Sunday, November 10, 1996

Colin and Mary get hitched in California -- we're there!

Great wedding! Great couple.

We share the same anniversary.

Colin McKinney, and his two brothers, Kevin and Pat, lived just two doors away from us growing up.

Saturday, October 12, 1996

Prayer for Geri Ann and John -- as they get hitched.

Please respond, Lord, hear our prayer.

For people of all religions everywhere, that we spread God's messages of love and peach though our actions and words. ....

For those hwo have travelled to be with us, may they continue to have a safe journey...

May the love that we witness between John and Geri Ann remind and rekindle the love we share in our own relationships...

For Geri Ann and John, that they grow together as friends, lvoers and soul mates...

For those special people who have come before us in the past and have helped to make us who we are today...

For the creative and artistic people of today, may they all have the confidence of their creativity and let us pray for the creativitiy found in each of us...

For all teachers and wrestlers everywhere. May they have the patience and wisdom to meet their challenges head on throughout all of life.

Tuesday, July 23, 1996

Market Research Software for World Wide Web to be part of New High-Performance Software Bundles

News release from Yearick-Millea, 700 River Ave #216, Pittsburgh Contact was Mark Rauterkus for SSS. 
CHICAGO, July 23, 1996 -- The Planet Group, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), announced today that its Virtual-Poll softwrae will be included in a World Wide Web software package called Village Compass Bundle. Virtual-Poll is an optimized Web Server that manages the creation and analysis of market research data at a fraction of the cost of phone surveys, focus groups or mailing. The software enable users to collect real-time market data information on the Internet and receive immediate results. It automatically produces, manages and administers the entire market research process. Surveys, tests, evaluations, quizzes and polling of all types can be customized to the end-user's specifications. Village Compass Bundle is a package of high-performance, service-software-tool sets that help businesses develop or expand sites on the World Wide Web. Virtual-Poll software will be included on Village with as many as 21 other software programs, which exhibit superior product harmony. "Village Compass Bundles enter the marketplace offering a turn-key solution with some of the most advanced software available on the market today," Mark Rauterkus, organizer of the Village Compass Bundle, said. "Virtual-Poll adds one more highly cost-effective solution to an already strong package of software." The bundled package of Village software creates dramatic savings for end-users -- as much as 65 percent off retail prices. The initial package, in addition to Virtual-Poll, contains a variety of highly-sophisticated softare functions strategic to building a web site, such as cataloging, information handling, communication, graphic production, and site management and maintenance. Village has numerous bundled software packages, with prices starting at $1,475. Most of the software titles run on Macintosh computers, but some titles are for Windows NT. A free working copy of Virtual-Poll can be downloaded from the Web by visiting, http://pg.net, or call Plante's customer service. More information on the Village Compass Bundle can be found at http://village.compass.bundle.com/ or by sending email to bundle@. Village Compass Bundle is a worldwide coalition of software developers in six countries who produce products for Web site development. Village was organized by Pittsburgh software and book publisher, Mark Rauterkus.

Cover Letter

Executive Summary
	
Some of the original goals for the Village Compass Bundle have been reached.	
The sales of the VCB has been below expectations - due to a number of reasons.	
We have plenty to do - and progress is occuring.	
	
	
Sales for the Village Compass Bundle are poor and well below expectations.	
	
	
	
	
Some of my original goals for the VCB have been reached.
Successful happenings:	
Right from the outset of this bundle process, I thought that it was important for the first release of any bundle to be a high-performance, cutting-edge, money saving, better than Apple Computer’s Internet Server Solution - eye-popping bundle. Well, IMHO, I feel that the VCB is a great solution, and it is better than Apple’s. 	
The VCB is huge in terms of product titles and capabilites. It was too big for us to master in a couple of months given our starting point. 	
Here we are in September, and I have played with each product but I’ve not been able to master them. 	
The desire to team with smaller to mid-sized developers with hot technology applications from all-across the USA and world has been met.	
Getting a “turn-key” solution to the marketplace was also a priority.	
Media	
Fact: The Trade Press does NOT cover bundle news. Bundle news is considered a non-news event. New products are news. Bundles are not newsworthy.	
	
Trade Products Among Bundle Players	
	
Long Shot Ideas	
Java Use and the Java Venture Capital Fund	
Use server-side Java and take InfoDepot documents onto the WWW.	
Use server-side Interaction and client side Java for CHAT faces from DB	
Presentation Program for the WWW 	
	
Original Goals	
Thirty-Six Web Developers Join iCat

Monday 96.09.23 - (E.COMMERCE TODAY) - Seattle, WA USA - iCat Corp.
announced that 36 Web development companies have joined the iCat Commerce
Partner (iCP) program.

These firms are now using their Web development expertise to customize and
extend the iCat Electronic Commerce Suite, offering their business customers
the most complete and flexible electronic commerce solution for selling
products and services via the Internet and CD-ROM.

