Rec.Humor.Funny Rules for Submitters - From Around The World READ THIS IF YOU PLAN TO SUBMIT A JOKE (He means it!) If you plan to submit material for rec.humor.funny, you are asked to follow the set of guidelines detailed below. Some of these may seem contrived and arbitrary (hey, he said it, not me!), and some exist simply to make the moderator's life a little easier. The guidelines sometimes aren't explained properly, so, just this once, they've been re-edited for the benefit of the international community. In brief: Provide a meaningful subject line - Your joke should, if possible, refer to the most obscure item of news this week/month/year in the Continental US. You have all got CNN these days, right? Readers of your joke outside this general area will love spending many happy days researching the content of your posting and this makes the laugh all the better when they eventually figure out what it means. Alternatively, frame your posting around some obscure US custom; then everyone will have to resort to their library's encyclopedias and American Studies sections to figure it out---still more fun! Submit to the right address -- there are several - Submit FROM the right address, as well. It should end in `edu', `com', `mil', `gov', `net' or `org'---anywhere else just isn't worth bothering with. Attribute the source - You might just get past the source address limitation if someone American originally thought up your idea. Documentary proof may be necessary (a driving licence with photograph, for example). No copyrighted works - At least, not US copyright... Clearly mark original submissions - So that we can include you in the `Best Original American Joke Posting Of The Year' competition Avoid signatures, particularly long ones - The more signature, the better your chances of being discovered to be non-American, so it's in your own interests. Spell check and manually proofread your submissions - To ensure that words like `colour' and `organise' are spelt correctly, `schedule' is spoken with a `k' sound inside quotes, and that phrases such "Happy New Year" and "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" have the inflective stress in the correct places. Check out other formatting and joke type guidelines - Satire is particularly frowned upon, as is attempting to parody the style of the moderators. Beware of jokes of only regional interest - However, so long as the region involved is `the Continental United States of America', that'll be just fine. Happy posting!
(From the "Rest" of RHF)