This article is from the Internet Personals: Advice for Gay Men FAQ, by Fred Young email@example.com and Dean Esmay firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
I first began using Usenet personals back in early 1995. After
experimenting with traditional newspaper advertisements, I thought I would
try this as a new way of meeting people. Most newspapers have done away
with the traditional mailbox-type ads in favor of voice services which,
in my opinion, are very expensive.
Upon reading Dean Esmay's STRAIGHT FAQ, a FAQ with advice for
heterosexuals, I contacted him to see if he wished to incorporate certain
information in his FAQ for gay men, mainly with suggestions on how
heterosexuals and homosexuals may share the alt.personals.* newsgroups
without getting in each others' way. After a brief discussion, we decided
to write this NOT-SO-STRAIGHT FAQ. You will find many similarities
between this document and the original STRAIGHT FAQ.
Please note that this FAQ is written by a gay male for gay men. It may
apply to those who are bi or lesbian, but I don't feel qualified to
comment on it. There are probably issues to lesbians and bisexuals (or
other groups) which neither Mr. Esmay nor I are qualified to comment upon.
But I think much of this will apply universally. Perhaps some time
someone can help us to create FAQs for other groups. I do suggest that
heterosexuals reference Dean Esmay's original STRAIGHT FAQ, instead of
Any suggestions, criticisms, comments, questions, or proposed additions on
this FAQ should be sent via e-mail to myself at email@example.com or
to Dean Esmay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So anyway, let's get started, shall we?