The alt.comics.batman FAQ
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This faq consists of answers to several questions about the newsgroup alt.comics.batman. It's a great way to get to know what the group's about, if you've never visited before, and would like to get involved. If you have any comments or can think of any questions that should be added here, post away. The faq is archived at http://www.inverty.com/bbb/faqs/acbfaq.htm
1. What is alt.comics.batman?
1. What is alt.comics.batman?
alt.comics.batman is a newsgroup for the discussion of Batman and related characters. Named ACB for short, the group was created in Usenet on June 19, 1993. Anything that concerns Batman is on-topic, with emphasis on the comics. Most of all, have fun!
2. How can I talk about a new comic without spoiling it?
When you'd like to
talk about a recent or upcoming story, it's polite to warn people before
doing so, so that you don't spoil key parts of the plot for them. Revealing
info like this, large or small, is called a spoiler. Many people don't
receive their comics right away, and they'd rather not hear about what's
going on in them until they read it themselves. The way to prevent these
spoilers from occurring is to include spoiler space in your post. To create
spoiler space, follow these steps:
3. Can I post pictures and sounds here?
No, please don't.
Image and sound files, also called binaries, are very large compared to
text messages and take a lot of time to download. Because of this, many
internet service providers will drop the group from their server, preventing
people from posting here. If you would like to share your binary with
the group, you have two options:
4. I'm new here and a little nervous about posting. Should I be worried?
No! Though Usenet has the reputation of being somewhat of a nasty realm, ACB is a great, friendly community. We're relatively troll-free, and flamers seldom appear. If you've got something to say, please feel welcome to say it! Lurk for a little while, to get a feel for the place, then jump into a discussion. Introduce yourself, if you like.
5. What do all those short forms stand for?
A number of acronyms
find their way into people's posts, here in ACB. If you see one you're
unfamiliar with, don't be afraid to ask. Here are some of the regular
6. Can I post about Robin or Superboy here?
Robin is a member of the Bat-family and is on-topic. Basically, you can post about any character that is featured regularly in any of the Bat-books. Unless Superboy, or any other character who's not part of the Bat-crew shows up in a Bat-book, he is not on-topic in ACB. Posts dealing with other DCU characters should be posted in rec.arts.comics.dc.universe.
7. Can I post about my auctions, or items I'm selling?
If you have an item for sale, or up on the auction block, put an FS or FA tag in your subject line, along with a brief description of the item, so that people will know your post is an ad. Please don't post images of your item, but instead provide links to them. Posting the same ad for your item every day or two is inconsiderate. Servers don't delete posts every day, so there's no reason to put up repeat ads within a short period time. Please wait at least a week, before reposting the ad. Most importantly, if you have a number of auctions, please don't make one post for each item. Instead, list the links to all of your auctions in one post.
8. How much is this comic worth?
If you're wondering how much a certain comic is valued at, http://www.comicspriceguide.com has a searchable index that will give you an approximate figure. Most importantly though, the entertainment one receives from reading a comic is worth more than any dollar can deal.
9. Can I advertise my Batman web page?
Whether it's your Bat-site, or a place you've found that's really neat, feel free to include a link and let us know.
10. Can I post fan-fiction?
If you've written
a story about Batman or any related character, you can share it with us,
if you like. There are three options available to you:
11. What are all the GCPD posts about?
A few years ago, two ACBers created a fictional Gotham where they starred as police officers in the GCPD. They made posts of serial fiction back and forth, similar in style to the way campfire stories are told in groups. Since then, other posters have joined in the fun, creating characters for themselves, to produce an ongoing tale of the perils, pleasures, and people who make living in Gotham an exciting experience. If you'd like to read the previous GCPD threads, or are thinking of joining yourself, head to the GCPD Archive at http://www.inverty.com/bbb/gcpd/Default.htm
12. Are off-topic posts allowed?
ACB is a low-traffic group, so it's okay when a thread occasionally moves away from Batman. But please don't let it get out of hand. If your off-topic post veers out of control, just stop, move the discussion to a group where it's on-topic, or return the thread to a Batman discussion.
13. Where can I find more information about Batman? You're always welcome to post your questions to the newsgroup, but if you'd like to find some Batman sites on the net, here's a few to start you off:
ACB's Better Batman
The Legal Stuff - Batman and related characters are the property of DC Comics. This is an unofficial web site and is not endorsed by or affiliated with DC Comics. All stories present on this site are the copyright of each writer, except for those characters and places that are copyright DC Comics. This web site is designed to provide people with information and entertainment relating to the DC Comics' Batman character and is not in any way a profit-making enterprise.