This article is from the FAQ, by with numerous contributions by others.
alt.winsock is an unmoderated newsgroup for general discussion of the
WinSock (Windows Sockets) API and the myriad applications that run
under it. Postings range from questions on how to setup a WinSock
application to more advanced topics concerning Internet protocols and
programming. This group is also open to both newcomers and advanced
programmers alike. Unfortunately, this openness has made alt.winsock a
very high volume newsgroup. That is why this FAQ was created. If you
have a question or suggestion, please do not be afraid to post it.
Flames have never been a problem and people will usually answer what
seem like the dumbest questions. But, in order to reduce the volume on
this newsgroup, we ask that people consult this FAQ prior to posting a
question. We've put together an abundance of information which we'll
try to keep as up to date as possible.