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Frequently Asked Questions of the Usenet newsgroups
comp.archives.ms-windows.announce comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss
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1) What is the purpose of comp.archives.ms-windows.announce newsgroup?
2) What is the purpose of comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss newsgroup?
3) Can I continue to post Windows questions to the old CAM newsgroups?
4) Where to ask about and discuss Windows programming?
5) Where to ask about and discuss general Windows 3.x problems?
6) Where to ask about and discuss general Windows 95 problems?
7) Where to ask about and discuss general Windows NT / W2Y problems?
8) Where is the rest of the information for this FAQ?
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1. *****
 Q: What is the purpose of comp.archives.ms-windows.announce newsgroup?

 A: The news:comp.archives.ms-windows.announce newsgroup was created
the 19th of June 1996. The clarified charter is given below. Please
bear in mind that the charter and the outline of this FAQ were
created long before the existence Windows 98 and ME, and the more
current versions 2000/XP/2003 and beyond.

CHARTER:

This moderated newsgroup is for the upload announcements and related
information from Microsoft Windows archive sites (also called FTP
sites) with Public Domain, Freeware and Shareware material. The
subjects include the upload announcements via the Microsoft Windows
FTP site moderators, the Microsoft Windows sites' periodical
summaries, potential policy statements and downtime warnings, and
the Microsoft Windows FTP site moderators' reports about the
connectivity problems with their archive sites. Unix announcements
conform only if they directly relate to transferring or handling the
Microsoft Windows material from the Microsoft Windows FTP sites.
16-bit programs, 32-bit programs, programs for Windows 95/98/Me are
all on-topic.

The purpose of news:comp.archives.ms-windows.announce is to be a
ONE-WAY channel for Microsoft Windows upload announcements which the
moderators handle, and other one-way, occasional information
relating to Microsoft Windows archive sites. The moderators will
therefore not be handling users' discussion material, questions, and
replies. The unmoderated news:comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss
newsgroup (see below) will cover that aspect.

Articles from all major FTP servers are welcome, just as in the
existing news:comp.archives.msdos.announce.

The newsgroup news:comp.archives.msdos.announce and the newsgroup
news:comp.archives.msdos.d handle MS-DOS shareware, freeware and
public domain programs.

END CHARTER.

MODERATOR INFO: comp.archives.ms-windows.announce

Principal moderator: Keith Petersen   (w8sdz@uploadcentral.com)
Co-Moderator:        Timo Salmi       (ts@uwasa.fi) + FAQ maintenance
Joined Moderators:   David Kirschbaum (kirschd@Simtel.Net)
                     Ari Hovila       (Currently otherwise engaged)
Administrative contact address: win-news-manager@uploadcentral.com
Article submission address: win-news-request@uploadcentral.com

END MODERATOR INFO.

Official brief description: comp.archives.ms-windows.announce
Announcements about Windows archives. (Moderated)


2. *****
 Q: What is the purpose of comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss newsgroup?

 A: The news:comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss newsgroup was created
the 19th of June 1996. The charter is given below.

This unmoderated newsgroup is the discussion subgroup of the
moderated news:comp.archives.ms-windows.announce newsgroup. The
newsgroup covers users' reports, questions and discussions about the
Public Domain and shareware programs at the Microsoft Windows
archive sites (also called FTP sites), and the users' questions
about the Microsoft Windows FTP sites such as the users'
connectivity problem reports. The group is also for posting
requests/replies concerning where to find such programs as are
stored at the Microsoft Windows FTP sites. However, users are
expected to refer to the FTP site file indexes before posting such
requests. The newsgroup does not cover any discussions of fully
commercial programs or programs for other operating systems like
OS/2. (These programs have Usenet newsgroups of their own).

Further clarification:
   a) As a discussion newsgroup this newsgroup will not allow
binary/uuencoded postings.
   b) This newsgroup will not allow soliciting trading individual
copies, fully commercial or otherwise, of Windows programs, cracks
or serial numbers between the readers.

Official one line description:
comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss Discussing Microsoft Windows archives.


3. ******
 Q: Can I continue to post Windows related questions to the old
news:comp.archives.msdos.d newsgroup?

