This article is from the Aquaria Newsgroup Topics and Conversion Tables FAQ, by Todd Zebert and Erik Olson with numerous contributions by others.
A: This question is usually answered by ``YOU DIDN'T READ THE FAQ!''
The FAQs are a collection of documents that members of these
newsgroups have written to answer questions that beginners ask ad
nauseum. Before posting, please read the relevant FAQs to be sure what
you wish to know has not been dealt with before. Despite the
world-wide nature of rec.aquaria.*, there are in fact only a few dozen
members who answer the vast majority of questions. They get tired of
answering the same questions over and over, and more often than not
will simply ignore questions that could have been answered by reading
Sometimes you won't get a reply if you haven't waited long enough;
many people do not read rec.aquaria.* daily, and it can take a few
days for the article to propagate to some hosts.
Another common cause of the unanswered post is a non-descriptive
subject line or vague message content. With hundreds of messages
posted daily to rec.aquaria.*, it is easy to ignore ``irrelevant''
subject lines such as ``Subject: My Fish''. Likewise, it is also
important to convey all the necessary information in the body of your
message. See the section above on Posting to rec.aquaria.* for hints
on improving your technique.