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The following explains how to participate in the only e-mail discussion group dedicated to discussing all issues related to Belarus, its language, culture, politics, etc. Please note, this discussion (e-mail) list is un-moderated. Your submissions go directly to all of the list membership (usually approximately 200 subscribers).
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Note: There is a second discussion forum about Belarus. Follow this link for information about soc.culture.belarus.
[File last updated: September 27, 2000] Welcome to "BELARUS-ABM", an unmoderated discussion (e-mail) list begun in January, 1996, and designed to help coordinate and communicate information concerning the Republic of Belarus and all things related to Belarusian culture, history, language, literature, art, expatriate organizations, publications, etc. CHARTER PURPOSE OF THIS LIST This e-mail group is intended to facilitate discussion of Belarus- related topics. It may be helpful to think of BELARUS as the e-mail equivalent of "soc.culture.belarus", a (moderated) usenet newsgroup that was created in June, 1996). For further information about Internet forums, and specifically about the Belarus listserv and soc.culture.belarus, refer to the following Web page: http://www.belarus-misc.org/bel-net.htm The spelling of "Belarusian" in this document conforms to our understanding of the official spelling. We use this spelling out of a expression of solidarity, even though some of us feel "Belarusan" should be the spelling in English. Possibly, efforts will be initiated to change the spelling to "Belarusan." Appropriate messages to this list include, but are not restricted to the following aspects of Belarus: Informational posts about Belarus culture, history, etc. Language issues related to Belarusian Discussion of education, health, environment, etc., issues Discussion of politics, elections, etc. Relations between Belarus and other countries as long as discussion remains relevant to Belarus Discussion of economic conditions and gov't policies toward them Issues related to members of the Belarusian diaspora Questions and information about genealogy within the historical territory that has been Belarus Discussion of (new) books, articles, movies, etc., about Belarus Belarusian cuisine The effects of Chornobyl on Belarusians and the environment Discussion of minority issues, including language, within Belarus Job opportunities within Belarus The following are NOT permitted: Postings unrelated to Belarus Advertisements unrelated to Belarus Copyrighted material to which you do not own the copyright nor have written permission to reproduce All personal ads Submissions containing ethnic slurs, or submissions intended to hurt any given race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation Personal attacks made by a listmember toward other listmembers or other members of the internet community EXTREMELY long messages -- contact the listowners to make other arrangements for such messages (to a Web site, and then a pointer message to the list membership) IMPORTANT: If you have any questions about whether your possible posting meets the conditions of this charter, please contact the listowners directly. They are listed later in this file. DO NOT post to the list membership in such cases. This discussion list is for anyone who is interested in Belarus and who can follow usenet newsgroup netiquette, basic rules of polite human interaction, and any further restrictions imposed by this charter. There is no test or requirement as to how much of a Belarusian a person is who wants to make a submission and participate. Any restrictions concerning the contents of a post are intended to keep to the topic of Belarus, and are not intended to restrict anyone's expression of opinions. Free speech exists within the context of Belarus as a topic as defined in this charter. If the topic is not about Belarus, forums other than the Belarus discussion list are more appropriate. Format of submissions shall be as follows: Subject Line -- Clearly identifies the content as explicitly and concisely as possible; please edit subject line when changing topic in a thread (or when topic needs clarification) Line length -- No more than 72 characters/line; most lines more than 60 characters (for legibility, especially when quoted in a follow-up post) Content -- At least 1/3 original (unquoted) text preferred Appropriate to the group readership, not for personal e-mail (i.e., for one or only several others). Meets conditions of this charter, including netiquette. Signatures -- separated from the body by "-- " (note space) very long signatures and "handles" are discouraged; real names preferred Cross-posts -- are discouraged, but can be to no more than 4 newsgroups or mailing lists (total, including the Belarus list), if any at all BELARUS DISCUSSION LIST NETIQUETTE Rules for posting to BELARUS, the nature and range of the topics, the "netiquette" for behavior, etc., are explained in the charter section of this file. Netiquette for this discussion list is the same as usenet netiquette. A good starting point for learning about usenet (and mailing list) netiquette is the file, "Rules for Posting to Usenet." It is posted regularly to the newsgroups "news.misc" and "news.answers." This file can also be found on the Web site, http://www.cs.ruu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/usenet/posting-rules/part1.html and there is a humorous & satiric version, "Dear Emily Postnews," at http://www.cs.ruu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/usenet/emily-postnews/part1.html EXCLUSION FROM THE BELARUS DISCUSSION LIST Subscribers who repeatedly violate the charter and netiquette will be removed from the list and will not be permitted to post to it (I hope there is no need for this). LANGUAGES USED IN POSTS TO THE BELARUS LIST Submissions must be in English, Belarusian, or Russian. If in Belarusian or Russian, they should be transliterated or in KOI-8 (RFC-1489). There is a problem with posts in Belarusian in KOI-8 in that there is no agreed to mapping for "y neskladovae" and "i". This issue will be addressed and resolved through discussions on this list and will be included in the forthcoming FAQ. Visual approximations of Cyrillic Belarusian and Russian are strongly discouraged for the body of the message as they are essentially indecipherable. Use in signatures or other short usage is acceptable. END of CHARTER OWNERSHIP OF THE BELARUS DISCUSSION LIST Co-listowner: Peter Kasaty firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (English, some Belarusian, German, and Russian) Co-listowners are available to handle any requests, etc., and are fluent in the Belarusian and Russian languages (as well as in English): [ currently open positions ] Please send your comments, criticisms, suggestions (and offers of help! :-) ). Djakoui! (Thank you!) :-) Please contact the following or the co-listowners previously listed Peter Kasaty firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com San Diego, California, USA [File last updated: September 27, 2000]
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