New Users - Read Me First

Posting-Frequency: every 14 days Last-modified: 3rd August 1994 Version: 1.0 Welcome to the hierarchy. This is a set of newsgroups dedicated to the discussion of motorsport. This message will be posted every 14 days to ...

Posting-Frequency: every 14 days Last-modified: 3rd August 1994 Version: 1.0

Welcome to the hierarchy. This is a set of newsgroups dedicated to the discussion of motorsport.

This message will be posted every 14 days to,, and It has some guidelines on posting to these newsgroups as well as instructions on how to obtain the FAQ list of Frequently Asked Questions.


A lot of people read this newsgroup - over 100,000 at the latest estimate. Some readers are restricted to tortuously slow connections. Some people pay for their connect time by the minute. Other people just like to read news when the Net is running slowly. When you post, please ask yourself questions like:

1.1 The Content of Your Post

o Are you discussing `organised, legal auto competitions' ? is _not_ for discussion of roadgoing `sports cars'.

o Would it be better to post to,, or ? The charters for these newsgroups are listed in section 3.

o Is a cross posted article is directly relevant to all of the groups where it will appear ? It is usually wrong to cross post an article to both and one of its subgroups (eg or r.a.s.nascar).

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.

1.2 The Style of Your Post

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 agreei".

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.

o Humour, and particularly sarcasm, is often misunderstood over the Net with hilarious consequences. A smily, :-), may be advisable.

1.3 Practicalities

o Is the subject line is both descriptive and accurate ?

o People can select the articles which most appeal to them if you have a keyword in the subject field like F1, INDYCAR, NHRA, WRC, F3000, IMSA etc. I think ADMIN is good for any posts which discuss the day-to-day running of the group, splitting the group, or revising the charter.

o Please try to keep the lines in the main text of your posts to fewer than 80 characters per line. When lines are longer than this, it becomes difficult to read with many news readers. 72 characters per line is a good length, since it allows others to quote you without running over 80 characters.

o If you are following up an article to create a new article, please 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.

o Please do not post large binary files like GIFs, JPEGs, MPEGs or WAVs to They will fill the Usenet disk partitions at some sites. Some people cannot select which articles they want before they have to download them. It is much better to post them to one of the alt.binaries.* newsgroups with a short post to to notify anyone who is interested.

1.4 Spoilers

o If you are going to post about a race before some people will have had the chance to watch it on television, say within 48 hours of the race, please put (spoiler) in the Subject: line and don't give away the result. You might also want to give people a chance to quit reading your message before you give them the news. The most reliable way of doing this is with at least 24 blank lines. ^L page breaks (hold the control key and press l) do not work for some newsreaders.

o If you have not yet seen the race, a day after it was on TV, and you really don't want to know who won, please abstain from r.a.s for a day. Even if everyone goes by the guidelines, there are always new people who won't know about them.

o If someone posts results without a spoiler warning, do not post a public flame. Mail a reasonably civil email note to that person requesting that they use (spoiler) in the future.

1.5 Handling Frequently Asked Questions

o If you are asking a basic question, please check the FAQ first. If the FAQ is has expired on your system, see section 1.1 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.

o Many news reading programs allow you to filter the articles in a 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. Some lines that you might like in your KILL file for are:

/Subject: New Users - Read Me First/h:j /Subject: rec\.autos\.sport FAQ.* /h:j /From: .*A\.H\. Henry/h:j



This unmoderated group is for discussion of legal, organised competition involving automobiles. Discussion from either of two viewpoints, spectator and participant, is encouraged. Technical discussions are generally more appropriately carried on in, and NASCAR (and other professional stock car racing) is discussed in Arguments about sports cars are largely inappropriate, as are most other discussions. For Sale ads are inappropriate unless they are for competition vehicles and/or equipment. Discussions of illegal events are marginal; one should probably avoid advocating breaking the law. (remember, the FBI reads Usenet!)


This is a moderated group which contains announcements, results, standings, news items, press releases, schedules, `reliable' rumours, and other information about automotive racing. No discussion is permitted; followups are be directed to


An unmoderated group for discussions about the technical aspects of racing cars. Discussions that are appropriate for this group include F1/Indy engines, restrictor plates, aerodynamics, semi-automatic transmissions, exotic fuels, carbon vs steel brakes, active suspension, chassis construction etc.


This unmoderated group is for discussions about all aspects of professional stock car racing, especially the NASCAR (Winston Cup and Grand National) but also series such as CASCAR and AUSCAR.


It answers some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) in the hierarchy as well as some others which perhaps _should_ be asked. This is now available in several formats:

3.1 ASCII Text

The latest text version of the FAQ is also available from:

Several other servers have the FAQ, although these may be updated less frequently. On some these servers have the filenames for the FAQ are derived from the "Subject:" line. I think these are an early version of the FAQ which was posted to without suggested archive filenames.

Europe: gopher://

America: gopher://


3.2 WWW

The latest hypertext version is available by WWW at:

3.3 LaTeX

latex2html can compile this into HTML files on your local machine. This will let you WWW browser without getting each file separately across the network. The files are zipped together. Remember to transfer them as binary.

3.4 Postscript

The Postscript version of the FAQ looks quite nice but is a bit of a tree-killer with 99 pages. I can split this into smaller chunks if anyone is interested.

3.5 Getting files by e-mail and ftp

If you only have electronic mail, the FAQ can also be retrieved from,, and

For information on how to use FTP, send e-mail to with with no subject line. In the body of the mail put: send usenet/news.answers/finding-sources

-- Read the list of Andrew Henry Frequently Asked Questions v1.1 at: University of Bath, UK Sempre Gilles

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