Using This Handbook
Getting More Help
About the BBS
About Web Pages
About This Handbook
Using This Handbook
Welcome to the Dueling Modems Member's Handbook. This handbook
should answer your questions about our services and how to get
the most out of them.
This section, the Introduction, tells you about DM, gives
you the highlights of our various services, and has links to other
sources of specific information. The sections that follow provide
more detailed advice on configuring your software to work with DM and
Throughout this handbook, the term your.id refers to your Dueling
Getting More Help
If you can't find the answers you need in this handbook, here are places
you can turn:
- Ask in the Group dm.admin.help-desk
- For newsreader-specific questions, try
- Send email to
- For help with your web pages, ask in dm.html.q-and-a
- For help with Chat, try dm.chat.helpdesk and
- For hardware or software questions, try dm.comp.*
- Don't forget the help screens, manuals, and tech support for your
About Dueling Modems
Dueling Modems was founded by Nic Grabien in 1996; some of
our Forums, or communities, have been
active in cyberspace for as long as ten years, on Genie and other
services that pioneered the concept of virtual communities.
Services and Forums
Each DM Forum (or subject area) is a virtual community hosted
by a Sysop and his or her staff. There are dozens of Forums
available to DM members.
Individual Forums offer online conferences in the BBS, web sites,
file libraries, and real-time Chats (using the Internet Relay Chat protocol).
(For an up-to-date index of available Forums and their offerings, see our
Your monthly DM membership fee includes access to all of our
Forums (except for private Forums, which we host for
members of professional
organizations, writers' workshops, or other affinity groups).
Dueling Modems also provides commercial web-hosting and other services.
(To learn more about these, check our
Commercial Services page.)
Dueling Modems' policies are outlined in these documents:
BBS Discussion Groups
Dueling Modems' BBS is a conferencing system based on the
NNTP news protocol. Discussion Groups are maintained as
newsgroups on the DM server.
BBS Discussion Groups may be read with an internet browser or a newsreader.
Which one you want to use is based on your personal preferences.
Whether you use a newsreader or the Gateway, you will be able to
join (subscribe to) Groups, ignore (unsubscribe from) Groups, and
read and post messages in Groups you have joined.
- The Web Gateway
Dueling Modems' Web Gateway displays BBS Discussion Group messages
via your web browser (such as Netscape Navigator, Microsoft
Internet Explorer, or Lynx) in a linear, non-threaded fashion, with all
new messages in a conversation displayed on one
continuous page. Reading message via the Gateway is rather like reading messages
in Genie, and does not require you to install and configure additional
software (if you can read this page, you're ready to use the Gateway).
Newsreaders generally display Groups, conversations, and messages in separate
windows or panes; one message is typically displayed at a time. Most
newsreaders allow you to sort message by time-and-date, subject, or sender.
Members' personal Groups are part of our Members Forum (your
Group, if you requested one, can be found at dm.members.your.id).
Your Dueling Modems account includes a POP3 email address,
firstname.lastname@example.org. DM will use this address to contact you,
and this will be the reply-by-email address if you post
through the Web Gateway, so it's important to read your DM mail.
Your email can be forwarded to an email address at
your office, school, or internet service provider (ISP), or
we can retain it for you at DM; in that case you'll want to
configure your email software to read your mail on our server.
The email address email@example.com will also work.
DM Forums sponsor real-time Chats using the IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
protocol. In addition, the Chat Forum hosts general-interest Chats.
Chats are open to DM members and to the public. Set your Chat
software to irc.dm.net to connect to DM.
For detailed information on Chat software, netiquette, commands,
and jargon, see the
Chat Forum web page.
If you asked for web space when you joined DM, you will have
a home page at http://www.dm.net/~your.id. We'll create
a temporary "placeholder" home page for you, but you'll probably
want to create your own page.
- BACK Button
- The button on your browser that returns you to the previous
page in the browser's history list; usually this is a left-pointing
arrow. Many browsers support the "back" function from the keyboard
using ALT + LEFT ARROW (Netscape and
Microsoft), LEFT ARROW (Lynx), or
SHIFT + ALT + LEFT ARROW.
- Bulletin Board System. A generic name for an online
- A series of messages on the same subject. Equivalent to "thread" in a
newsreader, and similar to a topic on Genie.
- Common Gateway Interface. An interface standard
for programs that display items on the Web.
- To post to multiple Discussion Groups (newsgroups)
- A reply to a message posted after you created your
list of new messages and before your own reply was posted
- To post a vicious personal attack; to start an argument.
- A newsgroup message that is a reply to an earlier message.
- A content area on DM concerned with a specific topic or
interest (astrology, science fiction, zymurgy). Similar
to a Conference or RoundTable on other systems.
- File Transfer Protocol. The method commonly used to upload
files such as HTML documents and graphics to a Unix server.
- Hypertext Markup Language. The language used to construct
pages for the Web.
- Internet Service Provider. The company that provides you
with dial-up (or other) access to the internet. AT&T Worldnet,
Netcom, Earthlink, and AOL are all ISPs.
- A text-based web browser.
- Message Header
- The routing directions that control where a message is
posted and who it was sent by.
- Software built specifically for reading and posting
messages to Usenet (NNTP) newsgroups.
- Retained on the local server, as opposed to propagated
to other Usenet servers around the world.
- Post Office Protocol 3. An internet electronic mail
- To send a message to a newsgroup; also, the message
itself. Sometimes called a "posting".
- To include part or all of a previous message in a reply to
that message, or the quoted text itself. Newsreaders mark quotes
with a special character at the start of the row, usually ">,"
"|" or ":".
- Signature File. Text file consisting (typically) of your
name, email address, home page URL, and other text which is
automatically appended to the bottom of email messages and posts.
- To send unsolicited email, usually a marketing message,
especially when the mail is sent to many people at once.
- A quote or cute saying that is part of a sigfile. Like
many cute things, taglines can become tiresome if repeated
About the Member's Handbook
This is the Dueling Modems Member's Handbook, created
by Paula Kate Marmor with significant input from Nic Grabien
and the staff of Dueling Modems.
We welcome your suggestions for improving this document.
Please send your comments and suggestions