The following list of iCat Commerce Partners can assist those merchants and
businesses that need help in developing commerce-enabled Web sites:

Compudoc of Warren, NJ (www.compudocinc.com) 
Oculus Interactive of New York, NY (www.ocu.com) 
Vision Graphics of Ludlow, MA (www.visiongroup.com) 
Didax LLC of Chantilly, VA (www.didax.com) 
Image Soft, Inc. of Halifax, 
PA Shablow/Beaumont of Birmingham, AL (www.sbmc.com)
Web Adept of Daytona, FL (www.webadept.com)
Free Range Media of Seattle, WA (www.freerange.com) 
01 Publishing of Seattle, WA (www.01pub.com) 
DigiCOLOR of Seattle, WA (www.digicolor.com) 
Printing Control of Seattle, WA (www.printingcontrol.com) 
AcmeNET of Woodinville, WA (www.acmenet.com)
ComVista of Bellevue, WA (www.comvista.com) 
Quebecor Interactive of Bellevue, WA (www.qinteractive.com) 
Ogle Publishing of Lake Oswego, OR (www.oglepub.com) 
The Catalog Site of Santa Monica, CA (www.catalogsite.com) 
Hybrid Media of Palo Alto, CA (www.hybridmedia.com)
Computer Network Specialists of Irvine, CA (www.netspec.com) 
Entrusted Design of San Jose, CA 
Internet Commerce Company of Exeter, CA (www.icomco.com) 
Intermedia Synergy of Aliso Viejo, CA (www.intermediasynergy.com) 
On-Line Foods of Oakland, CA (www.onlygourmet.com) 
Insentiv Media of Oakland, CA (www.insentiv.com)
Network Architects of San Ramon, CA (www.archnet.com) 
Interactive Cafe of Vancouver BC (www.icafe.com) 
COSMO21 of Burnaby BC (www.cosmo21.com)
Characters of Houston, TX (www.characters.com) 
POS one of Houston, TX 
TruNet / Truco Enterprises, Inc. of Dallas, TX (www.truco2@airmail.net) 
Tesseract Systems Group, Inc. of San Antonio, TX (www.liquidwebs.com) 
Data Pub Group of Chicago, IL (www.datapub.com)
Mmedia.com Industries of Manhattan, KS (www.mmedia.com) 
The Virtual Flyshop of Ft. Collins, CO (www.flyshop.com) 
Custom Tech Systems, Inc./Cosmo21 of Milwaukee, WI (www.customtech.com)
Netalliance, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN (www.netalliance.net) 
Pathlight Data Systems of Rocky River, OH

iCat is at http://www.icat.com
	

Saturday, May 18, 1996

Pondering domain uses at SportSurf.Net - names

Domain plans for SportSurf.Net:

Text. 

See the PDF at https://cloh.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/SportSurf-plan-DOMAINS.pdf

Domains for Email Usage domain description example priority

Headquarter’s controled For headquarters staff and internal projects.

•root <none> This is for headquarters staff and internal
projects.
webmaster@sportsurf.net 1

•robots bot For robot usage. news1@bot.sportsurf.net 2

•auto-responder auto For auto-responder mailings. offer1@auto.sportsurf.net 2

•temporary temp Short-term email accounts used for a semester
or so. Good for probation periods.
Joe_Blow@temp.sportsurf.net 5

Associates and partner
assistance is permitted
Partners who are operating in the range of the
guidelines set forth by the umbrella
organization can use a set quantity of these
mailing addresses to further everyone’s cause to
bonified people.

•moderator aid forum leader, moderator, list-assistant music_guru@aid.sportsurf.net 4

•reader read for those who are in a reading group 3

•sponsor sponsor advertiser, business person in these industries Ted_Turner@sponsor.sportsurf.net 4

General Population Anyone can sign-up for these domains based
upon the honor system.

•professor prof university professors in health, physical
education, recreation, dance, and many other
allied health fields such as nutrition as well as
other fields such as psychology and sociology
Will_Smith@prof.sportsurf.net 5

•author author for those who have or expect to authored book,
magazine articles, software. May be creative
works put into the public domain.
Kevin_DeForrest@author.sportsurf.net 5

•media media Those who work as journalists, broadcasters,
editors, publishers, photographers
Jim_McKay@media.sportsurf.net 6

•athletic department ad athletic directors, athletic department workers,
recreation department leaders, administrators,
league office personnel, band-directors
Peter_Uberoth@ad.sportsurf.net 7

•umpire/referee/rules/
officials
ump Rule makers and rule enforcers for on and off
the field in volunteer or paid capacity in any
sport.
Ron_Luciano@ump.sportsurf.net 7

•coach coach head, assistant, on-court, retired, want-a-be,
etc.
Paul_Bryant@coach.sportsurf.net 5

•star athlete star athlete or former athlete that has experienced a
groove performance
Tiger_Wood@star.sportsurf.net 8

•medical body medical doctors, allied health practitioners
from audiologist to zoologists
David_House@body.sportsurf.net 6

•student student for those under the age of 21 - can get a second
handle when desired - with the student handle
to
Billy_Smith@student.sportsurf.net
-- later this person can pick-up a second alias,
i.e. Bill_Smith@HIS-PICK.sportsurf.net
9

•booster go board members, parents, avid fans, friends of
sportsmanship, etc.
Tiger_Paul@go.sportsurf.net 9

•inventor/problem solver solve inventors, programmers, problem solvers,
engineers, Ben_Franklin@solve.sportsurf.net 9

Bonified Targets People who wish to sign-up for these domains
are going to need to supply some extra information on their application.

•professional athlete pro professional athletes. Those who have ever
gotten paid to play
Michael_Jordan@pro.sportsurf.net 8

•Olympian oly Olympians - summer, winter, James_Ryun@oly.sportsurf.net 8

•trainers act certified athletic trainers Barry_McGlumphy@act.sportsurf.net 6

•soul soul PENDING Pending 9

•cyber punk punk computer artist, software wizards Bill_Gates_Jr@punk.sportsurf.net 5

Friday, May 17, 1996

Name Spectrum Standard, part 2

 





Name Spectrum  for Majordomo Services at SportSurf.Net

The community email lists, web pages and MajorDomo services in operation at SportSurf.Net utilize a spectrum of names to help organize your mailbox, clarify topics areas and customize content interests. With so many lists and such a wide audience, please become familiar with this name spectrum standards. This tutorial covers the subject in full detail.


