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Subject: Sierra Club: Unofficial, Unauthorized alt.org.sierra-club FAQ

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Archive-name: sierra-club/faq Posting-Frequency: monthly Last-modified: 2000/02/07 URL: http://www.dan.drydog.com/faqs/scfaq.html Version: 1.6 Copyright: Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Dan Anderson. All rights reserved. Maintainer: Dan Anderson <danx@cts.com>
1. INTRODUCTION The Unofficial, Unauthorized Sierra Club alt.org.sierra-club FAQ This article contains the answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) seen in USENET newsgroup alt.org.sierra-club. It is also posted to alt.answers, and news.answers. Discussion in this document centers around the Sierra Club in specific and environmental protection in general. It is posted monthly. The content of this article is the sole responsibility of the author and is provided as a public service. THIS FAQ IS *NOT* AUTHORIZED BY, NOR NECESSARILY REPRESENTS THE VIEWS OF, THE SIERRA CLUB OR ANY ORGANIZATION. This is Copyright © 1997-2000 Dan Anderson. All rights reserved. It may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not removed. Permission is expressly granted for this document to be made available for file transfer from installations offering unrestricted anonymous file transfer on the Internet. This article is provided "as is" without any express or implied warranty. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, the author assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. Sierra Club® is a registered trademark of the Sierra Club. Suggested submissions, corrections, comments, input, complaints should be directed to Dan Anderson <danx@cts.com>. Submit general Sierra Club questions to this newsgroup or <information@sierraclub.org>. -Dan Anderson, alt.org.sierra-club FAQ Maintainer ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS 3. GENERAL QUESTIONS 3.1. I am interested to know what type of forum this is. What is the Sierra Club? 3.2. Where do I ask a question about the Sierra Club? 3.3. What's USENET Newsgroup alt.org.sierra-club? 3.4. What's "brown spam"? 3.5. I need to find information about Sierra Club history? 3.6. What about the Sierra Club and current events? 3.7. Please send me the e-mail address of the Sierra Club nearest to me or the telephone number of the person to contact if they do not have e-mail? 3.8. I need help in the first part of Phantasmagoria II when the guy has to go out of his house and needs his wallet, how do I get it?? I know it's under the sofa, but I don't know what to use to get it. 3.9. I understand, that you don't want gameplayers to use this newsgroup, So why don't you use another name! I find this very confusing, cause I am a very big Sierra fan! 4. CONTACT INFORMATION 4.1. What's the Sierra Club's snail mail address? 4.2. I need the phone number for . . . 4.3. I need the e-mail address for . . . 5. FINDING INFORMATION 5.1. Where is the Sierra Club web page located? 5.2. How do I find something there? 5.3. Are there any other news and discussion lists besides this newsgroup (alt.org.sierra-club)? 6. MEMBERSHIP, BOOKS, OUTINGS 6.1. Where do I get a membership application? 6.2. I'm already a member. How do I change my address? 6.3. Where can I find information about Sierra Club Outings? 6.4. Where is information about Sierra Club Books? 7. ACTIVIST RESOURCES 7.1. What's Sierra Club doing to . . .? 7.2. How can I help with the Sierra Club and environmental protection? 7.3. Issue Questions (from _The Planet_ (May 1997) 7.3.1 A garbage dump is being build in my county. What can I do? What is the Club doing? 7.3.2 What is the Club's official policy on global warming and ozone depletion? 7.3.3 I am doing a radio interview for my local Sierra Club group. Do you have background materials on the history and accomplishments of the Club? 7.3.4 I'm writing a report on tropical rainforests for my 5th grade class. Can the Club send me information? 7.3.5 I'm working on sprawl issues in my chapter. Is there a national committee or task force at the Club I can contact for more information? 7.3.6 I'm interested in population issues. What can I do? 7.4. Contacting Congressional Representatives ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. GENERAL QUESTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.1. I am interested to know what type of forum this is. What is the Sierra Club? The Sierra Club is a non-profit (IRC 501(c)(4)), member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions--legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral. The Sierra Club Mission is: * To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; * To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; * To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and * To use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.2. Where do I ask a question about the Sierra Club? Read this FAQ carefully. If the answer's not here, post a message to this newsgroup, alt.org.sierra-club, or e-mail or call the Sierra Club Information Center at <information@sierraclub.org>, 1-415-977-5653. Please be as specific as possible when forming your question. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.3. What's USENET Newsgroup alt.org.sierra-club? It's one of thousands of USENET "newsgroups" on the Internet. This group is for discussion of Sierra Club and environmental issues. It's NOT for unrelated advertisements ("spam") or questions about Sierra Games (see question 3.8). This is an aumoderated newsgroup. That is, this group has no administrator nor has any centralized server. All messages are handled in a distributed manner throughout the Internet. This newsgroup is NOT under the control or sponsorship of the Sierra Club, although official representatives, members, and staff post messages here. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.4. What's "brown spam"? This newsgroup, along with many other newsgroups devoted to environmental protection, have for weeks been distracted and disrupted by individuals whose own web pages and cross-postings describe and reflect their hostility to environmental protection. The Sahara Club and other pro-destruction, pro-violence plunderers of the public lands have published detailed "how-to" guides on disrupting "green" activities and discussion. These instruction describe and predict the very distraction which has been seen on this newsgroup for weeks. Why should we continue to play into the hands of the galia-haters? For the destroyers, the point of participation is not to discuss - rather, the purpose is to distract, and thereby destroy, the effort to protect the environment. Cross-posting of inflammatory, argumentative, insulting flames is obviously not an attempt to bring about communication. The fact that most of these flames are cross-posted to groups with the words "limbaugh", "rush", "conservative", and/or "libertarian" in their titles is a clear indication of the motives of the flamers. As a result of the deliberate cross-posting, green responses often flood across multiple news groups, creating a cascade in which the brownspam prevents the function of more and more groups. (At one point, the embittered disabled man in Arizona, who had such scant comprehension of the net, EF!, or academic computing, had disrupted over fifteen "green' newsgroups . . . . far too much disruption than was required.) HOW TO STOP THE BROWN SPAMS: (1) Don't respond on the newsgroup. If you must take the energy to respond, do so in e-mail directly to the spammer. (2) AVOID REPLYING TO A CROSS-POST (a post to more than one newsgroup). Such responses clutter up all the spammed groups. [At least delete the other newsgroups from the reply, if not relevant.-ed.] (3) Filter out the poster: Set your newsreader or e-mail progam filters: (author=email of spammer; action=kill). P.S. - this post is in no way a criticism of my fellow eco-defenders who have taken on the spammers! (Thanks to Kirk Murphy for this answer, originally posted to ca.environment) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.5. I need to find information about Sierra Club history? Sierra Club history is on the web at http://www.sierraclub.org/history/ Information about John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club in 1892, is at the John Muir Exhibit at http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/ A good book on Sierra Club history is Michael P. Cohen's _The History of the Sierra Club, 1892-1970_ (Sierra Club Books, 1988, ISBN 0-87156-732-6). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.6. What about the Sierra Club and current events? For late-breaking news and alerts, see the daily Sierra Club Action reports at http://www.sierraclub.org/news/sc-action/. See also the on-line editions of the Club's magazine, _Sierra_, at http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/ and our activist newsletter, _The Planet_, at http://www.sierraclub.org/planet/ Another excellent general resource on current events is the _Readers Guide to Periodical Literature_ in your local library. Look in the subject index under "Sierra Club". ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.7. Please send me the e-mail address of the Sierra Club nearest to me or the telephone number of the person to contact if they do not have e-mail? For regional chapters and local groups look in the phone book under "Sierra Club" or check your chapter or groups web page under http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/ Contact the Information Center (question 3.2) if your local group is not listed in either place. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.8. I need help in the first part of Phantasmagoria II when the guy has to go out of his house and needs his wallet, how do I get it?? I know it's under the sofa, but I don't know what to use to get it. Help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:( thanks a lot Sierra Online, Inc. (a commercial software company) and it's games are *NOT* affiliated with or endorsed by the Sierra Club. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!! ask about hints and other game questions on the Sierra Games newsgroup at alt.games.sierra.therealm. Or visit Sierra Online's web page at http://www.sierra.com/ :-). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.9. I understand, that you don't want gameplayers to use this newsgroup, So why don't you use another name! I find this very confusing, cause I am a very big Sierra fan! Hmmm. Let me think. The Sierra Club was founded in 1892, and the newsgroup alt.org.sierra-club was started specifically for Sierra Club discussion. Sierra Games was started in 1982. Who do you think should use this newsgroup? Fortunately, there is a Sierra Games newsgroup (see the previous question). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. CONTACT INFORMATION ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4.1. What's the Sierra Club's snail mail address? Sierra Club 85 Second St., Second Floor San Francisco, CA 94105-3441 USA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4.2. I need the phone number for . . . * Sierra Club Switchboard (415) 977-5500 (voice) * Information Center (415) 977-5653 * Headquarters (415) 977-5500 (voice), (415) 977-5799 (FAX) * Legislative Hotline (202) 675-2394 * Jobs Hotline (415) 977-5744 (HQ & field; updated weekly) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4.3. I need the e-mail address for . . . * Sierra Club Information Center <information@sierraclub.org> * Sierra Club activist information <activist.desk@sierraclub.org> * Membership <information@sierraclub.org> (for an application, send your postal address) * Member address changes <address.changes@sierraclub.org> (send your membership number and old and new addresses) * National Outings <national.outings@sierraclub.org> (for a brochure, send your postal address) * Sierra Club Bookstore <online.store@sierraclub.org> * For the address of a state or regional chapter, see the chapter web page at http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/ * For the address of a regional Sierra Club Field Office, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/field/ * For e-mail to a specific individual (Sierra Club staff and some volunteers), the generic address is <firstname.lastname@sierraclub.org> Obviously, replace firstname and lastname with their real name (for example, john.muir@sierraclub.org (not a real address)). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. FINDING INFORMATION ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5.1. Where is the Sierra Club web page located? http://www.sierraclub.org/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5.2. How do I find something there? If it's not on the home page, try http://www.sierraclub.org/search.html Local chapter and group stuff are sometimes on remote web servers, but are pointed to from http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5.3. Are there any other news and discussion lists besides this newsgroup (alt.org.sierra-club)? Yes, there are several on various topics. Some lists are restricted to members or committee members, but most lists are open to everyone. To get a list of Sierra Club lists, see http://www.sierraclub.org/news/lists.html or send the following one line message to <listserv@lists.sierraclub.org> (subject doesn't matter): GET CURRENT SCLISTS The most popular mailing list is SIERRACLUB-ACTION, a daily briefing on environmental news and politics from the Club's Washington, D.C. office. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. MEMBERSHIP, BOOKS, OUTINGS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6.1. Where do I get a membership application? Send a message with your name and postal address to <information@sierraclub.org> The membership application is also available at http://www.sierraclub.org/member/ where you may print out a membership application or join on-line. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6.2. I'm already a member. How do I change my address? Send your name, membership number, and old and new addresses to <address.changes@sierraclub.org> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6.3. Where can I find information about Sierra Club Outings? National Sierra Club outings are posted on the web at http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/ You can also receive their catalog by sending your name and postal address to <national.outings@sierraclub.org> Most local groups and chapters also sponsor outings, which are generally free. The best way to find out about these outings is to join and you'll receive the local group or chapter newsletter every month or two. Some groups and chapters post outings on their web page under http://www.sierraclub.org/cha