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Things You Should Know (A help file for and other groups)

Version 1.2

New this issue

Special author's note:

I have posted this file once a month for the last three months. Due to
my going on a long working vacation to a foreign land very soon this will 
the last time I post it.

It seems a shame to lose what I think to be useful information, 
especially for newcomers. I therefore invite anyone who wants to take it 
over and make it their own to please do so. Rewrite it as you see fit, 
deleting all references to me if you wish, I don't mind <smile>.

I will only be posting this to ASSM. It will be up to Eli to crosspost
where he will.

Thanks for reading.


July 1998


Newsgroups Available
How and what to post
Story Codes
Other Resources



This is a "help you get started" post, for both readers and writers, 
and mentions several of the things you may have been puzzled about, 
but didn't know who to ask, or were just unaware of. I hope you find 
it of use.

First, it should be understood that any group on usenet is not a 
central location. It is not a bulletin board as such. There is no 
central authority, and nobody to complain to, other than your own ISP 
(Internet Service Provider), who either does or doesn't carry a 
particular group. These newsgroups are held by your ISP, but are 
filled by being linked to thousands of other newservers around the 
world. They are constantly passing posts to each other to update 
themselves and keep the groups as up to date as possible. This is how 
posts propagate around the usenet system, jumping from server to 
server, ISP to ISP.

The length of time a particular story stays on a group, before being 
removed, varies between ISPs, and is dependent on such things as 
their local disk space, how many posts they receive and their general 
"time held" policies. So please don't write to the ASSM moderator 
asking him not to remove your stories, or post to the newsgroups 
about it. Newsserver administrators probably don't read the groups, 
and certainly won't take instructions or requests from them.

It is my intention to keep this post as brief and focused as 
possible. I have read the previous ASSFAQ guides and I feel them to 
be unnecessarily long as they tried to cover all possible aspects. 
I'm not doing that, as I want this to be read, not shied away from 

What this is not, is any sort of explanation of how to write a story, 
or any tips on grammar and the like.

Finally, remember this is a guide only, not gospel or chartered law. 
Just read it and make your own judgment on its content and intention. 

Thanks for your time.

May 1998


Sex Story Newsgroups

There are few different types of newsgroup in the 
(ASS) hierarchy.

The main story group is:   -- (everything)

with the more specialist groups:   -- (BDSM)   -- (infidelity)   -- (same sex sex)   -- (straight sex)   -- (transgendered)  -- (incest)

Note: some of these groups may not be carried by your ISP. If you want 
them to you'll have to ask your ISP to add them to their lists.

None of the above groups are moderated. In other words, anyone is 
free to post what they like to these groups and nobody can stop them. 
Because of this they come under constant attack of spammers (people, 
or organizations, that use newsgroups to promote commercial services 
with copious amounts of advertising.) To combat this invasion there 
is also a story group that is moderated, called:   -- (everything, no spam)

Moderation means a person, presently Eli the Bearded, has to approve 
the posting before it is allowed to appear. He generally doesn't 
censor on content of the stories, just makes sure that spam doesn't 
get through. Though, I do believe he will not allow material that 
will breach certain copyrights. You can either post to ASSM in the 
same way you post to any of the groups, or you can mail the story 
directly to Eli at:

There is also another moderated group called:   -- (same sex sex, no spam)

The moderator is Mykkhal. Stories for ASSGM can also be submitted 
directly to:

Another way to combat spam is to use newsreader software that has a 
filtering system that can be programmed to eliminate the worst 
offenders. It is beyond the scope of this post to attempt to 
explain such things, not least because I don't use them myself, I pay 
for a spam reduced newsfeed.

There is also a discussion group called:   -- (discussion about everything)

ASSD is for the discussion of writing about sex, and in general terms 
is for readers and authors to talk about stories, and what you liked 
or didn't like about stories that have been posted to the other story 
groups etc. Though often the threads (related posts on one topic) 
will be of a more general nature, but usually relating to sex in some 
fashion. It is NOT a place to post stories. As this group is not 
moderated, a convention has been established to insert {ASSD} in the 
subject line, so that posts can be easily differentiated from the 
spam. Some people use the same convention for posting to the other 
groups, though it is less common; albeit a sensible idea.

Another convention you might find useful to follow, is to put the 
author's name at the beginning of the subject line, such as {Kim}.

There is also a group called:

        alt.stories.erotic   -- (everything)

So called, in an attempt to avoid spam, on the theory that spammers 
only target groups with the word sex in the title. Unfortunately this 
doesn't seem to be true, and this group gets its share of spam too.


How and what to post to ASS and the other groups

It has been established that only plain ASCII text should be used to 
post to any of the groups. This means that the following are all 
unacceptable: zip files (compressed), native word processor files 
(such as Word, Word Perfect, etc), or any attachment file such as 
graphics files like GIF of JPEG, or HTML (web pages).

Believe it or not, there is a group set up for such posts called:   -- (everything)

It does allow the posting of all of the above, so if you wish to post 
such things, then that is the only acceptable group to do it to.

If you write a story in a word processor, but intend to post it to 
any of the non-binary groups, then it must be converted to plain text  
and pasted, or loaded, into your newsreader/emailing software before 

Due to the varied reading software, it is also considered polite to 
add carriage returns at the end of each line. Failure to do this will 
result in one long line on many readers' screens. And lines should be 
kept to no more than about 75 characters in length. 72 is a 
reasonable length to aim for.

Most word processors allow you to output a file in plain text with 
line feeds. It may be a good idea to choose a non-proportional font 
before you do this, to ensure a more uniform line length.

