Copyright 1991 Patrick D. Scannell Used by Permission Rec.Stupid Rules for Submitters In brief: Submissions should be more or less in English Provide a meaningless subject line Just mail it anywhere -- I'm sure to get it eventually No copyrighted works, no matter how stupid Include a long signature, the dumber the better Don't proofread your submissions -- you might have second thoughts o) Preference is given to submissions in English. I know you're thinking that it would be really stupid to submit your item in Urdu or Hindi, but don't. As it turns out, any moron could have thought of that. o) Give your submission a meaningful Subject line. So many people send me submissions entitled "stupid" -- as if people can't tell just by looking at you. I want a subject line that I can use as the title for your posting. Something so incredibly stupid that will distinguish it from the mundane, workaday stupidity that surrounds it. o) Attribute the source of your stupidity. Tell me what little you know about anything. If you're naturally stupid, say so. If you used chemicals to get that way, tell me that. o) Don't send entire copyrighted works. Excerpts are OK, especially if taken out of context. A single line from a joke (not the punch line) or mathematical proof (with attribution) is OK. o) Don't submit other people's postings. Instead, if you see a posting in a non-stupid group that you think would be really stupid when taken completely out of context, mail the poster and encourage him or her to submit it to rec.stupid, but don't tell him or her where to send it. o) Prufreed and spell-czek yore submishunz, becuz I kant spehl eitheir. o) Punctuate properly; Follow the C programmer's rule that everything ends with a semicolon; o) Don't put form feeds in submissions. It gives people a chance to hit "n." o) Try not to send me too many duplicates. o) Try not to send me too many duplicates. Too many is never enough. o) Try not to send me too many duplicates. If you must send me too many duplicates, send them all at once. o) If I reject your submission, try sending it to me again. Get your friends to send it to me, too. Eventually I'll cave in. o) ON POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE MATERIAL: The final criterion for whether your submission is accepted is its utter senselessness and stupidity. Tasteless, racist, sexist, communist, fascist, pro-Republican, blasphemous, violent or erotic material will not be rejected purely on grounds of racism, sexism, communism, sex, violence, sex (yes, I know I've listed sex twice; I like sex), demonic possession or iambic pentameter, providing it is abysmally and utterly stupid. I am the final arbiter of this, but if you're thinking of submitting something you probably don't know what "arbiter" means. o) Material will not be rot13ed, since none of our readers has ever been able to successfully unscramble postings in that format. Most have trouble with English. Likewise, warnings of the form "WARNING -- DON'T READ THIS" will not be included, as none of our readers did. o) Collections of stupidity like stupid things Reagan said, stupid things Quayle said, stupid jokes, stupid puns, lists of the fifty stupidest people you know besides yourself, stupid bumper stickers, stupid T-shirts, stupid licence plates, etc. should go to rec.humor.funny. Remember, submission guidelines are only guidelines.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)