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Usenet Newsgroups : alt.brain.teasers FAQ


Last-modified: Jan 2004


Welcome to the Alt.brain.teasers Frequently Asked Questions. Alt.brain.teasers is a newsgroup with a good-humoured structure, which can be characterised by its informal discussions and replies, often on a first-name basis. There are no strict rules. However, there are some unwritten rules (conveniently written out for you below) which are just a matter of common courtesy between the visitors to the newsgroup.


This FAQ is maintained by Jan Merolant.

 
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Welcome to the Alt.brain.teasers Frequently Asked
Questions. Alt.brain.teasers is a newsgroup with a
good-humoured structure, which can be characterised
by its informal discussions and replies, often on
a first-name basis. There are no strict rules.
However, there are some unwritten rules (conveniently
written out for you below) which are just a matter of
common courtesy between the visitors to the newsgroup.




If you have an original puzzle and you want others to
try it, it is a good idea to post it here. But if you
read or hear a puzzle you would like to post, it's
best to read the FAQ (www.creativepuzzels.nl/faq.htm)
first:

o Do not post binary files (pictures) or MIME
attachments. Many of the news-readers used by the
newsgroup readers cannot read binary files or make a
real mess of them. Also HTML posting should be avoided.
In other words plain text only!

o Read the newsgroup for a week or so, to familiarise
yourself with the workings of this newsgroup.

o When you reply to posted puzzles, always quote the
initial puzzle or question so others can follow what
it is you're commenting on.

o When posting a solution to a puzzle, it's greatly
appreciated if you insert 15 blank lines between the
quoted question and your answer. This is done to make
sure that other readers do not accidentally see the
solution before they have a chance to try the puzzle
themselves.

o Before replying to a post you should check to see
if the entry has been cross-posted. It is a good thing
to delete those newsgroups that have no bearing on the
puzzle posted.

o If someone starts a flamewar, it is best to ignore
that post all together rather than reply to it - even
if you think, he/she needs putting straight. Such
posters are immune to your complaints, and even thrive
on them.

o If you are new in the wonderful world of newsgroups,
it is best to also read news.announce.newusers which
outlines some general newsgroup manners and tradition.

o If youŐre looking for a solution to a puzzle, you
could visit the alt.brain.teasers Archive at
www.creativepuzzels.nl. The Archive has a search
engine which allows you to enter search strings to
find a specific puzzle in the Archive pages.




Sometimes you may want to use a drawing to explain a
question or an answer. Since the posting of binaries
is not allowed, you have to add an ASCII drawing. To
help with that Carl Ginnow, a fellow puzzler, wrote a
simple but very cool ASCII-editor, which you can use
if you like. You can find it at
www.microprizes.com/public/TextDraw.htm



In 1999/03/18, Paul J. Hider, a regular puzzler at
"alt.brain.teasers", tired of reading the same old
puzzles again and again, proposed to give HADDOCK
as answer to all oldies. This in the hope that new
posters would read the newsgroup for a few weeks
before posting a puzzle that is very old, and thus
boring for the regulars.

This has now grown into a sport. When an
unsuspecting newbie posts an oldie, he or she gets
a haddock slammed. Don't get mad about it, because
it's not personal. It's just a harmless fish, unlike
the sharks you might receive in other NGs (not at
news:rec.puzzles) - they can bite your head off.

Note that "the Haddocking" is alt.brain.teasers
specific and that at rec.puzzles they have their own
way of letting people know the error of their ways,
although I have seen people there use haddock too,
just for the halibut.


Other puzzle groups are:
Dutch 
Italian 
French 
German 




To read the puzzles, that often have been posted,
goto: Alt.brain.teasers FAQ in HTML at
www.creativepuzzels.nl/faq.htm

Alt.brain.teasers Archive: Creative Puzzles
www.creativepuzzels.nl Archive van classic and
original puzzles posted on alt.brain.teasers.





ABT-FAQ, established, 14 Oct 1999

This FAQ list is maintained by Jan Merolant,
j a n m e r o l a n t @ h o m e . n l (no spaces)
and will be posted monthly. Comments are
appreciated!

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