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Subject: [alt.usenet.manifestoes] Manifesto Mini-FAQ (v1.3)
This article was archived around: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 10:39:42 GMT
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A Manifesto Mini-FAQ (12/16/96)
11. "What is this group all about?"
The purpose of alt.usenet.manifestoes is to present and discuss
manifestoes on USENET. Manifestoes can be for individuals,
organizations, groups, companies, governments, nations or political
parties. Often they are from individuals, especially those who are
frequent posters on USENET.
Because it is interesting. It can be amusing. It appears to be
worthwhile. Posterity matters. Some have found it useful. Why
Manifestoes are an important part of any undertaking. A manifesto
answers the question, "Why?" Every group, individual, company,
organization, project or government should have a mission
statement; without stated goals, success can be elusive.
In the long-run, alt.usenet.manifestoes and its archive can
serve to be the official repository for the manifestoes of
a wide range of organizations.
It is sometimes difficult to find a mainstream outlet for the
presentation of views or goals; alt.usenet.manifestoes is a
In the tragic extreme, consider that FC (the Unabomber's
organization) considered "Industrial Society and Its Future" (the
Unabomber manifesto) to be so important that a bombing campaign was
started in order to ensure the manifesto's publication.
19. "What is a manifesto?"
1. man.i. fes.to \. man-*-' fes-(.)to-\ n
pl.: manifestos or manifestoes
[It, denunciation, manifest, fr. manifestare to manifest, fr. L]
a public declaration of intentions, motives, or views
A manifesto is your mission statement, your purpose: Why you do
what you do, exactly what it is that you believe and intend to
Some well-known manifestoes include the Communist Manifesto,
Richard Stallman's GNU Manifesto, and Kibo's HappyNet Manifesto
(all of which have been posted to alt.usenet.manifestoes in the
past and are available from the archive).
02. "Where do these manifestoes come from?"
People and organizations write them and make them available,
sometimes in other newsgroups, WWW pages or FTP archives. They are
submitted to alt.usenet.manifestoes for approval (see below).
Sometimes the moderation team stumbles across them and posts them
(we always try to get permission first).
All are welcome to submit a manifesto for themselves or for an
06. "How can I submit a manifesto?"
For most newsreading software, you can just post to
alt.usenet.manifestoes normally, and your news software will
forward your article to the proper place for approval.
If that method doesn't work, simply send the manifesto by e-mail to
If you wish for a manifesto to be presented anonymously, please
indicate by including the line:
[Moderator: Please post this anonymously.]
Alternately, you may send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
indicating that you wish to submit anonymously BEFORE you submit
You should receive a reply to indicate that your manifesto was
received. You'll be notified of its approval, usually within 48
hours. Currently the moderation is not automated, so please be
patient before resubmitting your articles; all submissions will
receive a reply eventually.
Please indicate as much as possible about the authorship of the
manifesto (who wrote it, when, where it may be available [including
URL if applicable], how authorative the manifesto is or if it is an
organization's official manifesto) and its copyright status.
If you are writing a new manifesto, please consider including a
statement declaring that the manifesto is in the public domain
or, if copyrighted, that it may be freely distributed without
10. "What gets approved?"
Everything that is on charter, not 100% commercial, not
cross-posted, and not full of obscure acronyms. Discussion of
previous manifestoes is welcome. The newsgroup is not limited to
serious manifestoes. Anonymous contributions are also welcome.
We do wish to encourage discussion, so please feel free to comment
on any manifestoes, including those in the archive.
14. "Why is this newsgroup moderated?"
To keep it on charter. To keep the posts coming regularly. The
intention is to keep a.u.m. high-interest, low-traffic and
One advantage of moderation: alt.usenet.manifestoes is the only
alt newsgroup GUARANTEED to be immune to spam (for example, make
money fast advertisements posted to many non-relevant newsgroups).
18. "Does the moderator edit the manifestoes?"
He is often very tempted.
01. "But you don't edit them really, right?"
No, manifestoes are not edited.
Okay, that's not true; the moderator has in the past reformatted
e-text, such as the Communist Manifesto, to fit within 70 columns.
