Hey, mac! Here's your FAQ!
-1. What is a FAQ?
Whatever you want it to be, my friend. In most cases, FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions. In this instance, it is where
we shall answer questions pertaining to the Invisibles mailing list that may come up at some point or another.
0. Wait a minute, wait a minute. Hold up. What, praytell, are "Invisibles"?
Calm down. The Invisibles is the name of a super-marvy comic book published by DC/Vertigo. It's written by this really swell
fellow named Grant Morrison and drawn by a rotating roster of way-groovy artists. It's been published in three separate
volumes, the third of which has just begun. Three trade paperbacks collecting past issues are available.The Invisibles revolves
around a group of super-subversives who call themselves, appropriately enough, the Invisibles. This, however, is only
scratching the surface of what The Invisibles is actually about. The real truth is much deeper and much more difficult to
Anyway, if you're interested and want to find out more, there are several web-sites devoted to The Invisibles, the links to
which you can find here.
1. Okay, then...what is the Invisibles mailing list?
The Invisibles mailing list is...well, just what it sounds like. It's a mailing list that's maintained by Onelist. One member of the
list sends an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and it's instantly shipped off to all of the members. It's a wonderful stopming
ground for like-minded intelligent individuals where almost anything and everything can (and most likely will, at some
point) come up in conversation.
2. Oooh, nifty! So, how do I become a list member? Can I read archived posts? Can I? Can I? Huh?
To become a list member, simply go to http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/invisibles and follow the directions. When you
become a member, you will have access to bookmarks left by other listers and profiles of other members, as well as the
ability to join and/or moderate other Onelist mailing lists. The archives can be viewed by anyone, including non-members, by
going to http://www.onelist.com/archives/invisibles .
3. What is "on topic" on the list?
This is a rule that's very strictly enforced on the list, so listen carefully... THERE IS NO "ON TOPIC"! Yes, that's right.
Anything goes. From intelligent discussions on concepts such as freedom and language to heated arguments about
the importance of the spork, bring it up and it will be discussed. We even, from time to time, discuss some obscure
comic book called The Invisibles. Try to remember, it's all just a game...
4. So...I can talk about anything, huh? Is it alright to make rude comments and be a completely intolerable ass to everyone?
Well, you're an adult and you're old enough to make your own decisions (at least I assume that you are). I tend to hold it as a
relative given that most readers of The Invisibles are intelligent, well-educated individuals, and I hope that whoever
raised you did so properly and that you're a half-way tolerant and open-minded person. Most people will, at one point or
another, inadvertently say something to someone else that the "someone else" will take offence to. If you happen to slip up
and offend someone (and rest assured, they will probably let you know), make the effort to apologize and all will, more than
likely, be forgotten.
If, however, you feel the need to make any of the sorts of comments that would be made expressly to offend or attack
anyone on a personal level, you're not going to make any friends on the list or anywhere else in life (outside of prison and the
political arena). If such abuse should continue, however, you may be booted from the list. This hasn't happened to anyone yet,
and I certainly hope that it never comes to this, so don't be the first! If you have any specific etiquette questions, ask the
folks on the list and I'm sure that they would be happy to oblige.
5. Okay...just checking. Here's
a hypothetical situation for you. Say the new issue of The Invisibles has come out
and I wanna talk about it. Should I assume that everyone else on the list has already read
No, no, a thousand times NO! If the new issue has just come out, make sure that you let everyone know that you are posting
in reference to that issue by either putting the word "SPOILER" in big capital letters somewhere in your message heading
or putting at least 23 lines of spoiler space in your message before you begin commenting. Ideally, you should do both. It is
suggested that you do one or the other for at least two or three weeks after the new issue has been available. When in
doubt as to whether you should mark your message with a spoiler warning or not, go ahead and do it.
6.This Grant Morrison
character...is he a list member? Does anyone know his e-mail address?
Unfortunately, the answer to both of these questions are, at the moment, no. It certainly doesn't hurt to keep one's hopes up,
though. In the new issue, Grant says that he will be replying to any mail that he might receive through the Barbelith site.
Unfortunately, Barbelith is, for all intents and purposes, defunct. So we shall see what becomes of this.
7. So...how many points is
a K worth in Scrabble?
8. I know this is a long shot,
but...does the list have an official cigarette?
Yes, in fact. Though there might be some dispute among the smokers on the list, the official cigarette is reportedly the clove
9. What's with the sporks?
Well, the sporks are kind of an old in-joke from a while back that seems to still pop up every now and again. I don't think
that it ever meant much of anything, but if I'm wrong, I'm sure that someone will let me know...
10. Does the list really go for
Hell, yes!! Don't you?
Thanks to Chip, Zero, and Anna for their assistance in assembling this FAQ. I couldn't have done it without you (sniff)...
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