The CMC newsgroups are never expired (messages posted stay forever, with one exception noted below), so one may trace the history of the squadron by reading all the messages posted here.
For the most current list of newsgroups available to the CMC, please see the Communications section of the CMC home page.
An alternate method is to connect to the CMC's news server: hq.cutthroats.com on port 119 and use the Subscribe to Discussion Groups feature available in the right click menu to add the newsgroup you want. From this dialog you can also browse existing groups to find the ones you're interested in. As a cutthroat, you should subscribe to all groups in the cutthroat hierarchy.
Once clicked, the dot changes to a checkmark and the newsgroup is "subscribed to". From now on, you can simply open the news server entry to get at these newsgroups. Some prefer to continue using the Communications listing. Either method is fine.
Note: When you post a new message, many newsreaders will not show the post until you've refreshed the newsgroup view (the easiest way to do this is to close and reopen the server by clicking on the +/- icon):
Please make sure you refresh your message view after posting. This is a very common mistake, as the poster continues to post her/his message over and over again since they don't get the expected feedback right away.
You may click on the links next to the References: header to trace backward in the reply chain if the message you are currently reading is a reply to an older message.
One common mistake is to use the Reply to Sender (via e-mail) option which means your message will be sent via e-mail to the poster of the message you were responding too. No one else will be able to read it as it won't get posted in the newsgroup.
If you are replying to a message, you will most likely want to quote the message you are replying to in order to provide some context for your post. Communicator's newsreader does this by default (although you have an option to override this). A quoted message will begin with "such and such wrote:" followed by lines indented and marked with ">" (Navigator will also display quoted text as italicized). There are 2 schools of thought regarding proper use of the quote feature. One is that no part of the post should be modified as you may very well change the intended meaning of the original poster. The other is that you should quote only the piece of the message that is relevant to your reply. This keeps the conversation more efficient.
NOTE: It is considered very poor taste to cancel a message that has already been replied to. In the CMC Cancelling should be limited to errors that need correction or if you accidentally posted to the wrong group.
You can create a link to a newsgroup by following this URL convention: news://server_name/newsgroup_name. In the case of the CMC, the server_name is hq.cutthroats.com. Here's an example link to the cutthroats newsgroup: news://hq.cutthroats.com/cutthroats.
You may also make a link to a message using this URL structure: news://server_name/message-id. You get the message-id from the message headers. Use View/Headers/All. Now right click on the link next to the Message-ID: header field. Chose Copy Link Location from the menu that pops up. Your clipboard now contains the link referring to this message. Click on this link for an example: news://hq.cutthroats.com/3264078B.708C@netscape.com.
You can attach files to your posts by clicking the Paperclip icon in the headers or the one in the toolbar.
If you want to post a .CAM file (Air Warrior film) please .ZIP it first. For window's users I strongly recommend WinZip (don't forget to register this singly most useful utility). Please do not post .CAM files to the discussion groups. Post films to newsgoups with names ending with a .films.
If you want to post a document created in another program, first try converting to HTML, then TXT format. Only as a last resort should you post word processor files. Again, your audience may not have the tools to read your attachment if you don't go with the standards.
Remember to keep the files as small as possible. For each minute that you upload the message, imagine that everyone who will be reading this message is going to have to download it again.
Last updated: 5/23/98
©1996, 1997, 1998 Julius Cisek aka "Boa"