Under Construction:
Suggestions and changes are welcomed. Mailto:List-Clerk@SportSurf.Net

Outlets:
This tutorial is available via web-pages, email auto-reply messages and PDFs.


Name Spectrum Standard: A Cornerstone
This tutorial details one aspect of our services.  Mastering this network includes an awareness of this name-spectrum standard, as well as: swelling, stimulating, splintering, syncronizing and sub-hosting.

Name Spectrum:
   Three-part naming structure of Prefix-Topic-Suffix. Could become a new internet/community standard.

Syncronizing:
   Easy on and off subscribing with one-stop command.

Swelling:
   Starting and growing a subscriber and scratch for subscribers on the way to a viable virtual community

Stimulating
   Injecting ideas and discussions so the load of conversation is spread among other services

Splintering:
   Dividing one major topic area into sub-groups for specializations for various topic areas and various populations.

Sub-Hosting:
   Groups in various locations can ride aboard this server's sub-hosting bandwagon.

-----------------
Name Spectrum Standard: three-part identificiation
The name spectrum uses a three-part naming structure with Prefix + Topic + Suffix. Hyphens, not plus signs, join the three words into one. The hyphen is on the top row of the keyboard between the zero and the equal sign. For example, the first list ever hosted at SportSurf.Net was the Better-Swim-List. 

This identification system can confuse at first glance. In due time, the names help to understand, grow and navigate these virtual communities. 

Various names, much like part numbers, are used to better identify, locate and describe things. For example, the term of "football-player" can come to represent number of various things to different people in different places. These names help to ground the conversations in shared meanings with various spaces and times. Specializations are important, as is shared understandings. 

Within the spectrum of names, the middle word describes a specific topic. Obviously, to talk about swimming, go to a list with "swim" in its title. Then check to see if your understanding of swimming matches that found in the info and intro documents you'll get as a process of your subscription welcome.

Behavior ramifications, both implied and expressed, become a secondary purpose for this name-spectrum formula. Public email messages should blend with one's expectations and fit within appropriate settings. Behaviors differ at scientific seminars, honor banquets, marketplaces and competitive events.

For example, you'll find that it is okay to blab about one's new commercial invention with postings to better-swim-noise. However, blabing about commercial products isn't a good idea unless you've got some new supporting research data to back-up your claims when posts go to  better-swim-peer.

Smorgasboard of the Various Names within the Name Spectrum Standards
A combination of more than 50 words are used with the various names. Some of the names used here are obvious. Others are not. Bluff lists are about geographical locations. Local lists are about body-parts. Look stands for futurists. Peer comes to represent scientific peer-review.

A Name is a Name is a Name:
The decision to create additional top-level domains may not solve the
current crowding in Internet domain names, says columnist Wendy Grossman:
"Judging from the comments I've seen, people hate the names: .firm, .store,
.web, .arts, .rec and .nom (for personal domains).  'What is the problem we
are trying to solve?' asks Donna Hoffman, an electronic commerce specialist
at Vanderbilt University.  If, she argues, we want to create more 'good'
names, this system fails because companies will register multiple names.  If
the goal is a directory structure, it fails again, because the names are
confusing.  'The categories should be mutually exclusive and exhaustive but
also flexible enough to accommodate evolution,' she says...  The right
structure could solve a number of persistent problems if it took into
account the changing nature of the Net, the fact that rules will always be
broken, and the increasing value names and concepts acquire with use.  The
current plan does not do enough of the first two things, although it
correctly says that domain names are a public trust, reflecting the human
ability to create something valuable out of nothing."  (Scientific American
Oct 97)


PrefixTopicSuffixSubject-line PrefixFamily Strata


Spectum words in no particular order.
<TABLE BORDER=3 CELLSPACING=3 CELLPADDING=3 BGCOLOR="#FFFFCC">
<TR ALIGN=Center VALIGN=Middle>
	Noise
	Hype
	Chat
	Folks
	Lime
	Globe
	Talk

<TR ALIGN=Center VALIGN=Middle>
	List
	Peer
	Forum
	Course
	Sum
	Announce
	Aid

<TR ALIGN=Center VALIGN=Middle>
	Digest
	Dig
	Study
	Peeks
	Pride
	Trips
	Tours

<TR ALIGN=Center VALIGN=Middle>
	Stretch
	HQ
	Test
	ABCs
	Devs
	Hurt
	Injury

<TR ALIGN=Center VALIGN=Middle>
	Rehab
	Peek
	Case
	Peer
	Honor
	Gateway
	Synk

<TR ALIGN=Center VALIGN=Middle>
	Score
	Swell
	Pros
	Meca
	Look
	Tykes
	TitleTs

<TR ALIGN=Center VALIGN=Middle>
	Midas
	L2k:
	Splash:
	News:
	Schools
	
	

</TABLE>


Prefix Spectrum Names Include:

Subject-Line Prefix Include:
L2k:
Splash:
News:

Topic Terms Include:

Suffix Terms Include:

Subject-line Prefix

<H5>Sports-Specific Suffix Spectrum:</H5>





<H5>Sphere of Mostly Water Suffix Spectrum</H5>



<H5>Sphere of Proving Ground Spectrum</H5>



<H5>Sacks of Mostly Water Suffix Family</H5>


TitleTs


<P ALIGN=Right><FONT SIZE=-1>* Key:  <FONT COLOR="990099">Read Only <FONT COLOR="663300"> In-house use for moderators/volunteers </P>

Prefix Keywords
The prefix part of the name helps to group lists in various target groups. For example, all the competitive sports lists with a focus of self-improvement and performance have the prefix, "Better". 
Prefix keywords in use include:

Better, covers competitive sports, self-improvement, higher performance
Bluff, covers geographical destinations
Elsewhere, covers topics not dealt within SportSurf.Net - and perhaps ANTI overviews too
Inside, covers SportSurf.Net insider and agent news
Local, covers body-parts
Look, covers lookout and future
Midas, covers finances, greed, money, professional-sports, poverty issues too
Prove, covers technology-related topics of the Proving Ground


Topic Keywords
The middle word in the name spectrum deal with the central topic, activity or location. With so many keywords and a growing list, don't expect to see all the topics listed here. However, the best way to get a look at the listing is to visit our <A HREF="http://www.sportsurf.net/majorcool/majorcool.cgi" TARGET="MajorCool">MajorCool Interface.
<H4>Sports Keywords</H4>
In time, nearly every sports, health, fitness topic is going to be covered.
<H4>Elsewhere Keywords:</H4>
TicketsSteroidsTobaccoGamblingDrugsHuntingMotorizedAnimalisticFishingCelebrityFlaming

Suffix Keywords
Suffix keywords are utilized in the name spectrum for easy identification of content-flavors and list-policies. The suffix keywords come in a few different families. Each suffix family has an associated string of siblings.
Suffix Families:
Sport-Specific (and Technology-Specific) Suffix String
Spheres of Mostly Water Suffix String
Sacks of Mostly Water Suffix Strings/UL>

<H5>Specific Suffix Strings</H5>
Noise  -  Hype  -  Chat  -  Folks  -  Lime  -  Tykes  -  Globe  -  Swap  -  Dealers  -  Talk  -  List  -  Peer  -  Sum -  <FONT COLOR="990099">Announce  -  <FONT COLOR="990099">Dig  -  <FONT COLOR="990099">Digest  -  <FONT COLOR="990099">Dust  -  Gate  -  <FONT COLOR="663300">Aid


Example: <BR>
Email your messages to: <FONT COLOR="0000FF">Specific_Topic-Noise@sportsurf.net

Key:

Noise
Okay for advertisers, sponsors, commercial content, sorta-off-topic posts. Boasting, "sky-is-falling" posts, and in-depth-personal insights of the $.02 and $.03 varieties are tolerated. If something screams, "Eeeks" -- it should be on noise.

ChatInformal talk and wondering around the topic areas are okay. Younger-participants go here!

HypeMessages for the masses. Sports leaders often wonder about how to bring their games and athletes to a wider audience. Often rule changes need to occur, but those drastic measure can upset the traditions. Another option is to bring the masses to the games and not the game to the masses. My sport is better that that hype is fair grounds here too. Plus, all the PSA (public service announcements) take root here.

FolksPersonal introductions, welcome messages. The postings to folks must follow the rigid guidelines. See the info files. Any and all follow-ups to the introductions at Folks go to that person and not to any list. The introductions help build community and provide insights and all the people in these discussions. Everyone can posts introductions from scientist to volunteer to youthful athletes.

Lime: i.e., LimelightHeadlines, breaking news, covering those people, events, and happenings in the limelight, media and analysis.

Globe: i.e., Global/International/Multi-LingualNon-english posts are welcomed here.

SwapPerson to person swaps, trades, barters concerning sport-specific goods, services and equipment.

DealersShop owners, institutional equipment providers, inventors, dealers, manufactures, trade-show coordinators, sales reps, sponsors, publishers, import/exporters, bulk-specials mentions are all welcomed.

TalkSuited to serious posts, more advanced knoweldge base, only on-topic tips/hints


ListOften owned by closed organizations or must join "club" with FAQ guidelines


Peer: i.e., Peer ReviewMost academic, high-minded, science supported facts desired

Sum: i.e., SummaryFAQs, summary posts, significant follow-ups where information is synthizied from a few different sources

AnnounceModerated. Includes news releases. Read only.

DigDig is an informal digest. Batches of posts sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format for the more informal siblings. Read only.

DigestBatches of posts sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format for the more formal siblings. Read only.

DustDust in short for digital dust. The pack-rat subscribers get all the posts to all the lists in the family in an individual fashion with one "subscription" message. Read only.
to the dust lists get individual posts as they occurto this family in an indiv sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format. Read only.

GateGate stands for gateways(s). A gate is like a meta lists, Gate lists are often best-of lists hosted at other locations on the net. Mirrored lists can converge on a meta lists at SportSurf.Net. Even usenet discussions can be gatewayed to these lists. Read only.
<BR>
Aid: i.e., List Lifeguards & VoluneersFor the worker-bees, volunteers, early-adopters, giving netizens, list-lifeguards, staff, and others who have expressed a desire to assist with the operations and discussions at SportSurf.Net. This is NOT a help list, rather it is a list for helpers.





Sphere of Mostly Water Suffix Tips
The subscriptions in this section utilize the following suffix plan. For further information visit the tutorial on the SportSurf.Net's Name Specturm Standard.


