Newsgroups: rec.boats.marketplace From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MODERATOR) Subject: r.b.m.FAQ1of4.intro Followup-To: email@example.com Originator: bonitch@vella Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Xerox Corp, Rochester NY Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 02:07:39 GMT Introduction to rec.boats.marketplace February 15, 1995 Welcome to rec.boats.marketplace, AKA r.b.m. This is the advertising group of the rec.boats newsgroups. My name is Joe Bonitch, and I am the moderator. This group contains advertisements for boating related items and services for sale and boating related items and services wanted. Advertisements can be for any items or services that people may want to sell or are looking for that are boating related. The contents of this group are not currently archived. If you are interested in starting an archive site for this newsgroup, contact me. This is a moderated newsgroup. That means that you cannot post directly to it, as you can with most other newsgroups. If you have an advertisement that you would like to post, email it to the submissions address, and the moderator will check it over and post it. There is another document posted regularly that describes how to submit advertisements. If you want to submit an advertisement, make SURE you read those directions, or you'll just have to fix your advertisement and send it in again. Email all your submissions to the submissions address: email@example.com. I want to make this a good group. If you have any questions, helpful comments, suggestions, or even criticisms, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not send submissions to that address. This file will be posted every month. Other files that will be posted regularly are: o Instructions for submitting advertisements to rec.boats.marketplace. o Guidelines for advertising in rec.boats.marketplace o Disclaimer for rec.boats.marketplace
Newsgroups: rec.boats.marketplace From: email@example.com (MODERATOR) Subject: r.b.m.FAQ2of4.instructions Followup-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: bonitch@vella Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Xerox Corp, Rochester NY Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 02:12:47 GMT Instructions for Submitting Advertisements to rec.boats.marketplace February 15, 1995 This file contains instructions on how to make submissions to the rec.boats.marketplace newsgroup, AKA r.b.m. Possibly revised editions are posted every month. TYPES OF ADVERTISEMENTS This group is for the posting of advertisements for boating related items and services for sale and boating related items and services wanted. Advertisements MUST be for boating related items or services only. All other submissions will be rejected. WHO SHOULD SUBMIT ADVERTISEMENTS To make an advertisement, you should be directly associated with the item or service in the advertisement. It is best if you are the person selling or looking for the item or service. If you have a friend that would like to post to r.b.m, but doesn't have Usenet access, they can post advertisements via email. See the HOW TO SUBMIT AN ADVERTISEMENT in this document. USENET IS NON-COMMERCIAL Usenet traffic is carried on NSFNet and other networks with non-commercial acceptable use policies. Therefore, this group is not a commercial advertising forum. The motto here is "Information, not promotion." Product announcements may not contain hype or denigrating comparisons with competing products. Announcements of products should contain only a straightforward description of features, requirements, pricing, and so forth. A look at the "news" or "new products" section of a computer magazine should give an idea of the proper presentation. Since it is often difficult to quickly get a special version of a press release, all press releases from commercial sources are accepted. However, when there is inappropriate material in a press release, the moderator acts as a newsroom editor to remove such material before it is posted. WHAT TO ADVERTISE This newsgroups is for two basic types of advertisements. Boating related items or services for sale and boating related items or services wanted. If it is not boating related, the advertisement will be rejected. PERIOD. There is another document called "Guidelines for Advertising in rec.boats.marketplace". If you would like to submit an advertisement, read that document before you write the advertisement. FORMAT OF ADVERTISEMENTS The exact format of your post is not important, so long as it is clear, well-organized, and provides all the necessary information. Do not right-justify your post. Leave a ragged right margin. Also, keep your line length under 70 characters wide. See the "Guidelines for Advertising in rec.boats.marketplace" document for more info. Try to keep your advertisement short. If it is too long, people will not read the whole thing. If you need to provide further information, make it available in documentation, through email, or with some other method. Correct spelling and grammar are important. If you have difficulty writing in English, ask for help, and the moderator will try to help correct any problems. HOW TO SUBMIT AN ADVERTISEMENT Once you have your advertisement written, you should submit it to the moderator. The primary moderator is Joe Bonitch. The best method for submitting advertisements is via email. Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your advertisement is posted, you will be sent an acknowledgement via email. If the advertisement is rejected for any reason, it will be sent back to you with an explanation. Please try to avoid making submissions by simply posting them to rec.boats.marketplace. Most systems will forward these to the moderator, but often the return address will get mangled, and this may foul up the forwarding mechanism especially if a backup moderator is serving. If your advertisement is accepted and posted, an acknowledgement will be sent back to you immediately. If you receive no acknowledgement after a reasonable wait, contact Joe at email@example.com. This time, you should include your telephone number in case there is some trouble sending you email. If your advertisement is accepted and posted, an acknowledgement will be sent back to you immediately. If you receive no acknowledgement after a reasonable wait, contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org. This time, you should include your telephone number in case there is some trouble sending you email. If there are no problems with the advertisement, it will be posted within a couple of days. The moderator may make minor edits for spelling, grammar, or clarity. If there is a problem with the advertisement, it will be returned with a note about the problem, so you can fix it. Common reasons for rejection are inappropriate subject for this group, incomplete information about a product, much too much information (listing every single minor feature), failing to list your association with the product/company, and too much selling hype. CROSS-POSTING Cross-posting isn't permitted. Also, it is generally not necessary to re-post your announcement in other rec.boats groups, as r.b.m has low traffic and will most likely have high