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|What is the Nerky
||The Nerky Net began when Mark started an
email list of a few friends (some from growing up in Indiana, some
from University of Chicago) ~ 8 years ago. The email network serves
as a forum for discussion and keeping in touch. The group as a whole
serves as an informal, but substantial, support network for the people
involved. We were recently described as an urban tribe, and are still
trying that on for size. Main interests seem to be camping, food,
gaming, making art & music, entertainment, and computers.
|How do I become
If you found this site at random on the internet, you don't. This
is not a self-submit, anonymous forum. You should look for that
elsewhere on the web.
If you got here because you know a nerky and they sent you this
reference, then you get selected by hanging out with other Nerkies,
going to group events, and contributing time and expertise.
We had a period of rapid growth a few years ago which resulted in
communication problems on the 'net. It has seemed like a good idea
since then to only add people after they have made a demonstrated
effort to get to know other nerkies.
Then there're secret indocrination ceremonies.
Any nerky should feel free to invite any non-nerky friend to nerky
events, no strings attached. Maybe they'll get to know a lot of
new people and get added to the list at some future date. Maybe
they'll just have a good time and want to come back next year, but
have no interest in the list. Maybe they'll quietly decline and
inch toward the door.
|Who are nerkies?
||Nerkidom isn't constrained by any particular
demographic, but it does seem to help to have a sense of fun, responsibility,
curiosity, sociability, and commitment.
|What is the difference
between the Nerky Net, CAN, Rileycon, and NASCRAG?
Nerky Net is as described above and consists mostly of personal
CAN (Chicago Area Nerkies) and Rileycon are sublists which were
created to take voluminous planning posts out of the inboxes of
nerkies who had no interest. They also serve as a way to include
non-nerkies in event planning, since nerky status isn't really required
for either list.
NASCRAG (The National Society for Crazed Gamers) is a group of people
who produce a three-round tournament every year for Gencon. Some
nerkies belong to, or play in NASCRAG, but there is no formal connection
between the two. There are non-gaming nerkies and NASCRAG judges
who have never heard of the Nerky Net (or hadn't until recently).
|Is this list censored?
||Not officially. You should use an email
address which won't cause you trouble if it receives messages containing
adult language or topics. We occasionally discuss things of questionable
rating or taste (sex, politics, food). Use your own judgment.
|How do I change
my address on the listserve?
Ben is graciously hosting the nerkynet on his server, and occasionally
emails out directions to everyone about how to make changes to the
list. But if you can't find that email, just email
John with the change that needs to be made and he'll take care
of it for you.
|Who is in charge
of the Nerky Net?
||Lots of people. No one. It depends on who
takes responsibility for what, and takes the time to do it. Different
people take charge of coordinating different activities. The informal
moderator is currently Marg.
|1. NO SPAM
|| (although people do still send some -
it should either be very, very, very GOOD, or pertinent to an ongoing
discussion.) ORIGINAL IS BEST
|2. NO FLAME WARS
|| Differing opinions are welcome (and interesting!)
and should be expressed with a respect for others. Expect to present
a well-thought argument if you're going to be controversial. Personal
misunderstandings should be settled privately.
|3. You SHOULD
|| Party plans, personal milestones/updates,
epiphanies, quandries which require brainstorming, interesting topics
for discussion (recent political discussion has been very good), support,
recommendations, weird dreams, funny bits, friendly banter
|4. you SHOULD
|| to at *least* one big nerkevent every
year (Rut Camping/ RileyCon/ TubCon/ Art-in-Progress Party/ New Year's