c/o The GreenBird Group
116 Dean Street
Stamford, Connecticut 06902-6251
203 359.2299 BBS (2400-9600)
203 969.1183 Voice (7-9 PM EST)
[ModemNews can be reached via our RelayNet Conference]
Jeff Green, Publisher
Chris Bird, Macintosh Editor
Bob Olafson, Technical Editor
Roger Bacon, Associate Editor
(c) Copyright 1992 GreenBird Publications
NOTE: This document is for the use of Sysops who presently distribute
ModemNews Magazine, OR for those sysops who may in the future consider
doing so. Please direct any questions to the numbers above.
If you already have a copy of ModemNews in your file base, or you are
offering it for online viewing please note that NO permission is needed
for either, however, the magazine may not be altered in any way except
for when used for online viewing. (See the note at the end of this
document for more information.)
As you may already know, ModemNews Magazine has grown into an
international electronic publication, and has grown this way due to the
hard work of many Sysops and BBS users across North America.
ModemNews started out as a local DOS based BBS news magazine. As our
issues were uploaded around the BBS circuit it began to spread far from
the original area for which it was intended. All for the better. As of
this writing we are presently in more than seventy major markets, and
can be found on some of the many NetWorks that link BBS's around the
This is just the beginning. As we grow, so will the BBS community. The
thousands of BBS users across North America will be able to find a
common voice within the pages of ModemNews Magazine.
ModemNews Magazine is not a technically oriented publication. Rather
it is more like a `Readers Digest' of the electronic medium. In our
pages your users will be able to find all manner of interesting
information. From recipes to jokes, from technical papers to News and
Views about the computer and BBS industry. These pages can be used as a
focal point for BBS users from all over to exchange information and
ideas on just about, well, anything! That's the beauty and intent of
ModemNews Magazine is distributed through a Network of NewsStands that
will make it possible for any reader to obtain a copy of the magazine
on a BBS near to their home. Each week we are adding more NewsStands to
the ranks. This document will tell you how you may join this constantly
growing number of ModemNews NewsStands.
Below, we hope to clearly delineate a distribution policy for ModemNews
that will be fair to all Sysops and readers alike. In addition, you
will find out how to be listed in our pages as a ModemNews NewsStand.
The advantages to your board are many and the demands on you are very
few. Just a few minutes of your time to get set up, and a few minutes
more once each month to post the newest issue of the magazine. More
about that later.
Publication Schedule for ModemNews Magazine
ModemNews will be published once each month (except for July and
Deadline date for entries is the 15th, and release date of each new
issue will be on the first of the month.
Information from you, your users, or from your board that is received
by the specified date will, if space permits, be published in the
immediate issue. If space is not available, the information will be
posted in the very next issue in turn.
You or your users may submit anything you or they feel should be
published in an issue of ModemNews. We are particularly looking for the
NOTE: Numbers in parentheses denote the 'rough' maximum Kilobyte limit.
1) Interesting message threads from your board about most any topic.(10K)
2) General Purpose technical papers and articles.(15K)
3) General articles concerning the computer/BBS industries.(15K)
4) Editorial comments and replies.(5K)
5) Feature articles and stories.(15K)
6) ANSI and/or MacPaint artwork.(15K)
Do not limit yourself to the above list. We are open to all
suggestions. It should be remembered that this magazine is wholly
dependant upon user submissions for it's content. You are encouraged to
submit a profile of your particular BBS as well as an ANSI/TEXT/or
MacPaint ad which will be displayed in the magazine once your BBS has
been approved as a ModemNews NewsStand.
Your BBS ad will be seen by readers from coast to coast and be one of
only 10 that will be published within each issue!
[The above option is available ONLY to BBS systems that are FREE to the
general public, and are officially recognized NewsStands]
If general access to your system is limited to paying members, you
may then purchase commercial ad space in the magazine. (see AD.DOC
included with this package)
How to become an Official ModemNews NewsStand.
BEFORE YOU CONTACT MODEMNEWS YOU MUST HAVE COMPLIED WITH THE SET UP
LISTED IN THIS DOCUMENT. DO NOT CALL US BEFORE YOUR SYSTEM IS READY.
YOUR BBS WILL BE CHECKED BY ONE OF OUR STAFF. (usually within 14 days.)
ModemNews reaches it's readership through 'FREE' distribution. No fee
or penalty may be levied for a download of ModemNews. This does not
imply `free' downloads from your board. Upload/Download ratios on your
board are exempt, though some boards allow ModemNews to be accessed
without affecting user U/D ratios. If your board has commercial or paid
access lines, ModemNews must be able to be accessed through the public
lines on a callers FIRST or, at the least, his second call after they
have completed your verification process if you have one.
A new user MUST however be able to see on his FIRST call that he has
reached a ModemNews NewsStand.
In order for you to be an official NewsStand several things must be done.
Sysops requesting NewsStand status from ModemNews Magazine must be
at least 18 years of age and be operators of established Bulletin Board
NewsStand status will NOT be granted to BBS's that encourage or engage
in the following activities;
Virus development or distribution.
