-digest" (no quotes) for OLTL: r.a.t.s.abc posts about OLTL; Contact: Jenna Hayward <jhayward@ACS.WOOSTER.EDU> NOTE: This list is on hiatus, summer of 1997 for OLTL: non-r.a.t.s.a. discussion about OLTL Contact http://www.indynet.com/~liz or Liz Conklin at email@example.com for PC: PC updates posted in r.a.t.s.a. Contact: Deb Graham <firstname.lastname@example.org> for PC: non-r.a.t.s.a. weekly newsleter Contact: Jen (email@example.com) for PC & GH: non-r.a.t.s.a., for Kevin and Lucy fans; Taiyin and Cagey <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.taiyin.net/lists/ To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com with "subscribe kevin-and-lucy" (no quotes) in the body. for PC & GH: non-r.a.t.s.a. discussion about Port Charles/General Hospital Taiyin and Cagey <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.taiyin.net/lists/ To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com with "subscribe port-charles" (no quotes) in the body. for PCBH: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion about Prisoner Cell Block H Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org send email to email@example.com using the following subject line: Subject: subscribe PCBH for SAV: non-r.a.t.s.m. discussion about Savannah Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to join Savannah email club. for SUBE: non-r.a.t.s.m. discussion about Sunset Beach Contact: David Shaler <email@example.com> send an email to, firstname.lastname@example.org in the body, type subscribe javaweb-L youremailaddress for Y&R: non-r.a.t.s.* Monday spoilers (her station shows Y&R a day ahead of most places); E. Michelle Dean <ac676@Freenet.carleton.CA> (this mailing list is currently full - please don't send any more requests) for Y&R: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion send a message with the *subject* SUBSCRIBE to: gc-central-REQUEST@lists.cdb.com for Y&R and B&B: non-r.a.t.s.* discussion; Kamal Larsuel <email@example.com> Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (to subscribe, email's subject should be blank, and the body of the message should be "subscribe dblink-list your-email-address" (no quotes). for RATSA/Babylon 5: discussion between RATSA readers who also watch B5 - The list discusses soaps and B5, and the similarities between them; Contact Christine W. Meyer <email@example.com>. +for Daily newsletter about soap happenings: Today in Soaps (firstname.lastname@example.org) + Go to: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/todayinsoaps Subject: 13. WWW (World Wide Web) pages pertaining to soaps. Listing of of soap opera WWW pages that I know of, with their site maintainers in parentheses, and their URL's: AMC (Dan Kroll, email@example.com) http://www.amcpages.com/ AMC (Vanessa Smith) http://www.vanessasmith.com/index.html AMC (Gloria Dasch firstname.lastname@example.org) http://allmychildren.miningco.com AMC - Internet survey by email@example.com (Siona) http://www.netaxs.com/~siona/amcform.htm AMC - Michael E. Knight & Cady McLain (Tad & Dixie) (firstname.lastname@example.org) ! http://www.geocities.com/~taddix/ AMC - Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) http://www.friendsoffinola.simplenet.com AMC - Random thoughts (Rick) ! http://www.anet-chi.com/~yopark/randomthoughts/ Another World (Dustin <email@example.com>) ! http://www.soapoperafan.com/aw/ Another World (Eddie Drueding) http://www.intranet.ca/~awhp/awhp.html Another World (old updates) (Cari D. Burstein) http://server.berkeley.edu/soaps/aw/update.html Another World Fan Club Home Page (Marie Fontenot and Mindi Schulman) http://members.aol.com/jensfan/awfc.html Another World Fan Brigade (Tom Freeman) ! http://www.w3pg.com/aw/ Another World: (Charles Keating) http://www.isomedia.com/homes/wylie/ck/keating.htm Another World: (Official Jensen Buchanan home page) http://members.aol.com/jensfan ATWT (CBS's Official