This article is from the College marching band FAQ, by Adam Elman firstname.lastname@example.org, Meredith McClurg email@example.com, Patrick Neschleba firstname.lastname@example.org and Craig Moe email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Before you post to r.a.m.b.c. or any other newsgroup, there are a few
things you should probably know. Usenet newsgroups comprise a community,
with its own rules and codes of conduct. It is important that you try to
understand this community before becoming part of it; otherwise, you risk
being ignored as a "clueless newbie."
We recommend that you begin by looking in the newsgroup
"news.announce.newusers". You should find posts such as "Emily Postnews
Answers Your Questions on Netiquette", "Rules for posting to Usenet", and
other salient notes for a beginning newsreader.
Once you've done that, note the following issues more specific to