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Subject: [rec.autos.simulators] New Readers please read - Welcome!
This article was archived around: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 16:42:52 GMT
Copyright: (c) 1997-1999 Michael E. Carver
Maintainer: Michael E. Carver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Welcome to rec.autos.simulators. This is an unmoderated newsgroup for
discussions of realistic computer simulations of automotive vehicles,
irrespective of the platforms on which the simulations are supported.
This includes simulations which have a competitive component (racing
simulations) and those which do not. Arcade racing simulators, which
give an overhead perspective and which do not attempt to provide realism
of handling of the vehicle, would not be appropriate in this newsgroup,
whilst discussion of Microprose's Formula 1 Grand Prix and Papyrus's
IndyCar Racing would be appropriate. (From the original charter of
r.a.s. -- firstname.lastname@example.org)
[Editor: While the original charter states that "Arcade racing
simulators" should not be discussed in r.a.s., the general consesus is
that they are welcome to participate in r.a.s.]
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aren't careful and considerate in formatting your posting, people are
likely to ignore it completely. It's a crowded net out there.
1.1 The Content and Style of Your Post
o It is perfectly legal to reproduce short extracts of a copyrighted
work for critical purposes, but reproduction in whole is strictly and
explicitly forbidden by international and US copyright law
unless given permission by the author.
o Would you want to read what you are writing ? Might it be better to
email a comment, or even make no comment ? Spelling and grammar
flames are particularly dull for the rest of the world, as are posts
which follow fifty lines of quoted text with "I agree".
o On the Net, most people only know you by the words that you write.
People will pay more attention to your thoughts if your writing is
clear and easy to read.
o Trim down your quotes. Delete parts of the article that you are not
responding to such as other people's signatures. Its best to have as
little as possible from previous posts. However, do be careful when
you "edit" a post. Do not cut it so it appears that someone wrote
something they did not.
o Humour, and particularly sarcasm, is often misunderstood over the Net
with hilarious consequences. A smily, :-), may be advisable.
o Is the subject line both descriptive and accurate ?
o People can select the articles which most appeal to them if you
include a keyword in your Subject Field with something about the
topic you are posting about. Since many different simulators are
discussed, it is highly suggested that you start off your Subject
Field with a "code" related to the topic you are posting. This
will make it easier for readers to choose the posts they wish to
read. Also, some news readers can actually filter out specific
posts to be read or discarded based on keywords.
CMR Collin McRae Rally
CPR CART Precision Racing
DD2 Destruction Derby 2
F1RS F1 Racing Simulation
GP1 Grand Prix 1 or World Circuit
GP2 Grand Prix 2
GPL Grand Prix Legends
ICR1 Indycar Racing 1
ICR2 IndyCar Racing 2
MGPRS2 Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2
MTM Monster Truck Madness
N1 Nascar Racing 1
N2 Nascar Racing 2
N99 Nascar Racing 1999 edition
NFS Need For Speed
NFSSE Need For Speed Special Edition
S1 Screamer 1
S2 Screamer 2
SCGT Sports Car GT
SODA SODA (Short-Course Offroad Drivers Association)
TOCA TOCA (Touring Car Contructors Association)
Touring Car Championship
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remember to delete the References: line in the header. This will help
the readers who use a threaded news reader; otherwise your new topic
will be mixed in with an old one.
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newsgroup with a short post to rec.autos.simulators to notify anyone
who is interested.
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please ignore." It's an expensive waste of Usenet resources, and if
you do it, you're guaranteed to get lots of angry mail.
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through or not. But if that's not what you're testing, the auto-
responses can be pretty annoying, and you should put the word
"ignore" in your subject line to suppress them. You can also try
restricting distribution on your test post by changing the
"Distribution" header on your post to "local".
1.3 Handling Frequently Asked Questions
o If you are asking a basic question, please check the FAQ's first. If
the FAQ is has expired on your system, see section 2 for information
on how to get a copy.
o If someone posts a question about something that was resolved
recently, please answer the poster via email. Rehashing something
that was just discussed is a waste of bandwidth unless you have
something new to add. ("Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if
you got nothing new to say" -- New Speedway Boogie, Robert Hunter)
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newsgroup to ignore articles from a particular author or on certain
subjects using a KILL file. If you're using rn or its brethren, see
the rn KILL file FAQ in news.answers.
2.1 Known FAQ's for Simulations discussed in rec.autos.simulators.
o F1 Racing Simulation (F1RS) FAQ is available at:
o Grand Prix I/World Circuit (GP1) FAQ is available at:
o Grand Prix II (GP2) FAQ's are available at:
o Grand Prix Legends (GPL) FAQ is available at:
o IndyCar Racing II (ICR2) or CART Racing FAQ is available at:
o NASCAR Racing II (N2) FAQ is available at:
2.2 Contacting Auto Simulator vendors.
o Bethesda Softworks
o Electronic Arts
o Extreme Competition Controls
o K2 Interactive (Verbal Commander)
o Papyrus/Sierra On-Line
o Thomas Enterprises
o Ubi Soft
o Virgin Interactive Entertainment
o Virtual Vehicles from Interactive I/O