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Why Another Acoustic Guitar Site?

There are a number of acoustic guitar sites on the Internet; why add another?

The sites we know of fall into two categories: those that predominantly contain links to information residing at the site ("information sites"), and those that consist of collections of links to information hosted at other sites ("jump sites"). This site is a bit of a hybrid, but there are far more links to resources outside this site than to resources here, so it is largely a jump site. But where most other acoustic guitar jump sites simply list links (possibly in a few categories), here we try to let you know what you'll find before you jump. To try to accomplish this, we...

In a sense, then, this is an "information about information" site! But we also host many bits of information ourselves. The main resources original to this site are:

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There is an amazing amount of information of potential interest to acoustic guitarists on the Internet. But of course, there's quite a bit of information not on the net as well! If you can't find the information you are looking for here or at one of the other web resources on our Other Resource Collections page, a good place to post a query is the rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic Usenet newsgroup, affectionately known as RMMGA. RMMGA is the place on the net to tap into the collected wisdom of online players and get a personalized response. It's also a generally cool place just to hang out!

Welcome to RMMGA!

PLEASE endeavor to follow the sensible, informal rules of "netiquette" before posting to RMMGA. Here are some simple guidelines that will help insure that your post gets read:

Learn "Netiquette"
If you are new to newsgroups, be sure to read a few of the documents in the New Usenet News Users Newsgroup. Some are archived on the web; links to many of them are available at the news.announce.newusers FAQ list hosted by Ohio State University.

Read the FAQ
A FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions document) includes answers to many frequently asked questions. Regular newsgroup readers in particular will appreciate it if you don't repeat a question that was dealt with, not only last week, but every week before that, too! The RMMGA FAQ is posted occassionally on RMMGA and is also available online. Also, Ohio State University hosts a useful archive of Usenet Newgroup FAQs.

Check the Web
Look around the Web for answers to questions that seem as if they may be common. This set of web pages is probably as good a starting point as any for acoustic guitar questions.

Lurk Before You Post
Read the postings that appear on the newsgroup for a few days or a week, to get a sense of the dynamics of the group, but also to catch pointers to existing resources that may address your questions.

Use an Informative Subject
Make your subject line brief but informative. If your subject is "Guitar Question," it is likely that many will skip it. It is a common practice in many groups to use a few capital letters (often in brackets or followed by a colon) to identify the nature of a post, such as: If your post is commercial in nature (you are selling a product or service), you should make a special effort to indicate this. Initial commercial announcements are fine, but regular repostings of commercial announcements are likely to upset many readers.

Keep Your Posts Brief
There are many posts a day on RMMGA, and many RMMGA readers read other newsgroups, too. Keeping your post brief will help make sure it gets read; it will also reduce the storage requirements of news servers. If you quote another post or email in your post (for exampe, if you are responding to another post), refrain from routinely quoting the entire post---mention only what is relevant. Also, keep your .sig ("signature") short.

Avoid Crossposting
Crossposting is posting the same message to several different groups at once. An unfortunate consequence of crossposting is that most replies also get crossposted automatically, generating many more messages per group than would otherwise exist. To keep traffic down, avoid crossposting unless absolutely necessary. If your query is relevant to several groups, consider posting it separately to those groups. You'll have to read all of them to catch all the answers, but you'll spare others the increased traffic.

Respect Others' Opinions
Most important of all, keep in mind that the posters and readers in RMMGA are people, not automatons. They have opinions and feelings. Avoid flames; if you must flame someone, do it privately, by email! But consider first how you might feel as the recipient of your message. We're all tied together in RMMGA by a mutual love of six strings vibrating across a piece of wood; the posts in RMMGA hopefully reflect the sense of community so often associated with acoustic music.
Our thanks to Chifuru "Chief" Noda, an RMMGA regular, for suggestions incorporated into these guidelines!

Guitar Notes by Jason Nieh

Although these pages were constructed as an alternative to less informative acoustic guitar jump lists, we don't mean to knock such lists in the least. If you know where you want to go, but just need to locate the link, a one-page jump list may better serve your needs than will this resource. The same may be true if you'd like to spend lots of time browsing lots of resources, more-or-less aimlessly. We list several guitar jump lists in our Other Resource Collections page. Our favorite is Guitar Notes by Jason Nieh; it's both comprehensive and attractive, and it includes links to resources specific to the electric guitar that don't appear here. Make sure you check it out.


Finally, if you're looking for one-stop shopping for guitar music, software, and information, the single best location is the On Line Guitar Archive, another resource known affectionately by its acronymn, OLGA. It's an anonymous FTP site, so you will probably have to look around a lot to find what you want. Perhaps the nicest way to access it (especially for net newbies) is through Guitar Music Archive Search .

Cue Bullets

We use very small (roughly letter-sized) transparent GIF icons at the end of an anchor (a "link") to provide a visual cue of what to expect from the link before you visit it or point to it. Such icons have become generally known as "cue bullets" or "QBullets," although the latter term is actually a servicemark for a specific collection of cue bullets. A brief legend appears below. A fuller legend, including information about where I located these cue bullets, is at the web page, A Selection Of Cue Bullet Icons.

Cue Bullet Legend

Another web site
A link down the current page
A link up the current page
Textual web page ???
Plain text file
Page of links (jump site)
FTP directory
Gopher site
FAQ document
Send email
Usenet newsgroup
News item
Home Page
Sound file
A form
Machine-specific file (software)
Some specific cases:
Unix XWindows file
Apple Mac file
IBM PC file for Windows
IBM PC file (non-Windows)
Machine-specific archive
[This line is just a dummy internal link for the above anchors!]

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This resource is the work of Tom Loredo, who welcomes suggestions, comments, criticisms, and pats on the back about this resource. Thanks for visiting!

Tom Loredo / loredo@spacenet.tn.cornell.edu