SCL FAQ Version 0.91
- From: Moussa <moussa_el@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:08:50 +0800
[About this FAQ ]
This FAQ is maintained by Moussa (MEK) and Bassem (BM), both can be
contacted in this News Group, it is posted on the 1ST Day of every month
on SCL, this version is 0.91.
What is SCL?
[Definition and history]
SCL stands for Society.Culture.Lebanon, a Usenet Newsgroup started in
1990, on or about November 22nd [See citation for RFD, CFV, Vote Result,
and creation control message.] SCL is a forum for Lebanon related
discussions and news exchange.
What are known SCL Archives?
Note: Google archives has gaps as Google archives evolved from Deja
A partial archive exists here (1995-2003):
See some selected articles here
How is SCL accessed?
Google is one: http://groups.google.com/group/soc.culture.lebanon
By News Reader Client:
Clients requires access to a News Server, for example:
Code:[ news.*myisp*.com ]
Where *myisp* is your Internet Service Provider.
If not sure, ask your Internet Service Provider if it has a News
Feed/News Server, or try the above, there is nothing to lose and it may
Alternatively you can use one of the free News Server.
List of Free NNTP server that carry Lebanon related News Groups.
Server Address Retention Post/Read
nntp.aioe.org 05 Days Yes/Yes
news.eternal-september.org 14 Days Yes/Yes
a comprehensive list can be found here http://www.disenter.com/
Which News Reader to use?
* Netscape Communicator
* 40tude Dialog
* Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express
Mac OS X:
* See http://www.newsreaders.com/mac/clients.html for more.
Also a comprehensive list of News Readers can be found here:
Off-Line or On-Line reading?
Most News Readers support both, really is a preference of choice, but if
you have slow Internet connection you might want to consider off-line
1. Rules of thumb for posting on Soc.Culture.Lebanon.
3. Angela Gunn, Charles Pappas A Brief History of the Net.
4. Various, Bell Laboratories History.
5. Lee S. Bumgarner, The Great Renaming FAQ.
6. Unknown, What is the Internet? A Brief History of ARPANet, UUCP,
7. Henry Edward Hardy, The History of the Net.
8. Various, The New Hacker's Dictionary.
9. Henry Spencer, News Article Format and Transmission, RFC1036-SON.
10. Various Newsreaders.com.
11. Jeroen Scheerder, GNKSA * The Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval.
12. Virginia Shea, Netiquette Home Page.
13. Dirk Nimmich, How do I quote correctly in Usenet?
What is SPAM?
* Spam is unsolicited e-mail on the Internet. From the sender's
point-of-view, it's a form of bulk mail, often to a list culled from
subscribers to a Usenet discussion group or obtained by companies that
specialize in creating e-mail distribution lists. To the receiver, it
usually seems like junk e-mail. In general, it's not considered good
netiquette to send spam. It's generally equivalent to unsolicited phone
marketing calls except that the user pays for part of the message since
everyone shares the cost of maintaining the Internet.
What is Flame/ing?
An intentionally insulting message exchanged via email or online
discussion groups. A series of flames is known as flame wars.
- Flame War
An ongoing sequence of hostile messages between two or more people,
usually in a public forum on the internet. This is usually a result of
an online discussion degenerating into personal attacks against
What is Troll/ing?
To deliberately post false or controversial messages to gain attention
for the sake of attention, usually from people who genuinely want to
help. The act of posting false messages is called trolling.
What tools are available to filter SPAM on SCL?
Client based filtering:
Kill File AKA Bozo Bin is your best friend use it wisely.
add to kill file to filter out cross-posts/rs:
Code: [ "/^Newsgroups:.*,/h:j" ]
- Outlook/Outlook Express:
let you filter on newsgroup (good to eliminate cross-posts) but requires
you to subscribe to a group that you want to filter out.
See also http://www.faqs.org/faqs/killfile-faq/
Server based filtering:
Usually is Done at your ISP end, unless you want to run your own News
What are the best encoding to use on SCL?
UTF-8 (Unicode) is considered the best international standard for
posting non-ascii (roughly non-English) text. Arabic Windows for example
while widely popular is not recommended because it is intended for a
specific platform and thus lacks universality.
How to view Arabic fonts on SCL?
Depends on whether one is using Browser or Client to read News Articles.
It also depends on the encoding used by the poster. Modern browsers try
to auto-detect the encoding and when they fail (perhaps due to mix of
encodings on the same page) the user can set the desired encoding. If
encoding is not known, try circulating through the various Arabic
encodings available in the browser. Client ability to render Arabic is
platform dependent. Older operating systems have no native multilingual
support out of the box. Modern operating systems have multilingual
support and multiple Arabic encodings tends to be supported. Circulate
through the available encodings in your client.
What type of encoding/decoding to use on SCL?
UTF-8 and Arabic Windows are most common. UTF-8 is more universal and
Transliteration allows a poster to express classical Arabic and common
Lebanese text in a Latin alphabet (standard ASCII). There has been over
time many transliteration proposals. There is no one proposal in
particular accepted as the standard to use. SCL participants banded
together and created the Alephleb standard proposal:
These days it is more common and preferable to use an encoding that
allows Arabic script to be represented (see encoding item above).
However if a poster does not have such an ability and transliteration is
needed, please use a common transliteration approach such as Alephleb.
What list of News Readers support Arabic fonts encoding/decoding ?
Too many to list , but here's a few to get you started
* Thunderbird (multiple Arabic encodings and Unicode)
* Alpine (Unicode)
* Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express
What to post on SCL?
* Anything related to Lebanon in Particular, and to the region which
concern/Benefit Lebanon in General
What not to post on SCL?
* Abusive Material that incite hatred or lead to act of violence,
* Refrain from using abusive language
Example: Swearing, exchanging insults, etc....
* Also see Net-Etiquettes regard SPAM, TROLL, FLAME, etc....
* Links related to Lebanon
* Lebanon information in general
* Lebanon constitution
* Lebanon tourism
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