Writing Echo Rules
The Writing echo (area tag WRITING) is for the discussion of all aspects
of the art, craft, and business of writing, both fiction and non-fiction.
It is intended for people who are actively (not necessarily
professionally) engaged in it.
TOPICALITY AND DIGRESSIONS:
Since just about anything might be interesting to writers,
digressions are allowed -- within reason. "Within reason"
means that a thread should be dropped when it no longer
has to do with the art, craft, and business of writing.
Before you post a message in such a thread, ask yourself
"What has this to do with writing?" If the answer is "not
much," please don't post it here. Messages of interest to
only one person should be sent via Netmail.
Certain topics, such as computer programming, word
processing, and movies, are covered in other echoes and are
off-topic. Because other topics -- religion, politics,
social issues (gun control, abortion, feminism, &c.) --
spawn heated and off-topic discussions, they are not
welcome here, unless they are directly related to a
writing project you're working on. This includes use in
taglines. Likewise, poetry has its own areas like BARDROOM
and POETRY_WORKSHOP. Please keep poesy out of the WRITING area.
SLAMMING OTHER ECHOES:
Although some in other areas may make
disparaging remarks about WRITING due to misunderstanding or
even mulish stupidity, we should stand above that sophomoric
behavior. Let them run their conferences as they wish; we will
do the same. Don't stoop to their level.
Advertising via an amateur computer network is
a tricky situation at best. It generally wastes bandwidth
and can endanger the residential telephone rates most BBSs
depend on. Thus, no items or services may be offered for sale
in the WRITING echo which would be of direct economic benefit to
the person posting the ad. To reduce bandwidth usage, no ads
for other echoes or BBSs may be posted. Helping someone find
a book or other item, or recommending publication markets is
allowable, as are notices of contests (those not involving an
entry fee). Due to controversy, no ads soliciting submissions
for publications may be posted directly in the echo. Before doing
so, please get permission from one of the moderators.
Personal abuse, attacks, and other counterproductive
behavior will not be tolerated, and can result in the
offender's being removed from the echo. Vigorous,
spirited, heated debate is terrific; vindictive sniping is
not. The Moderator is the sole authority on what
constitutes proper behavior.
The traffic on Writing is heavy, so please limit your
messages to no more than fifteen per day. If you've had
a problem resulting in a buildup of messages (or other
good excuse), you may exceed this count, as long as the
privilege is not abused. High message counts will make
the moderator take a close look at your topicality ratio.
When possible, combine several messages to the same person
into one larger message.
Participants may post brief excerpts of their writing
for critique: no more than 60 lines. The cost of sending
longer excerpts around the country is prohibitive. Post
only those excerpts you have specific problems with or
specific questions about, and list your questions when
you post the excerpt. The usual way to exchange longer
works is to trade addresses and use the mail.
Complaints regarding personal attacks or counterproductive
behavior should be sent privately -- via Netmail,
InterNet, or a telephone call -- to the Moderator. Please
remember: never attribute to malice what can be
adequately explained by the vagaries of Fidonet.
Complaints about topicality, either in general or aimed at
a specific user, are also off-topic, as they cause more
off-topic traffic. Contact the Moderator privately.
HIGH-ASCII and SIGNATURE BLOCKS :
The so-called high-ASCII extended characters (line-draws,
accents, &c.) can cause problems on non-IBM screens.
Please don't use them in the text of messages, either as a
function of your quoting or part of your text. Also, FidoNet is an
amateur network; ordinary folks have to chip in to move these messages
around. Accordingly, internet-style signature blocks and other extraneous
material is prohibited in the WRITING echo.
HANDLES AND ANONYMOUS POSTS
Anonymous posts are prohibited in the WRITING echo. The use of handles is
generally discouraged and prohibited unless a) the true identity of the
poster is known to the Moderator, and b) use of a handle by that poster is
approved by the Moderator.
That's it, except that if someone comes up with a new and
improved way to aggravate all and sundry we reserve the
right to make a rule to fit the occasion.
WRITING is moderated by Rachel Veraa at 1:135/907. You
can also call (305) 891-8850 Ext 2112 before 10 p.m.
Eastern or use InterNet to email@example.com
The Co-Moderator is Shalanna Collins at 1:124/8107.
(Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
and Jack Ruttan at 1:167/133 (Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org).
WRITING is available on the North American backbone and is gated to an
internet mailing list. Contact the Moderator for information.
I suggest that sysops place this message as message 2 in the area,
protected from RENUM, so that new users can find it easily.
Rachel Veraa, Moderator, WRITING
Shalanna Collins, Co-Moderator
Jack Ruttan, Co-Moderator