 A: No. The new comp.archives.ms-windows.{announce,discuss} have
been created with the specific purpose of reallocating the news
load. Therefore, we should try our best to direct Windows
discussions to news:comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss only, and
MS-DOS discussions to news:comp.archives.msdos.d only.
   In particular, please avoid crossposting your questions and
comments. Choose one newsgroup only. The readership is bound to
overlap, anyway.
   If you have a question related to the MS-DOS / Windows FTP sites
in general, and can't decide which newsgroup to choose, please pose
your question to news:comp.archives.msdos.d.


4. *****
 Q: Where to ask about and discuss Windows programming?

 A: As you will have read in the charter the purpose of the
newsgroup news:comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss is "Discussing
Microsoft Windows FTP sites and the programs on them". Windows
programming questions and debates should be avoided, unless directly
related to finding related material on the FTP sites or problems in
such material or problems in getting the material from the sites.
Please let's use common sense in what is relevant, since it is not
always an easy call. In any case, there are many useful newsgroups
for Windows programmers including the ones listed below. Please
first carefully check the newsgroup's assigned purpose before you
post. If you need to find a complete list of Usenet newsgroups,
please see http://www.uwasa.fi/~ts/http/newsgrps.html
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.controls
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.graphics
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.memory
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.multimedia
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.networks
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.nt.kernel-mode
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.ole
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.mfc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.owl
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.winsock
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.vxd
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win32
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.winhelp


5. *****
 Q: Where to ask about and discuss general Windows 3.x problems?

 A: As you will have read in the charter the purpose of the
newsgroup news:comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss is "Discussing
Microsoft Windows FTP sites and the programs on them". This
newsgroup is _not_ a generic Windows problems forum. If your Windows
3.x problem is general and does not relate to the material to be
found on the Windows FTP sites here is a list of some other, Windows
related newsgroups. Please first carefully check the newsgroup's
assigned purpose before you post.

 news:comp.binaries.ms-windows
 news:comp.emulators.ms-windows.wine
 news:comp.infosystems.www.browsers.ms-windows
 news:comp.infosystems.www.servers.ms-windows
 news:comp.mail.eudora.ms-windows
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.advocacy
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.announce
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.comm
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.financial
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.utilities.win3x
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.winsock.mail
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.winsock.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.winsock.news
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.word-proc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.ras
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.tcp-ip
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.windows
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.pre-release
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.setup.win3x
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.video


6. *****
 Q: Where to ask about and discuss general Windows 95 problems?

 A: As you will have read in the charter the purpose of the
newsgroup news:comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss is "Discussing
Microsoft Windows FTP sites and the programs on them". This
newsgroup is _not_ a generic Windows problems forum. If your Windows
95 problem is general and does not relate to the material to be
found on the Windows FTP sites here is a list of some other Windows
95 related newsgroups. Please first carefully check the newsgroup's
assigned purpose before you post.

 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.compatibility.win95
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.apps.utilities.win95
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.win95
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.setup.win95
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.win95.setup


7. *****
 Q: Where to ask about and discuss general Windows NT / W2Y problems?

 A: As you will have read in the charter the purpose of the
newsgroup news:comp.archives.ms-windows.discuss is "Discussing
Microsoft Windows FTP sites and the programs on them". This
newsgroup is _not_ a generic Windows problems forum. If your Windows
NT problem is general and does not relate to the material to be
found on the Windows FTP sites here is a list of some other Windows
NT related newsgroups. Please first carefully check the newsgroup's
assigned purpose before you post.

 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.admin.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.admin.networking
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.advocacy
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.announce
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.pre-release
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.setup.hardware
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.setup.misc
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.software.backoffice
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.software.compatibility
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.software.services
 news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.nt.kernel-mode


8. *****
 Q: Where is the rest of the information for this FAQ?

 A: The comp.archives.ms-windows.{announce,discuss} newsgroups have
been modeled after their sister newsgroups for MS-DOS material
news:comp.archives.msdos.announce and news:comp.archives.msdos.d.
Therefore the readers are referred to the regularly posted FAQs of
the sister newsgroups. Most of the information is directly
applicable if you substitute in your mind MS-DOS for Windows. The
comp.archives.msdos.{announce,d} Frequently Asked Questions is
available as ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/pd2/camfaq.zip. See
http://www.uwasa.fi/~ts/garbo.html#faq for a Garbo FAQ.

   All the best, Timo

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