THE ALT.SEX FAQ: A USER'S MANUAL
This edition of the alt.sex FAQ was written in the early part of 1994 by the last Alt.sex FAQ Committee. It reflects the best wisdom and knowledge of all the participants on the committee at that time.
Alt.sex will only remain a reasonably "civil" place if you want it to. Sexuality is always a touchy subject, and when someone wishes to discuss their own sexuality, please do not immediately flame them if their tastes don't match yours. Do as Emily Postnews recommends: stand up, take a deep breath, and relax. If you must reply, consider using the mail first.
Alt.sex is a general-purpose newsgroup for sexual discussion. Posting of stories isn't disallowed, although you may encounter strong discouragment from some quarters if you do.
That said, there are some images permitted even here. In the era of the Information Superhighway, small images (less than 320x200 pixels, for example) of contraceptive devices and other objects will go a long way towards eradicating the well-meaning but still crude attempts of ASCII artists. Future editions of the FAQ will include small B&W GIFS of a condom, diaphragm, sponge, female condom, and related materials, barring any major objections.
Before you write any email, think about what you're going to say. Don't say something you wouldn't say in person. Just because a woman admits she likes sex doesn't mean she wants to have it with you, and you shouldn't assume otherwise. Making alt.sex a safe place for men and women should be a top priority of anyone who wants to talk about sex in an honest and open manner.
If you can't find it there, you can find the (hopefully) latest version via ftp at:
If you can't do or don't know about ftp: there's also a mail server on that machine. Just send an e-mail message to:firstname.lastname@example.org containing the word "help" in the body of the message.
The alt.sex FAQ is also available via the WWW at the following location:
As for story archives, well, there used to be a few. Unfortunately, due to misuse by people, they are no longer around. In this section we used to mention a couple but they both shut down for the same reasons: irresponsible, immature, and greedy users over-used their services. When people misuse a service offered to them that service generally shuts down.
Therefore, there are currently no known ftp sites for stories or rec.arts.erotica. If any site ever dares to try to set up a ftp story archive again people should definitely learn to respect the system that is offering the archive and respect the wishes of the archive's maintainers.
There is a mail-server for alt.sex.bondage and alt.sex.stories right now, but that service won't last long if it is misused. Don't try to get the whole archive in one night! The easiest way to use the mail-server is to read the rest of this section and then send email to email@example.com with the word help as the first and only word in the body of the message and no subject. Scanning the subject line will be discontinued.
The server administrator is currently over a year behind in moving stories into the server. He is (or will be) including alt.sex.bondage, alt.sex.stories, and rec.arts.erotica. He is archiving stories and articles that he believes to be of general interest.
Anonymous ftp is not available to this machine and is NOT planned. If you have any questions or problems with the server, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have trouble getting email to that address, try email@example.com.
Privacy/system logs: The server logs all incoming requests and all responses. This information is retained for a few days before being deleted. I normally check the logs at least once a day to try and find any server bugs/problems as early as possible. I don't care who you are or where you are unless you are extremely greedy in accessing the server.
Also in alt.binaries.pictures.erotica are often binary movies in various formats. Read the alt.binaries.pictures.* FAQs for more info. Due to the nature of Usenet, most pictures come in an UUENCODED format as well, and how to decode such pictures is also covered in the alt.binaries.pictures FAQ.
There is also a list of BBS' containing adult GIF files. The list is posted to alt.bbs.lists and alt.sex periodically. There are several hundred BBS' listed.
If you have access to FTP, Gopher, or the World Wide Web, the purity tests can be found at the following location:
Elf Sternberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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