<A HREF="#study">Study  -  <A HREF="#peeks">Peeks  -  <A HREF="#pride">Pride  -  <A HREF="#trips">Trips  -  <A HREF="#tours">Tours  -  <A HREF="#stretch">Stretch  -  <A HREF="#hq">HQ  -  <A HREF="#test">Test  -  <FONT COLOR="990099"><A HREF="#dig">Dig  -  <FONT COLOR="990099"><A HREF="#digest">Digest  -  <FONT COLOR="663300"><A HREF="#aid">Aid




Suffix Key for Bluffs -- Center of the Universe Family

<A NAME="study">StudySuited to school studies, pen-pals, language exploration, easy research. Posts from abroad are welcomed here. Noisy school-yard study stuff tolerated.

<A NAME="peeks">PeeksOn and off-topic tips, hints, insights. Commercials need to be about sports and localized! Digital landscape posts welcomed too. Pointers to politics, weather, cutlure, industry, entertainment and such must be very brief.
<A NAME="pride">PrideCulture, Sports, teams, leagues, professionals, updates, news. Positive first-person accounts are fine.
<A NAME="trips">TripsFor those planning individual and small group travel, and locals who might like to offer suggestions. 
<A NAME="tours">ToursSuited for those with advanced travel plans and group travel. All-star matches, training trips, etc.
<A NAME="stretch">StretchStrictly business, high-class travel talk that is suited for those with gold-card credit, corporate limo expectations, cyber-hook-up requirements, and high-performance fact-of-life mentalities.

<A NAME="hq">HQDesigned for the national and state sports authorities, Olympic Committee folks, scholastic sports organizers. Calling for tryouts, team directors, regional coordination.

<A NAME="test">TestAll things about TEST Matches, any sport. In test matches the teams are most often fielded from different countries.
<A NAME="dig">DigThe Digest format for the more infomal lists in this family. Included: Study  -  Peeks  -  Pride  -  Trips.
<A NAME="digest">DigestThe digest format for the more formal lists in this family. Includes: Tours  -  HQ  -  Test.
<A NAME="aid">Aid: i.e., List Lifeguards & VoluneersFor the worker-bees, volunteers, early-adopters, giving netizens, list-lifeguards, staff, and others who have expressed a desire to assist with the operations and discussions at SportSurf.Net. This is NOT a help list, rather it is a list for helpers. English only.

Additional digests for regions are expected later.


<H5>Sacs of Mostly Water Suffix Family</H5>
Hurt  -  Injury  -  Rehab  -  Case  -  Peer   -  <FONT COLOR="990099">Digest   -  <FONT COLOR="663300">Aid


Example: <BR>
Email your messages to: <FONT COLOR="0000FF">Specific_Topic-Noise@sportsurf.net

Key:

Hurt
Okay for advertisers, sponsors, commercial content, noise, sorta-off-topic posts. Boasting, "sky-is-falling" posts, and in-depth-personal insights of the $.02 and $.03 varieties are tolerated. If something screams, "Eeeks" -- it should be on hurt. Also the place for folks, limelight, meta, global, talk-like posts.

InjuryFormal talk and wondering around the topic areas are okay. Hangout for trainers, coaches, those with new injuries. Suited to serious posts, more advanced knoweldge base, only on-topic tips/hints/help.

RehabClinicians, injured atheltes, long-term motivations and progress reports are okay.

CaseFormal case study presentations, poster-type sessions. Dedicated mainly to college students, continuing eductation, clinicians, coaches.

Peer: i.e., Peer ReviewMost academic, high-minded, science supported facts desired.

DigestBatches of posts sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format for all the siblings. Read only.

Aid: i.e., List Lifeguards & VoluneersFor the worker-bees, volunteers, early-adopters, giving netizens, list-lifeguards, staff, and others who have expressed a desire to assist with the operations and discussions at SportSurf.Net. This is NOT a help list, rather it is a list for helpers.

Additional digests for regions of the body may be started later, such as upper-body, lower-body.


<H4>For Future Standards:</H4>

<DL>
Needs41: i.e., Needs for oneNeeds postings for one person, most often for yourself. Includes swaps.

Needs4org: i.e., Needs for organizationNeeds postings for an organization, group, team, league, school. Obviously more than one person.

SorrySorry Sports. More news to come.

GiversGive it up here. More news to come.

TakersLog in here. Componet with Givers. More news to come.

ForumForums can be for classroom use, and even for distance learning. More news to come.

</DL>



Gateway Lists
Gate lists, gateways, and meta lists are coming. Meta lists are cool. However, no further information on meta lists, their policies and operations are going to be posted here at this time.


Deployment
Various services are being rolled out this month. However, openings are expected to continue for some time into the future. The fluid creation process means that some lists are open but inactive. You are encouraged to submit your subscription but don't be surprised to find little or no mail at this time.

Suggestions Welcomed

If you have a way to improve upon our name spectrum standard, or the explanation of this standard, please send email to: list-mom@sportsurf.net.

Still Confused?
Email your messages to: <FONT COLOR="0000FF">Feeder@sportsurf.net<BR>
People operate a help-desk at the feeder address. If you are confused, send the message to that address, and the message gets reviewed, altered slightly if needed, and posted to suitable locations on the net. The feeder is a great place to go if you are unsure of things and if you don't want to make a goof with your email.


<H5>A Tip on CAPS and lower-case typing</H5>
Capitalizations and lower-case letters are not a factor with Majordomo. The webmaster types "
Better-Swim-List" for easy reading, but all of the following names work the same way: 
BETTER-SWIM-LIST; <FONT COLOR="FF0000">better-swim-list; or even <FONT COLOR="FF0000">bETTER-sWIM-lisT. When you send in your email to majordomo, you can use either caps or lower-case typing for the both address and the command. Of course, the hypen between words is a hypen and not an underline.