No contributed manifestoes are altered.
05. "Do you write the manifestoes yourself?"
The moderation team, including the author of this faq, does not
write the manifestoes that appear. Look at the "From:" line or the
signature to find out who the author is. If a manifesto is
anonymous, it will be marked as such.
09. "So why does your name appear on each post?"
Because I'm the moderator, my name automatically appears under the
"Originator:" and "Approved:" header lines. But that doesn't mean
that I have anything to do with the manifesto. In fact, I disclaim
all opinions expressed by the authors of the manifestoes.
13. "Do you turn down manifestoes that you don't agree with?"
Even though I personally do not agree with the politics or opinions
expressed in many of the manifestoes, I do not turn away any
manifesto that meets the charter, no matter how offensive, puerile,
self-serving, indecent, unintelligible, racist or idiotic the
manifesto may be. Nor do I take credit for the reasonable,
intelligent, interesting and insightful manifestoes. I am simply
the manager of a forum -- a common carrier.
I have, however, rejected many duplicate postings, MAKE.MONEY.FAST
articles, and advertisements for phone sex numbers and web sites,
since they are off-charter.
17. "Isn't that censorship?"
No more than any moderation is censorship. All newspaper and
magazine editors practice one form of censorship: they reject
inappropriate articles. Since the only thing this newsgroup is
about is manifestoes, the only things that appear here are
I abhor censorship of ideas, yet my duty [cue stirring music] as
moderator is to eliminate off-topic postings. If an article is
rejected, it is because it is off-charter (perhaps because it is
Even so, rejectees may still have a voice by posting to one of the
other 34,000 newsgroups on USENET. I wish them luck with their
illegal pyramid schemes or whatever.
I would welcome the publication of a MAKE.MONEY.FAST manifesto.
21. "Is there an archive?"
Yes -- if you have access to the World Wide Web, point your browser
There is currently no ftp archive, but please let me know if you
want one. With sufficient demand, I can mirror the WWW archive at
emf's FTP site. Only two people have asked for an FTP archive.
04. "What articles have appeared so far?"
Here's a list:
Article 1: (05/16/95) Welcome to Alt Usenet Manifestoes
Article 2: (05/17/95) The Origin Story
Article 3: (05/19/95) Kibo's HappyNet Manifesto
Article 4: (05/31/95) The Manifesto of David Guntner
Article 5: (05/31/95) [Manifesto of Ellis L. Keyes] Life is a Party
Article 6: (05/31/95) Electronic Rights & Responsibilities V0.13
Article 7: (05/31/95) cyberfeminist manifesto
Article 8: (05/31/95) the PERKYGOTH manifesto
Article 9: (05/31/95) Manifesto of Negativity
Article 10: (06/02/95) self-explanatory - rone
Article 12: (06/06/95) The LAMA M A N I F E S T O
Article 13: (06/06/95) A word from the moderator
Article 14: (06/06/95) Manifesto of the Communist Party
Article 15: (06/06/95) The PC Manifesto
Article 16: (06/07/95) The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto - Timothy May
Article 17: (06/07/95) Carbonist Manifesto
Article 18: does not exist.