page) ! http://marketing.cbs.com/network/tvshows/daytime/shows/atwt/ ! ATWT News and Previews (firstname.lastname@example.org) ! http://soap-news.com/atwt/ Bold and the Beautiful (CBS's official page) ! http://marketing.cbs.com/network/tvshows/daytime/shows/bb/ Bold and the Beautiful (Mary Spencer, <email@example.com>) http://www.rollanet.org/~mary/bb/bb.html City (Cari D. Burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>) http://www.anybrowser.org/soaps/city/ Days of Our Lives (NBC) ! http://www.nbc.com/tvcentral/daytimecentral/fr_daysofourlives.htm Days of Our Lives (Dustin) ! http://www.soapoperafan.com/days/ Days of Our Lives (Beth Porchey <email@example.com>) http://www.stl-online.net/days/ Days of Our Lives (Michael Mattes <firstname.lastname@example.org>) http://daysofourlives.simplenet.com/ Days of Our Lives (Melissa J. Towler <eeyore@WPI.EDU>) http://www.ziplink.net/users/days/days.html Days of Our Lives (Dan Kroll, email@example.com) http://www.amcpages.com:80/days/ DOOL/GH - Matt Ashford Homepage (firstname.lastname@example.org (S. A. Wilson)) http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/8364 Days of Our Lives - ad for book (Maureen Russell <email@example.com>) http://www.io.com/~mrussell/days_book Days of Our Lives - Deidre Hall (Marlena) (CJ Paradis <firstname.lastname@example.org>) http://www.marlena.com Alt.Days (Joanna L. Castillo email@example.com) http://www.io.com/~jlc/alt_days/ General Hospital (Port Charles Online - Jeff Jungblut) http://www.port-charles.com/ General Hospital (Suzanne Lanoue <firstname.lastname@example.org>) ! http://18.104.22.168/soaps/gh/gh.htm General Hospital - in Spanish (Zach Thompson <email@example.com>) http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/7808 DOOL/GH - Matt Ashford Homepage (firstname.lastname@example.org (S. A. Wilson)) http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/8364 Guiding Light (CBS's Official page) ! http://marketing.cbs.com/network/tvshows/daytime/shows/gl/ Guiding Light (Cari D. Burstein) http://www.anybrowser.org/soaps/gl/ ! GL News and Previews (email@example.com) ! http://soap-news.com/gl/ One Life To Live - Llanview Online (Patrick) http://www.geocities.com/~onelifer/ One Life To Live - History Page (Sandy Weeks) http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/6053 One Life To Live (Tim Gibbs): (Fiona Spears, firstname.lastname@example.org) http://members.aol.com/fifique/tim Port Charles (T.A. Murray) http://members.aol.com/tntmur/port/chuckles.htm Port Charles Updates Page (Tracy Oliver) http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/8996 Santa Barbara (Jean Reese) http://www.cybercom.net/~jima/sbhome.html Sunset Beach (email@example.com) http://members.tripod.com/~jeff19/sunsetbeach.html Young and the Restless (CBS's official page) ! http://marketing.cbs.com/network/tvshows/daytime/shows/yr/ Young and the Restless (Mary Spencer, <firstname.lastname@example.org>) http://www.rollanet.org/~mary/yr/yr.html Young and the Restless parodies (Kent M Pitman (email@example.com) http://world.std.com/~pitman/awo/greeting.html Dark Shadows (Judy Phillips <firstname.lastname@example.org>) http://www.epix.net/~jphill/shadows.html Melrose Place (Douglas Brick) http://www.speakeasy.org/~dbrick/Melrose/melrose.html Savannah (Jeff <email@example.com>) http://members.tripod.com/~jeff19/Savannah.htm Savannah (Suzanne Lanoue <firstname.lastname@example.org>) ! http://22.214.171.124/soaps/sav/savannah.htm Swans Crossing (email@example.com) http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/2262 Brookside (UK soap) (Mersey Television Company Ltd.): http://www.brookie.com/ East Enders (UK soap) The Walford Gazette (newspaper) http://www.spacelab.net/~albertsq Prisoner Cell Block H (Simon Newman <S.T.Newman@sheffield.ac.uk>) http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~ncs/pcbh/pcbh.html Rec.arts.tv.soaps Frequently Asked Questions http://www.faqs.org/faqs/tv/soaps/faq/part1 http://www.faqs.org/faqs/tv/soaps/faq/part2 http://www.faqs.org/faqs/tv/soaps/faq/part3 http://www.faqs.org/faqs/tv/soaps/faq/part4 All ABC soaps (ABC official site) ! http://www.abc.go.com/soaps/ Debbie's Unofficial R.A.T.S.C. Homepage (Debbie <firstname.lastname@example.org>) ! http://members.iquest.net/~joew/mainratsc.htm Many soaps (Suzanne Lanoue <email@example.com>) ! http://126.96.36.199/soaps/soaps.htm Links to many soap WWW pages, & the r.a.t.s.