Du choc des idées jaillit la lumière. ( Some famous dead Frenchman )
Read me first
|Orientation boot camp|
What is a discussion group
What should we discuss ?
What language to use ?
or discussion groups have been around well before your kids have even heard of
the Internet. The mother of
all newsgroups services is the Usenet. You can access it with your
internet program, Explorer or Netscape, It is a service separate from
the Web and your e-mail service. ( To give you an idea Usenet is
served to you by news servers, your e-mail by mail servers and your
websites by web servers ). Nowadays it has thousands of forums,
each dedicated to one topic. Topics range from French poetry to salt
water pet fish to freeing Tibet to roller blades.
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Newsgroup = discussion
group = Forum with a capital F ( note that the news in
newsgroup has nothing to do with news, as in newspaper. It's just a name
given long ago by the inventors of the Internet.) Newsgroups only exist
|Etiquette Back to top|
an open mind, allow others to make their point. The
code of conduct is the same as if we were meeting face to face in a
civilized venue, or conferencing over the phone.
- Watch the forum for some time to see what the current discussions are about. Start a new topic only if nobody has addressed it yet.
- Post in the appropriate forum.
- Do not use capitals indiscriminately. Using capiltalized words is perceived as SHOUTING accross the forum. Use bold or italics instead. This board accepts HTML tags, please learn from the FAQ.
-Use the testing forum to try the features of the board and experience how it works, do not try your hands in the real forums.
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Read before you post. Go around the forum to see if anybody is talking about a subject that interests you, or any subject you have an opinion about. Read the post. Then you can reply to that post by clicking on Reply ( as opposed to starting a new suject - or topic.) If nobody is talking about your particular topic you can start a conversation about it by starting a new topic ( click on New topic ).
|What should we discuss about Back to top|
Everything and nothing. The purpose is to keep human relation and exchange alive. It's not about ego, not about how much you know. It's about voicing your opinions and listening to others', arguing and accepting, learning and teaching. It's about being a friend, giving people and their point of views respect, making peace but sticking to one's own convictions. The purpose is just plain old interesting conversation.
|Moderators Back to top|
A moderator has to be a member of the group first. The sysop can then set that member to be a moderator. Moderators have certain privileges that regular members don't. They can edit, even delete members' posts if they are against the forum policies. Moderators can do it from their home or from wherever they can access the Web. Moderators' duties are to monitor the forum and enforce its policies, to keep in contact and collaborate with the sysop. They are chosen because of their volunteer spirit above all, not because they are morally or intellectually superior. They are not responsible for the opinions of other members or the gentlemen's' differences and disputes in their forums. They should be active in discussions, even bring up topics to elicit conversation and discourse, in other words to keep the board alive. On the other hand, they don't need to be involved in all discussions.
|Membership Back to top|
Membership is nominal. Registering doesn't require a lot of info from you. It just gives a human face to a name or code name. It is not required to browse the board and see the discussions going on. It is only required when you post topics or replies. For the purely technical side of membership and other procedures, see the FAQ when you access the board.
|What language should I use Back to top|
|There is no language of choice. All of us should already write fair English as well as French. Vietnamese can be typed on a QWERTY keyboard with reasonable clarity. Just put make-up accents like ~ ` ' . ? ^ where most needed. All that people need is to read what you have to say, not classic litterature.|
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