Just so you know, the CAPS and lower-case letters are very important when it comes to URLs (such as http://www.sportsurf.net/PROVING). The domain name part is not case sensative, but everything after "net" must be typed with the correct case. The domin here is SportSurf.Net, but you can type the domain with or without capitals. In the example within this paragraph, the word "PROVING" needs to be in capital letters. Other servers may or may not be case-sensative. On this server, typing "www" is optional. 

Thursday, May 16, 1996

Name Spectrum Standard, part 1

Name Spectrum Standards

The community email lists, web pages and MajorDomo services in operation at SportSurf.Net utilize a spectrum of names to help organize your mailbox, clarify topics areas and customize content interests. With so many lists and such a wide audience, please become familiar with the name spectrum standards.

This tutorial is available via email auto-reply message and PDF.

Name Spectrum Standard: A Cornerstone

This tutorial details one aspect of our services. Mastering this network includes an awareness of this name-spectrum standard, as well as: swelling, stimulating, splintering and sub-hosting.

  1. The Name Spectrum Standard: (below) Three-part naming structure of Prefix-Topic-Suffix
  2. Swelling: Starting and growing a subscriber and scratch for subscribers on the way to a viable virtual community
  3. Stimulating: Injecting ideas and discussions so the load of conversation is spread among other services
  4. Splintering: Swells splinter into splashes of various topic areas for various populations
  5. Sub-Hosting: Special interest groups for various locations can ride aboard this server's sub-hosting bandwagon

Name Spectrum Standard: three-part identification

The name spectrum uses a three-part naming structure with Prefix + Topic + Suffix. Hyphens, not plus signs, join the three words into one. The hyphen is on the top row of the keyboard between the zero and the equal sign. For example, the first list ever hosted at SportSurf.Net was the Better-Swim-List.

A combination of more than 50 words are used with the various names. This identification system can confuse new users at first. Once people become aware, the names help to better understand, grow and navigate our virtual communities.

Various names, much like part numbers, are used to better identify, locate and describe things. For example, the term of "football-player" can come to represent number of various things to different people in different places. These names help to ground the conversations in shared meanings with various spaces and times. Specializations are important, as is shared understandings. Within the spectrum of names, the middle word describes a specific topic. Obviously, to talk about swimming, go to a list with "swim" in its title. Then check to see if your understanding of swimming matches that found in the info and intro documents you'll get as a process of your subscription welcome.

Behavior ramifications, both implied and expressed, become a secondary purpose for this name-spectrum formula. Public email messages should blend with one's expectations and fit within appropriate settings. Behaviors differ at scientific seminars, honor banquets, marketplaces and competitive events.

For example, you'll find that it is okay to blab about one's new commercial invention with postings to better-swim-noise. However, blabbing about commercial products isn't a good idea unless you've got some new supporting research data to back-up your claims when posts go to better-swim-peer.

Smorgasbord of the Various Names within the Name Spectrum Standards

Some of the names used here are obvious. Others are not. Bluff lists are about geographical locations. Local lists are about body-parts. Look stands for futurists. Peer comes to represent scientific peer-review.
  1. Prefix
  2. Topic
  3. Suffix
  4. Subject-line Prefix
  5. Family Strata


Spectrum words in no particular order.

NoiseHypeChatFolksLimeGlobeTalk
ListPeerForumCourseSumAnnounceAid
DigestDigStudyPeeksPrideTripsTours
StretchHQTestABCsDevsHurtInjury
RehabPeekCasePeerHonorGatewaySynk
ScoreSwellProsMecaLookTykesTitleTs
MidasL2k:Splash:News:Schools

Prefix Spectrum Names Include:

  • Subject-Line Prefix Include:

  • L2k:
  • Splash:
  • News:
  • Topic Terms Include:

  • Suffix Terms Include:

  • Subject-line Prefix

      Sports-Specific Suffix Spectrum:

      Sphere of Mostly Water Suffix Spectrum

        Sphere of Proving Ground Spectrum

          Sacks of Mostly Water Suffix Family
            TitleTs

          * Key: Read Only In-house use for moderators/volunteers


          Prefix Keywords

          The prefix part of the name helps to group lists in various target groups. For example, all the competitive sports lists with a focus of self-improvement and performance have the prefix, "Better".

          Prefix keywords in use include:

          • Better, covers competitive sports, self-improvement, higher performance
          • Bluff, covers geographical destinations
          • Elsewhere, covers topics not dealt within SportSurf.Net - and perhaps ANTI overviews too
          • Inside, covers SportSurf.Net insider and agent news
          • Local, covers body-parts
          • Look, covers lookout and future
          • Midas, covers finances, greed, money, professional-sports, poverty issues too
          • Prove, covers technology-related topics of the Proving Ground

          Topic Keywords

          The middle word in the name spectrum deal with the central topic, activity or location. With so many keywords and a growing list, don't expect to see all the topics listed here. However, the best way to get a look at the listing is to visit our MajorCool Interface.

          Sports Keywords

          In time, nearly every sports, health, fitness topic is going to be covered.

