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Does my article belong in comp.std.c++?

A lot of different people use C++ for a lot of different purposes: just because something uses C++ in some way doesn't mean that it belongs in comp.std.c++! This doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with any sort of discussion, it just means that we need to classify articles so that people don't have to read article on subjects that don't interest them.

As the comp.std.c++ charter says, "comp.std.c++ is for technical announcements and discussion of the ANSI/ISO C++ standardization process and the C++ standard, and for discussion of the design and standardization of the C++ language and libraries." So if your article relates to the design and standardization of C++ then it does belong on comp.std.c++; otherwise, it belongs somewhere else.

Where might my article belong instead?

First, a caveat: these are some suggestions about groups where your article might belong. You should always read a group before posting to it.

If your article deals with C++ programming techniques, then it should probably be sent to comp.lang.c++.moderated or to comp.lang.c++. If it's related to issues of object-oriented design that apply to any object-oriented language, then comp.object would be a good place. If it deals with general issues that relate to programming languages, or if you're comparing several different languages, then you should post it to comp.lang.misc. If it deals with programming in general---if you want to discuss algorithms and data structures, for example---then you might want to try comp.programming.

If you want to discuss programming issues that relate to a specific platform (Unix, Windows, OS/2, Macintosh, VMS, and so on), then you should try to find a newsgroup dedicated to that platform. comp.lang.c++.moderated and comp.lang.c++ (for example) are intended for discussion of the C++ language itself rather than for discussion of programming some particular platform in C++. Questions like "How do I kill a process in Unix?", or "How do I format a disk on the Mac?", aren't C++ questions, even if you're writing your program in C++. You're likely to get more useful information if you post to a group that's devoted to the platform you're interested in, and you're likely to annoy fewer people. Fortunately, most of the popular platforms do have their own programming groups. Here are a few of them.


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