Article 19: (06/09/95) The BOB(c)MANIFESTO
Article 20: (06/09/95) A Psychopunk's Manifesto - T.C.Hughes
Article 21: (06/13/95) NZMRA Manifesto - Peter Zohrab
Article 22: (06/13/95) The Cancer of $cientology - henry
Article 23: (06/14/95) The GNU Manifesto - Richard Stallman
Article 24: (06/14/95) TRAV: The FAQ
Article 25: (06/15/95) A Manifesto for Cyberspace
Article 26: (06/16/95) Tele-Manifesto du jour
Article 27: (06/21/95) Re: Tele-Manifesto du jour
Article 28: (06/21/95) The ParaMetaExistentialist Manifesto
Article 29: (06/26/95) --GAIA: THE QUIET REVOLUTION--
Article 30: (06/27/95) Re: The ParaMetaExistentialist Manifesto
Article 31: (06/28/95) Manifesto of Sexual Freedom
Article 32: (06/28/95) Commentary on the Manifesto of Sexual Freedom
Article 33: (06/28/95) the cyber-existentialist manifesto
Article 34: (06/29/95) Re: the cyber-existentialist manifesto
Article 35: (06/30/95) Party (Ellis L. Keyes)
Article 36: (07/02/95) Panarchy: everyone voting on everything
Article 37: (07/05/95) The Neo-Nihilist Manifesto
Article 38: (07/05/95) The Cafe BOB(c) Manifesto
Article 40: (07/06/95) Virtual Surrealist Manifesto
Article 41: (07/12/95) Patarealist Manifesto
Article 42: (07/14/95) Re: The Patarealist Manifesto (Tom Breton)
Article 43: (07/17/95) Re: The Patarealist Manifesto (The BOB(c))
Article 44: (07/18/95) Re: The Patarealist Manifesto (Wandering)
Article 45: (07/18/95) CTTS and You
Article 46: (07/18/95) Re: The Patarealist Manifesto (D Donahue)
Article 47: (07/18/95) Re: The Patarealist Manifesto (D Donahue)
Article 48: (07/20/95) The TSOTIC Manifesto
Article 49: (07/21/95) THE IMPERIAL MANIFESTO OF USENET
Article 50: (07/25/95) We at Obscure Research Labs
Article 51: (07/25/95) THE INFERIOR MANIFESTO OF USENET
Article 52: (07/25/95) Manifesto of the Elitism Mailing List
Article 53: (07/28/95) unix makes my hack writing work harder
Article 54: (08/03/95) Enterzone Statement of Purpose
Article 55: (08/03/95) The First Manifesto of Virtuism
Article 56: (08/04/95) Excerpts From UNABOM's Manifesto
Article 57: (08/04/95) Professor Tyler's Letter To Unabomber
Article 58: (08/05/95) Text of Unabomber Manifesto (excerpts)
Article 59: (08/05/95) Unabomber and the New Left
Article 60: (08/10/95) A More Complete Version of the UNABOMBER Manifesto
Article 61: (08/16/95) The Tutorial Manifesto
Article 63: (08/19/95) GLF: The Final Solution
Article 64: (08/23/95) something like a manifesto (Beverley R. White)
Article 65: (08/23/95) To Post (Ellis L. Keyes)
Article 66: (08/24/95) FATHERS MANIFESTO
Article 67: (08/24/95) Avant-Pop Interactive
Article 70: (08/26/95) Re: The GLF: The Final Solution
Article 71: (08/26/95) Re: FATHERS MANIFESTO
Article 72: (08/29/95) The Post-Human Manifesto
Article 73: (08/31/95) Manifesto (Ellis L. Keyes)
Article 74: (09/08/95) FATHERS' MANIFESTO
Article 75: (09/13/95) FATHERS' MANIFESTO - A rewrite
Article 77: (09/20/95) Jack Graham's Hyperfiction Manifesto
Article 78: (09/20/95) The McDonalds Manifesto
Article 80: (09/20/95) Complete Text of the Unabomber Manifesto
Article 81: (09/20/95) Manifesto of the Futurist Programmers
Article 82: (09/20/95) Concertgoers' Manifesto
Article 83: (10/04/95) FC's manifesto: sloppy versions circulating
Article 84: (10/04/95) FC: Differences between a.u.m. and CoE version
Article 85: (10/04/95) National Socialism Primer
Article 86: (10/04/95) Universal Equality Primer
Article 87: (10/04/95) Re: National Socialism Primer
Article 88: (10/04/95) The Manifesto Of Nothing In Particular
Article 90: (10/30/95) Revolution #9
Article 91: (11/01/95) Tax The Rich
Article 92: (11/06/95) THE ALT.MEGA-EGO.YONDERBOY MANIFESTO! GRRRRRRR!