          Elsewhere Keywords:

        • Tickets
        • Steroids
        • Tobacco
        • Gambling
        • Drugs
        • Hunting
        • Motorized
        • Animalistic
        • Fishing
        • Celebrity
        • Flaming

          Suffix Keywords

          Suffix keywords are utilized in the name spectrum for easy identification of content-flavors and list-policies. The suffix keywords come in a few different families. Each suffix family has an associated string of siblings.
            Suffix Families:
          • Sport-Specific (and Technology-Specific) Suffix String
          • Spheres of Mostly Water Suffix String
          • Sacks of Mostly Water Suffix Strings/UL>

            Specific Suffix Strings
            Noise - Hype - Chat - Folks - Lime - Tykes - Globe - Swap - Dealers - Talk - List - Peer - Sum - Announce - Dig - Digest - Dust - Gate - Aid

            Example:
            Email your messages to: Specific_Topic-Noise@sportsurf.net

            Key:

              Noise
              Okay for advertisers, sponsors, commercial content, sorta-off-topic posts. Boasting, "sky-is-falling" posts, and in-depth-personal insights of the $.02 and $.03 varieties are tolerated. If something screams, "Eeeks" -- it should be on noise.

              Chat
              Informal talk and wondering around the topic areas are okay. Younger-participants go here!

              Hype
              Messages for the masses. Sports leaders often wonder about how to bring their games and athletes to a wider audience. Often rule changes need to occur, but those drastic measure can upset the traditions. Another option is to bring the masses to the games and not the game to the masses. My sport is better that that hype is fair grounds here too. Plus, all the PSA (public service announcements) take root here.

              Folks
              Personal introductions, welcome messages. The postings to folks must follow the rigid guidelines. See the info files. Any and all follow-ups to the introductions at Folks go to that person and not to any list. The introductions help build community and provide insights and all the people in these discussions. Everyone can posts introductions from scientist to volunteer to youthful athletes.

              Lime: i.e., Limelight
              Headlines, breaking news, covering those people, events, and happenings in the limelight, media and analysis.

              Globe: i.e., Global/International/Multi-Lingual
              Non-English posts are welcomed here.

              Swap
              Person to person swaps, trades, barters concerning sport-specific goods, services and equipment.

              Dealers
              Shop owners, institutional equipment providers, inventors, dealers, manufactures, trade-show coordinators, sales reps, sponsors, publishers, import/exporters, bulk-specials mentions are all welcomed.

              Talk
              Suited to serious posts, more advanced knowledge base, only on-topic tips/hints

              List
              Often owned by closed organizations or must join "club" with FAQ guidelines

              Peer: i.e., Peer Review
              Most academic, high-minded, science supported facts desired

              Sum: i.e., Summary
              FAQs, summary posts, significant follow-ups where information is synthesized from a few different sources

              Announce
              Moderated. Includes news releases. Read only.

              Dig
              Dig is an informal digest. Batches of posts sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format for the more informal siblings. Read only.

              Digest
              Batches of posts sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format for the more formal siblings. Read only.

              Dust
              Dust in short for digital dust. The pack-rat subscribers get all the posts to all the lists in the family in an individual fashion with one "subscription" message. Read only.

              to the dust lists get individual posts as they occur to this family in an individual sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format. Read only.

              Gate
              Gate stands for gateways(s). A gate is like a meta lists, Gate lists are often best-of lists hosted at other locations on the net. Mirrored lists can converge on a meta lists at SportSurf.Net. Even usenet discussions can be gatewayed to these lists. Read only.


              Aid: i.e., List Lifeguards & Volunteers
              For the worker-bees, volunteers, early-adopters, giving netizens, list-lifeguards, staff, and others who have expressed a desire to assist with the operations and discussions at SportSurf.Net. This is NOT a help list, rather it is a list for helpers.


            Sphere of Mostly Water Suffix Tips

            The subscriptions in this section utilize the following suffix plan. For further information visit the tutorial on the SportSurf.Net's Name Spectrum Standard.


            Suffix Key for Bluffs -- Center of the Universe Family

              Study
              Suited to school studies, pen-pals, language exploration, easy research. Posts from abroad are welcomed here. Noisy school-yard study stuff tolerated.

              Peeks
              On and off-topic tips, hints, insights. Commercials need to be about sports and localized! Digital landscape posts welcomed too. Pointers to politics, weather, cutlure, industry, entertainment and such must be very brief.

              Pride
              Culture, Sports, teams, leagues, professionals, updates, news. Positive first-person accounts are fine.

              Trips
              For those planning individual and small group travel, and locals who might like to offer suggestions.

              Tours
              Suited for those with advanced travel plans and group travel. All-star matches, training trips, etc.

              Stretch
              Strictly business, high-class travel talk that is suited for those with gold-card credit, corporate limo expectations, cyber-hook-up requirements, and high-performance fact-of-life mentalities.

              HQ
              Designed for the national and state sports authorities, Olympic Committee folks, scholastic sports organizers. Calling for tryouts, team directors, regional coordination.

              Test
              All things about TEST Matches, any sport. In test matches the teams are most often fielded from different countries.

              Dig
              The Digest format for the more infomal lists in this family. Included: Study - Peeks - Pride - Trips.

              Digest
              The digest format for the more formal lists in this family. Includes: Tours - HQ - Test.

              Aid: i.e., List Lifeguards & Volunteers
              For the worker-bees, volunteers, early-adopters, giving netizens, list-lifeguards, staff, and others who have expressed a desire to assist with the operations and discussions at SportSurf.Net. This is NOT a help list, rather it is a list for helpers. English only.

            Additional digests for regions are expected later.

