If you are sending a message to the group for the first time, we ask only that you send a message that is appropriate for the group and that it is not insulting. It also helps to read the group for a few weeks until you get a general feel of it.
Please refrain from using this newsgroup for personal messages.
This newsgroup is not to be used for commercial purposes.
MAY is not a mystery series, but some members do not care to have advance word on story and plot lines, so if your post includes such details well in advance, please include the phrase "spoiler" in the subject header and toss in about 25 blank lines (spoiler space) at the beginning. Please do not include any spoiler information in the header itself, and remember the East Coast vs West Coast time differential in North America if you are posting comments on a new episode immediately after it has aired on the East Coast!
Typically this rule applies only to North American telecasts, international viewing being a few weeks to a few months or even a few years behind, but you may extend consideration beyond the shores as well. However this FAQ does not attempt any such thing in these sections, beyond a statement in the Introduction section.
Posting binaries to the group is not forbidden, but is strongly discouraged. It is easier to post locations of FTP or WWW sites and let interested people retrieve the files, or to post them to one of the alt.binaries.* groups (following their guidelines for posting) and let this newsgroup know. Typically, images should be posted to alt.binaries.pictures.celebrities, sound-clips to alt.binaries.sounds.tv and MPEG clips to alt.binaries.multimedia etc.
Besides, some site administrators are known to object to binary posts in non-binary newsgroups such as ours, and could decide to stop carrying alt.tv.mad-about-you at your site... and who'd want THAT to happen?
Spamming is the posting of the same article to multiple newsgroups (usually every possible newsgroup) regardless of the appropriateness of the topic. If anyone spams Usenet, including our group, please DO NOT followup to the article.
When someone spams, chances are that person will NOT read our group, or any other group, to see your witty followup, which will therefore be directed only at other readers who ALREADY know the irrelevance of the original spam post. If you see a spam show up in our group, DO NOT followup. With your followup you will be perpetuating the spam. Even if the original article is cancelled by a newsadmin, chances are none of the complaining followups will be.
Please note that trimming the string alt.tv.mad-about-you from the newsgroups: header and reposting a spam article does absolutely no good; it merely starts a new thread with which you'll have spammed every OTHER group still left on the header.
If you feel compelled to respond, send email to the poster (chances are the address will be bogus), CC:ing the postmaster at that site. Rest assured that many FAQ authors will be replying to the postmaster at the offending poster's site.
Also note that a followup to the original spam post appearing in our newsgroup may have got there as a result of a cross-post from another group. Simply treat it as another spam, which it is.
If your newsreader has the option, by all means set kill filters to avoid other folks's followups.
It is likely that one infrequent, essentially anonymous poster (who shared some inside knowledge from the Set) lurks here. Towards the end of season #4 another anonymous poster kept exhorting the membership to "have faith in the writers" but said little else, and disappeared after the season finale. It is possible he/she was not a member of the production crew, but affiliated with NBC or Sony/Tristar.
Folks from NBC (and possibly also Tristar and Sony) are known to lurk in here, primarily to monitor audience reaction.
But if a MAY writer/cast-member were to join us:
Some of the free-wheeling discussion style of the newsgroup will have to be curbed. Discussion of past and present events on MAY will continue to be fair game (including any spoiler posts about episodes already filmed), however ideas about new plot-lines etc. must be avoided. This is not a matter of violating anyone's freedom of speech and such -- it is a matter of legalities. If a new idea is raised in this forum that a MAY writer and fellow-newgroup-member happened to be (coincidentally) working on at the same time, the writer is obliged to scrap the idea and start all over again. They don't like that, and will naturally opt out of the newsgroup.
In other words, if this newsgroup were to have MAY writer or cast participation, any new idea raised in this forum is by definition destined for the waste-basket/dust-bin.
Unlike newsgroups like alt.tv.friends which began as a mailing list, members of this newsgroup lived for the most part at rec.arts.tv (and alt.tv.seinfeld) before alt.tv.mad-about-you was created.
However there is nothing to stop you from creating a mailing list for MAY. All you need is a mail server host, some disk quota and knowledge of listserv, and once set up, you could let other people know.
Depending on whether you wish to retrieve a single season's guide or
all the guides, send email
To: email@example.com with anything you like in the
Subject: line (it will be ignored) and one request per line of text in the body of the e-mail:
Similarly for the multi-part FAQ (of which this is part9), whose updated sections are flagged in the Main Table Of Contents in part1, specify any or all of the following requests:
This access method will work for ANY document posted to or cross-posted to the news.answers group. Use the published Archive-name: with a prefix of "send pub/usenet/news.answers/" (without the quotes) in the body of your mail, and wait...
USA: rtfm.mit.edu /pub/usenet/news.answers/tv/mad-about-you ftp.uu.net /usenet/news.answers/tv/mad-about-you ftp.seas.gwu.edu /pub/rtfm/alt/tv/mad-about-you Europe: ftp.Germany.EU.net /pub/newsarchive/news.answers/tv/mad-about-you ftp.sunet.se /pub/usenet/tv/mad-about-you Asia: hwarang.postech.ac.kr /pub/usenet/news.answers/tv/mad-about-you ftp.hk.super.net /mirror/faqs/tv/mad-about-you nctuccca.edu.tw /USENET/FAQ/alt/tv/mad-about-youUnfortunately not all news.answers mirror sites archive MAY files.
The following WWW sites are maintained on a non-profit basis by fans
of the show; some archive the latest versions of the MAY episode
guides and FAQ, and most also have links to many other MAY sites:
A recently relocated site, maintained by Jeremy Johnston, offers the sights and sounds of MAY, as well as transcripts of interviews with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt and the weekly Neilson ratings for the MAY time-slot:
Having said all that, and for benefit of all that have read this far, here are two bookmarks you may save to get to all these places:
A sample conversation, transcribed by Alexander Poropatich and
Michael Straszniczky, should be easy enough to place:
An effort is underway to get a free chat room set up under the
auspices of Ultimate TV. If you are interested, please request
its creation when you register at: