This article is from the Pratchett Newsgroups FAQ, by Orin Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Some threads, like the perennial bad penny, just keep turning up. At
least read this section of the FAQ before indulging yourself in posting
about any of the following subjects. Remember your [I]'s and [R]'s please!
--- Using groups.google if you want
Sometimes it is a great idea to trawl groups.google to look at threads past.
Interestingly enough, this very document comes up in the database as one of
the oldest posts on AFP. Though it is fair to say that it has already been
said before you will most likely pull some pearls from an afp of the past.
This is definitely recommended if you are posting a new thread that you
suspect may have been discussed before.
Point your browser at <http://groups.google.com/> and in the search terms box
place your topic and alt.fan.pratchett.
Just because something has been discussed before doesn't mean it can't
be discussed again - but if you are looking for an answer to a question
(which is what this FAQ is about) then groups.google is a great start.
--- What is the "N-Word" in Soul Music
Quoth, the Raven, won't say the N-Word. The N-Word is "Never More".
You can find out more about the literary relevance of this
phrase (if you don't recognise it) and the answers to questions
that you didn't know that you had in the Annotated Pratchett File
available at your friendly neighborhood lspace web.
--- Old AFP versus New AFP
Every now and then the group gets very restless. I suspect this has
more to do with people deciding that what they once found was funny
is now somewhat tiresome. The "good old days" are brought up and
handed around. This at times has lead to the creation of the
new groups like alt.books.pratchett. Other times this leads to flame
My only advice on this one is that you consider that at some stage
you are likely to be, or have been, on the other side of this
argument. If you stick around you WILL become an oldbie. You will
probably get annoyed at newbies. Those that seem locked in their
ivory tower of oldbieness you will note as time goes on have
very similar views to you. It is kinda funny that way.