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Common terms and abbreviations used on soc.singles and other social newsgroups and general posting ettiquete

This FAQ about soc.singles newsgroup and related issues was compiled and written by Trygve Lode tlode@nyx.net with numerous contributions by others.

the current version is available at http://www.trygve.com/ssfaq-long.html

Soc.singles FAQ, short version, available at http://www.trygve.com/ssfaq.html

Welcome to soc.singles! Soc.singles is a place to hang out, discuss issues serious, mundane, and silly, flirt, share embarrassing personal secrets, and generally let your hair down and have fun. Whether you're just reading or are feeling brave enough to leap headlong into any of the ongoing conversations or start a new one, you'll find a varied collection of people from around the world all working to keep your newsreading time from getting boring. Just be warned: soc.singles is not a place for personal ads, requests for penpals and/or sexually explicit email, commercial advertisements, or test messages. Remember that there are real people behind the messages you're reading and responding to, and if you treat them with the consideration and respect you'd give to a bunch of people you just met at a party, you'll be 77.4% of the way to being an accepted and valued contributor to soc.singles!

This document is called the "FAQ" (short for "Frequently Asked Questions") and hopefully contains information that will make it easier to follow and join in on the various conversations happening on soc.singles at any given time. No warranty is expressed or implied; for external use only; if rash persists, consult a physician.

-Commonly encountered abbreviations and jargon: A-M
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-Commonly encountered abbreviations and jargon: N-Z
-What is a 'boink'?
Any publicly announced gathering of soc.singles ...
-Should I post personals ads on soc.singles?
No. Personal ads belong in the alt.personals groups; there ...
-How about commercial ads?
They should also be avoided. Indeed, on the great majority ...
-What if my site doesn't carry alt.personals or soc.penpals?
Even if your site doesn't carry a given group, it's ...
-OK, if I'm not supposed to post personals, what kinds of articlesshould I post?
Think of soc.singles as the electronic version of ...
-Do I have to be single to post on soc.singles?
No. The only requirement is that you have been single at ...
-Just what does "single" mean anyway?
In the context of soc.singles, it means unmarried; there's ...
-What's the difference between soc.singles and soc.singles.moderated?
As the name suggests, soc.singles.moderated is a ...
-Is there anything besides personal ads that should be avoided?
Of course there are other things that are best avoided--...
-Sometimes, soc.singles seems very intimidating--it's like everybodyknows everyone else and it's hard just to jump in to all theongoing conversations.
Remember that every poster on soc.singles had to post his ...
-What if I don't like any of the current discussions or just find themall boring?
On the net, just like in real life, when you don't ...
-I finally worked up the courage to post my first message and nobodyresponded to it. Do you think that the soc.singlers are conspiring to ignore me?
Alas, the contributors to soc.singlers are far too ...
-Help! I just posted an article and got flamed horribly for it-- will Iever be able to show my face in public again?
Yep; just make sure you don't show it by posting a .gif of ...
-Hey -- someone just posted a personal ad to soc.singles! Should I flamethe pants off this person?
That depends; if you can think of a wonderfully witty ...
-Soc.singles is just full of flaming and angry-sounding people thisweek; can't you guys all just get along?
Not everybody logs onto the net to meet people and ...
-Sometimes I write stuff that is just so incredible I think I shouldcrosspost it to every other newsgroup on the net. Is that OK?
No. In general on any newsgroup, crossposting should not ...
-What is this "editing" stuff I keep hearing about?
Editing, which is most commonly used in the phrase ...
-How about editing subject headers?
This is an important and much-neglected art. Often the ...
-What else can I do to improve my ASCII appearance?
Any article posted to soc.singles will be read by many, ...
-What do these weird combinations of punctuation marks I see frequentlyin people's messages mean?
These are called smileys since the most common ones used ...
-How do you pronounce "soc"?
There's no currently accepted standard. The currently ...
-What's a ".GIF", ".JPG" or ".MPG"?
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is a ...
-Is there a World-Wide Web page for soc.singles?
Yes. Trygve Lode (soc.singles faq maintainer and lunatic)...
-What, exactly, are "Disney Chemicals"?
Disney Chemicals refers to the hypothesized fizzy ...
-How do you pronounce "Trygve"
It's sorta like TREEG-vah except that the 'EE' is between ...
-How come nice guys don't get laid?
Nice guys do get laid; it's guys who whine a lot who ...
-How come nice guys/gals/small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri getdumped for jerks/bimbos/hyperfungal Rigellian psuedoshoggoths?
Mostly for the same reasons jerks get dumped for nice guys,...
-I met someone last week at a party; what do you think this person'sdeepest and innermost feelings for me are?
That's one of the most common questions new people ask ...
-Is it possible for men and women to be just friends?
Yes; many people have friends of the opposite sex without ...
-Do conversations on the net ever blossom into torrid romances?
Yes; it's actually not even particularly unusual. ...
-How about posting articles asking for readers to send postcards to akid in England who is dying of cancer and wants to set theworld record for most cards received before he dies?
No, don't do it. He's been cured, has asked many times ...
-How come there are so many kooks on the net?
In a word, attention. It's an unfortunate fact of life that ...
-OK, we're getting near the end of the file now--what's this about"killfiles" that you promised to tell us about?
Most newsreaders have a provision for killing messages; ...
-Is there any copyright on this FAQ?
Yep; the entire contents of this FAQ is written and ...









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