1.1) What is this group?
The usenet group is no longer useful, long since having been destroyed by trolls. See the Dunsire Forums instead.
A) The group rec.music.makers.bagpipe was for people with a shared interest in all topics related to piping. The Great Highland Bagpipe (GHB) and Uilleann Pipe (UP) are the two main instruments of choice, but just about every conceivable kind of bagpipe is represented among the interests of readers and posters.
1.2) Are there any news group posting guidelines?
A) There are no hard and fast rules. However, some common sense etiquette can be applied to reduce the blood pressure of your fellow piping enthusiasts:
- Give a few seconds of thought to the "Subject" line of your post. A descriptive subject helps people to find messages on topics that interest them. You might consider prefacing your "Subject" with a parenthesized instrument identifier; [GHB] for Great Highland Bagpipe, [UP] for Uilleann Pipe, [NSP] for Northumbrian Smallpipe, [ALL] for all, and so on.
- Be careful how you quote when you reply to a post. To put it more directly, try not to over-quote. It's really irritating to get a 116-line message when 115 lines are quoted from a previous message and the only new line is the 116th which says: "Me, too".
- Reply directly when appropriate. If you want to respond to someone's post and your response is of an individual, personal nature, then it may be better to e-mail the person directly.
- Make sure you know how to use your newsreader.
1.3) Is there an archive of old messages and/or postings?
A) The archive of bagpipe mailing list messages from 1992 to roughly March 1995 is no longer available. For articles since the news group was established, see DejaNews, now known as Google Groups.
1.4) Is there a mailing list version of this news group?
A) No longer.. Table of Contents Back: Introduction Forward: The Great Highland Bagpipe