            Sacs of Mostly Water Suffix Family
            Hurt - Injury - Rehab - Case - Peer - Digest - Aid

            Example:
            Email your messages to: Specific_Topic-Noise@sportsurf.net

            Key:

              Hurt
              Okay for advertisers, sponsors, commercial content, noise, sorta-off-topic posts. Boasting, "sky-is-falling" posts, and in-depth-personal insights of the $.02 and $.03 varieties are tolerated. If something screams, "Eeeks" -- it should be on hurt. Also the place for folks, limelight, meta, global, talk-like posts.

              Injury
              Formal talk and wondering around the topic areas are okay. Hangout for trainers, coaches, those with new injuries. Suited to serious posts, more advanced knowledge base, only on-topic tips/hints/help.

              Rehab
              Clinicians, injured athletes, long-term motivations and progress reports are okay.

              Case
              Formal case study presentations, poster-type sessions. Dedicated mainly to college students, continuing eductation, clinicians, coaches.

              Peer: i.e., Peer Review
              Most academic, high-minded, science supported facts desired.

              Digest
              Batches of posts sent out in one larger mail message in a digest format for all the siblings. Read only.

              Aid: i.e., List Lifeguards & Volunteers
              For the worker-bees, volunteers, early-adopters, giving netizens, list-lifeguards, staff, and others who have expressed a desire to assist with the operations and discussions at SportSurf.Net. This is NOT a help list, rather it is a list for helpers.

              Additional digests for regions of the body may be started later, such as upper-body, lower-body.

              For Future Standards:

                Needs41: i.e., Needs for one
                Needs postings for one person, most often for yourself. Includes swaps.

                Needs4org: i.e., Needs for organization
                Needs postings for an organization, group, team, league, school. Obviously more than one person.

                ABCs
                Basics, Newbies, Elementary Questions.

                ABCs areas are support forums that are for the K-12 market. Experts and productive users can join to answer questions from children and inexperienced users. In time enough well rounded kids can come to answer all questions being posted (they like to show off what they know). More appealing to schools, the ABCs areas are support list there specifically for schools and newbies.

                Sorry
                Sorry Sports. More news to come.

                Givers
                Give it up here. More news to come.

                Takers
                Log in here. Component with Givers. More news to come.

                Forum
                Forums can be for classroom use, and even for distance learning. More news to come.


              Gateway Lists

              Gate lists, gateways, and meta lists are coming. Meta lists are cool. However, no further information on meta lists, their policies and operations are going to be posted here at this time.

              Deployment

              Various services are being rolled out this month. However, openings are expected to continue for some time into the future. The fluid creation process means that some lists are open but inactive. You are encouraged to submit your subscription but don't be surprised to find little or no mail at this time.

              Suggestions Welcomed

              If you have a way to improve upon our name spectrum standard, or the explanation of this standard, please send email to: list-mom@sportsurf.net.

              Still Confused?

              Email your messages to: Feeder@sportsurf.net
              People operate a help-desk at the feeder address. If you are confused, send the message to that address, and the message gets reviewed, altered slightly if needed, and posted to suitable locations on the net. The feeder is a great place to go if you are unsure of things and if you don't want to make a goof with your email.

              A Tip on CAPS and lower-case typing
              Capitalizations and lower-case letters are not a factor with Majordomo. The webmaster types "Better-Swim-List" for easy reading, but all of the following names work the same way: BETTER-SWIM-LISTbetter-swim-list; or even bETTER-sWIM-lisT. When you send in your email to majordomo, you can use either caps or lower-case typing for the both address and the command. Of course, the hyphen between words is a hyphen and not an underline.

              Just so you know, the CAPS and lower-case letters are very important when it comes to URLs (such as http://www.sportsurf.net/PROVING). The domain name part is not case sensitive, but everything after "net" must be typed with the correct case. The domain here is SportSurf.Net, but you can type the domain with or without capitals. In the example within this paragraph, the word "PROVING" needs to be in capital letters. Other servers may or may not be case-sensitive. On this server, typing "www" is optional.

  • Monday, January 15, 1996

    SSS NDA example

    Collected a big binder of NDAs, Non-disclosure agreements. This one is from a helper via NZ.
    Stopped doing NDAs, mostly, after this exercise. Never needed to really leverage them. But, our efforts for The Sports Dorm were in plans that went to AOL and elsewhere. 




    Sunday, January 07, 1996

    Book review: he Treasure Within - A Swimmer's Logbook

    Review was published in 1996, January / Feb edition of SWIM.
    By Kevin DeForrest, SSS publisher, 178 pages.

    Review by Wayne McCauley

    This book will appeal to many Masters swimmers who need a better way to focus on their goals. Kevin DeForrest, a top Masters swimmer, uses self discovery and self awareness techniques to develop not only the swimmer within but the whole person. His use of the Four Part hormony model for life may appeal to many. Throughout the book are pages upon page of inspirational quotations, from Einstein, Lao Tzu, and the Bible to Kermit the Frong. There are ten essays in the book coverin gmany different topics not specifically related to Masters swimming.

    The author believes all things are connected. He uses goal setting and goal sheets that are swimming specific, conbining these goals with a one week record of daily events. The goal sheets and weekly logs are designed for you to write in the book. Each week you reflect on the data from the log sheets and determine lessons learned and objectives achieved.

    Other version of the book scheduled for release are hardcover, spiral binding and audio and computer disk formats. But a goo dreview of a swim video or book focuses on the ideas that are expressed, not the packaging. The ideas contained in The Treasure Within make it an important asset to have and use.