If your story is very long (over 100k), it is a good idea to split 
it into sections, with an appropriate numbering system in the 
subject line to indicate the sequence, such as 1/3, 2/3, 3/3. Many 
authors will spilt at much smaller sizes (say 30k), due to 
limitations with their software or their ISP's requirements. If 
possible the parts should be posted in sequence too. This will mean 
they will likely arrive at the news servers in sequence and can then 
be downloaded by the reader in one file, if they have the software to 
do that.

If you post a story to then Eli will also 
cross-post it to automatically. He also sets any 
followups to go to

If you intend to post a followup to thank an author, having hit the 
reply button to say "Hey, I liked that story, thanks" take the 
trouble to edit out the story before you post it. It is not necessary 
to post the entire story to ASSD, and would not be welcome there 
anyway. In fact a simple "I like it" would be better posted to the 
author directly, if that's possible. A post on why you thought the 
author did, or didn't, succeed would be very welcome in ASSD.

One thing you should be aware of is that if you post with your own 
normal email address you will be leaving yourself open to junk mail. 
To combat this you can either alter you real address, obtain a
mailbox such as found at Hotmail, or obtain for yourself an anonymous 
email account. Full explanations of any of these tactics is beyond 
the scope of this post.


Story Codes

There are also established story codes that should be used in the 
subject line of a story. There is a separate FAQ (frequently asked 
question) file maintained and posted by Uther Pendragon on a regular 
basis to ASS and ASSD, both for readers and authors.

The FAQ for writers can be obtained at:

And the FAQ for readers is at:

The necessity of using codes has been debated a lot on ASSD, so it is 
up to you as a poster to decide if they are useful or not. Their main 
aim is to alert the reader to the content of the story, so that they 
may make an informed choice as to what to pay for, in terms of 
download time which may well be costing them money.



Anyone is free to write a review of any story and post it to any 
group. However, the best place to post it is probably ASSD. Some 
authors do not wish their work to be reviewed, and so state that in 
the header or introduction of their stories. Failure to state that 
means they are fair game.

Two people have managed to establish themselves as well-known 
reviewers, simply by being regular posters of reviews. They are 
Celeste and Lady Cyrrh. Neither of them should be considered in any 
official light. They are simply self-appointed reviewers and hold no 
more sway than anyone else. Should you wish to set yourself up as a 
reviewer then just do it. Becoming accepted as "worth reading" is 
only a matter of perseverance, nothing more. Many folks have tried, 
but only these two have so far succeeded.

Celeste has been doing it for several years and has written over two 
thousand reviews. An amazing achievement by any standards. It was she 
who developed the "BlowJob Principle." This is the idea that if you 
wish for authors to keep writing the stories you like to read, then 
you might like to write and tell them so, with a few words of 
encouragement from time to time. It would probably also be nice for 
the authors to acknowledge the support with a reciprocal thank you 
note. Some authors will be very happy to enter into a chain of 
correspondence with a reader, others won't have the time or 
inclination. You'll just have to try it and see what develops.

Celeste has also instigated a system of guest reviews, and they 
appear alongside her own reviews under the heading of "Celestial 

Lady Cyrrh has been doing reviews for about a year. She does all her 
own, though I believe she has help with some of the reviews that are 
to be found on her own website at 
should you want to read her past reviews. She tends to review stories 
in the more esoteric genres, but both she and Celeste have been known 
to stray into each other's territories <smile>. She has also suggested 
that you may want to check out the following groups for the occasional 
story you might find there, in amongst the earnest conversation.

        soc.sexuality.spanking   -- (spanking)
        soc.subculture.bondage-bdsm   -- (BDSM)

Many consider it an honor, and mark of success, if their stories rate 
an A+ from Lady Cyrrh, or a triple ten from Celeste. Many others 
think it a waste of time and effort, and will have nothing to do with 
them. Like most things in usenet, it's for you, the reader, to decide 
for yourself on such matters. If you feel an urge to voice your 
opinion on such things, then ASSD is the place to do so. Remember,
there is no right or wrong, only individual opinion.

Should you want to try your hand at writing a review you might like to 
read my self-opinionated guidelines on how to do that too. You can 
find them at:


Other Resources

One of the most amazing pieces of scholarly endeavor is the work of 
Ole Joe. He has created nothing less than an encyclopedia of the sex 
story world, which he has called " - A Subculture." It 
can be found at:

Eli the Bearded keeps an archive of all the stories that pass through 
ASSM. It can found at:

Stories to ASSM can be mailed to:

Mykkhal keeps an archive of all the stories that pass through
ASSGM. It can be found at:

Stories to ASSGM can be mailed to:

Most posts that go to any of the ASS* groups get archived at DejaNews. 
It can be found at: 
Don't forget to set the archive to "Adult."

An FTP archive of some stories from ASS also exists. It can be found at:

One of the old ASS FAQs (there have been more than one) can be found at:

The Story Codes FAQ for writers can be obtained at:

And the Story Codes FAQ for readers is at:

Celeste's review archive can be found at:

Lady Cyrrh's archive can be found at:

Mailbox accounts can be found at

A large collection of information about all things sexual is held at

To understand the abbreviations, acronyms, emoticons and the like, often
used in stories and posts to the newsgroups try: and look for a file called "e-mail shorthand."


The End

I would like to thank Uther Pendragon, Eli the Bearded, BitBard, 
Greybeard, Maff, Steven S Davis, Apuleius of Madaura, Lady Sara, See-El, 
Lady Cyrrh, Watcher, MC Woodsmoke and Felix Lance Falkon for comments
or help with the creation of this post, as well as all the regular 
contributors to ASSD who inspired me to do it.

"Things You Should Know" has been written by Kim.
You can contact her at: (but not for much longer)

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