* newsgroups (Jeff Jungblut) http://members.aol.com/soaplinks/index.html Links to many soap WWW pages, & the r.a.t.s.* newsgroups Soap Opera Online Directory (firstname.lastname@example.org) ! http://soapinfo.com/sood/ + Information on soap happenings-Soap Opera Events Calendar (email@example.com) + http://www.drcreations.com/cgi-bin/webcal.pl Delphi's Soap Opera forum (all soaps) ((Angela Howell <firstname.lastname@example.org> & Donna Bridges <email@example.com>) http://www.delphi.com/soapopera Sony's Links to many soaps (including Sony's DOOL & Y&R) ! http://www.soapcity.com/ Link to updates for ALL the soaps! (TV Guide) ! http://www.tvguide.com/soaps/ If you've read all of the above, and still have questions regarding WWW itself - what it means, how to access it, and what is a URL anyway??? - you can get more info by reading a FAQ specifically about WWW. One which I think looks valuable (and gives references to other WWW FAQs as well) can be gotten by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "send /pub/usenet/news.answers/www/guide" (no quotes!) in the body of the message. Thanks to Jeff Jungblut (email@example.com) and May a.k.a. Ms. Purple (firstname.lastname@example.org). Subject: 14. Is there an ftp archive for rec.arts.tv.soaps.* from which I can retrieve past posts? Most news sites expire articles after a week or two, and some even more quickly. The only two posts which I *know* are archived via ftp are the soaps-faq and the soaps-abbrevs, as mentioned in the soaps-faq. However, there's now (1995) a www site http://dejanews.com, which is an archive for all Usenet posts except for those posted to alt.*, talk.*, soc.*, and *.binary groups. The posts are archived for at least one year. Users have the option of creating a query filter (which will allow one to search by newsgroup name), or simply by keyword (ex: if you'd lost a post of your own, you might set the search to look for your real or email name; however, if you use more than one word in a search, the default operator is "OR" - to search for "joe jones", you'd want to search for "joe & jones".). There's another www site http://www.altavista.digital.com/, which is similar to Deja News. Using the Alta Vista engine, you can search either usenet or the WWW, and it has a finer screen for subjects than Deja News. (It doesn't look at the alt. or talk. usenet newsgroups either.) Try using Advanced Query, and do read the Help sections. Also, since January 1992, the entire Usenet newsfeed has been made available on CD-ROM, so you may be able to find what you want that way. You can get more information on "NetNews on CD's" from CD Publishing Corporation, 4824 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5V 4H4, phone numbers: 604-874-1430, 800-333-7565 (USA), 604-874-1431 (FAX), or email: info@CDPublishing.com <note - when trying to email this address in 1998, it was defunct>. In the near future, their product information will also be available via Gopher at gopher.CDPublishing.com(TCP/70). I contacted them in October of 1993, and they said that for those who would like just a rec.arts.tv.soaps archive CD, they could make custom one-off for them. DISCLAIMER: I have no association with CD Publishing Corporation, and don't even have a CD-ROM player. ==== compilation copyright 1994-1999, Margaret D. Gibbs. 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