A list of newsgroups can be found on Argo's ftp site in the directory /pub/Acorn/info. The file is called Active.arc
Alt.test, is the group you should use if you wish to test posting from your news software. If you post to this group you will receive automatic replies, confirming that you have successfully posted. If you do not want these, your test post should include the word 'Ignore' in its subject heading.
You should never make a test posting to a group that isn't for this purpose.
As an Argonet/Voyager user, you should be subscribed to the following groups:-
argonet.announce - a moderated group on which you will read announcements relating to the service or software you subscribe to.
argonet.acorn.voyager - a newsgroup for discussion of topics relating to the software or service. If you post a question here, such as how do I use SwiftJPEG instead of ChangeFSI with the Voyager web browser, you will benefit from lots of useful advice from more experienced users.
argonet.acorn.misc - a group for miscellaneous discussion and chatter.
You may also like to subscribe to alt.archimedes.bugs - it is used, like argonet.acorn.misc, for general chatter but you will find it gets used for much more (offbeat) humour than argonet.acorn.misc - though as that group becomes more established this may change.
The FAQ can be a long read, but does serve a useful purpose. I recommend that you always keep the latest version on your disk, by subscribing to the relevant groups, and only deleting it when the next one has been received.
Sometimes, a discussion that starts on-topic will end up off-topic. This can't be helped - it happens. However, you should always avoid starting an off-topic discussion from scratch - if you have something to say, find the right news group in which to say it. It will be on-topic in that group.
For example, if you want to ask about a programming problem on an Acorn computer, this should be posted to the group comp.sys.acorn.programmer, and not to comp.sys.acorn.apps - which is for discussing applications you use on that computer. When you are contributing to a discussion, and what you say is, perhaps, leading away from the original topic, you should change the wording of your posting's subject line. For example....
Re: Uploading web pages
Uploading to Argo ftp (was Re: Uploading web pages)
This means that people who aren't interested in the new topic of discussion will know that they can ignore that article. When you do this, always try to include the old subject in brackets, and your new subject heading should be as clear and concise as is possible.
For example, if you wish to start a discussion on using software such as !IRCClient with !Voyager, you should call it, simply, 'Using IRCClient & Voyager' which is short and says what needs to be said.
Crossposting is only a short step away from Spamming, a very unpopular form of advertising, which involves a large amount of crossposting.
> This is some quoted text.
although some people tend to change from this symbol.
When you quote, make sure you don't include too much of the item you are quoting from. Just include enough so that people can quickly see what you are talking about, and NEVER alter the quoted text.
Normally, before the quoted text, you will say who you are quoting from. When you do this, if the quoted text itself contains quoted text, make sure you identify the right person as the original writer.
You should also avoid at all costs quoting a large chunk of text only to add a very simple comment of your own to the end, such as....
If someone asks a question, to which you don't know the answer, you should never post to say so unless, again like 'Me Too' posts, you have something valuable to add to the comment.
SHOUTING - to be avoided, typing in CAPS is considered shouting.
_underline_ - placing _underscores_ around a word means it is underlined.
*bold* - placing *asterisks* around a word means it is bold.
/italic/ - placing /slashes/ around a word means it is in italics.
:-) - placing a smiley after what you say implies you are saying what you did in a friendly, happy manner.
There are many variations on the smiley, far to many to describe here, and you will learn to recognise these, and when they are best used, by reading the newsgroups. There are plenty of examples to be found by ftp from Argo's site, in the directory /pub/Acorn/PD/Info. The file is called Smileys.txt
As a signature is repeated for every posting, it should not be too long. About four lines is the generally accepted maximum.
Try to ensure yours fits in with this limit, and do not alter your separator from the '-- ' If you do, other people's news software will not be able to distinguish your sig from the rest of your post when quoting you.
Also, never include someone else's signature in your own posts when quoting, unless your comment specifically relates to something in that signature. Even then only include the relevant part.
Feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org (Vince M Hudd), and I'll do my best to help.