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esperanto (lingvoj@lds.co.uk)
Tue, 03 Dec 1996 21:53:24 +0000


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Welcome to the A-INFOS mailing list - the main newsfeed for the a-infos project
described in this file. The following is available in languages other than
English on request.

There are currently some 500 addresses subscribed to the newsfeed.

Traffic is moderate and multi-lingual.

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******** THE A-INFOS PROJECT **********

A-infos has been active terrestrially for several years now.

A-infos was originally set up by anarchist groups and individuals (members
of an organisation or not) who would produce summaries of information
in their locality - in brief, translatable form - for circulation to other
groups so as to help make contacts easier and spread information better.

This information was meant for publication in anarchist papers, magazines...

Members of A-infos meet once a year and has groups/contacts in Canada,
France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Greece, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia,
Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Italy and Uruguay.

The project continues to develop. Here we give you further news of:

1 - MAILING LISTS
2 - INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE WWW
3 - RADIO

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1 - MAILING LISTS

A-INFOS (a-infos@lglobal.com)

The A-infos list wishes to develop the newsgathering idea by bringing it to the
internet and eventually to other forms of electronic media.

We welcome news, reports, analysis on any subject of interest to
individuals and movements active in the struggle for human liberation.

An abridged version of the info for this list will be posted to the list
during the first week in every other calendar month.

Currently a-infos is an unmoderated list although this is subject to ongoing
discussion and we may decide at some time to reverse that policy. Given that
this is the case responsibility for content lies with the person who sends the
message to the list. We welcome contributions which reflect anarchist or
related views.

Subscribers to a-infos are probably interested in anarchist and anarchist
related arguments. We do not, therefore, welcome articles which contradict this
fundamental position. Such postings may produce negative reactions from
subscribers to
the list.

In order for people to be more informed about what they are
reading we would therefore request that people sending messages to the list
include some or all of the following information where appropriate:

* source - where the information is coming from

* a postal address

* an electronic address or URL

* if the message is a collective statement from a particular organisation
then a brief statement of the aims and objectives of that organisation.

* If you are sending information from a source which many anarchists would
consider authoritarian please say why it could still be considered of
interest to anarchists.

Anything sent to the list should be considered to be in the public
domain - free for other subscribers to use in any way they wish - a kind of
international anarchist news service. How it will be developped can be
discussed on the parallel list (see below).

Apart from English language postings we welcome, and encourage you to
send, information in langauges other than English. For this reason
please observe the following conventions in your subject line:

. Indicate the language/s your message is written in by a prefix

eg (en), (fr), (ca,it)

. Indicate if further translations are to be posted/available with a suffix

eg (fr) Message title (en)

(NB This means the message is in French with an English translation
available/to be posted)

Please use the following abbreviations (fuller list available on request)

da => Danish
de => German (deutsch)
en => English
ca => Spanish/castillian (espa~nol)
fr => French
it => Italian
nl => Netherlandic
no => Norwegian
pt => Portugesian
sv => Swedish

This list is a 'mailing' list as opposed to a 'discussion' list. That is to
say should you wish to discuss the content of a message you should contact
the mailer directly.

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A-INFOS-D (a-infos-d@lglobal.com)

A-INFOS-D was set up as a parallel discussion list to a-infos.

The following is an extract from a message posted to a-infos-d which tries
to explain how the two lists interelate.

> The a-infos list is kind of like a library - atmosphere wise.
> People go there to read stuff and get informed. It isn't
> really for casual chat (like this) and certainly not for 'Blowing of the
> Idiot Wind'. Anywhere else on the net it would probably be moderated but we
> have decided not to do this prefering to rely on individual judgement as to
> what is and is not suitable. Generally this works real well but it does
> sometimes make us (shall we say) vulnerable.
>
> In contrast this list a-infos-d is kind of like the coffee bar next to the
> library. You can say what you like here (and you can say it in any language
> - multi lingualism is a big thing with us) Of course the 'librarians' come
> here to discuss the 'library' and much discussion relates to organisation
> and translation work (if you speak more then one language (French, Swedish,
> UNIX ;-) you are perhaps particularly welcome) but also (and imortantly) it
> is here that we discuss the 'content' of a-infos. You may like something you
> read, you may think something is unsuitable for the list. If so say so here.
> You may want to see something you think we haven't covered ... again if so
> say so here. Much (most?) of the stuff posted to a-infos comes from the
> European counter-info network(s) and also from the anarchist press around
> the world. We have access to a large number of publications in many
> languages covering a wide variety of subjects.
>
> Everything which goes to a-infos is automatically archived at our web site
> and we have started (periodically) to go in there and sort it out according
> to language and in some instance geographical location/subject. Some folk
> have asked to receive the news we produce in one language only. They cannot
> do this via the mailing list system (our decision but a permanently ongoing
> discussion) but they can (if they wish) simply access this stuff on the web
> where they can discriminate linguistically if they so wish.

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ANETDEV (anetdev@lglobal.com)

This mailing list was set up at the same time as the a-infos newsfeed. It is
concerned with network development for anarchists.

For further information use the <info> command (see above)

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CONFLITS_L (conflits_l@lglobal.com)

Set up by a-infos for French language postings.

For further information use the <info> command (see above)

2 - INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE WWW

All postings to the main newsfeed are automatically archived. This archive is
regularly (every month or so) updated so there is an up-to-date web page and
sections which are ordered chronologically. Some work (though very little)
has been
done to sort this information in other ways. Discussion in this area has
recently
centered around the possibility of setting up a search engine for the whole
site.

Occasionally important news stories are assigned their own section with (where
possible) background information and graphics. We are also beginning to
cover stories around the world as they happen with photographic material of
events later
reproduced on our server. A recent strike in Canada was covered in this way.

Some of the journals where information for the newsfeed comes from are also
assigned to a specific location. This allows visitors a further opportunity
to select
information in the language(s) of their choice.

All developments are linked to the a-infos homepage at:

http://www.lglobal/TAO/ainfos.html

3 - RADIO

a-infos is considering possibilities for producing some sort of audio news
feed for radio stations round the world. this is in the early stages of
development
at the moment.

APENDIX 1

The Quick A-Infos FAQ:

Q. When I reply to a message on a-infos my reply never comes back. Why?

A. replies goto the a-infos-d list and you're not on the a-infos-d list.

Q. When I post to a-infos my message seems to come back from a-infos-d. Why?

A. the mysteries of the universe and the imperialism of eudora...

Q. Can I get the information you are producing in just one language?

A. can you get human wisdom in just one language?

Q. I have trouble unsubscribing. What should I do?

A. send an email to tao@lglobal.com saying so

Q. How can I read past messages?

A. http://www.lglobal.com/TAO/ainfos.html

Q. Can I forward the articles on a-infos elsewhere?

A. yes, but please keep the footer attached.

Q. When's the revolution?

A. today