If an existing NewsStand is found to be actively engaged in any of
these activities they will be immediately dismissed, and local Law
Enforcement Agencies will be notified. There will be no exceptions.
A notice MUST be placed on the front end of your system notifying callers
that you are indeed a ModemNews NewsStand. This is a MUST and will be
1) Create and maintain a download FILE area for ModemNews that will
contain at least the immediate issue, as well as the past two issues of
the magazine. There is no need to keep the entire collection of
magazines in your database. This file area may be "shared" with other
`magazines' or files as long as the file menu clearly states the words
2) Try to get your users involved. This is for THEM and BY them.
Advertise the magazine, request your users to upload their works, and
contribute yourselves by sending us a Profile of your BBS (roughly
5-10K in size). You may also send us interesting message threads from
your system. Anything that may allow other readers to get a feel for
your particular BBS system and inform our readers.
3) You MUST contact ModemNews EXPRESS! (203) 359.2299 and request
listing in the magazine and leave a message to the Sysop requesting
such be done. (You might also upload at this time any ads or BBS
Notify the Sysop what action has been taken on your part and be sure to
include your boards name and number.
While online you should fill out questionnaire #3 at ModemNews EXPRESS!.
If you do not answer honestly, your request will be disregarded. There
will be no exceptions and you will not be able to reapply with us for
at least one calendar year. Your system will be checked and screened
BEFORE you are granted NewsStand status. If your System has not been
set up properly to receive ModemNews when one of our staff calls to
check, your request for NewsStand status will not be granted.
4) You MUST pick up your NEXT issue of ModemNews from the ModemNews
Central Library at ModemNews EXPRESS!. Thereafter we will find an
alternate (read:less expensive) method for you to obtain your newest
issues, including automatic transfer via RelayNet if you carry the
We will try to make it possible for you to obtain your copies from
another NewsStand in your area or through a NET system in your area. If
you CAN already do this, please phone us and let us know. This will
help speed up the distribution of the magazine and keep a good deal of
your money out of the pockets of our favorite phone companies.
5) In MOST cases submissions from your readers or from yourselves
should be sent to ModemNews OnLine as soon as they are received.
6) The magazine may NOT be altered in anyway when posted in your
ModemNews file area. It must be posted EXACTLY as received. This also
holds true for the archived version.
7) Your system will be checked by our staff from time to time. If it
has been found that you have violated our agreement, you will be deleted
from our NewsStand listing, and a note will be posted in the magazine
stating why this was done.
8) We REQUIRE that you contact ModemNews EXPRESS! least once in every
30 (thirty) day period so that we know you are still with us, and
operating in accordance with our requests. A call like this need only
last one or two minutes. At ModemNews EXPRESS! you will find important
information for you updated frequently, as well as the current issues.
(You need not get your issues from us after the first, you may get them
from your nearest local NewsStand if that is available to you. A
message left to us in the ModemNews conference on RIME (RelayNet) will
Any NewsStand that we do not hear from within this time period will be
placed on suspension for a period of 15 days, and notice made in the
Magazine as well in the ModemNews conference on RelayNet. We will at
this time make an attempt to notify them of this by direct contact to
their BBS. If at the end of this 15 day period we still have not heard
from the NewsStand they will be dropped fom the listings in the next
In these few paragraphs I hope that I have answered the many questions
I am sure you will have. I have tried to make this process as simple as
is possible, and feel confident that this has been done.
If you have any suggestions for us or further questions PLEASE call us
at ModemNews EXPRESS! at anytime. You will usually receive a response
within 48 hours. The more exact information you leave us, the better we
can answer your questions, or deal with your requests.
Note for DOS systems....
When ModemNews is offered for online viewing on your system, Sysops are
ENCOURAGED to use the /0 <--- that's a ZERO option that will allow a
caller to go directly to PageOne, and upon exiting go directly to the
last page. The magazine may NOT be altered in any other way without the
express permission of the editor. This will be a blessing to those who
log onto your boards at 1200, and a miracle for those who are still
crawling along at 300.
My lawyer made me include the following.........
This file is NOT Freeware. It is Shareware in an interesting form.
If you continue to read ModemNews Magazine for any length of time (at least
three issues) we would expect you to register your support with a donation
of your choosing.
The official NewsStand price for a copy of ModemNews Magazine is $3.00
(three dollars), but please note, no SysOp or person, or BBS service of
any kind may charge for a download of any issue of the magazine. This
also includes disk copying services and Shareware distribution services
without prior written permission from the staff of ModemNews. This
also extends itself to commercial online services such as CompuServe,
America OnLine, Prodigy and GEnie
Only the officers of ModemNews Magazine may collect your registration
fees. Officers of ModemNews Magazine can be found at ModemNews
EXPRESS!. If you should need further information, your local NewsStand
SysOp should be able, and will be more than happy to help you.
You may send your registration fees to:
c/o The GreenBird Group
116 Dean Street Suite B
Stamford, CT 06902-6251
Voice 203 969.1183
BBS 203 359.2299
Please make your checks payable to: Jeff Green