Subject: soc.motss FAQ v2006.12
Organization: jessanderson.org, madison.wi.us
Summary: This posting introduces Frequently Asked Questions
about the communities of soc.motss.
Expires: 8 Jan 2007 18:00:00 GMT
From: email@example.com (Jess Anderson)
Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jess Anderson)
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 12:55:35 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 06:55:35 CST
Copyright: Public Domain
Maintainer: Jess Anderson <email@example.com>
====| Soc.Motss FAQ v2006.12
| Welcome to soc.motss, the oldest newsgroup for lesbian and
| gay people. This FAQ introduces our unique discussion
| The easiest, most effective approach is to spend time in
| listening mode, that is, to read the articles and observe
| what goes on in soc.motss. You'll gain a feel for the range
| of viewpoints expressed and for our varied personal styles.
| You don't have to be gay or lesbian yourself to participate,
| but bigots are not welcome. Soc.motss has zero tolerance for
| homophobia, sexism, misogyny and racism. If you're clear
| about that, feel free to join any discussion that interests
| you or to start a new topic.
| If you decide to stay around, the complete FAQ (see below)
| explains the group's history, in-group lingo and much more.
| It tries to help you feel at ease in our midst. However,
| there are a couple things you need to know right away:
| * The acronym "motss" stands for "members of the same
| sex". It's not the most obvious name, but it's the
| original one and it has stuck. There are various ways
| to pronounce soc.motss: the two most common ones are
| "soash-mahts" and "sock-dot-mahts".
| * Soc.motss is definitely NOT for discussion of whether
| homosexuality is good or bad, natural or unnatural,
| moral or immoral; other groups exist expressly for
| debate on those topics.
| The problems most often encountered by newcomers are these
| (for more detail, see
| and avoiding them will spare you emailed or posted protests
| from the cohort:
| * Do not cross-post, that is, post both to soc.motss and
| to another newsgroup at the same time.
| * Don't post commercial messages, personal ads, pictures
| or multimedia files.
| * If your posting software is MIME- or HTML-capable, turn
| that feature off so you post in plain text only. Adjust
| your line length to 60-65 characters and type a
| [return] at the end of each line.
| This is enough to get you started. The complete FAQ is online
| It's a series of 34 web-based documents with a link index that
| makes it easy to browse.
| Send corrections or comments concerning any aspect of the
| FAQ to the FAQ Maintainer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
| The FAQ is in the public domain; it may be freely copied for
| any purpose. It comes without warranties of any kind. This
| introduction is posted on the 8th of every month to soc.motss,
| soc.answers and news.answers.
| 8 Dec 2006
* soc.motss FAQ: www.soc-motss.org/doc/faq/faq_intro.html