Rec.Humor.Funny General Description
Welcome to rec.humor.funny, USENET's daily on-line humour magazine of the netwaves.
Fundamentally, rec.humor.funny (RHF) is a "moderated" newsgroup. Of course, you're reading a web page, and RHF has expanded become both these web pages and a newsgroup. A newsgroup is a stream of information that you read on a regular basis. Frequently new material arrives, and it is shown to you by a program called a newsreader, which keeps track of what's new and what you have already read. Most newsgroups exist for open discussion. If a group is "moderated," it means that only one person, the editor/moderator, is allowed to post directly to it. If you want to post here, you send electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the editor decides that you have sent in a new and funny joke that fits the submission guidelines, it gets sent out to the RHF audience, both by posting on the newsgroup and eventually appearing in this web server. (Anything you want to send in that's not an actual joke submission goes to email@example.com).
RHF is read (they say) by over 700,000 people on USENET, the web and Fidonet, plus many more on peripheral networks and other systems. It is read on every continent in almost every developed country of the world. We hear somebody even forwards it down to the USA's South Pole research station. (Hi folks!)
RHF works on a quality, not quantity basis. You'll may see only a joke a week in this group. These are culled from several daily submissions. We hope that what you see gives you some amusement to start, or finish your newsreading day. Those submissions come via email, from other Usenet newsgroups like rec.humor, and other sources.
RHF specializes in jokes, although anything funny can show up here. In particular, topical jokes on the latest news are particularly popular. RHF is, in fact, one of the ways these jokes spread around the world so fast. Original jokes by netters and computer jokes are also a specialty -- in fact, there are awards given every year for original jokes with cash prizes!
Most RHF postings are categorized with "keywords." Some of these keywords give the editor's opinion of the joke's quality, on a scale that goes (doubt it, maybe, smirk, chuckle, funny, laugh, sidesplit). Of course, your sense of humour may vary. Check dealer for terms and conditions. Other keywords warn readers about potential offensive content in jokes, and can be used in kill files. We try to warn about sexual context, sick jokes, swearing, bathroom humour, the odd pun and the use of stereotypes, particularly racial or sexual ones.
Other keywords give general information. Self-explanatory ones include "original" and "true." "Administrivia" is a keyword for postings like this, that aren't jokes, but administrative information. "heard it" means a joke is judged good but moderately well known.
Why do we get to judge what's funny and what isn't? Well, it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. Seriously, not everybody will agree with our sense of humour, but then, nobody is forced to read the group. As long as the unmoderated groups rec.humor and talk.bizarre exist, we hold no power to censor or suppress anything anybody wants to say.
Most of the selection of RHF is done by Jim Griffith, a gracious volunteer. The sponsor, executive editor and founder of the newsgroup is Brad Templeton. Do not send mail regarding this group to anybody's personal mailbox -- use only the firstname.lastname@example.org address.
As you'll read in the policy on possibly offensive jokes, this is a no-holds-barred newsgroup. Like a letters to the editor column in a paper, we don't judge what a joke says, just how well (funny) it says it. Jokes that we suspect may go way beyond some people's thresholds of offense are actually encrypted with a simple letter- substitution cypher called rot13, so that you have to go out of your way to read them.
We do not maintain any RHF mailing list or keep track of those who do. Do not send drop/add mailing list requests to us, please.
If you see an error, or have a comment on an RHF posting, mail to the poster, not to us. Doing a "reply" in your newsreader does this for you. Ask the poster to forward the comment to us if it's a question of attribution etc. This avoids our getting duplicates on these.
System Admins: If you can, please extend the expiration date of RHF to something nice and long. At 2-3 msgs/day, you can keep a month or two of it without consuming significant disk space. This cuts down on back joke requests. (Which we reject due to our We're-not-a-joke-server policy.)
Back jokes from RHF are collected into the RHF "TeleJokeBooks." and the best of the first 4-5 years can be found in "The Internet Jokebook" from Peer-to-Peer Communications. These books let you get all the back jokes in an nice form, for less than the cost to others of repeating them or you posting a "does anybody have..." message.
There is also a CD-ROM with, among many other things, the complete joke archives to 1993. Finally, shortly the full archives will be available for browsing and searching on this web site.
Administrative NotesRec.humor.funny newsgroup joke stream & collection
Compilation Copyright 1987 ... 2008 by Brad Templeton
You can copy and distribute the rec.humor.funny stream/collection in whole or as it is published in electronic form, as long as you don't try to make money off it, or pretend that you are the one who put it together.
The collection of E-mail addresses from the RHF archives or postings to RHF or subgroups is prohibited. Those E-mail addresses are only for individually composed replies to the postings.
This newsgroup sometimes contains material some consider offensive, and material that may not be suitable for some minors. As such, all redistributors should make sure that nobody reads the group other than by personally requesting it, and all redistributors must take whatever precautions they feel are necessary with regards to newsgroup access by minors.
The warnings and keywords placed on jokes are for the reader's convenience only. The editor makes no assurances that such warnings are complete or correct. It is up to each reader to decide whether to be guided by these keywords and/or warnings.
Submitters to RHF grant the editor the right to unlimited electronic distribution of their submission to USENET and other networks, and unless explicitly stated otherwise, rights are also granted for the inclusion of the submitted joke into the printed Jokebooks. The moderator also has the right to make edits which, in the moderator's sole opinion, improve the joke. The moderator will note whenever substantial editing has taken place.
(Sorry, but it turns out all this legal schmazola is necessary. we want this group protected if it ever comes under attack again.)