readership. CONTACTING THE MODERATOR Finally, if you have any questions about this group or if you need help writing an advertisement, contact the moderator at the admin email address: email@example.com, or at his personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newsgroups: rec.boats.marketplace From: email@example.com (MODERATOR) Subject: r.b.m.FAQ3of4.guidelines Followup-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: bonitch@vella Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Xerox Corp, Rochester NY Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 02:14:53 GMT Guidelines for Advertising in rec.boats.marketplace February 15, 1995 This document is a supplement to the document "Instructions for Submitting Advertisements to rec.boats.marketplace," which is posted at the same time as this one. Read the "Instructions..." document before you read this document. This document gives specific instructions on how to write an advertisement for submission to r.b.m. If you follow these guidelines, you can be reasonably sure that your advertisement will be accepted. You do not need to follow the exact format given here. However, you should include all appropriate information requested. While typical commercial press releases are acceptable, they usually get edited (cut mercilessly) to remove inappropriate material, such as hype, denigrating comparisons with competing products, and stilted quotes from departmental vice presidents. If you would like to write an advertisement from scratch, this document is intended to provide a reasonable guideline. If you are not the owner of the item for sale, or the person who is advertising a service, remember to state how you are associated with the person or company that is selling the item or service. If your advertisemnt does not include this information, it will be rejected. It may even be something like "Skippy has this outboard motor for sale, and he asked me to post an advertisement." In any case, always include the reason why you are submitting the advertisement instead of Skippy. I will reject advertisements in which the submitter fails to explain why he or she should be the one submitting an advertisement for another person or a company. SUBJECT LINES It is desired that the Subject: line of all advertisements follow some convention. It will make the moderator's job MUCH simpler if ALL SUBMITTERS follow the following convention. (It will make the group a lot easier to read too :^) For Sale advertisements should look like the following: "Subject:FS: 1972 Johnson 5hp OB, $200, Seattle" "Subject:FS: 2 Barient #24 winches, $200USD, Australia" "Subject:FS: AC-95 t-shirts, many styles, $12ea, NY" "Subject:FS: Bottom painting, free estmt, Long Island/NYC" Wanted advertisements should look like the following: "Subject:WTB: '80s Hunter 25, Chesepeake Bay" "Subject:WTB: J24 trailer <$1000, Florida" "Subject:WTB: 35lb CQR anchor + chain, France" "Subject:WTB: VHF radio-any make working <$75, Boston" NOTE: Be sure to use the "FS:" or "WTB:" prefix when filling in the subject. It is the main item in the Subject: that will help make this group easier to read. ADVERTISEMENT BODY All advertisements should be straightforward. Make sure to include the following items: ITEM or SERVICE What is it that you are selling or looking for. Be concise and to the point. "I want a boat, but I'm not sure what type" is too broad for this group. COMPANY If the item or service is being offered company, give the name of the company. Also include a current address and telephone number that customers can contact for further information. Other methods, such as FAX numbers and email address should also go here. If you aren't a company, you don't need to include this section. DESCRIPTION Give a general descripttion of the item or service that you are offering or are looking for. Also list the important features, and any interesting details. Don't make the description too long. Interested parties will ALWAYS contact you for more information. Remember that many of the readers of this group are new and inexperienced. Make sure you explain in clear terms exactly what you are offering or looking for. Avoid too much jargon. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS If you have special requirements, be it selling or looking for somthing, list them. LOCATION Let everyone know where the item or service is being offered, or where you are located if you are looking for something. Remeber, this information is propagated world-wide. Some guy in Australia doesn't want to waste time contacting you only to find out that perfect dinghy you are selling is in Michigan. You MUST include this section even if you are willing to ship the item anywhere in the world. PRICE If you are advertising somthing for sale, list the price for the item or service. If the price is in a currency other than US dollars, specify it. Once again, this information will be propagated world-wide, so it is important to many readers. If it is a wanted advertisement, list what you are willing to pay or put $OPEN if that is the case. CONTACT INFO List how interested parties should contact you. You can list your email address, snail mail address, phone numbers, FAX numbers or any other method that an interested party might contact you.
Newsgroups: rec.boats.marketplace From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MODERATOR) Subject: r.b.m.FAQ4of4.disclaimer Followup-To: email@example.com Originator: bonitch@vella Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Xerox Corp, Rochester NY Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 02:15:19 GMT Disclaimer for rec.boats.marketplace February 15, 1995 1. Spirit of disclaimer I wish to protect myself against being sued. I am doing this work on a volunteer basis. I want to be able to work freely without worry about being sued for any of my actions or the actions of someone submitting information to me, especially since I'm doing this for the greater good. To this end, this is a warning that errors may occur and a statement that since I get my information from somewhere else, I won't be liable about it. I'm just passing it on from the submitter to the readers. 2. Language of disclaimer By submitting advertisements to the moderator, the submitter implicitly agrees that the material may be posted on Usenet. Submitting an advertisement autmatically releases the information contained within the advertisement into the public domain, so that it may be archived, re-published, put in a collection, sent to readers via electronic mail, or otherwise used in any manner whatsoever. Typing, transmission, or other errors and inaccuracies of commission or omission may occur, and the moderator assumes no liability for these errors. Advertisements submitted are the responsibility of the submitter. The moderator will not be held liable for the accuracy or content of such material. In addition, the moderator will not be held liable by either submitters or users of such material for any errors of omission or commission the moderator may make. If you disagree with these conditions, do not submit advertiesments to the moderator for posting to rec.boats.marketplace and do not use the information the moderator posts to rec.boats.marketplace.