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Does The Discussion Fit The Forum?

Yes. The intended scope of all three of these electronic serials is w-i-d-e, and their published and distributed purposes are lacking.

CWIS-L

The introductory message to this list consisted of boilerplate `how to subscribe, unsubscribe, and get help from a listserv' text, prefaced by this one sentence:
Dear networker,

  Your subscription to  list CWIS-L (Campus--Wide Information
  Systems) has been accepted.

PACS-L

Speaking of boilerplate text... here is the welcome message I received from the Public Access Computer Systems Forum:
Dear networker,

  Your subscription to  list PACS-L (Public--Access Computer 
  Systems Forum) has been accepted.
That's it. No automagically delivered Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ) or Warm-Welcome messages. I recall receiving elaborate and lofty `mission statements' from some of the lists that I joined to fulfill a similar GSLIS 200 assignment in 1992. Participants appear to follow a sort of unspoken `Robert's Rules of the Internet,' in which they politely pardon their tangents, and keep them short. The most common junk-mail I see here is the never-ending stream of `subscribe' and `unsubscribe' posts, from the participants who haven't had a chance to learn more about the how listserv software works.

alt.culture.usenet

Is a huge and disorganized electronic discussion. Unlike other newsgroups, this one publishes no FAQ, a point often lamented by the regular participants. The purpose of this forum is apparently whatever the contributors choose to make of it. An amusing antic of these netters is cross-posting, in which someone will publish a challenging topic in a dozen or more remotely related newsgroups, and ask all interested parties to participate in a conversation hosted by alt.culture.usenet. This often results in conversation threads that are huge, but not too strongly tied to their stated topic.


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