This article is from the Board games FAQ, by Alec Habig email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Due to the fact that there are so many different games to talk about,
and few people are interested in every one of them, please keep a few
items of netiquitte in mind to make reading this group easier for all.
1) Put the name of the game in the "Subject :" line of your post. This
allows uninterested people to quickly skip over your posting to get to
the ones they want, and the interested parties to easily find your
post. Included below are quick introductions to kill files and
threaded news readers, the use of which can make your usenet life much
Here's a list of some common abbreviations for games or companies to
use in your subject lines :
18xx = 18xx series of rail games (1830:,1856: for specific games)
A&A: = Axis and Allies
A3R: = Advanced Third Reich
ANNOUNCE= Announcement of a Con or new game
ASL: = Advanced Squad Leader
AUCTION:= This is a game auction posting (should go to .marketplace)
BB: = Blood Bowl
EiA: = Empires in Arms
SFB: = Star Fleet Battles
WiF: = World in Flames
GW: = Games Workshop
GDW: = Game Designers Workshop (a very different company than GW)
RR: = Robo Rally
STRAT: = Strat-o-matic sports games
Titan: = Titan
So, for example, an Axis and Allies post would have a subject line like
"Subject: A&A: - Yahtzee or Craps?"
Note the colons. Adding the colons makes searching for the strings
easier. For instance, someone searching for Blood Bowl articles using
the string "BB" will pick up all threads containing two B's in the
subject - searching for "BB:" avoids this.
2) Make use of the "Distribution: " line with your posts.
Announcements of conventions, games for sale, opponents wanted, or
questions about directions to gaming stores are of only limited use to
people outside of a certain geographical area. The distribution line
prevents, for instance, an announcement of "CAPCON XIX, a gaming
convention at Ohio State University" from tantalizing those in Sweden
who couldn't possibly attend. See below for a quick description of how
to use this feature.
3) If you make a dumb mistake in a posting, accidentally cross post it,
or accidentally post two copies, cancel the bad/extraneous ones. Do
this by hitting "C" while reading your own post (in rn/trn - other news
programs have different commands - read your manuals).