Article 93: (11/02/95) Anti-Unabomber Manifesto
Article 94: (11/15/95) THE GUARAPO REVOLUTION (MANIFESTO)
Article 96: (11/17/95) Church of the Subgenius "manifesto"
Article 97: (11/28/95) Industrial Workers of the World: Preamble to
Article 98: (11/29/95) The Wild Ranch Manifesto
Article 101: (02/02/96) THE ADRIATIC LINE
Article 102: (02/19/96) Freeman's Manifesto
Article 103: (02/22/96) HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION!! (Father's Rights)
Article 104: (02/28/96) Man's Subliminal God
Article 106: (02/29/96) The CDA - A Declaration of the Independence of
Article 107: (03/07/96) Manifesto of the Front de Libération du Québec
Article 108: (03/07/96) Anarchy: Now and Forever!
Article 109: (03/12/96) Egoist Manifesto #1
Article 110: (05/23/96) Scum Manifesto
Article 111: (05/23/96) What I Want From Usenet (Jaffo)
Article 112: (08/14/96) Story Weavers' Manifesto
Article 114: (08/23/96) Mana manifesto
Article 115: (09/05/96) American Nihilist Underground Society Maniphisto
Article 116: (12/08/96) LEGALIZE CRACK MANIFESTO
Article 117: (12/08/96) QED manifesto
Article 118: (12/08/96) The alt.life.itself FAQ
Article 119: (12/08/96) charge.html
Missing article numbers represent canceled, erroneous or
superseded postings, or postings of the mini-faq.
To see one of the above articles, turn the article number into
a five digit number by prepending zeroes (i.e., Article 17 becomes
00017) and then plug it into the following address, replacing XXXXX:
For example, Article 88 becomes:
08. "Can I subscribe by e-mail?"
No. Sorry. Just read it as a newsgroup, or stop by the
Manifesto Archive Home Page.
There may be a Usenet-to-mail gateway at your site which can
automatically send you all new articles from alt.usenet.manifestoes
as they appear. Please ask your local support people.
You MAY request any of the above articles be hand-mailed to you
by sending email to email@example.com. Please do not
abuse this resource, as I do not have a lot of free time.
12. "How come propagation is so low?"
Almost every alt group has bad propagation. This one is no
But it's getting better. For the first month (April, 1995), it was
so bad that I didn't even receive the newsgroup at my own site.
Thanks to diligent newgrouping (from David Guntner, Andrew Stephen
Damick, Partha S. Banerjee, and Alistair James Robert Young), it's
now carried at most major sites, including Netcom, uunet, Prodigy
and AOL. If you can't receive it at your site, please ask your
If your news administrator cannot carry alt.usenet.manifestoes,
you'll have to use an alternate NNTP server or use the archive
16. "Why is the plural of manifesto 'manifestoes' and not 'manifestos'?
Why is the name of this newsgroup plural, anyway?"
Dictionaries in the U.S. say either is acceptable. The moderator
happens to prefer 'manifestoes.' [Long story about why deleted.]
In the debate on alt.config (the place where new alt groups are
discussed), Melissa Anne Algeo recommended that the name be plural
so that people don't think the purpose of this newsgroup is to come
up with some unifying manifesto for all of USENET (which although a
worthwhile project, is not the sole goal of this newsgroup).
20. "Who is on the moderation team?
Many people have pointed me to existing manifestoes for
publication. I'd like to specially thank Thomas Dell
(firstname.lastname@example.org), John Restrick, the Stanford NetNews
Service (SIFT), tribe, the authors of "grep," and everyone who has
contributed so far.
You may join the moderation team: Send me any manifesto you
are aware of that has not been published, and I will be sure
to give you credit (if you desire). Please obey any copyright
laws by not contributing copyrighted work.
03. "Who is the moderator?"
No one important. I've been reading news for a long, long time and
try to contribute in my own little way. My only hope is that you
find this newsgroup an interesting place. As Andy Damick points
out, wanting to moderate is simply one of the signs that you are
hopelessly, irreversably addicted to USENET.
07. "What e-mail addresses are relevant?"
Human Being: email@example.com
-- Zeigen (E. Stephen Mack) firstname.lastname@example.org
Zeigen's Dilemma: http://www.emf.net/~estephen/