The Sci Fi network is bringing back that cheeseball sci-fi nugget of my youth, Battlestar Galactica. As an uncritical 12-year-old, I eagerly watched every new episode when they first aired. When the original episodes started airing in reruns a few years ago, I marveled at the cheap sets, recycled special effects, costumes, and laugh-out-loud plotlines. I wonder if they're going to play it straight?
Dear Ms. Postnews:
I couldn’t get mail through to somebody on another site. What
should I do?
— Eager Beaver
No problem, just post your message to a group that a lot of people
read. Say, “This is for John Smith. I couldn’t get mail through so I’m
posting it. All others please ignore.”
This way tens of thousands of people will spend a few seconds scanning
over and ignoring your article, using up over 16 man-hours their collective
time, but you will be saved the terrible trouble of checking through usenet
maps or looking for alternate routes. Just think, if you couldn’t distribute
your message to 9000 other computers, you might actually have to (gasp) call
directory assistance for 60 cents, or even phone the person. This can cost
as much as a few DOLLARS (!) for a 5 minute call!
And certainly it’s better to spend 10 to 20 dollars of other people’s
money distributing the message than for you to have to waste $9 on an overnight
letter, or even 25 cents on a stamp!
Don’t forget. The world will end if your message doesn’t get through,
so post it as many places as you can.
— Emily Postnews Answers Your Questions on Netiquette