comp.lang.c++ welcome message

January 1, 2007 at 12:00 am | Posted in community | Leave a comment

This is the Welcome Message of comp.lang.c++ Newsgroup. I am posting it here as a community service, since comp.lang.c++ community have helped me a lot 🙂


Welcome to comp.lang.c++! Read this first.

This post is intended to give the new reader an introduction to reading
and posting in this newsgroup. We respectfully request that you read all
the way through this post, as it helps make for a more pleasant and useful
group for everyone.

First of all, please keep in mind that comp.lang.c++ is a group for
discussion of general issues of the C++ programming language, as defined
by the ANSI/ISO language standard. If you have a problem that is specific
to a particular system or compiler, you are much more likely to get
complete and accurate answers in a group that specializes in your
platform. A listing of some newsgroups is given at the end of this post.

The FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) list has a wealth of information for
both the new and veteran C++ programmer. No matter what your experience
level, you are encouraged to read the entire list, if only to familiarize
yourself with what answers are available to minimize redundant replies.
The comp.lang.c++ FAQ is available at

If the FAQ list does not help, then many regular readers of this group are
happy to assist with problems of standard C++. We have only a few
requests that we ask be adhered to, for the benefit of all:

* Please put a short summary in the subject line. Descriptions such as “HELP!!!!!!” are not helpful, and many regular posters ignore such requests. A good example is, “Problem with Virtual Functions.”

* State the question or the problem clearly and concisely. Describe what you are trying to do, and the problem you are running into. Include all relevant error messages.

* Include the smallest, complete and compilable program that exhibits your problem. As a rule, posters in comp.lang.c++ will not do homework, but will give helpful hints if you have shown some willingness to try a solution.

* comp.lang.c++ is forum for discussion, and as such some regular posters do not give E-mail replies. Very often follow-ups to postings have corrections, so plan on taking part in the discussion if you post a question. If you do receive e-mail replies, it is considered polite to post a summary.

* Don’t post in HTML format. Many readers of this newsgroup don’t use newsreaders which can handle HTML postings.

* If you have to include source code in your post, include the source in the message body. Don’t use attachments. A lot of contributors to this newsgroup won’t even notice the existence of attachments or won’t open them. You try to get any help you can get, don’t you?

Some netiquette topics which frequently crop up on comp.lang.c++ are also answered in the FAQ.

* Should I post job advertisements and/or resumes on comp.lang.c++?

* What if I really need a job; should I post my resume on comp.lang.c++?

* What should I do to someone who posts something off-topic?

A note on comp.lang.c++ etiquette: Accuracy is valued very highly in this
newsgroup; therefore posts are frequently corrected, sometimes perhaps too
harshly, and often to the annoyance of new posters who consider the
correction trivial. Do not take it personally; the best way to fit in
with comp.lang.c++ is to express gratitude for the correction, move on,
and be more careful next time.

This is a very busy group, so these requests are designed to make it as
pleasant and efficient an experience as possible. We hope it proves a
valuable commodity to you.

A list of some Newsgroups :


Languages and Programming
comp.lang.c                The C Programming Language
comp.lang.asm.x86          x86 assembly language programming
comp.programming           Non-language specific programming   Issues of computer graphics

Operating Systems
comp.os.msdos.programmer   DOS, BIOS, Memory Models, interrupts,
                           screen handling, hardware   MS/Windows: Mice, DLLs,
comp.os.os2.programmer.misc           OS/2 Programming
comp.sys.mac.programmer.misc          Macintosh Programming

comp.unix.programmer                  General Unix: processes,
                                 pipes, POSIX,curses, sockets

comp.unix.[vendor]                    Various Unix vendors

Microsoft VC++
-------------            VC++ issues      	        MFC Issues
Microsoft C++/CLR                       (Managed C++) and
                                        the .Net Framework    C++/CLR Issues
microsoft.public.dotnet.framework       .Net Framework

Borland C++ Builder
borland.public.cppbuilder.language   Borland C++ Builder


you can also find copies of this welcome message at these places:


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