FidoNews, founded in early 1984, is the newsletter of the FidoNet
computer network, for both its Sysops and users. It is passed to
its readers electronically via the FidoNet and other computer
networks and to non-network readers as well as to the InterNet.
Fidonews welcomes articles, editorials, and features of interest
to the Fidonet Community. To have your article included in
Fidonews, simply send it via netmail to 1:261/1406 or 1:1/1.
Here are some guidelines you can use to help me make it easier to
format your article for Fidonews:
1. Use standard ASCII text. Most word processor formats can't
be used by the Fidonews software. In addition, the Fidonews
software won't accept most ASCII control characters nor any
characters above ASCII 127 (this, unfortunately, includes all
those neat box drawing characters).
2. Start your lines at the left of your screen when typing. The
software puts in a left margin automatically, and I have to
manually remove any left margin appearing in your document.
3. Keep your line length to under 70 columns for tables or
charts (or if you include an ASCII illustration). Regular
paragraphs exceeding this 70 column limit can be reformatted
during the editing process, but tables and charts are normally
distorted beyond recognition by a simple reformatting.
4. Separate paragraphs with a blank line. This is how my text
editor recognizes paragraph endings, so I have to add blank lines
manually if you don't.
5. Title your article as you'd like to see it in the Table of
Contents. If you don't, I'll make up a title for you, but I'd
rather have the article appear as you wish.
6. Include your name and node number (or internet address) under
the title. I'll grab it from your message, if necessary... but,
again, I'd rather have the article appear as you wish.
7. Check your own spelling and wording. Though I feel free to
reformat your article so it conforms to technical requirements, I
generally leave the wording (and spelling) alone as I don't want
to distort what you have to say.
8. Send your article before Sunday in order to see it in that
Monday's edition. Normally I put the newsletter together Sunday
Evening and send it out... and I normally check email and
netmail before I finalize the edition. So if I get your article
before Sunday evening, I'll include it... but send it by
Saturday to be safe :)
9. If you're not sure whether you should write or send in your
article, I would encourage you to send it anyway. Chances are,
if you write of something of interest to yourself, it'll be of
interest to others. Besides, Fidonews is a better publication
when it's written by a variety of people :)